Chanel is a brand that any luxury handbag collector should have in their collection. Many of their pieces offer a classic allure that means that they retain their value and never truly go out of style; even when released in limited edition colour palettes. Here are a few of the top Chanel handbag models every collector should know about.
Chanel Deauville Tote
This bag is designed for those who want to carry all the necessities daily…and then have room for some more. Launched as part of Chanel’s SS12 collection, it became an instant hit and a staple piece in any designer lover’s wardrobe ever since. As usually is the case with Chanel the bag has a little bit of her story behind the name too, and is named after Coco Chanel’s favourite beach in Normandy; probably why many of us use this as a beach bag. The bag is available in small, medium, large, and extra large options in a cluster of different colours and fabric variations. One thing we love about the design of this bag is its combination of signature Chanel features. It has the classic chain you see on flap bags with the signature eyelets, but then also boasts structured leather top handles. The fabric is a nice touch as many of Chanel’s other options are all leather. Nevertheless, they still do have a calfskin leather option too which is a nicer option for beach club attire. You get so much material for your money too with this tote and It’s more affordable than a classic flap.
Chanel Flap Bag
This bag could technically be considered as two different models because there are two different designs but for the purpose of this post we’ll keep them under one. The original 2.55 flap was the bag designed by Coco Chanel in February 1955, and features an all-metal chain and the mademoiselle lock. There is also 2.55 2005 reissue flap bag which is the newer version of the original 2.55 bag with the mademoiselle lock. The classic flap bag is probably the more well-known design with the famous interlocking C’s on the front. This bag was designed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 1980s.
The flap bag comes in various different sizes the extra mini is now only available on consignment has as it has been discontinued. Nevertheless it’s still a worthy collectors item. If you’re considering purchasing one preloved we always recommend doing your due diligence to ensure authenticity. You can still purchase the mini square, small, medium, jumbo and maxi flap bags directly from Chanel; Either online or in one of their boutiques.
The bag is a classic that should be part of anyone’s Chanel collection and is available in a variety of finishes including caviar, lambskin and calfskin, usually with gold or silver hardware. There are also seasonal versions of the bags available in tweed too. It’s worth noting that this bag is great as an investment piece so Chanel raised their prices twice a year and if looked after you can usually resell it for what you bought it for, if not more. Rare models can sell far beyond their retail price especially in more classic colours like black and cream as they’re hard to get hold of.
Le Boy Bag
This bag is the perfect collaboration for those who find themselves dressing up to the nines one minute and then rocking the streetwear style the next. Regardless of your look, the Chanel Boy caters to any taste featuring the signature fine leather, with a more masculine structure and worn-effect chain. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld in the 2011 AW collection, the bag was named after Coco Chanel’s first love, Boy Capel. It’s a great option for those who don’t want to go for the ‘obvious’ Chanel handbag and still stores everything (if not a little more) than what the flap bag does and I love the rock and roll style, it makes it perfect for gigs and festivals, but is equally as eloquent to wear for a nice dinner. The bag is an ode to Chanel’s masculine style. Afterall, she’s the one who made trousers trendy for women. Thanks Coco.
What are your thoughts on these three signature Chanel pieces? Are any of them a staple in your handbag collection?