KERN1 X SALONHELEENHULSMANN

Finding the right jacket, the one that fits you perfectly, makes your heart beat faster and matches your style, is a delicate process. Sometimes it is needed to see the jacket in real life, to try it on and feel the fabric, before understanding if it is the right match for you. That is why came up with a few ideas to make it possible to see, try and shop our jackets also offline (for our Netherlands based customers). We decided to team up with Salon Heleen Hulsmann, Amsterdam’s most beautiful store for pre-owned designer clothing, to create a KERN1 pop-up at her salon. From September 13 - 15 2018 a selection of the KERN1-collection was presented at the Amsterdam based shop.

Missed this event and would like to see a few specific jackets in real life before deciding to purchase? No problem! Contact us to make an appointment.

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Tami KernSalon Heleen Hulsmann
INTRODUCING THE MOBILE FITTING ROOM
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Finding the right jacket, the one that fits you perfectly, makes your heart beat faster and matches your style, is a delicate process. Sometimes it is needed to see the jacket in real life, to try it on and feel the fabric, before understanding if it is the right match for you. That is why we invented the 'mobile fitting room'.

How does it work?

If you are located in the Netherlands or in Belgium. You can buy any jacket from our online store and get it personally delivered by Tami, KERN1's owner. All you need to do is choose for the 'personal delivery-option' at check out. We will make an appointment for delivery and you will be given the opportunity to try the jacket on to make sure it fits perfectly. If it does not? No problem. We will take the jacket back and refund you on the spot.  

The mobile fitting room will take place from September 24-28 in the Randstad in the Netherlands.

For any questions, feel free to PM on Instagram or contact us through store@kern-1.com.


Tami Kern
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A CHANEL JACKET
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A frequently asked question is how to be sure a Chanel jacket, when not bought at the Chanel boutique, is authentic. At KERN1 all items have gone through a brand-specific authentication process before entering the store. We guarantee the authenticity of every jacket sold on our website. In this article, we highlight the characteristics of a Chanel jacket that will help to authenticate an item.  

1. Construction

For effortless movement and easy tailoring (it can be changed a few sizes down or up), the exterior and the interior of a Chanel jacket are constructed of multiple panels. The number of panels and seams inside the jacket should be the same as on the outside. The sleeves have a slight natural curve and are made of two pieces of fabric to make it comfortable to move in and suitable for daily life. As Coco said: “I’m a great admirer of the female race. I wanted to give women clothes that they could feel comfortable in, that they could drive in but that, at the same time, would emphasize their femininity." 

2. Fabric

Coco Chanel was known for her use of tweed, a supple and sophisticated fabric, which she discovered through wearing the clothes of one of her lovers, the Duke of Westminster. Originally tweed was made of pure wool, but today it can be mixed with a variety of fibers like silk, cashmere or alpaca. The iconic tweed and bouclé are still often used by Chanel for its classic jackets, but they present jackets in other fabrics as well. 

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3. Buttons

One of the most outstanding characteristics of a Chanel jacket are its buttons. These small pieces of jewelry adorn the jacket at multiple places. 

Most of the time they are attached at center front for the jacket's fastening. Some jackets have a zip-closure or no fastening at all. If it does close with buttons, you will usually find three same-style buttons in a smaller version on the back of each sleeve. And when the jacket has pockets, a button will be attached to it. 

The buttons will either show a CC-logo, the brandname, or another Chanel signature like a Camélia flower or a lion's head. Nowadays, Chanel works with buttons that match the theme of the collection. For the Seoul Collection, for instance, the buttons of the jacket referred to the Korean flag. 

And as Mademoiselle would say: "Never a button without a buttonhole."

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4. Trim

The trim (sometimes called braid) of a jacket makes you immediately understand if it is by Chanel or not. A Chanel jacket has a contrast or ton sur ton trim that follows the neckline, down the front and all around the pockets, cuffs and hemline. 

5. Pockets

Most Chanel jackets have four pockets, two breast pockets and two lower at the waist. These pockets were created for Mademoiselle’s own practical needs – one pocket to hold her lipstick, one for her scissors, one for her cigarettes etc. Sometimes a jacket will only have two pockets or none at all. 

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6. Lining

For Coco Chanel it was important that a jacket is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, therefore most Chanel jackets are lined with luxurious pure silk. The color of the lining should match the color of the jacket's exterior and it often features interlocking CC-logo's, a Camélia flower pattern and sometimes other Chanel signatures like pearls, depending on the jacket's production year. When the label of the jacket has been cut off (sadly this happens regularly), the lining will learn you more about the era it comes from. Jackets made in the '90s for instance, are only marked with a large amount of tiny CC-logo's in the lining. Also, it does happen that a jacket has no print in the lining or even no lining at all because it is a light-weight summer jacket, or its interior is made of a different fabric, like bouclé. So do not be alarmed when your jacket has a different interior.

7. Chain

To weigh the jacket down and make it hang perfectly straight around the body at all time, Coco Chanel added a chain to the jacket's interior at the hem. Up till today, almost all jackets feature a chain that colorwise matches the jacket's buttons. If the buttons show gold-tone details, then the chain will be gold as well. If the buttons are metal-colored, the chain will be in the same style. 

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8. Label

A Chanel jacket will always have a Chanel brand label sewn into its interior at center top. Over the decades the labels have changed. Make sure to check from which year your jacket originates to see if it matches the label used by Chanel at that time. 

Below the brand label, there should be a size and composition tag that contains other valuable information about the jacket. It will tell you where the jacket has been produced, that is almost always in France. Jackets made before 2010 will also show exactly the year and collection. Jackets from recent collections only contain the item's reference number. With this number you can contact the Chanel Boutique and they will be able to tell you from which collection the jacket is. Newer jackets will have another tag attached to the lining on the left side of the body. The information on this tag should correspond to the one in the neck. 

With vintage jackets it often occurs that the size- and composition tag has been cut off. the tags on these older models used to be quite big and to make wearing the jacket more comfortable, their owners used to take them off. 

As for the sizing on the label: Chanel works with European sizes. So it should mention a size in numbers, like 34-46 and not XS-XL. 

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Last note: some jackets will lack one or more of the mentioned features. That does not mean a jacket is not authentic. As written earlier: we guarantee the authenticity of every jacket sold on our website kern-1.com.


Tami Kern
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHANEL JACKET LAST A LIFETIME?
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Once you made the decision to invest in a Chanel jacket, you want to ensure your dream item will last a lifetime and keeps its value - in case you ever want to resell.

There are a few things you can do to support your Chanel jacket and keep it in its best condition for many years to come. These 6 tips will help you do exactly that.

Before we begin keep in mind that Chanel jackets are made of premium fabrics are meant to last. You can easily wear them without having to be afraid they get damaged.

1. To keep your jacket fresh, hang your it outside to air every once in a while. Does it have a heavy smell you want to get rid of? Use a fabric refresher and spray it all over the jacket. Repeat multiple times till the smell disappears (an extra tip for customers from Holland: we always use Kruidvat's textielverfrisser). Never put your jacket in the laundry machine. 

2. If your jacket has a stain, send it out to a professional dry cleaner that has experience with Chanel jackets and that knows how to protect its buttons and embellishments in the cleaning process. We advise only to dry clean your jacket when it is really needed.

3. Buttons are one of the most important features of Chanel jackets. A missing button decreases the beauty and the value of an item. To make sure these small pieces of art stay right where they belong, it is advised to check your buttons from time to time. If the thread came loose, just securely attach it with a same color thread and you are ready for another decade.

4. As years pass by the exterior of Chanel jackets are often wonderfully kept. However, the condition of their pure silk lining, especially in light-colored jackets, is a different story. It may occur that vintage jackets show discoloration on one or multiple spots on the inside. To prevent your jacket against discoloration add antiperspirant pads on the inside of the jacket at arm height. It may not feel sexy, but it will keep your jacket fresh and stainless. 

5. Chanel jackets are constructed of multiple panels to optimize its shape and to make re-sizing easier. Over the years, you might feel like your clothing size changed and the jacket lost its perfect fit for your body. At Chanel boutiques, it is possible to have your (vintage) jacket altered and sized-up or down by their skilled tailors to make it fit perfect again. 

6. Your jacket will spend most of his life on a clothing hanger so it is important to invest in a hanger that fits well at the shoulders and keeps the jacket in its natural shape. If you decide to store your jacket in a garment bag, go for a canvas bag rather than a plastic one, as they don't trap moisture and give the fabric space to breath. 


Tami Kern