Owning a Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag (now, a Boy Bag) or a Classic Flap Bag is many people’s dreams. Others already have many of each while there are views that list these bags as too played-out and traditional. Truth be told, Chanel Flap Bags are nothing but outdated, considering that you can play with many sizes, colors, and finishes that it is impossible to get bored or look out of fashion! In other words, the famous fashion houses’ flaps have something that everybody can appreciate, as long as you stay open-minded.
Not persuaded, yet? Let me try to change your mind and convince you that a Chanel deserves a place in a woman’s handbag essentials…
1. Chanel’s flaps will only go up in price over time.
If you are considering purchasing one, do it now because Chanel is among the companies that jack up the MSRPs of its bag way too frequently (anywhere from 6-12 months). So, you can expect a rise in prices that reach $500, in some cases, by the masters of the crippling price increase.
Yes, you may stick to the opinion that want bags not to hold their value well. However, flap bags are timeless, and the continually rising prices allows you to resell a bag for close, if not more than, what you paid for them. Bottom line, get a Chanel now and, if, for some reason, you want to fork over more cash for that bag, you can always do so in the near future.
2. Owning a Chanel signals an important transition in your life.
Royals, legendary celebs, and socialites have been spotted carrying this bag. If you are not a princess marrying a prince, buying a bag real princesses own is the next best thing you can do! Other than that, it seems that a Chanel bag has become a highly sought after accessory when a young woman wants to show the world she has stepped into a new phase in her life, and enjoys life now as a grown and mature fashionista!
3. The flap has inspired world-renowned designers. If you are going to get one, better be the original stuff.
Every leading fashion designer from Marc Jacobs to Urban Outfitters has been seen sporting features and designs inspired by Chanel’s signature bag. How couldn’t they? Besides iconic, Chanel bags are timeless and still relevant to luxury consumers, just like they were back in the ’50s. You see, leather is closely associated with the idea of the designer handbag and the same applies to chain straps. Although many consider the Hermes Birkin handbag the holy grail of handbag, Chanel flap is ever more illustrious the globe over. So, if you are willing to spend big bucks, why not get the real thing?
4. Chanel flaps will outlive you for sure.
If you have ever held a Chanel flap bag in caviar leather, you must have felt the toughness of the surface. Run your fingernails along one and you will feel that it is just as tough as the famous monogram canvas Louis Vuitton had so successfully sported a while ago. Only, with a Chanel, you are paying for leather, rather than canvas! That aside, this material is literally indestructible and getting a neutral leather Chanel with such durability is definitely a plus!
5. You will own a one-of-the-kind piece, despite a large number of lookalikes.
You can find Chanel flap bags from XS to XL. However, even the most petite ones are more costly than any average woman would want to spend on a bag. This means that if you own one, you will be among the very few on the block that have a Chanel. Now, you may say “OK. Sure. But, I can still carry a Chanel-looking bag and impress just the same.” Nah. You can’t compare a Porche to a car that looks much like a Porche but has little to do with everything else on the iconic car. Likewise, although you may see a lot of women carrying bags that look similar to Chanel’s signature bags, there is no comparison between those two. When you hold a Chanel flap in person, everything else just feels so minor and basse classe!
6. Chanel always plays the game in its courts.
Undoubtedly, the Classic Flap has been dominating the runways (and women’s hearts) for decades. The 2.55 Reissue, sported in the mid-2000s, came to revive the style, only to allow Chanel the time to produce an entirely new and modern-looking generation of flap bags to knock down customers that want Chanel bags to be in the spirit of the age. This is exactly the case with Boy Bag, a design that feels coming from the same place as the other handbags of the house, but is also different enough to please those that want to carry handbags that their mother should show no interest in at all!
7. Chanel bags have numerous choices now; much more than before.
Let’s face it. Chanel will keep firing out more versions of flap bags, as long as women keep asking for more diversity and versatility. That’s how the Boy bags were introduced and that’s why you will never stop seeing heavily themed collections every year. There is always going to be a flap bag that fits every taste and style, from the grunge goddess to the ultimate girly girl. Think that Chanel is all about quilted black leather bags? I challenge you to think again!
8. There is a market for them if you don’t want to pay full price.
Finding pre-owned versions of Chanel bags in good condition is not a difficult thing. You will get your favorite designer bag at a more reasonable price and be proud to carry one of the chicest and iconic bags of all times. Search your area for a high-end consignment store. Provided the bag you want is not a limited edition or from the past few years, you will decidedly find the dream piece to suit your likes. Besides a healthy vintage market for these bags, you can try online specialists like ShopBop (What Goes Around Come Around) and Heritage Auctions.
Without a doubt, there is something about Chanel that feel special. You may get cynical about fashion easily, but no one can doubt that the aura of this house is as intoxicating as branding can get.
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