Today, we discuss the Chanel Classic Flap Bag Sizes. Whether you’re a young celeb looking to carry a flashy mini bag in front of the paparazzi or a corporate maven looking for a roomy day bag that announces that you’ve arrived, the many sizes, colors and variations on the Classic Flap mean that there’s likely a version that will suit your purposes. And because Chanel regularly increases its prices, the bags tend to hold their value well for years, meaning that buying one now isn’t too risky–you can always sell it and recoup most, if not all, of your money. That’s if you don’t want to pass it down to your daughter, of course. So what are the best chanel classic flap bag sizes and prices?
When we released our last Ultimate Bag Guide, many of you asked us to give the same treatment to the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bag, and we thought it was an excellent suggestion. This month marks the revolutionary shoulder bag’s 60th anniversary, and somehow, it’s even more popular now than it was in 1955.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag Sizes
Below, we’ve compiled as much information as we could about the bag’s particulars. Because Chanel tends to keep things close to the vest, some information might be incomplete. If you can think of anything that might be a useful addition to the guide, please let us know in the comments.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Extra Mini
6.7″ W x 3.9″ H x 3″ D
New Price Unknown in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Mini Rectangular
7.9″ W x 4.9 H x 2.8″ D
$3,300 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Mini Square
6.7″ W x 5.2″ H x 3.1″ D
$3,100 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Small
9.3″ W x 5.7″ H x 2.6″ D
$4,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Medium
10″ W x 6.3″ H x 3″ D
$5,300 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather – $3,700 in Velvet
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Jumbo
11.8″ W x 7.7″ H x 3.9″ D
$5,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Maxi
13″ W x 9.1″ H x 3.9″ D
$6,400 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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HARDWARE COLORS AND FINISHES
Square and Rectangular Mini Flap Bags
Jumbo, Medium and Mini Square Bags
Jumbo, Medium and Small Bags
Maxi and Jumbo Bags
Medium and Square Mini Flap Bags
Jumbo and Medium Flap Bags
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If you’re new to the pre-owned buying experience overall, we’ve also got a comprehensive guide to make sure you have a smooth experience and know all the ins and outs, as well as a first-person retelling of our former editor Katherine’s first experience buying a pre-owned bag online. Read up and go forth with confidence toward your new Chanel bag! 1 / 8
Buy Chanel Bags Online
Shop Chanel Bags via eBay
eBay is the internet’s single largest source of pre-owned designer bags, period, and it’s currently home to thousands of listings for Chanel bags. If price is your biggest concern, eBay is likely your best bet to find the lowest prices since the auction service takes a much smaller cut of the overall sale price than consignment or other resale websites do, which, along with the decentralized listing process, can help keep things reasonable.
The downside of eBay designer bag shopping is the bags are not checked by a third party for authenticity before they’re listed, so it’s even more important to be an informed consumer than it is on other types of resale sites. There are a ton of real bags on eBay, though, and as long as you educate yourself, you can scoop one up for a great price. If you’re wary of a listing that seems too good to be true or you have your eye on something and want some extra assurance, you can post an authentication request in our Chanel subforum at the PurseForum.
Chanel Chevron Boy Bag, Buy It Now for $3,990 via eBay
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Shop Chanel Bags via Shopbop
Shopbop deals almost exclusively in brand new, contemporary clothing, bags and shoes, but through vintage powerhouse What Goes Around Comes Around, it also lists a selection of previously owned bags from a handful of super-popular brands, and Chanel is chief among them. The upside of Shopbop is WGACA authenticates its stock and tends to carefully edit its selection to focus on bags that will translate well to current wardrobes, so you get the cream of the crop. Also, you can return your bag if you don’t like it, just like anything else on the site. The disadvantage is that you pay a premium for that assurance and convenience, so the most dedicated deal hunters may prefer other avenues.
Chanel Vintage Camera Bag, $3,950 via Shopbop 3 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via farfetch.com
In case you’re not familiar with farfetch.com, the premise is pretty cool: the website aggregates the online inventories of and coordinates shipping and returns for the world’s best independent boutiques, which means their website has a fantastically broad selection of mostly new merchandise. Lately, though, farfetch.com has been beefing up its stock from vintage-focused retailers, and that now includes Chanel bags from boutiques in the US, Europe and Asia, including some rare bags and runway pieces in addition to the crowd-pleasing flaps and totes. Each boutique sets its own prices, though, which means how much you’ll have to pay can vary widely depending on the boutique and where it is relative to your shipping address.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag, $5,372 via farfetch.com 4 / 8
Bluefly is well-known for trafficking in overstock designer goods, which most retailers of its kind buy wholesale from brokers or other middlemen. In the past several years, it has expanded its stock to include pre-owned pieces from sought-after designers whose goods generally aren’t available new via wholesalers, which brings us to its current stock of second-hand Chanel bags. Most of the bags are not the newest or most sought-after designs from the brand, but they’re quite well-priced for a regular retailer that offers a money-back return policy. If you like a vintage look and are looking for a deal, Bluefly is a good bet.
Chanel Medallion Tote, $1,977 via Bluefly 5 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via Vestiaire Collective
Vestiaire Collective is one of the biggest of a relatively recent crop of designer-oriented resale sites that are essentially looking to provide lots of people the opportunity to buy and sell designer goods in a mostly decentralized way, but with a more high-end feel and a more explicit promise of authenticity than eBay. Like eBay, the stock is only restricted by what’s in anyone’s closet at any given time, so there are gems and rarities to be found, and the wide availability of the brand’s classic bags is good for price shoppers.
Unfortunately, the photo quality can vary a lot, which is disappointing for a premium service. The site includes tens of thousands of Chanel bag listings, though, which makes it an excellent spot to search for the runway rarity that’s been in the back of your mind for 10 years. VC also allows shoppers to make an offer instead of only allowing a purchase to be made on a non-negotiable price, so you may luck out if the bag you’re eyeing has been hanging around a while.
Chanel Chevron Flap Bag, $3,499 via Vestiaire Collective 6 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via The RealReal
The RealReal is one of the largest designer consignment retailers on the internet, and although its selection is a little smaller than Vestiaire’s, the 4,000+ Chanel bag listings are nothing to sneeze at. Also, prices are set by sellers, so there are deals to be had for the patient and careful, in addition to the broad selection.
Chanel Velvet Boy Bag, $2,950 via The RealReal
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Shop Chanel Bags via Portero
Portero is one of the internet’s longest-standing purveyors of pre-owned luxury goods, and it works a little differently than more recently launched pre-owned fashion sites because most of the listings are from vetted and approved vendors, most of which trade in luxury goods as a personal business. That means the selection is more carefully curated (and usually much better photographed) than more decentralized resale sites, many of which rely on listings constructed by individuals cleaning out their personal collections, which vary a lot more in quality and presentation. Portero also offers consignment to individuals, but since those listings are managed by the company, the experience feels more high-end across the board. That doesn’t mean the prices are inflated, though—they’re competitive with other popular, well-known resellers on eBay and elsewhere.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag, $3,995 via Portero 8 / 8
Shop Chanel Bags via Heritage Auctions
Designer bags have become a hot commodity for big auction houses that are more traditionally focused on art, antiques or fine jewelry, and Dallas-based Heritage Auctions was the first house to dedicate significant resources to sourcing bags. While the rarities sold for sky-high prices are the things that make headlines, but both HA’s seasonal auctions and its tightly curated online shop offer bags that are less rare for competitive resale prices. At the other end of the spectrum, if you’re looking for the rarest and most exotic, Heritage can do that, too.
Can You Buy A Chanel Handbag Online?
Yes. Yes, you can. However, it’s not as simple as heading over to the Chanel website and placing your order, because the Chanel website is not shapable. You can view the seasonal collection online and most of the classics, you can even see prices (which you couldn’t a few years ago) but you can’t buy your Chanel on the Chanel website. So if you want to buy a Chanel handbag direct from Chanel you will have to go into one of their stores (personally, I like the Bond Street or Brompton Road stores in London) or head to one of their department store branches like Selfridges or Harrods. Oh and in case you were wondering, the Selfridges and Harrods websites don’t sell Chanel handbags either, they only have them in-store. As for Net-a-Porter, that’s also a no-go for Chanel handbags!
Ebay, Gumtree, Etsy, AliExpress etc.
Yes. Yes, you can. However, it’s not as simple as OK, so before I get into where you CAN buy Chanel handbags online, I need to put something out there… avoid places like eBay, Gumtree, Etsy and AliExpress. Whilst I’m sure there will be some people selling genuine Chanel handbags on eBay, Gumtree or Etsy, it’s honestly not worth the risk. There are so many fakes out there, as well as ‘super fakes’ (which are incredibly convincing fakes which might even be made to look like vintage bags to throw you off the scent) and because the sale is person-to-person, there is no independent authenticator to manage the sale for you. Instead you would need to buy the bag on trust, pay for an authenticator to assess the bag and then if it’s not real, you would need to try and organise a refund which might be hard, especially through Gumtree. In short, don’t do it. It’s not worth it. The amount you would save, is not worth the amount you are risking. As for AliExpress, there is not even the slightest chance that this will be authentic Chanel. There’s a reason they are listed as ‘CC’ handbags on here and shot from the back with no visible branding. Fake. Fake. Fake. As is all the jewellery and whatever else you might find on there!
I’ve bought (and sold) Chanel pieces at auction, not eBay or any other online auction, but actual Specialist Auction, the kind where real expert valuers value, assess, authenticate and date each piece. Let’s take a minute to think about this, Chanel (and other) designer handbags, sold at auction, some newer styles, some older, some rarer, some classics… probably ALL at less than retail price and all 100% authentic. If that doesn’t convince a girl. I don’t know what does! I have always bought an sold through Chiswick Auctions, but I’m sure there are others. Oh and yes. You can bid in person, telephone or online. So it’s technically online shopping. Right?!
I used to be a little sceptical of Vestiaire Collective because I thought it was individuals selling to other individuals with no real way of knowing if the items were authentic or not. However, it’s a much different business model to the one I expected. Yes, it’s individuals selling to other individuals, but the items are shipped to VC, where they are assessed to check they match the description and condition stated in the sale and they are then authenticated by specialists at Vestiaire Collective. If there is any question over the authenticity the sale is cancelled. If the condition isn’t as good as what is stated in the sale, then both parties are notified and Vestiaire Collective will help come to a new agreed price.
Another great source for vintage and preloved Chanel handbags is FarFetch, they have a stunning selection, so many lust-worth rare handbags in styles you’ve probably never seen before. Maybe because they are sourced from all over the world…however, there is one thing you should know about buying Chanel from Farfetch, you are essentially buying from a shop, so you unlike VC or buying at auction, you are buying from a store and paying retail prices, rather than person-to-person prices (which a little extra commission). That being said, they have some phenomenal pieces on there and if you are a collector or you fall in love with the super rare item… it’s worth it! These bags do hold their value, after all!
…And there we have it, Yes you can buy Chanel handbags online and hopefully now you have an idea where you can do it!