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Looking to buy the Chanel Clutch Bag? Since the inception of Chanel in 1910, the luxury brand has continued to grow alongside women as we have gained more rights and power and continued the quest for equality. Chanel is a symbol of strength, and it just so happens that Chanel bags are incredibly chic and enhance any outfit. So what is the chanel clutch price?

Chanel Clutch Bag


 

CHANEL VINTAGE

quilted clutch bag

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel’s timeless pieces never go out of style. A Chanel vintage item is sure to add a little Parisian sophistication to your look. Pink lambskin quilted clutch bag from Chanel Vintage featuring a foldover top and a signature interlocking CC logo. Please note that vintage items are not new and therefore might have minor imperfections.

Designer Style ID: CSVL0102CHPLF

Made in France

Lining Composition:
silk 100%
Outer Composition:
lamb skin 100%

Wearing

Model is 1.77 m wearing size OS

The model is also styled with: Courrèges A-line mini skirt.

Designer Backstory

Founded by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in 1909 and led by Karl Lagerfeld since the 1980s, Chanel is famous for its quilted handbags, costume jewellery and classic womenswear. Today, the CC logo is synonymous with timeless style.

Below are the measurements for Vintage Bags in size One Size

centimetres
inches
Product Measurements

Depth:4 cm
Width:35 cm
Height: 17 cm
Model Measurements

Height:1.77 m
Bust/Chest:80 cm
Hips:85 cm
Waist: 60 cm
Model is 1.77 m wearing size OS

All measurements are made by the Farfetch team

 

There are few brands that rival Chanel when it comes to buying an investment handbag. The classic flap bags are not just a timeless wardrobe staple, but they also increase in value over time. However, once you’ve made the decision to buy an investment Chanel bag, how do you know which one is right for you?

From the high price tag to the sheer number of styles available, the decision can be daunting enough to make even Choupette’s hairs stand on end. And as the French fashion house brings out new iterations of the classics, as well as exciting one-off pieces, it just makes us want to own one even more.

Of course, most would probably say they’d like to buy the classic Chanel 2.55 flap bag. The iconic piece was first created by Coco Chanel herself when she got fed up with carrying her bag in her arms. To free her hands, she decided to add straps, an idea she took from soldier’s bag.

As with practically everything the iconic designer created, it was a revolutionary take on a classic item, as all handbags for women up until that point were carried. The 2.55 bag was launched in 1955, hence the name. However, it wasn’t until the ’80s, when Karl Lagerfeld took the helm, that the double-C locks were introduced.

How to Buy Chanel Bag

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So to help navigate the luxury marketplace and all things Chanel, we asked Sarah Davis of Fashionphile, a luxury handbag marketplace, to lend us her expertise on purchasing the iconic bag. From how much you should expect your Chanel bag to appreciate in price to understanding how to spot a fake, the tips you see here comprise the ultimate guide to buying a Chanel bag. Keep scrolling to find out more.

1. Know which popular styles will go up in value over time

how to buy chanel bag: know which popular styles will go up in value over time

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“The medium or jumbo Chanel flap bags that were selling back in 2000 are still super-hot today. But if I had to nail it down to a style right now, I’d say the medium Chanel Boy Bag is [one of] the most popular,” Davis tells us.

Chanel 2018 Small Boy Bag

Chanel 2018 Small Boy Bag ($4100)

“If you want to be sure that your bag will continue to gain value over time, stick with the basics,” Davis adds. “Go with a classic black Chanel flap bag made in lambskin or caviar leather. The crazy thing is that Chanel continues to raise the retail price on these styles every year or two. So if you bought your jumbo flap in 2006, it cost you $1885. If you buy that same bag in 2015, it will cost you $5770! This means that if you bought your bag back in 2006 and decided to sell it today, you can potentially make up to $4000 more than what you paid for it. Truth be told, if you hold on to any Chanel bag long enough (10+ years), you’re going to have some real value locked into that bag.”

2. Spot the rare collectable pieces

how to buy chanel bag: spot the rare collectable pieces

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“This is actually one of the things I adore about Chanel—the really cool, collectable, super-limited pieces. You actually have to hold on to them longer if you care about resale value because they’re special and usually have a higher price point out the gate. Some of my favourites are the minaudière clutches, such as the vinyl record minaudière, the cassette tape, and the gold bar. The S/S 04 cassette tape bag retailed for $1600. Fashionphile once received a clear one that’s a tiny see-through clutch. We had never seen one sell before and ended up listing it for $9000. It sold in 30 minutes.”

Chanel Evening Bag

Chanel Evening Bag ($19000)

3. Find out which hardware best suits you

how to buy chanel bag: find out which hardware suits you best

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“Sometimes more bells and whistles make a bag harder to resell. All the beading and tweeding looks amazing (and I love carrying a bag that no one else has), but if you care about resale, all those extra trappings don’t help. Stick with styles that have the traditional chain strap, a visible logo, and you’re good to go. The vintage hardware was made with 24k-gold alloy—you can tell these bags by the little hallmark embossed in the crossing CCs.”

Chanel Boy Handbag

Chanel Boy Handbag ($5400)

4. Learn the red flags of counterfeit bags

how to buy chanel bag: learn the red flags of counterfeit bags

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If you aren’t an expert in Chanel authentication, I’d say the most important thing to look out for is that you’re buying from a reputable seller. There are all kinds of businesses now that mean well but have a no-returns policy and one authenticator. ‘No returns’ is a red flag. Some of the higher-quality fakes even have registration numbers, holograms, cards, come with receipts, and are made of quality leather and hardware. Don’t be fooled just because a bag has these features. If you need help, use an online authentication service.”

Chanel Collections and Creations ($20)

SEE AND SHOP MORE CHANEL BAG STYLES BELOW

Chanel Backpacks

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Chanel’s backpacks have been popular for decades now, but they’re experiencing a particular resurgence at the moment: Here, you can see a fashion blogger carrying one around at fashion week.

Chanel 2017 Daily Round Backpack

Chanel 2017 Daily Round Backpack ($3400)

Chanel Gabrielle Bag

Classic Chanel bags: a street style girl wearing Chanel's Gabrielle bag

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Gabrielle is one of the latest additions to the classic Chanel bag lineup. Featuring a double strap that you can wear both on your shoulder and across your body at the same time, it has proven to be an eye-catching version no street style star can resist.

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Chanel 2019 Small Gabrielle Hobo

Chanel 2019 Small Gabrielle Hobo ($3600)

Classic Flap Bag

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The classic flap bag traditionally can be recognized by the interlocking CCs (introduced by Karl Lagerfeld in the ’80s and now a permanent fixture), as well as the interwoven leather-and-chain strap. The classic flap comes in three sizes (small, medium, jumbo), and in many fabrications and iterations.

Chanel Large Perfect Edge Flap Bag

Chanel Large Perfect Edge Flap Bag ($2650)

Chanel Boy Bag

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First introduced for spring/summer 2012, Chanel’s Boy bag is a more tomboyish, younger alternative to the ladylike, mature bags that came before it. The style—named after Coco Chanel’s lover, Boy Capel—still holds up as a mainstay on the street style scene. 

Chanel 2017 Small Quilted Boy Bag

Chanel 2017 Small Quilted Boy Bag ($3200)

Chanel Waist Bags

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The waist bag wasn’t around in Coco Chanel’s time, but it is a style Lagerfeld has come back to again and again (this season included). Celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are fully backing the fanny-pack trend, choosing dainty Chanel styles to join the hands-free club.

Chanel Waist Bag

Chanel Waist Bag ($3300)

Chanel Collector Bags

Chanel bags: hula hoop bag from spring/summer 2013

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No one can ever predict where Chanel’s most outrageous novelty bags will go next, but one thing’s for sure: They stay in a fashion editor’s memory— who could forget this hula-hoop bag from 2013? This season, it’s the beach ball minaudiere that’s catching our eye.

One of the most iconic brands to this day, Chanel handbags are ones that will remain timeless favorites. From its classic quilted pattern, interlocking CC’s and iconic shapes, Chanel is a word that is synonymous with luxury and fine taste. In addition to luxury handbags, the House of Chanel is most known for the “Little Black Dress,” the classic Tweed Suit, and No. 5 Perfume. Founded in 1909, Chanel remains a privately owned company, founded by its namesake Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Her first shop was at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. 

Chanel Flap Bag History

In February 1955, Coco Chanel introduced what would become the most widely recognizable handbag ever – double flap, with a mademoiselle closure and mademoiselle metal chain. Coco Chanel wanted her hands free and so she outfitted the bag with double chains that can easily be slung onto the shoulder or the crook of the arm. It became popularly known as the 2.55 flap bag. Over the years there have been many variations to the original 2.55 flap design: the use of leather interwoven through the chain, use of different leathers and fabrics, single flap vs. the original double flap, and different sizes available, etc. In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld joined the House of Chanel as Artistic Director. While Coco Chanel designed the original interlocking CC logo, it was Karl Lagerfeld who introduced the interlocking CC closure on the flaps. 

Chanel Classic Flap

The Chanel Classic Flap bag was originally created by Coco Chanel in the 1920s, and was re-designed in the 1980s by Karl Lagerfeld to include the now-iconic CC turnlock. These bags are referred to by Chanel as part of the “Timeless Classic” collection. 

  • This bag comes in six sizes: the Mini, New Mini, Small, Medium, Jumbo and Maxi. The Jumbo and Maxi sizes were briefly available in a Single Flap style, but are now only available in a Double Flap style. 

Chanel Reissue Flap

The Chanel flap bag was updated and released in February 1955, hence the name “2.55.” Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original. 

  • Sizes: 224, 225, 226, 227 228 (now discontinued)

Classic Styles

Cerf Tote

Released in 2005, this bag quickly became part of Chanel’s classic collection. The Cerf comes in four sizes; Small, Regular, Tall and XL

Medallion

Once a classic style, this lovely tote has now been discontinued. Most recognizable by its oversized CC medallion zipper pull.

Shopping Totes (GST, PST, PTT)

This is one of Chanel’s most popular classic styles that comes in a variety of sizes. Typically this bag is made in Caviar leather and comes in a variety of colors, most commonly though, in black and light beige. GST for Grand Shopping Tote, PST for Petite Shopping Tote, PTT for Petite Timeless Tote, and XL.

Cambon Ligne

Made from smooth calfskin leather with a bold CC logo at the side, this very popular style was first introduced in 2004-2005 and were immensely popular. The line has many different styles and color combinations. While most of this line is now discontinued, the Cambon style is still released in WOC bags and wallets.

Boy Bags

Karl Lagerfeld designed the Boy Collection as an interpretation of the boyish charm that Coco Chanel was known for. Karl was stated as saying that the very spirit of Chanel was inspired by Boy Capel, the love of her life; which is why this new collection is called the “Boy Chanel.” Sizes: Small, Medium, New Medium and Large

Timeless Clutch

Also known as the ‘Kisslock’ clutch bag because of its CC frame closure. Typically this bag is only offered in Caviar and lambskin leather, however it is occasionally made with exotic python.

Camera Case

Though slightly elusive and hard to find – the Camera Case is released often as part of the classic collection. The camera case is released in various sizes and has evolved from being a small crossbody bag with the classic tassel pull closure.

WOC

One of the most popular styles, this wallet on a chain is constantly in creation using different styles and materials. The WOC is exactly what its name implies – the interior boasts several card slots, a zip pocket, and flat pockets, all on a chain strap. The chain can be tucked in or worn across the chest. Common Styles: Classic, Timeless, Boy, Half-Moon, Camellia, Cambon.

Chanel WOC Guide

Main Materials

Chanel Caviar Leather

Grained calfskin leather that is known for being very durable and holds its shape very well. Light scratches and blemishes don’t show up as easily on Caviar, which makes it a preference for everyday wear. 

Chanel Caviar Leather Sample

Chanel Lambskin Leather

Known for being soft, luxurious, and supple; but is prone to showing scratches and blemishes. Lambskin is very fragile and will flatten over time.  

Chanel Crinkled Calfskin

 Most commonly used for Reissue flaps, this leather has a pre-wrinkled look and is soft yet durable. 

Chanel Crinkled Calfskin sample

The Chanel Camellia Flower

As with most of Chanel’s styles, Coco Chanel’s personal history is reflected in many of the styles and designs we see to this day. The camellia flower is said to be Coco Chanel’s favorite flower after receiving a bouquet of them from Boy Capel. She began pinning silk versions of it to the lapels of her jackets and in her hair. Chanel also features embossed leather with this pattern, featuring the CC logo inside the flowers. 

Chanel Camellia Flower Sample

Chanel Patent Leather

Used for all classic styles, the patent leather is a glossy and beautiful. Patent leather can get transfer marks and are prone to wear marks such as fingerprints and scuffs if not properly taken care of.

Chanel Patent Leather

Hardware

Chanel Chain Handles

Inspired by the likeness of a soldier bag’s strap, over the years Chanel has introduced different kinds of chains on their bags all of which are iconic in their own right. The most popular and widely recognized are the leather entwined with chain that are on their classic flaps. It is said that these chains resemble those that were used by nuns as key holders at that time when Chanel was growing up in an orphanage. 

Classic Chanel Chain Leather

Chanel Classic Chain

Chanel Reissue chain

Chanel Reissue Chain

Bijoux chain

Now discontinued this chain was featured on classic flap bags and the reissue styles. Chanel produced the Bijoux chain in 2007 & 2008. These chains are wide-set chain links.

Chanel Bijoux Chain

Chanel Closures and Locks

CC turnlock

In 1983 when Karl Lagerfeld took over as head designer at Chanel, he introduced the CC turn-lock design to the classic flap bags.

Chanel CC turnlock

Mademoiselle turnlock

In 2005, Karl Lagerfeld reissued Coco Chanel’s classic flap design in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bag. This bag is now referred to as the ‘Reissue’ style and ‘Mademoiselle’ lock. The term “Mademoiselle Lock” is supposedly named after Coco never marrying.

Chanel Reissue turnlock

Boy logo closure

Introduced in Fall/Winter 2011 by Karl Lagerfeld, this unique lock features the iconic CC logo with a unique-push clasp on each side. Karl was stated as saying that the very spirit of Chanel was inspired by Boy Capel, the love of her life; which is why the collection is called the “Boy Chanel.” 

Chanel boy lock

Seasonal Styles

Chanel has been a fixture on runway shows for the last several decades. With Karl Lagerfeld at the helm, runway shows feature fashion and handbags varying in style, inspiration, and color.  Seasonal styles of leather goods are released following each runway collection. We have compiled a list of some of the more common season styles and a visual chart with the name of the collection. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list.

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