The genius of the Chanel bag lies in its versatility – whether it’s worn to complement a gala gown or a leisured pair of jeans, the cult label’s array of shoulder bags, clutch bags and waist bags have been speaking to women for decades who, like Coco herself, regard “simplicity as the keynote of all true elegance”. Whichever styles you align most with, we’re confident you’ll find that special vintage Chanel bag to tick off your sartorial bucket list.
Here are Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth carrying on. Our curated edit of timeless vintage Chanel bags are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance and style appeal.
Chanel bags are unarguably amongst the most important accessories in the history of fashion. Chanel bags have been the accessory of choice amongst style icons like Princess Diana, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, as well as more contemporary trendsetters like Alexa Chung.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel dreamed up her first bag in 1929, a hand-carried piece in line with the bag fashions for upper-class women of the times. Chanel’s signature quilting was allegedly inspired by the jackets worn by male stable-hands, and the trademark chain straps with or without leather-woven detailing allowed for the bag to be carried comfortably in hand.
In the 1980s, new Creative Director Karl Lagerfield introduced the interlocked CC monogram to Chanel bags, which had previously featured the logo-free Mademoiselle look. His updated take on the flap bag has cemented its iconic status amongst modern consumers as well.
Today, Chanel makes bags in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the signature black quilted shoulder bags to more experimental, limited edition designs in novelty prints and materials. The most recent flap bag line, the Boy Bag, was named after Coco’s long-time lover Boy Capel and is a millennial update of Lagerfield’s revamped 1980s version.