There are only a few handbags that deserve the title icon. The Chanel classic flap is one of them. This bag was on my wishlist for years, and in 2013 I finally got my Chanel classic flap in black caviar leather with silver hardware.
Chanel classic flap -the historical background
Released was this sophisticated handbag first in February 1955 by Coco Chanel. A military bag inspired the design. The long should strap gives you free hands at all times. Miss Chanel was a very practical woman. She loved a simplistic and elegant design, but the easy use and a high comfort were always her priority.
The Chanel classic flap has seven pockets. The pocket at the backside is called “Mona Lisa’s subtle smile.” Coco Chanel used to keep some change there. Inside the flap is a little pocket with a zip. Rumors say she kept her love letters in there. The Lipstick-pocket is worth mentioning too. In every other bag, I have to investigate to find mine loosely in the bag thrown lipstick.
The sizes and prices
Small: 5,7 x 9,3 x 2,6 inches / 14,5 x 23,5 x 6,5 cm / € 4.100 (May 2017)
Medium: 6,3 x 10,2 x 2,8 inches / 16 x 26 x 7 cm / € 4.260 (May 2017)
Jumbo: 7,7 x 11,8 x 3,9 inches / 19,5 x 30 x 10 cm / € 4.750 (May 2017)
Maxi: 9,1 x 13 x 3,9 inches / 23 x 33 x 10 cm / € 5.160 (May 2107)
The Chanel classic flap is available in lamb leather or caviar leather. The lamb leather is soft and appears very elegant. It is more delicate than the caviar leather. The caviar leather is a grained leather. It is quite robust and seems it keeps the shape better. The inside of the Chanel classic flap is always in a burgundy leather.
You can choose between silver hardware or gold hardware.
This iconic handbag will never go out of style. It is surely an investment piece. The prices have increased massively over the last few years. I brought my maxi in 2013 for € 3.100. If I had a daughter, I am certain I would hand her down this beauty one day.
There are rumors that Chanel is planning to increase the prices shortly. But nothing was confirmed yet.