This sounds like something worth checking out...
From Bag Snob
The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag
I'm not a big fan of Chanel bags - and it's not just because of the price! I just don't like handbags with chains for handles! However, I wish more of the "great" fashion houses would do this kind of exhibit. I think it would do worlds to help inform the general public on just how much work goes into the products they sell - and would help to explain why those products sell for so much.
It wouldn't make me open my purse to shell out big bucks for the bags - but at least I could grudgingly say to myself "But there's a reason they cost so much!" ;-)