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Chanel brand was founded in 1910 by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel with a store in Paris's Rue Cambon, where she started out selling hats. She later began making clothes. Nowadays it is one of the most famous and expensive luxury brands in the world.Chanel has designed a wide range of products over its long history. The question is: how do you choose the perfect Chanel bag for you?
Let's start looking into the most famous collections/lines: Flap Bags, Boy Bags, Coco Bags, Tote Bags, and Vanity Bags.
Chanel Flap Bags
There is no question that one of the most iconic handbags throughout history is the Chanel flap bag. Since its introduction, there have been countless designs made and there is the possibility to be confounded or finding wrong information. With the following, we try to make clear the topic.
Chanel Flap Bags history
The history of Chanel flaps goes back to February 1955 when Coco Chanel launched the first version of her famous double flap bag. The double chain allowed for hands-free use of bags, an innovative feature at the time, and made them easy to carry while keeping femininity. The original Chanel Flap became widely known as "2.55" because of its release year.
Over time, numerous variations of the original 2.55 designs have appeared including single flaps, different sizes, and the use of inter-woven leather through the chains.
Karl Lagerfeld impacted in 3 different key moments to reinvent the original creation. In the 1980s he introduced the "new family" with the famous interlocking CC logo. In 2005 revisited the original Chanel Flap to celebrate 50 years of the eternally chic bag (giving birth to the "2.55 Reissue"). In 2019 together with Virginie Viard reimagine the Chanel classic bag giving birth to the Chanel 19 Bag. It was the last major handbag Karl Lagerfeld designed.
Chanel Classic Flap Vs Chanel Reissue Flap
There is some confusion regarding the terminology used to describe Chanel flap bags.
The 2.55 is referring to Coco Chanel's iconic bag that she originally designed in 1955. The classic flap refers to bags that feature the iconic interlocking CC lock design that was first introduced in the 1980s.
However, it is quite common for 2.55 to be used as a term that encompasses all Chanel flaps using the traditional structure.
A Reissue flap is a term used to refer to a 2005 version of the Chanel 2.55 which was recreated by Karl Lagerfeld for the 50th anniversary of its original release. It is popular to use these words to refer to all recently made 2.55s even if not technically correct. Following a couple of images of products at Tabita Bags store.
Both the Classic Flap and the 2.55 bag are typically double flaps, which means they both have a flap compartment inside and a flap closing on the outside. 2.55 bags have never deviated from this pattern, but the Classic Flap bags have occasionally been produced with just one flap.2014 saw the end of single flap bags, and all 2.55 and Classic Flap bags are now double flaps.
The Hidden Zipper Compartment
The hidden zipper compartment beneath the top flap is a Chanel signature feature. According to the story, Coco Chanel designed the compartment as a place to hide her love letters because she was having an affair at the time of its design and it was here that she hid the love letters. This pocket is popularly referred to as the "love letters pocket".
Chanel 2.55 bag
As previously stated, the Chanel 2.55 bag could be the most iconic of all Chanel bags. The bag's main feature is the long, thin strap that allows it to be carried over the shoulder.
The original design of the 2.55 bag is still available today, but there have been numerous modifications, upgrades, and special edition versions released over the years. Every season, new colours, fabrics, and embellishments are added. As a result, the 2.55 bag is one of the most adaptable in terms of design and material in the entire Chanel collection.
The bag's core design includes seven pockets, two of which are inside pockets, one of which is a smaller middle pocket designed to store makeup accessories, and an outside pocket found at the back of the bag, designed for quick access, the so-called 'Mona Lisa's Smile' pocket, an hidden inner pocket, where Coco Chanel kept her love letters.
Chanel 11.12 bag
The 11.12 is a notable model of Chanel bag that gained notoriety for being the first to have the interlocking double CC lock. The 11.12 purse, created by Karl Lagerfeld as a reinterpretation of Gabrielle Chanel's original 2.55, also has a woven leather chain strap. Again, the 11.12 bag offers a lot of design, material, and colour options.
Chanel 19 bag
This handbag is slouchier than the 2.55 or the 11.12. Its strap is composed of a trio of chains. The bag features also a chain handle. It is normal for luxury brands to take some success elements and exaggerate them. Here it has been done on the diamond quilting and CC clasp, revisited in a bigger size.
Chanel Boy Bags
Inspired by the cartridge bag, which was a popular hunting accessory at the time, the Boy was named after Coco Chanel's lover (Boy Capel).
Under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld, The Boy was introduced at the right time (in 2011-2012). Women of all ages took a particular interest in Chanel when usually its signature garments and accessories were designed for an older audience. With its casual feel and rock/biker attitude, it has been a bold move to tone down the French House formalities. Nothing like the Boy bag has ever been made before by Chanel. It was a risky move, but it turned out to be a very successful one.
Quilted or chevrons leather are most commonly used for Chanel Boy bags, but they're not the only option. Seasonal pieces may be made from different materials. Practicality and fashion go together when it comes to the Boy bag. It frequently comes in gold or ruthenium-tone hardware and has an adjustable chain strap with leather components.
It has been made in five different sizes throughout its history and is now available in three sizes (mini, small, and large). The most popular line is the structured, rectangular-shaped chain shoulder bag. The Boy line includes also Chanel Totes models, that have different shapes and structures but always with the common large rectangular CC squeeze-lock clasp at the front giving it an industrial/rock vibe.
One of the advantages of the second hand market is the bigger choice in terms of variants. See for example this beautifulPink Chanel Boy Bag at Tabita Bags in Switzerland. Among the rarities in the resale market see thisChanel Boy Woc Clutch at Tabita Bags shop.
The fashion industry is captivated by the tiny handbag trend as the size of highly desired purses continues to get smaller. Mini, micro, and petite purses are all the rage because they are really adorable, even if sometimes pretty impractical.
Some Chanel mini bags can accommodate daily necessities, while others can only carry a credit card. See for example this original pre-ownedMini flap bag at Tabita Bags. Despite this, the history of these bite-sized bags dates back to the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. In order to encourage women to boldly accept their physique, long skirts were cut into miniskirts, and nylon stockings were substituted with tights. Bag silhouettes also decreased along with the size of clothing, adding to the modern woman's evolving sense of style.
Among the Chanel Mini flap bag, one worth mentioning is the Chanel 2.55 Reissue Mini Bag which with a roughly 20 cm side can accommodate a phone, makeup, and a few other necessities.
Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC)
The Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC), which is stylish and adorable, is evidence that the finest things frequently come in little forms. It is designed to resemble a miniature Classic flap and maintains much of the distinctive Chanel look in a small but stylish package.
The WOC is the ideal little companion for a night out or for light travel. It holds your most important belongings like your phone, credit cards, and keys. It goes with practically any outfit and can be carried like a clutch in your hand or slung over your shoulder.
Chanel Tote Bags & Chanel Shopping Bags
If you prefer a purse with a roomier design than the micro bag trend that is now dominating the catwalk, Chanel's shopping and tote bags are perfect for you. If you don't like to travel light, a large bag is ideal for storing all of your favourite items.
Although Chanel stopped making its famous Grand Shopping Tote in 2015, there are still a ton of other large bag alternatives available. The quilted leather shoppers have a genuinely classic charm, while the canvas shoppers offer another universe of possibilities.
The Vanity Case, one of Chanel's more recent releases, has quickly gained popularity. This boxy bag has a top handle, a longer chain shoulder strap, and a secret CC padlock with its own key. The interlocking Cs are imprinted on the front of the bag. A concealed expanding accordion design with two open compartments and a zipper in the middle is made accessible by the double zipper that wraps around the top and sides of the bag. Three sizes of the Vanity Case are available: Small, Medium, and Large.
Coco Chanel Bags
One of Chanel's most popular designs today is the Coco Handle.
The trapezoidal shape of the Coco handle makes it recognizable from a distance. It differs from the Classic Flap and resembles the Hermes Kelly more due to its unique form.
Many of Chanel's signature features are present, starting with the iconic twist clasp with the interlaced CC emblem, along with the useful addition of a handle.
The body is made of quilted leather, with a style that continues to reference the timeless design of the Chanel Flap bag. Chevron quilting is also a possibility. Both styles are timelessly fashionable and in high demand.
The Coco Handle contains a useful external rear pocket, like the Classic Flap for quick access to a phone or credit card while on the go.
The traditional leather and interlaced chain strap are there, along with an extra leather piece at the top for a more comfortable shoulder carry. The availability of the long chain and the handle make it a very versatile bag.
In terms of variants, it comes in a wide range of materials and seasonal and evergreen hues.
There are four sizes available. the Mini can fit your on-the-go necessities like cards, sanitiser, and lipstick; the Small size gives a bit more space. There is enough space in the Medium to carry everything you need for the day. The Large is roomy and can accommodate everything you need to transport you.
Karl Lagerfeld gave the Chanel brand a contemporary attitude and new viewpoint when he was appointed creative director of the company in 1983. Karl Lagerfeld was deeply influenced by Coco Chanel's classic designs and frequently referred to her design archives. The most well-known vintage Chanel bags are those that he created in the 1980s and 1990s that are thus charged multiples of the original retail price.
One model worth mentioning is the Vintage Chanel Diana, which was one of the favourite purses of Lady Diana. It is a discontinued bag and the models in good condition are really desired in the second-hand market. See this beautifulBlack Chanel bag at Tabita Bags.
The answer is articulated. The cheapest Chanel bags in the store are in general the small ones because prices increase with size and using tweed as material (leather is more expensive). The models to be evaluated include Small Vanity With Chain Bag, Clutches With Chain, Wallets On Chain, Mini 2.55 Bag, Mini Classic Flap Bag, and Small Chanel Boy. Some of them belong to the small leather goods category in the Chanel classification.
Because it is substantially less expensive than its bigger counterparts while yet being crafted with the same luxury workmanship standards and attention to detail, the Wallet on Chain is one of the cheapest yet most desirable Chanel bags. In the resale market, the choice is much bigger and the price depends on many factors (availability of a product, quality, etc). Good deals can be done for example with Large Shopping Bags.
Normally the best place to look for cheap Chanel bags is the resale market. The word "cheap" might not sound right in the case of Chanel products, where for an authentic, iconic product you should expect to go in any case well beyond the 1 thousand mark (USD, EUR, GBP, or CHF).
Some relatively cheap and very popular products in the second-hand market are Chanel Classic Vintage Flaps, the Deauville, the Chanel Medallion tote, the Grand Shopping tote, and the Mini Shopping tote. See this Chanel Medallion at Tabita Bags.
Chanel is recognized for using a broad range of quality leathers and textiles in their numerous collections; each material has a particular feel and style that distinguishes one Chanel piece from the next.
It is essential that you choose the material that is most suited to you and your lifestyle. The typical materials you will discover are listed here, along with an overview of the primary qualities.
The most popular material among Chanel leathers is Caviar. It is made of grained calfskin leather with an embossed pebbled texture (hence the caviar name). Karl Lagerfeld first introduced it to Chanel in the 1990s. It is a structured leather material that is highly sought after for its durability and scratch resistance.
If you want a Chanel purse that will last for a long time, caviar leather should be on your wish list. It's somewhat heavier than lambskin and has a considerably more scratch and a water-resistant surface, so you may use it with confidence every day. Some collectors consider caviar leather to be more casual than lambskin, although Chanel Caviar bags tend to be more structured.
Caviar is especially well suited to tiny items that are regularly touched, such as wallets, as well as tote bags that are more subject to bumps, due to its practicality. Bags made of caviar leather sell well on the secondary market because of their longevity, making them an excellent long-term investment.
Chanel Black Caviar Leather
Although lambskin is stunning, it is more fragile than caviar. Coco Chanel started using it in the 1960s. Lambskin is one of Chanel's more expensive and sought-after leather, often lauded for its smooth, buttery texture. Most typically seen on quilted Classic Flap bags but has also been utilized on wallets, accessories, and shoes.
Lambskin leather is susceptible to scratches, water, and staining. Furthermore, the puffiness of the quilted lambskin might flatten over time.
Chanel regularly uses 3 different variations of Calfskin leathers.
Pebbled Calfskin: A grainy leather that is frequently compared to Caviar leather and can be encountered on luggage and large bags. It's smooth and has a tiny grain, but it's also somewhat more durable than the lambskin.
Aged Calfskin: Most typically utilized in the Reissue line, it is less structured and has a more distressed appearance. It features a wrinkled, somewhat faded look for a retro vibe that's perfect for covering ordinary scuffs and scratches and adding a dash of rock 'n' roll to everyday attire.
Smooth Calfskin: This material is commonly utilized for the Boy Bag. The look of smooth calfskin leather is sometimes likened to that of lambskin leather. It has a lustrous shine that looks especially lovely when quilted - but keep in mind that it is more likely to scratch.
Any look is instantly made more glamorous by Chanel's patent leather purses, which feature a high-gloss finish. In the 1980s, Chanel introduced the phrase. Together with lambskin and Caviar leather, the patent is the third type of leather that can be found on the majority of Classic line goods.
Contrary to popular belief, patent bags might be more difficult to maintain. They have a history of being difficult to maintain in humid environments and are prone to staining (stains on the patent are difficult to remove). A patent Chanel purse should be meticulously maintained because of its reflecting properties, which make any flaws or wrinkles quite obvious.
Chanel Patent leather
Chanel's tweed is made from several kinds of yarns that are woven together to provide a quirky, distinctive texture. There are no two Chanel tweed items that are precisely the same. It was made popular in 1924 by Coco Chanel.
Even while it's still a premium material, it lends totes like the Deauville a beachy vibe that's ideal for off-duty events, while Chanel's graffiti-sprayed canvas backpack, which the brand released in 2014, quickly became a grunge and glam favourite for its mix of the two.
With the exception of the five primary colours of the brand, Chanel colours are not consistently labelled and new hues are sometimes only created for a single season.
Many Chanel bag collectors start their adventure with a traditional shade. Choosing a bag in one of Chanel's five official colours is like investing in a piece of fashion history since, more than any other fashion company, the brand narrative of Chanel is a crucial component of its style.
Continuative Chanel colours
Black leather is the most favoured shade for Chanel purses. If you only want to own one bag and/or want to be able to sell the bag fast in the future, I suggest going with a Black Chanel bag.
Beige is anything from dull in the Chanel universe; it's a lovely, warm, natural colour that reminds Coco of radiant skin, golden honey, or a beach under the sun. It's a smart addition to austere monotone attire. The fashion brand places such a high value on this modest colour. For today's sophisticated personalities, it is essential. See the picture of a Chanel Medallion in Tabita Bags store.
A red Chanel purse provides a stylish pick-me-up, whether worn with blue jeans or a little black dress, similar to how a swipe of red lipstick can provide an instant lift. It is the sole bright colour that the house uses as a primary colour.
Metallic gold leather purses are highly prized by Chanel enthusiasts, especially given how well gold complements the other company colours.
Each season, Chanel's famed themed runway shows provide a stunning new selection of vibrant 2.55, Classic Flap, and Boy Bags. Each of these colourful types might be seen as a limited edition in its own right because the company doesn't adhere to a specific naming system or enjoy repetition. The pink shades are very desired, see this Boy at Tabita Bags:
The size is one of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a Chanel bag.
Here we try to help by providing a comparison of Chanel Classic Flap sizes. We do this by providing practical descriptions starting from the smallest to the biggest.
The Chanel Classic Flap is currently offered in four major sizes and two smaller versions. All of the features of the Classic Flap are present in the Minis. Essentially, the double flap is the only thing missing. It comes in four different sizes: Small, Medium, Jumbo, and Maxi. The mini is available in two shapes: square and rectangular.
Chanel Mini Square Flap Bag
The Mini Square Flap is the smallest bag in the Chanel Classic Flap collection and with dimensions of 17 x 13.5 x 8 cm with astrap drop of 54 cm. It came out in 2010. This unmistakably boxy bag has a modern, minimalist aesthetic. It only has one flap. Those who enjoy the small bag trend adore this well-liked Chanel size. Three various ways to carry the Chanel Mini Square Flap Bag are over the shoulder, crossbody, and as a clutch.
You should be able to fit your smartphone, a card case, keys, and basic makeup in the purse. The Square Mini has a "Mona Lisa" rear pocket on the outside, which is perfect for some additional cash and receipts, and one main compartment and one zipped flat pocket inside.
Chanel Mini square flap bag
Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
The Mini Rectangular Flap Bag is the second-tiniest bag in the Chanel Classic Flap collection. Actually, there isn't much of a size difference between this bag and the Square Mini. It has the same proportions as the larger Chanel Classic Flap Bag sizes just in a smaller package. It is most likely the most famous item in the Chanel Classic range for this reason. With the little rectangle Chanel purse, you can easily carry basic makeup, a phone, a wallet, keys, and a little more.
The bag is 20 x 12 x 6 cm with a 58 cm strap drop and is broader, shorter, and thinner than the Square Mini. It does have a 3 cm longer base, so you should be able to fit longer objects inside it if you want to.
The Mini Rectangular Classic bag's long strap allows it to be worn crossbody. Shorten the strap by doubling it and wearing the bag over your shoulder. Alternatively, fold the chain into the bag and use it as an evening clutch. The Chanel Mini Rectangular purse, which is naturally dressy, contrasts wonderfully with casual jeans and heels.
The Mini Rectangular Classic may be identified by counting the full diamonds embroidered in a row on the bag's flap: six diamonds in sequence. Some Mini Rectangular Classic bags have a little, rolled handle too. These adorable purses, known as the Mini Rectangular Classic Bag with Handle, are in high demand.
Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap
Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag
The Small Classic Flap bag is 23 x 14.5 x 6 cm and has a strap drop of 25 cm. It's slightly larger than the little Chanel Classic Flaps, yet it's still small and portable. This is the smallest Chanel Classic Flap to include the internal flap. It features seven full embroidered diamonds across the flap. Because of the second flap (that takes some space), it holds almost the same amount as the Mini Rectangular Classic bag.
The Chanel Small Classic Flap bag works well as a shoulder bag, a crossbody depending on the body frame or a hand-held clutch for evenings. You may also make a shorter shoulder bag by doubling the strap. It's the ideal day-to-evening bag. Fill it with all you need and then more, even with a little notebook.
While some people can't decide between the Square and Rectangular Mini, others can't decide between the Rectangular Mini and the Small Classic Flap. The bag is still small, only 3 cm longer and 2.5 cm higher than the Rectangular Mini.
The construction of the bag is a deal breaker for many people. If you desire easier access to your items, the open inside is a big bonus. The additional flap on the Small Classic Flap, on the other hand, adds an extra degree of security. The Small Classic Flap can also be worn with a single or double strap. That is a feature that Minis lack.
Medium Chanel Classic Flap Bag
In terms of size, the medium Chanel Classic Flap bag is the most common and widely used. It is neither too big nor too small to carry everything you need to get you from day to night. On smaller torsos, wear it as a shoulder bag or crossbody bag. The Chanel Classic Flap midsize purse is ideal for a date night. This is one of Chanel's most popular purse sizes.
The Medium Classic Flap bag is 25.5 x 15.5 x 6.5 cm and has a 43 cm handle drop (or 23 cm when doubled). It features two flaps. It The Medium Chanel Classic purse is recognized for its diamond-pattern stitching, which features eight full diamonds per row across the flap. The Medium Classic Flap may contain a small toiletry bag in addition to keys, a smartphone, a wallet, and some more.
Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
The Jumbo 11.12 is the second-largest Chanel Classic Flap bag. It measures 30 x 19.5 x 10 cm and is ideal for the busy woman who carries a lot on a routine basis and wants a classic and stylish oversized bag. Aside from your everyday necessities, the Jumbo can accommodate a tablet, a notebook, a full cosmetics bag, and more. You can wear it over the shoulder with a single or double chain or crossbody. We really love these at Tabita Bags, check out for new arrivals.
The maxi Chanel Classic Flap bag is for the woman who believes that more is better, and loves oversized bags. The Chanel Classic Flap maxi bag is the largest of the Chanel Flap bags and can fit anything you need, for you and the kids. It works best as a shoulder bag, yet it also fits well as a short cross-body. Measuring 33 x 23 x 10 cm with a drop of 30 cm when the chain strap is doubled.
Maxi Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Chanel Flap version
Measurements in Cm
Chanel Mini Square Flap Bag
17 x 13.5 x 8 cm
Chanel Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
20 x 12 x 6 cm
Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag
23 x 14.5 x 6 cm
Medium Chanel Classic Flap Bag
25.5 x 15.5 x 6.5 cm
Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
30 x 19.5 x 10cm
Maxi Chanel Classic Flap
33 x 23 x 10 cm
Frequently asked questions - Chanel bag authenticity
We have included these FAQ section to answer the most common question our clients and visitors ask us. We want to provide you with the better support possible and help you with the best investment in a second-hand Chanel bag. Here is find guidance in relation to authenticity.
How to tell if a Chanel bag is real or fake
The presence of a huge amount of fake Chanel products is a big risk, for professionals and Chanel lovers. Thus we want to provide some basic guidance on how to avoid the most blatant replicas.
Note: due to the huge range of variations available and the presence of "super fakes, Chanel bags are challenging to authenticate. "Super fakes" look remarkably similar to original Chanel bags and can be distinguished just by professionals and sometimes just with the help of technology. The counterfeit market for Chanel bags is as active as the Hermès counterfeit business, with a large number of fakes sold to unwary ladies each year.
How to authenticate the Chanel bag
The most valuable suggestion we can give you is to deal with well-reputed professionals only. The riskiest thing is to buy from private people or dubious professionals. Take the below just as basic suggestions to avoid the most evident traps (i.e. not to avoid super-fakes). At Tabita Bags we use Entrupy technology to make sure of authenticity and protect ourselves and our clients.
Check out the outside of the bag
Looking at a fake Chanel handbag from the exterior may not necessarily reveal whether it is a genuine one. But occasionally the leather could appear a little off from how it should be to a skilled eye. Cheap duplicates almost always have this problem, but more expensive ones occasionally do too.
Lambskin, which should be smooth and feel pleasant to the touch, is the leather of choice for many Chanel bags. The feel and appearance of a fake should be easily distinguishable from the excellent leather used by Chanel. Make sure a lambskin leather bag feels incredibly smooth to the touch when evaluating it.
Caviar skin, a renowned leather also utilized by Chanel, is created using pebbled calf leather. This kind of leather is rougher to the touch and has a bouncy appearance. It is a more durable leather than lambskin and is less likely to scratch and mark. Genuine caviar leather should have raised dimples that you can feel with your hands.
A bag's quilting design, which is distinctive from Chanel, can help determine if it is real or not. The rear of the bag, where the pocket is located, is a nice spot to inspect the quilting. The stitching should consistently maintain the diamond pattern. This is only a reliable indicator if you're buying a brand-new Chanel bag because it's possible that the wear or stretching of the leather caused the lines to move slightly out of place if you're buying a pre-owned bag.
Compared to authentic Chanel purses, replica Chanel bags are sometimes made using substandard materials. Instead of the more square design of genuine bags, watch out for rounded corners on reproductions. This is a clue that the bag wasn't made properly and that the material was of poor quality.
To keep the bag's original shape, Chanel makes use of a high number of stitches. Low stitch density might be a sign of a replica.
The bag's bottom is another location to check the stitching. Jumbo bags should have separation in the bottom right and left divisions while small to medium bags should have a smooth bottom.
Examine the inside
Another difference between real bags and reproductions is the lining. Genuine bags have a lining that lays firmly against the material with no apparent lumps or bumps. However, fake bags frequently cut corners in their design and utilize inferior leather that is prone to creasing and may even be a bit lose. The material should always be wrinkle-free and smooth inside the flap. The interlocking CC logo will be located within the second flap of bags with two flaps. Once more, the C's should interlock in the logo, with the right C sitting on top of the left C hook. The logo should be raised, but not overly, and the last R should have a circle around it.
Look at the hardware
Imitation Chanel handbags might show an exact copy of the authentic hardware. The key idea is that you must always take into account a variety of things. Don't only rely on hardware stitching or engraving. Look at the object as a whole. Furthermore, it's possible that some hardware components have been replaced over time, so just because one piece of hardware doesn't seem right doesn't mean the item is fake.
Depending on the type of the bag and when it was produced, different stamping markings are used. If your bag doesn't have a stamp, don't worry. Some CC locks have a stamping mark, while others have no mark at all. If the lock contains a stamp, it was probably made in France; if it doesn't, it was probably made in Italy. The stamping mark on the back plate is the true giveaway. The back plate of the turnstile lock can be seen if you open the bag and look at it. Only flat screws are used by Chanel to install this, and the writing is legible and evenly spaced. Replicas may employ different screw kinds and other design elements.
The C's always interconnect in the same way. Always place the right C on top of the left C hook. The flap also has four "grommets," or holes. The grommets on giant bags are side by side, while they are exactly below one another on small and medium flaps.
Look at the brand stamps
Another approach to verify a Chanel bag's authenticity is to look for the brand stamp. Verify the stamp's font and quality. Numerous knockoffs use a narrower typeface and cram the marking onto the leather rather than having it be embossed into it. Another aspect worth looking at is where the embossed Chanel emblem is located. The next C should be 1.5 centimetres above it, with the width of the Cs and the distance between them both keeping constant at 0.9 centimetres. A real Chanel logo has a 3.3 centimetres width.
Look at the Chain Straps
A classic Chanel bag element and an excellent way to identify a fake are the renowned chains and leather straps. While imitation straps frequently lack a link with no leather looped through it, vintage pieces have a link with no leather threaded through it. However, modern Chanel handbags include leather straps that are sewn through each link after being folded back on themselves.
Look at Chanel authenticity card and serial number
Not every authenticity card is real. See how many numbers make up the code to quickly determine if the authenticity card is real. The bag will have six digits if it was manufactured between 1984 and 1986, seven digits if it was manufactured between 1986 and 2004 and eight digits if it was manufactured after 2005. Chanel does not currently print authenticity cards with 9 or more numbers.
In 1984, serial numbers were added to Chanel purses, at the same time as authenticity cards. Prior to this, there was no sticker or serial number on any Chanel bags. Six number codes were used between 1984 and 1986, seven-digit codes were used between 1987 and 2004, and eight-digit codes have been used since 2005 on Chanel bags. The year the bag was created can be quickly determined by counting the digits on the serial number. Anything more than 8 numbers is clearly fake. Additionally, the serial numbers are styled differently depending on the year they were generated.
The authenticity card is composed of plastic, feels like a credit card, and shouldn't have a rainbow hologram effect. Serial numbers on the tag or authenticity card and those on the interior of the bag should match. Enter your code on this site to easily check if it is valid and for other interesting details: chanelcodecalc.com.
Note that at Tabita Bags you might find products without serial number: feel safe, this does not mean they are fake. The serial number can detach with time and we use Entrupy to authenticate. If you feel uncertain just contact us at +41 78 907 90 31.
Be suspicious of commercial invoices
We frequently get asked if we still have the store's original invoice. As professional sellers, we cannot by definition possess it. The key point is that although the invoice is the element that can be easily copied, naive consumers mistakenly think it is reliable evidence of purchase. For this reason, most con artists would assert that they have it.
How to spot a fake Chanel bag
Whenever you purchase a Chanel second-hand bag, there is a risk involved. Our first advice is to utilize only a reputable source, whether it be online or through a consignment shop you know and trust, to reduce such danger. The second recommendation we provide is to pay attention to the basics. Here is a list of what you should look at.
The leather feels low quality at the touch
The stitchings are loose or low density or too dense
The flap's stitching is different from the bag's other stitching.
There is a lack of symmetry in the stitching
The two C’s on the logo do not integrate properly
The logo inside the bag looks misaligned
The serial number is incompatible with the year or the length is not correct (use online sites or the above guidance to check)
The authenticity card had a hologram
The authenticity card's number and the sticker inside are different.
The price is unreasonably low
Where to find Chanel bag serial number
The serial number is typically located inside the bag, close to the bottom of the interior back flap.
Do vintage Chanel bags have serial numbers?
Chanel began using serial number stickers in the mid-1980s. It is a frequent misconception that all Chanel bags must carry a serial sticker in order to be legitimate. Fake Chanel bags, on the other hand, frequently feature serial stickers. In 2021 Chanel has stopped using serial numbers. The sticker has been replaced by a microchip embedded in a metal plate inside the bag. There is an 8-digit serial code on such plate (that does not reveal the production year though). The microchip data can be read only by Chanel employees making the technology very secure (at the time of writing).
Frequently asked questions - Chanel bag purchase
We have included these FAQ section to answer the most common question our clients and visitors ask us. We want to provide you with the better support possible and help you with the best investment in a second-hand Chanel bag. Here is find guidance in relation to how to purchase a Chanel Bag.
How much is a Chanel bag
The cost of a second-hand Chanel bag depends on many factors, and In general, Chanel is becoming become more and more expensive.
For a product that is currently in store, obtaining a discount of 20-30% could be a good deal (for a product "as new"). Some products have limited availability. For models that are no more in store, the price of a pre-loved bag can exceed the one of a brand new one.
Another aspect to be considered is the quality of the product: a product that is "as new" has a cost that can differ a lot from a product with many signs of usage.
Why are Chanel bags so expensive?
Chanel handbags are among the most popular designer handbags in the world. The brand has more than a century of history and its products have always been known for their high quality, elegant designs, and luxurious materials. The Chanel handbags are designed by the best designers in the world.
The Chanel handbag is not only a symbol of elegance but also an investment that can be passed on to your children or grandchildren. Many pieces are timeless classics that will never go out of style.
Do Chanel bags appreciate in value?
Since Chanel is known for raising the price of its bags every 6 to 12 months, they hold their value very well.
When buying their first, or even tenth, Chanel bag, lovers frequently forget to consider the possibility of their bag's value increasing. Many of the aforementioned fashion trends are appreciating in value at a startling rate, so your ideal purchase may also be a smart investment. A collectable, rare, or limited edition Chanel bag is a sensible investment because of the bag's exquisite design and because its worth will almost certainly rise while you use it.
Stick with the more conventional models that have a classic chain and obvious interlocking CCs if you plan to sell the bag in the future or use it as an investment item.
Where to buy Chanel bags
If you want to buy a Chanel bag that is still available in the shop you can experience the purchase from one of the Chanel boutiques. Chanel does not sell online.
If you want more choice (i.e. a model or colour no more in the shop) and maybe to do a deal, then you can look into the resale market. The second-hand market is very complex and presents some risks (fake products or damage) so we strongly suggest referring to trustable sellers only (unless you have a lot of experience and tools to distinguish real from fake).
Where are Chanel bags made?
All Chanel satchels are made in Europe in top-notch facilities since the brand places a great value on quality and tradition. More specifically:
- many of the products are made in France to preserve the brand's history and carry on Coco's legacy.
- in upscale regions of Spain, and Italy, such as Tuscany. The skilled artisans who have been crafting with leather for generations are known to come from Spain and Italy.
The words "Made in France," "Made in Italy," or (a somewhat uncommon stamp) "Made in Spain" can be found either beneath the symbol or on the bag's opposite side.
Which Chanel bag to buy first
If you are moving the first steps in the Chanel world, knowing which bag to buy first might be complicated.
Below is a step-by-step approach that we hope will support you. If you prefer a 1:1 luxury experience (rather than going through a long checklist) contact us at +41 78 907 90 31.
Step 1 - Budget considerations
The first step is to assess how much you are willing to invest in your first Chanel. We say "invest" on purpose.
If you have a limited budget and think that this Chanel bag will be the one for life then we suggest going in the "classic" direction (like a Black Chanel double flap) in average size. So despite the suggestion of many avoid going for a mini to save and then regret that you have a bag with limited functionalities.
If your budget is more flexible then you can also be more flexible in the choice, like for example in the selection of colour or in the choice of extreme size (mini or maxi).
Another budget-related consideration is if you think to keep the bag or embrace the circular economy and sell it after a while. In such a case, if you stay on the popular models you have more chances to recover the initial value.
Step 2 - Size and Usage
Once you have clarified what is your budget, you should start considering the practical aspects. When and how do you intend to use your new Chanel?
Some supporting questions:
- when do you want to use your bag?
- how do you want to carry it?
- what do you want to store inside it?
- how do you treat your bags?
Answering these questions will help you to eliminate some options from the infinite menu of choices. The last one is very important, especially in relation to the choice of materials and colours. You can refer to other parts of this long guide to check specific information regarding models, sizes and colours.
Step 3 - Material and colour
Material and colour choice have to do with taste on one side but also with versatility.
The neutral and continuative colours (see dedicated section) are suitable for the "1 in a lifetime Chanel" and to keep value in time. The seasonal fancier colours are a good choice if you want to build a collection.
Some colours are also more delicate. Light colours (white, pink etc) need a lot of care. The best in terms of durability is a black Chanel bag.
As said the choice of materials has a lot to do with the intended usage. In summary, staying on leather, caviar is the most resistant, lambskin is more delicate, and patent leather is the most dedicated one. Check the dedicated section for more details.
Frequently asked questions - Chanel bag care
We have included these FAQ section to answer the most common question our clients and visitors ask us. We want to provide you with the better support possible and help you with the best investment in a second-hand Chanel bag. Here is find guidance in relation to how to take care of a Chanel Bag.
How to care for Chanel bag
Following here we provide a list of suggestions that will help prolong the life of your Chanel bag
- Never overfill the bag.
- Protect it from direct sunlight and humid environment.
- Protect it from rain
- Avoid putting in contact with perfume, pencils, pointy or sharp objects and makeup in it.
- Touch it with clean hands
- Careful with jeans: they are abrasive and can scuff the bag
- Dark materials shouldn't be left next to light-coloured patent leather for extended periods of time (to avoid colour migration).
- If the product is damp, dab it dry with an absorbent, non-fluffy cloth in a neutral colour.
- A shammy towel can be used to polish metallic components.
- Consult a professional if you need to clean it (many bad practices are suggested online)
How to clean Chanel bag
Online sources might be very misleading in terms of suggestions on how to clean your Chanel Bag. For example, many suggest using baby wipes, body creams, saddle cleaners etc. All of these should not be used.
The bag should be cleaned regularly with a dry soft cloth, while the use of products is subject to a lot of attention and in any case not frequent. The Chanel house instruction is to avoid cleaning products at all. So, in case you need to clean your bag you should (at least) refer to made-on-purpose products from trusted producers.
Because most Chanel bags are in open pore leather they are very delicate and difficult to clean and you cannot use standard leather products. We suggest using products that are specific for aniline leather and asking the seller how to use it. In any case, the leather is so delicate that it should be cleaned with a product only once in while, so you might refer to a professional luxury leather cleaner to do it.
To clean the inside you can blow cold air using a hair dryer or a small compressor to remove dust and particles and then wipe with a dry soft cloth.
Last but not least, if your purse has a smell, put a container of baking soda inside it and close the bag. The baking soda will absorb the smell as it is released if you leave the container inside the bag for a couple of days at room temperature. After a couple of days, you might need to leave the bag to breathe in the open air and then replace the baking soda and repeat the process.
How to store Chanel bag
The longevity and appearance of your Chanel bag will depend a lot on how you store it when it's not in use. Many women keep their purses in storage most of the time they own them and only use them on special occasions. Even ladies who frequently carry bags must occasionally or overnight keep them.
Here is our list of advice to store in the best way your Chanel bag.
- Keep it out of direct sunlight
- Protect it from humidity.
- Keep it in its protective bag while not in use (no plastic bags).
- To maintain its shape, try to store it upright, and fill the interior with neutral acid-free paper or bubble wrap. Don't overfill it with such materials. - If it has chains, tuck the straps inside to prevent damage to the leather.
- Let it breathe from time to time - leave it for a few hours in the open air for few hours (protect it from the direct sun)
Can Chanel bags be repaired?
Chanel house offers repairs under warranty and maintenance service (paid). A five-year warranty is offered from the date of purchase for every handbag or wallet on the chain acquired from April 2021 onwards. The warranty covers the product defects, not the restoration of parts due to normal usage. Proof of purchase from one of the Chanel boutiques is needed to enjoy this service.
Chanel offers paid restoration services also and these cover also the products out of warranty and the repair of parts damaged by normal use. For more details check out the Chanel website.
The other route is to look for third-party repair service. While Chanel claims "Only the House of CHANEL is able to restore its creations while guaranteeing their integrity." we believe there are many leather craftsmen that are perfectly capable of perfectly restoring your Chanel bag. Look online for "Chanel Spa", "Chanel restoration" or similar, talk to the people, ask what they do exactly and what the expected result is, and ask for some photos of previous works. If you have the possibility make a visit. If you are experiencing any issue and ho not find a solution, we are here to help, contact us at +41 78 907 90 31.
Can I return a Chanel bag?
You are welcome to give us back your Chanel bag. Keep in mind that there are restrictions on the second-hand market and that refunds are not always an option in case you decide to make purchases elsewhere in the future. See the Tabita Bags store Terms & Conditions for further details.
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