While fashion may come and go and fade in time, only style remains. When Coco Chanel opened the doors to her first shop in Paris she opened up a world of timeless elegance and enduring style. Because of this, across the world, Chanel has gained renown as a leader in designer fashion, a reputation which many have sought to replicate.
The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is undisputedly one of the most important accessories in the history of fashion, and its creation, along with those of its 2.55 Flap Bag predecessor and Boy Bag descendent, are filled with historical fashion lore. There’s also a lot of confusion and misinformation about the bags, as well as their details, differences and origins, though, so we set out to debunk or confirm what we could.
Under the top flap, Chanel bags have a weird little zipper compartment that you won’t find in bags with similar structures from other brands; as the story goes, Coco hid it there to have a secret spot to stash her love letters. She was having a rather torrid affair at the time.
Because Chanel constrains its supply, regularly raises prices and has a long history as a luxury favorite, Chanel bags are a favorite on the resale market. Hard-to-find seasonal versions in like-new condition regularly sell for above their retail prices, and even gently used bags in regular leathers tend to hold their original value very well. There’s relatively little risk in splurging on a flap bag. Happy shopping