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This is the most popular Chanel bag of 2018 (at least in the United States). We actually have hard data on this (psst…we may release a little article on this in the near future :). So what is it that makes this bag so popular?
It’s a classic and really, it has always been popular since it’s debut. The Boy Bag has become one of those iconic bags to have in your collection. Unlike your traditional flat bag, it’s boxier and it’s more casual.
In a sense, the Boy Bag is the updated version of the 2.55, and unlike the 2.55, this bag has corners. Rightly so, the Boy Bag also has “that edgy” look to it, whereas the Chanel 2.55 bag is truly classy and classic.
Even so, the Boy Bag will basically never go out of style. It’s also iconic. And the wonderful thing about it is that it can be dressed up or dressed down.
The Story Behind The Bag
Apparently, Karl Lagerfeld designed this bag for himself (or for fun in his spare time). It hit the market about five years ago (I originally thought it was released in the 1990s, but I had assumed wrong). According to the Chanel website:
Created by Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic design owes its name to Gabrielle Chanel’s first love, Boy Capel. Strict Lines Rectangular shape affirms a boyish allure.
How Do You Know It’s A Boy Bag?
The main signifying features of the Boy Bag is the continuous outer edge work – a three-humped runner that outlines the periphery of the entire bag. Finally, the braided chain (Chanel calls it the “Gourmette Chain”) makes it stand out from other Chanel bags. The idea behind the chain was to express an androgynous spirit.
The Graphic Clasp
You’ll see all Boy Bags with a “Double C” rectangular fastening system. They will vary slightly from bag to bag, but the Double C and the rectangle are omnipresent.
And if you look closely enough, you’ll see an embossed Double C on the fastening rod itself. Photo Credit
Boy Bags for 2018
For 2018, there are four Boy Bag designs: Small Boy, Boy, Large Boy and Boy Flap Bag With Handle. Below we list the differences between these styles. *Prices, dimensions, materials, and style are from Chanel (US) website as of August 2018.
Small Boy Chanel Handbag
Dimensions: 12 x 20 x 7 cm / 4.7 x 7.8 x 2.7 in
Materials: Calfskin, Grained Calfskin, Metallic Lambskin, Iridescent Patent Calfskin, Metallic Embroidered Lambskin, Sequins, PVC Chains, Tweed, Gold-Tone Metal, Silver-Tone Metal, Imitation Pearl, Ruthenium-Finish Metal
Colors: Black, Navy Blue, Yellow, Blue, Purple, White
Price: $4,700 – $7,900 (USD)
Boy Chanel Handbag
Dimensions: 5.7 x 9.8 x 3.1 in / 14.5 x 25 x 8 cm
Materials: Tweed, Calfskin, Braided Calfskin, Imitation Pearls, Ruthenium-Finish Metal, Python, Embroidered Wool, Metallic Lambskin, Lambskin, Gold-Tone Metal, Silver-Tone Metal, Grained Calfskin
Colors: Black, Silver, Brown, Khaki, Navy Blue, White
Price: $4,400 – $7,200 (USD)
Boy Chanel Flap Bag With Handle
Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.8 x 3.1 in / 20 x 20 x 8 cm & 5.7 x 3.1 x 9.8 in / 14.5 x 8 x 25 cm & 6.8 x 2.7 x 10.9 in / 17.5 x 7 x 28 cm
Materials: Orylag, Calfskin, Lizard, Gold-Tone Metal
Colors: Red, Navy Blue, Black, Blue
Price: $5,200 – $8,700 (USD)
Large Boy Chanel Handbag
Dimensions: 6.8 x 10.9 x 2.9 in / 17.5 x 28 x 7.5 cm
Materials: Calfskin, Grained Calfskin, Gold-Tone Metal, Ruthenium-Finish Metal
Colors: Blue, Khaki, Gray
Price: $5,200 (USD)