Chanel is known primarily for its bags, but where there are great bags, there’s almost always purchase-worthy wallets, accessories and small leather goods. Along with the release of its Pre-Collection Spring 2016 handbag lookbook, Chanel has also given us a look at the smaller pieces from the same collection, including several seasonal versions of the popular Wallet On Chain (WOC) wallet-bag hybrids.
Chanel isn’t sending its full Spring 2016 collection to boutiques until March, but until then, the brand has released a healthy selection of pre-collection bags to tide us over until a little closer to spring. The lookbook launched on the brand’s site at the end of last week, and we have a close look at all the bags, plus prices.
It would usually be hyperbolic to call a handbag an “instant classic,” but that’s exactly what the Chanel Boy Bag seems like. Since its Spring 2012 debut, the Boy has become as sought-after as the brand’s other famous flaps, mostly by using a similar formula to the originals: versatile flap shoulder bag structure + distinctive lock = handbag magic.
Everyone falls into their own patterns with their bags. Some people are constant bag-switchers, with options to match their ever-changing moods, color palettes or social occasions, while others pick one or two steadfast options and use them almost constantly until they’re worn out or a better bag presents itself.
Although plenty of information factors into the purchase of any particular bag, there’s one fact that likely holds more sway than others for almost all shoppers: price. In our Ultimate Bag Guides, we give you a look at how popular bag designs are priced by size, but that information was always limited to the American market and US dollars–until now.
We brought you an in-depth look at Chanel’s Cruise 2016 handbag lookbook last week, but when we got to poking around the brand’s website, we realized that wasn’t the full story. The number of small leather goods, including the popular Wallet on Chain (WOC) bags, the brand includes in the seasonal spotlight fluctuates with each collection, and this time, there were quite a few pieces well worth some attention.
We were never able to snag any runway detail shots of Chanel’s Cruise 2016 show in Seoul, so our anticipation for the brand to release the Korea-inspired collection’s lookbook has been building for months. Finally, we have something to show for our patience: Chanel’s site has been updated with images and prices for many of the collection’s bags, and they’re just as pretty and detailed as we’ve come to expect from the brand.
There are two categories of celebrities we cover here at PurseBlog: celebrities who occasionally carry nice bags by virtue of being rich and well-connected and celebrities who are just like us. They’re the ones who hoard Birkins like they may one day be banned from Hermès boutiques and who actually seem to buy bags instead of just carrying whatever brands sends to their publicists.
We’ve known for several months that Chanel has plans to expand its retail presence on its official website, and yesterday, we got the first peek at what the brand has in store. Via Chanel.com, you can now browse and buy a large selection of sunglasses, which is one step closer to the online handbag sales we’re so desperately hoping will one day appear.