Welcome to our list of The Most Iconic Chanel Bags of All Time!
Chanel is the French luxury fashion brand we all know and love. It was founded on 1910 by Coco Chanel and today it focuses on woman’s high fashion, ready to wear clothes, luxury goods, perfumes, accessories and leather goods. Over the last century Chanel has dazzled us all with some of the most amazing pieces the luxury fashion market has to offer. Few design houses have amassed a bag archive as famous as Chanel’s. From the founder’s era-defining creations to Karl Lagerfeld’s later novelties, the list of iconic Chanel bags is remarkably lengthy. Here I’ll show you the 6 most iconic Chanel bags, from the classics to limited edition styles.
So, without further ado here are The Most Iconic Chanel Bags of All Time:
1. Chanel 2.55
The most iconic Chanel bag of all time is the most groundbreaking Chanel bag of them all. If today shoulder bags are on our everyday lives, it is only because of Chanel. The 2.55 is a reissue of the first shoulder bag ever created, designed by Coco Chanel in February of 1955. Its thoughtful design was truly for the modern woman on the go: the space in between the two internal pockets is designed to hold a single lipstick, and the back outside pocket is designed to securely hold money without opening the bag. History tells us that when she was designing this bag Coco Chanel was having an illicit affair with a married man, so she designed the zippered inner pocket so she could hide love leather in there. This bag does not bare any logos, just a subtle Chanel marking on the hardware.
The fact that this bag that was designed almost 70 years ago remains a favorite among Chanel lovers is definitely iconic.
2. Chanel Classic Flap
Now we are getting into the classics, the most iconic Chanel bags of course, are the ones that have become symbols of the mason. The Classic Flap is the iconic Chanel bag with the interlocking CC locks that debuted in the 1980s designed by Karl Lagerfeld. An interpretation of the classic 2.55. You can have absolute certainty that this bag will keep its value and will never go out of style. The Chanel classic flap is relaunched every season in new colors and materials, but you can never go wrong with the neutral ones. This is a bag you will be wearing for the rest of your life and the average resale value is 97%, so you will not lose your money.
This bag is not only a symbol of the house but also of the amazing legacy Karl Lagerfeld left Chanel.
3. Chanel Perfume Bottle Bag
Not necessarily what one would call a classic, but this Chanel perfume bottle made a huge success when it debuted on the runway in 2013. Modeled after the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume, this Chanel bag is an easy conversation starter. We can all see why it became so popular among collectors and fashion lovers, not only it is beautiful, but it also depicts an important part of the brand’s history. This bag became a cult favorite and until this day it’s still one of my favorite designs from Lagerfeld.
On the spring summer 22 collection, Chanel presented once again the Perfume Bottle bag!
4. Chanel Milk Carton Bag
Perhaps one of the most memorable runway shows during Lagerfeld’s tenure was the Chanel Shopping Center show for Autumn Winter 2014. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a Chanel-themed supermarket with models walking through the aisles. This show provided the world with some of the most unique handbags in Chanel’s design history: the Shopping Basket Bag and the Milk Carton bag. This Lait de Coco bag was made of silver leather, ruthenium hardware and studded with pearls.
It was an instant hit and until this day is a collector’s item that resells for astonishing prices.
5. Chanel Boy Bag
Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 launch was a tribute to Chanel’s first love, Boy Capel. The sturdier structure takes inspiration on the boxy silhouette of a hunter’s cartridge bag, while the tougher, chunkier chain and oxidized metal hardware nod to the androgynous tendencies of the house’s original collections. The Chanel Boy bag was an immediate success, flying off the shelves and becoming one of the most sought-after styles. The Boy has a rock ‘n’ roll personality, and this rebellious member of the Chanel family has since become a symbol of the house’s androgynous heritage. Due to its versatility, the Chanel Boy bag has been crafted in many materials, from various types of leathers to luxurious textiles.
Each season sees the Boy recreated in various shapes and a host of sizes, from micro minis to roomy silhouettes.
6. Chanel Hula Hoop Bag
The iconic 2.55 silhouette has appeared in endless shapes over the years, and 2013’s iteration is one of the most memorable. The signature flap, nestled within a supersized hula hoop, made for an impressive sight on the SS13 runway. The silhouette encapsulated fashion over function to almost comical degree, but people still went crazy for it! While the original bigger size never went into production, a smaller iteration did (and promptly sold out).
This bag served as the perfect statement piece while remaining identifiable with its famous Chanel characteristics.