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The Chanel Black Bag: Timeless Addition to Every Collection

By Lindsey Weiss
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CoCo Chanel's Favorite Color

Black was CoCo Chanel's favorite color since she believed it revealed a woman's radiance. She created the little black dress since she believed nothing was more elegant or classy. Today the little black dress and a Chanel Black Flap bag remain timeless fashion staples. Black Chanel bag is the most searched for Chanel bag color. Nearly 40,000 searches occur every month for a Chanel Black bag. Vintage Chanel Black Flap bag is highly sought after from the 1980s and 1990s. While the Chanel Black Flap is produced every year in a range of sizes, hardware and leathers, it is often sold out in boutiques. The easiest way to purchase a Chanel Black Flap is online at Sotheby's since we ship globally and have a rotating selection of modern and vintage Black Chanel bags. Every luxury handbag collection that includes timeless styles should have a Chanel Black bag in either lambskin or caviar leather. It will retain its value and has proven it remains a classic and never goes out of style.

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Chanel Black Flap Bag

The most iconic black Chanel bag is the Chanel Flap bag in black lambskin with gold hardware. Since it's introduction in 1983, the Chanel Classic Flap Bag has remained timeless and sought after. Karl Lagerfeld reinterpreted Chanel’s iconic 2.55 Flap bag with a few two key new features. Lagerfeld added a leather woven chain and Double C turn-lock closure. Lagerfeld’s Classic Flap Bag was an instant success. In spring 2021, the Chanel Classic Flap was renamed to the 11.12, in honor of the original Medium Classic Flap’s style code – A01112. The universal wearability and simplicity of the Chanel Classic Flap solidified this bag as an iconic statement piece. In addition, the Chanel Classic Flap Bag comes with an endless range of options, including quilting (the iconic classic vs. the more youthful chevron), materials, sizes, and hardware combinations.


Chanel Black Bag Mini

First released in 2010, the Chanel Mini Flap bag was an instant success with buyers. A Mini Chanel black flap is a great choice for your collection. Its smaller size is more popular with modern collectors since the phone has replaced many items that used to be daily necessities. The Chanel classic mini is 16.5 x 14 x 6.5 CM and the square mini is 14 x 14x 6.5 CM. The Mini Chanel black quilted bag has iconic classic Chanel flap bag features including the Chanel CC turnlock, diamond quilting and interwoven leather chain. The smaller size bag does not have the double flap which makes the bag lighter and also priced lower than the classic medium double flap bags. Similar to the standard Chanel flap bags, while Chanel releases new variations every season, it is almost always sold out in out boutiques around the world due to its popularity. Secondary market demand for a mini black Chanel bag is comparable to the classic sizes. Sotheby's Buy Now Marketplace regularly lists new Mini Black Chanel bags so check back often if you don't see your preferred material or hardware.

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Chanel Black Boy Bag

Another classic Chanel black bag is the the Chanel Boy Bag for collectors looking for something less classic. Chanel Boy debuted in the Chanel Fall/Winter collection of 2011, striking a chord among Chanel bag lovers and romantics alike. Despite its release only a decade ago, the Chanel Boy has cemented a place as a mainstay in Chanel bag collections. As the story goes, explained by legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact, it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.” Arthur “Boy” Capel was an English polo player, as well as Coco Chanel’s muse and greatest love, with whom she had a passionate nine-year affair. Boy Capel championed Coco’s radical spirit, and supported her mission to push the boundaries of femininity and gender norms. With the Chanel Boy Bag, Chanel pays homage to this very spirit and inspired relationship. Desired among shoppers for its more masculine shape, the Chanel Boy Bag is characterized by its lego-brick lock and main body framed by straight edges. A departure from the more classic Chanel bag styles, the Boy Bag lured in hip, edgy ‘it-girls,’ including Stella Maxwell and Miley Cyrus. Constantly met with a surge of demand, the Chanel Boy remains at the top of the wish-list for a new generation of handbag shoppers. Black Chanel Boy Bag is the most popular color and is also rarely available in boutiques.

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Chanel Black Wallet on Chain

Launched in 1997, the Chanel Wallet on Chain, quickly became one of the most iconic Chanel bags ever crafted. Another choice to consider for your Black Chanel bag collection is the Chanel Wallet on Chain. Effortlessly stylish, simple and chic, the Chanel WOC is a miniature classic, perfectly suited for any woman on the go. With 6 card slots, multiple zipped pockets, and an open compartment in the middle, the Chanel Wallet on Chain is the most compact yet efficient bag of its kind. The most notably versatile feature of the Chanel black bag WOC is the 24-inch chain strap, enhancing the bag’s wear for any occasion. As such, it can be worn over the shoulder, as a crossbody, or even as a clutch/wallet with the strap tucked in. Functional, fashionable and more affordable than other classic black Chanel bags, the Black Chanel bag WOC is tremendously popular on the resale market.


Chanel Black Tote

The first iconic Chanel tote bag was released in the 1990s. A must have for lovers of vintage Chanel is a Black Chanel Grand Shopping Tote or black Chanel Petite Shopping Tote. These Chanel tote bags were sold until 2015 and are a Black Chanel tote is a rare find on the resale market in excellent condition. The Chanel Grand Shopping tote came in two sizes the Grand or XL. A black Chanel tote is the most sought after color. The Chanel tote bag had a roomy interior with diamond quilting, embossed CC with two leather chain shoulder straps. After the GST was discontinued in 2015, the desirability of these black Chanel bags skyrocketed. A black Chanel Shopping Tote is a rare vintage find and remains coveted among those in the know.

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