Chanel is, without doubt, the ultimate designer brand and has cemented its place in fashion history as an icon of haute couture, fashion, elegance, and glamour. From suits to handbags and nail lacquer to perfumery Chanel is top of the list in all things luxury fashion.
Chanel handbags are probably the most coveted designer item since they first hit the market in the 1950s. A Chanel handbag oozes style, elegance, and luxury. Donned by the chic, rich and famous across the planet. How much do they cost and what makes them so special?
How much is a Chanel Bag?
Chanel handbags need to be looked upon as an investment piece. They can set you back as much a small second-hand car when bought brand new.
The current retail price for the Small Flap Bag in black calfskin and gold metal is £3610.00! This bag is quite small and will serve as an evening bag for your essentials on a night out.
The larger models, depending on the design and material, can be priced at an eye-watering £5410.00! Chanel leather goods most certainly sit at the highest end in designer goods, and they are firmly placed in the Haute Couture class of fashion accessories.
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Why are Chanel bags so expensive?
The price tag may seem excessive, and this is down to many factors. You are, of course, paying for the name, Chanel and all the exclusivity of such a high-end designer brand. However, the name is not all you are paying for.
Each bag is painstakingly made by hand in one of 5 Ateliers an atelier is a workshop or studio specifically for artisanal craftsmen to make their goods. It takes 5 years to train one artisan in the exacting craft of making these opulent leather goods.
There are rigorous processes involved when selecting leathers and fabric and each bag goes through 180 processes in its production and will take the artisan 15 hours to make. The leather and chain handles are plaited and woven together meticulously by hand. The uniform diamond quilting is also hand sewn.
Each year the designers make new versions of the same classic styles and employ the finest fabrics including, tweed, calfskin, velvet, denim, embroidery, and snakeskin. You will always be able to explore the latest trends with each new season. These limited editions are more expensive but will go up in value if looked after properly.
Are Chanel Bags worth the money?
Buying a brand-new Chanel bag is a big deal and you need to approach it like an investment. Keep it safe and use it very carefully. If anyone has watched the Netflix series, Dear John, you may remember the daughter that kept her designer handbags in a safe!
This sounds absurd but if well looked after these beautiful bags can be sold in the future for more than they originally cost. The Chanel bag will always defy fashion trends and are a timeless investment in designer luxury goods.
Save money on Chanel Handbags
If you want to treat yourself to one of these coveted bags but want to save some cash, I suggest looking at pre-owned ones. There are tons of websites, shops and discount suppliers that sell vintage and pre-owned Chanel bags, and you will certainly save some cash. Second-hand bags are still very expensive, but you can find some cheaper options.
Who is Chanel?
We all know her as Coco Chanel, but she was born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in France in1883. From an extremely poor humble background, she rose to become the world’s most famous fashion icon ever!
Her mother, a laundrywoman, dies when she was very young and her father who worked as a travelling street vendor who sold women’s undergarments could not look after his children, and they were forced to live in a convent orphanage.
Whilst living in the convent she endured much hardship, and the clothing was very basic and austere. However, there was a silver lining as this is where she learned to sew. In 1909 she founded House of Chanel and the rest as they say is history.
Which Chanel Bag is most popular?
The most popular Chanel bag is known as the 11.12 Classic Flap, it has the CC double turn lock, leather/metal woven chain and 7 functional pockets. It comes in many different colours, leathers, and fabric options.
The 11.12 was a modified version of the original 2.55, which was designed by Coco Chanel to “free women’s hands”. The 2.55 has a full chain strap and Mademoiselle Clip. The modified version was designed by French fashion designer legend, Karl Lagerfeld in 1983.
Get your hands on some Luxe Chanel Goodies
Let’s be honest, for most of us a Chanel bag is way out of reach, but you can treat yourself to some of the glitz and glamour by buying the make-up or fragrance. Chanel No 5 is one of the best-selling perfumes in the world. It was catapulted in popularity when Marilyn Monroe was quoted as saying it was all she wore in bed!