Spring has sprung; if not outside, at least in your local Chanel boutique. Chanel Spring 2014 Pre-Collection (which is distinct from Chanel Cruise 2014, which already arrived, you are late!), is now in a store near you, which means that the collection’s bags are now listed on Chanel’s website, and almost all of them are complete with price information. We’ve assembled all that info into a gallery below, or you can head directly to Chanel.com for more details on how to purchase. (more…)

Nicky Hilton and her sister Paris were recently spotted enjoying a little shopping date in NYC. In typical sisterly fashion, they seem to be locked in a silent battle to outdress each other, but Nicky clearly has the advantage with her edgy black Chanel Chain Boy Bag. Because Chanel now lists most of its handbag prices online, we now know that this bag has a suggested retail price of $5,100. You can get all the necessary details about this bag and many others at Chanel.

Nicky’s amazing platform boots are Alaia, but tragically, they are not currently available anywhere online. I believe Paris’ bag is an old Yves Saint Laurent piece from the brand’s pre-Hedi Slimane, pre-Yves-dropping days. If you, like our favorite hotel chain heiresses, enjoy the finer things in life, you should definitely check out “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton.” Paris does not have her own edition of “Many Bags” as of yet

It’s not quite online retail sales, but we’ll take what we can get. With the addition of its Cruise 2014 Collection to its website, Chanel has also quietly added something else: price information for almost all of its handbags. This development follows a total revamp of the site’s design, which already provided much-needed size and season information for the brand’s bags, as well as bigger, clearer photos that allow potential customers (and nosy bloggers like us) to zoom in on details.

Before, if you wanted to find information on a bag’s price, you had to either call your local boutique or Chanel’s international customer service number. Once connected, you’d either have to roughly describe the exact bag you were interested in (“Uh, well, it’s quilted and it has a flap top…I know that doesn’t narrow it down much…”) in hopes of reaching some sort of mutual understanding, or you’d have to provide the product number that the website displayed for the limited parts of the collection that it deigned to show you. I called that number so many times that I have it memorized, and considering how many ardent Chanel shoppers there are out there, I’m can’t be the only one.

In an effort to dance behind the veil of exclusivity, Chanel likely made a lot of extra busywork for its phone operators and irritated a lot of its customers, so this is a move that should please everyone. Notably absent from the price listings are the brand’s exotic bags, which now feature a demure “price available upon request” marker where the price would otherwise be. That’s how most brands handle distributing price information on their most dizzyingly expensive products, so it’s not entirely a surprise.

Chanel has said that it has no plans to sell its handbags online in the next few years, but we can’t help but feel as though the brand is inching closer and closer to that eventuality. We couldn’t be happier.

Find out the prices for all the Chanel handbags you’ve wondered about, right this way. The Boy Bag above, for the record, is $3,700.

Does the title of this post shock you? Does it even mildly surprise you? And if it does, is it because you thought the Chanel Graffiti Backpack, a standout piece from the brand’s Spring 2014 runway collection, would cost more? Since the price of this piece was unearthed over the weekend, I’ve seen a couple of breathless posts from fashion sites about this bag’s extreme price tag, but it just doesn’t seem that extreme to me.

Yes, $3,400 is a lot of money for almost any handbag. Yes, the price stands in particular contrast to the grungy, DIY aesthetic of this particular bag. But Chanel is a brand that has made $30,000+ pearl-covered seashell minaudieres in the recent past, and it has a customer base that isn’t particularly price-conscious, especially when it comes to getting its collective hands on a very visible runway piece. Those Chanel Lego Clutches cost (start at, really) $10,000 and are constantly sold out everywhere.

Like the ridiculous Chanel Hula Hoop bag, this piece will likely disappear quickly off of store shelves and into the closets of Chanel completists, who will brandish it as though it’s the trophy result of a particularly fashionable hunt. For those customers, $3,400 is a drop in the bucket compared to what similar prize handbags cost, even if it’s a lot of money to most of the world.

[Editor's Note: While we scale back our post schedule to spend the second half of the holidays with ours friends and loved ones, we're re-publishing some of our most popular posts from past years with new information, additional photos and updated pricing. We originally gave you five reasons to own a Chanel Flap Bag, but now we're back with ten.]

Some people dream for years of owning a Chanel Classic Flap Bag or Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag (and now, a Chanel Boy Bag), some already own multiples of each, and still others think that they're too traditional and played-out. I couldn't agree less with that third group of people – with lots of finishes, colors and sizes, Chanel's famous flaps have a little something that everyone can appreciate, if you stay open-minded. Still on the fence? Allow me to persuade you… (more…)

When it comes to Sharon Osbourne’s handbag preferences, it’s Chanel and only Chanel, almost exclusively. She does carry other brands from time to time, but as of late, she seems to favor black Chanel bags of every shape and size. Here’s Sharon leaving her hotel in Tribeca in the bitter NYC cold with a gorgeous Chanel Alligator Satchel. (We’re not 100% certain that this is alligator and not croc, but since Chanel generally seems to prefer gator to croc for most of its bags, it seems a safe bet.)

Last we saw Sharon, she was wrangling a startlingly massive, black Chanel Flap Bag. For a tour of some of the most luxurious of luxury handbags, you can check out “The Many Bags of Sharon Osbourne.” It is absolutely Chanel-tastic, but there are other high-end brands on display. I won’t tell you which, but you can probably guess. Spoiler alert: Sharon doesn’t really trifle with anything that costs less than $5K.

Chanel bags (and jewelry, and clothes) are as notoriously difficult to come by as any in the luxury market. Chanel doesn’t sell its wares online (and doesn’t plan to in the near future), and if you’ve never tried to just waltz into a department store or Chanel boutique and purchase one, you might be surprised at how hard it can be to find a store with the most sought-after styles in stock. Solving this kind of problem is the Internet’s specialty, though, which brings us to the huge crop of vintage Chanel bags, accessories and clothing from What Goes Around, Comes Around that are currently available via Moda Operandi. (more…)

You can never have too much Chanel in your life, and while we gave you our own look at some of the Chanel Cruise Bags, we now have a preview of the colorful Chanel Spring 2014 collection.

When the collection hit the runway in September, the art theme was evident everywhere from the show’s gallery-inspired show set to the collection on the runway. When it’s all together, a full look can feel a little too much like an art project, but when you take the accessories out of the show, they feel like they have an entirely new meaning. Ss colorful as they were on the runway, the bags stand out because of their classic nods to the brand’s signature details, but with a fresh touch. I was absolutely smitten with the ombre Chanel Boy Bags and found myself enthralled with the sequin Chanel Classic Flap. There were colors abundant, along with entirely kitschy portfolios and, of course, the highly editorial Chanel Backpack.

The good news is we have tons of photos so you can begin planning what you want from the Chanel Spring 2014 collection, and we’ll update this post with pricing information as soon as we hear back from Chanel. Which is your favorite?

In general, when we look at bags, we look at the big picture: how a bag looks, feels and functions as a whole unit. After all, that’s how women use their bags, and even a great detail or two can’t make up for a bag that has other serious shortcomings. That’s why we love it when Chanel gets super creative with the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bags; the feel and function of a Classic Flap are time-tested, so Chanel’s frequent reinventions of the exterior are almost literally the icing on the cake. Today, we’ve got some serious icing for you.

These three bags, brand new for Chanel Cruise 2014 (check out our exclusive photos for more information on the line as a whole), are members of the “Exceptional Pieces” line within Chanel’s handbag division that holds the rarest, most exotic and most expensive bags that the brand makes. A couple Exceptional Pieces appear every season, and Cruise 2014′s are pretty magnificent. The pink bag, with thousands of sequins, beads and pearls, is pretty clearly Valentine’s Day-themed; Chanel generally releases a bag to commemorate the holiday, and if you look closely, many of the pink sequins are heart-shaped. The blue and white bags are more vaguely spring-related, but no less beautiful. Click on the images below to view larger versions of each. All of the bags retail for $4,400; to purchase, inquire via Chanel.

Chanel Beaded Flap Bag Blue Chanel Beaded Flap Bag White Chanel Beaded Classic Flap Bag Pink

I love this time of year, as my favorite storefronts change our their windows with holiday displays and add new items often. If you happened to pass by the Chanel 57th street location over the weekend in NYC, you will have seen the new Chanel Cruise 2014 display. We got to see some of the best bags from the cruise collection and photograph them for you before the other stores have their windows transformed as well. (more…)

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