A Chanel bag is, without a doubt, the quintessential fashion statement. Chic and stylistically unique, the powerhouse French fashion maison’s accessories are instantly recognisable on the street and in mass media. The iconic interlocking C’s, emblazoned subtly on each bespoke piece manufactured meticulously by Chanel, has been the object of obsession for fashion-mongers globally for the better half of this past century.
Attempting to pick a few iconic pieces from Chanel’s collection is an uphill task fro anyone. But luckily for us at LUX.R Singapore, our expertise lies in identifying exquisite luxury bags for our secondhand collection for our customers. Here are four revered bags that we think deserve special mention.
1. Chanel Classic Flap
Officially christened as the “11.12 bag” by Chanel, the Classic Flap takes inspiration from the seminal 2.55 bag designed by Coco Chanel and is a modern reconceptualisation of its classic design by Karl Lagerfeld in 1983. Pronounced design features that were introduced such as the leather woven shoulder strap and the reimagination of the turn-lock clasp in the form of Chanel’s interlocking double-C logo gave it a decadent flair signature. With its momentous debut as the earliest iteration of Chanel bags to incorporate the interlocking double-C logo, the Classic Flap cemented its long-standing place in fashion history.
In the world of fashion, where it is the norm for trends to rise to prominence before fading to obscurity, few things have managed to leave a mark as lasting as what the Chanel Classic Flap has left on luxury lovers worldwide. In a testament to its timeless style, the clamour for the Classic Flap has only grown even stronger in the present. The handbag has attained an iconic standing incomparable to any other luxury bag – it is one that has come to represent a special significance in popular culture, with many supermodels and celebrities such as Kristen Stewart sporting a Chanel Classic Flap.
2. Chanel 2.55
Ah, the classic Chanel 2.55 Bag. Initially, the first iteration of the 2.55 did not feature any shoulder straps. Later updated in February 1955 (also where the name takes inspiration from), this bag debuted with an all-new shoulder strap and changed the way handbags would be viewed forever.
In that time, most women generally hand-carried their bags, which was cumbersome, to say the least. Society often viewed shoulder-carried bags as masculine and unbecoming of high society females of that era. Coco Chanel’s bold take on high fashion accessories finally allowed women of high social status to be seen carrying a shoulder bag. Fast-forward to the present, the 2.55 still regains its status as a household staple. Commonly spotted on celebrities such as Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker, it is not uncommon for the social elite to own a 2.55.
Unsurprisingly, the Chanel 2.55 is a rare find on the secondhand designer bag market in Singapore. If you’re looking for help with luxury consignment for any of your bags, head to LUX.R now and get a personal quote online from our store experts.
3. Chanel Boy
A post-20th century creation by late Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfield, the Chanel Boy bag owes its namesake to very romantic origins. Named after Gabrielle Chanel’s first love, Boy Capel, the modern take on Chanel’s shoulder bags introduced a unique masculine edge to an industry steeped in femininity and style.
A core reason behind the Chanel Boy’s success is its variety and versatility. Offered in multiple sizes and designs, these subtle shifts would capture the hearts of consumers and fashion lovers throughout the decades. Remaining as one of the most sought after styles in the Chanel catalogue, the French maison has not shied away from playing with the aesthetics of the Chanel Boy and pushing the boundaries of fashion. Household names with the same spirit, such as Miley Cyrus and Stella Maxwell, are frequently seen sporting the Chanel Boy bag everywhere from the streets to the red carpet.
4. Chanel Grand Shopping Tote
Stereotypical as it may be, during the peak of luxury fashion, many associated high fashion accessories as status symbols more than practical tools. Sure, a gorgeous leather Chanel Boy could hold your wallet, phone, and keys, but that was about it.
Enter the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (GST) bag, which was not only luxurious but also highly utilitarian. Commonly composed of Caviar leather, the leather tote had a premium feel while also being spacious and sturdy enough to carry everything one would need for the whole day. During the early-to-mid 2000s, the bag became in vogue as reality stars from Paris Hilton to the entire cast of The Hills were pictured being adorned with it.
The Chanel Grand Shopping Tote was discontinued in 2015, to the dismay of luxury fashion enthusiasts everywhere, further adding to its appeal as a rare vintage piece on online luxury consignment stores.
There’s An Iconic Bag For Everyone!
“Fashion changes, style endures”, these words from Chanel Coco remain valid even today. Chanel bags, regardless of design, have become iconic. There is a style or bag for everyone in the Chanel line; make an appointment and head down to our stores today to see which Chanel bag is right for you.