According to the actress, it was a gift from her grandmother Elaine Cuneta, the mom of Sharon Cuneta and sister of actress Helen Gamboa. She recalled thatshe was on her way to an event when, to her surprise, Mamita Elaine suddenly stopped her from leaving.
KC wrote in her post, "My mom and I lived with my grandparents in my younger years, and while Mom was at work, my Mita Elaine always loved to dress me up (even well throughout my 20s, until she passed five years ago)."
The actress continued, "One day, I was walking out the door in jeans and a shirt, when she told me to change the big black purse I was wearing. I knew I would be running late, but I paused, and waited—I would never want to disappoint my grandmother.
"After about 10 minutes, and after serious contemplation, she found the purse she was looking for. She gave me this vintage Chanel from her dressing room (my favorite room in the house, if not the swimming pool), gave me a nod of approval with her chin up, also wearing this proud grin.
"She had a sparkle in her eye when I agreed to wear it, and said, 'I won’t be able to wear that around anymore. From now on, that’s yours.'
"I hugged her, kissed her, ran outside in my sneakers and jeans and hand-me-down vintage Chanel."
The vintage Chanel is only one of several bags that KC received as pamana from her mamita's impressive collection. Elaine was not just KC's instant stylist growing up; she had influenced her fashion sense as well.
KC acknowledged in her post, "She taught me how to enjoy fashion. Her look everytime she would dress me up, whenever she would change one accessory of mine, or lipstick color, before I stepped out the door... When I put together an outfit with a pretty purse or accessory, or even when I spray perfume, or design jewelry, I think of her."
Mamita did not live long enough to see her granddaughter's jewelry designs. She died on November 4, 2014. She would have been impressed when KC launched her jewelry brand Avec Moi with Kristina in 2018.
Continuing to reminisce, KC, whose first name is Maria Kristina Cassandra, said, "I always dream of what she would say or how she would react if she could browse through my walk-in closet, or jewelry collections for @avecmoijewelry.
"I love honoring her by finding joy and fun in fashion. I wish I could even show her the jewelry pieces I make, so I can once again see that childlike gleam in her eye, that pure excitement on her face. I know she’s with me, every day. #TheKCDiaries"
KC's vintage Chanel Trapezoid CC flap bag, for sure, is priceless. But in case you are wondering, we found a similar style in black on 1stDibs.com, and it's priced at $2425 or around P117,000.
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**This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.