One very commonly asked question on our Chanel Forum is on the difference between the Chanel Classic Flap and the Chanel Reissue 2.55 bags. I’ve scoured the forums this morning to educate myself, and our readers about the differences between the two. Let me start with a few historical facts on the Reissue.

HISTORY:

The lock on the Reissue is the original lock, it is called the Mademoiselle Lock as Ms Coco Chanel never married, the ‘CC’ lock was introduced to the Classic Flap Bags only in the 1980s by designer Karl Lagerfeld. The 2.55 in its name refers to the first release of the 2.55 bag in February of 1955. Coco Chanel grew up in an orphanage/convent, therefore, the double chain shoulder strap comes from when the children’s’ caretakers in the orphanage would dangle keys from their waists with the same type of chains as on the Reissue. Also, the zippered compartment on the inside of the front flap of the Reissue is where Coco sequestered her love letters, as she was having an affair at that time. The brownish red color of the inside represents the color of Coco and the rest of the children’s uniforms (the nuns’ were black with white trim: thus, the packaging on Chanel Parfum/Eau de Parfum/Eau de Toilette). The back outside flap of the Reissue actually marks where Coco would stash extra money!

chanel classic flap bag

Over the years there have been many variations to the original design of the 2.55, including the leather/fabric, the chain – metal vs. interwoven leather, single flap vs. double flap, and the closure – mademoiselle vs. interlocking CC. The 2.55 refers to all flap-style bags, including variations of the original! The term classic flap commonly refers to the flap with the interlocking CC closure and the leather interwoven chain.

In February 2005, Karl Lagerfeld re-made the 2.55 – exactly as Coco Chanel had made in 1955, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 2.55. It came to be known as the Reissue. Technically the term Reissue should only be used for the bags that were made to commemorate the original – so only those in 2005. However, it has become convenient to call all 2.55s that resemble the original 2.55 Reissues and all 2.55s that have the interlocking CCs Classic Flaps.

More on the fascinating history of the Reissue 2.55.

chanel 2.55 reissue purse

THE DIFFERENCES:

This thread, particularly post #57, gives a great amount of information on the differences between the two styles. If I may briefly summarize:

1. Closure/Locks: Classic has the double CC turn-style lock, the Reissue has the Mademoiselle lock (rectangular shape).
2. The handle: The reissue has an all chain handle, while the classic has leather interwoven between the chain links.
3. Reissue has a different type of leather, that is made to seem more worn than the caviar leather on the classics.
4. All the reissues have a double flap inside, whereas the Jumbo Classic does not.
5. The sizes on the Reissue are different than the sizes on the Classic Flaps.

SIZES & PRICES:

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag comes in three sizes:

Small – 9″ x 5.5″ x 2″ – $1,495.00 Caviar + $100.00 more for lambskin
Medium – 10″ x 6″ x 2.5″ – $1,595.00 Caviar + $100.00 more for the lambskin
Jumbo – 12″ x 8″ x 3″ – $1,695.00 Caviar + $100.00 more for the lambskin

The sizes for the Chanel Reissue 2.55:

$1,795 A302224: – The Baby 7.5 W x 5.75 H x 1.75 D inches
$1,895 A302225: – Small 9.75″ x 7.06″ x 2.16″
$1,995 A302226: – Medium 11″ x 8″ x 2.5″
$2,095 A302227: – Large 12.25″ x 9.18″ x 2.5″
$2,495 A302228: – The X-Large aka Jumbo 14.2″ x 9.8″ x 3″ (rare)

There is a lot of visual aids in a forum thread with pictures of Reissues and Classic Flaps. An absolute must-see for enthusiastic Chanel bag collectors and lovers.

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patois
patois
14 years ago

Those prices seem way off, given the Chanel price increases, although I haven’t bought a classic flap in a while.

Candace
Candace
14 years ago

I remember reading the jumbo caviar was up to 2395…but that’s neither here nor there!!!!

Megs I think it is cool how much we can learn on the forum! AHH!!! I learn new things every day from the wonderful ladies and gents on there. :mrgreen:

Jane
Jane
14 years ago

Yeah – those prices seem a little off. I’m pretty sure it was more $ than that the last time I was at the Chanel store… about 2 months ago?

cece
cece
14 years ago
Reply to  Jane

yes i agree i just bought one and it’s 29 something almost 3,000 for my jumbo..but we’re in canada so everything is expensive!!

Kelley
Kelley
14 years ago

Wow, great info. I am a “new” Chanel lover and I love learning all about the history.

Thanks!

Roxana
Roxana
14 years ago

Thanks for the great summary!
Althoug,as others said, the prices are a bit outdated. I remember the lambskin jumbo pre-prise increase to be 2700. I believe it’s actually over 3100 right now!
Hard to keep up with all these increases 🙁

Steph
Steph
14 years ago

those prices do seem odd, does anyone know the real price for the medium and small chanel classic flap bag in caviar?

Linda Lou
Linda Lou
14 years ago
Reply to  Steph

Hi I’m sorry but I don’t know how much the classic medium and small is but I know the jumbo is £1200 or $2600 ish! I think the prices given are a little on the low side. Hope this gives you an indication of what the smaller version would be.

Maureen
Maureen
14 years ago
Reply to  Steph

I bought the small chanel classic flap bag in black caviar for $1750 (and the sales lady informed me that they just went up from $1350). This was at the Chanel boutique within Neiman Marcus in San Diego.

lady chanel
lady chanel
13 years ago
Reply to  Maureen

Hi Ladies I am a chanel lover as well.. When I bought my first jumbo caviar it was 1695 and that was in 2001. The last was 2295.

ginger
ginger
14 years ago

i just bought the large classic flap in caviar with silver chain for $2,350. It’s lovely!

laura
laura
14 years ago

the classic caviar medium- in april 2006 was $1650. i have one. now i want the 2.55 w/square lock caviar medium. does anyone know the price? id there still a waiting list?

maureen
maureen
14 years ago
Reply to  laura

Yeah, the classic flaps went up by 25% recently (as both the Neiman Marcus and Chanel salesreps informed me when I purchased my small silver hardware classic flap recently). As far as the 2.55s, I’ve not seen any black caviar leather 2.55s unless they are either an unconventional color (dark silver comes out in Jan ’08 I believe?) or unconventional pattern (I saw a croc satin one out now at the Chanel boutique at the South Coast Plaza a couple days ago).

CHANELigible
CHANELigible
14 years ago

Are the Chanel bags featured on bagborroworsteal.com really authentic or are they replicas?

e
e
14 years ago
Reply to  CHANELigible

Definitely real!

samantha
samantha
13 years ago

sorry i’m a new members, i just a wanna buy a new channel..
I dont know which one a Classic Flap Bag and the Reissue 2.55..
so can you help me

Dee Dee's Designer Handbags
Dee Dee's Designer Handbags
13 years ago
Reply to  samantha

Sure I have a great white Caviar for sale.
I would be happy to email pics.

Brainwash
Brainwash
11 years ago

Hiya, I have a Black Chanel Classic Flap Bag with gold hardware for sale. It’s the large size and I’m selling it for £1100 (or best offer). Anyone interested do contact me at brainwash@gmail.com

levina
levina
13 years ago

Hi there, do you still have the white caviar? what is the size and price?
Thanks

sophia
sophia
13 years ago

no matter how much the 2.55 is worth just remember its chanel and the 2.55 is a classic vintage so if u buy it now just imagine how muc it will be worth in a couple of years time vintage is very in now so i think its worth it love chanel bags they are so classic and eyecatching 😆

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago
Reply to  sophia

Hi Sophia,
Yes,I am agree….

Lady
Lady
13 years ago

I would like to buy a real chanel bag from internet, new one. Is there any place for that?

Emmy
Emmy
12 years ago
Reply to  Lady

Unless you are 100% sure that you are buying a used Chanel bag from an honest collector, I would NEVER buy a bag online, because chances are it will be a fake. Authorized Chanel dealers (Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf’s., etc…. and Chanel itself) do not sell online (and the department stores do not even show the bags they are allowed to sell online). So be careful that you are not taken by a fraudulent (and illegal, not to mention easy-to-spot) imposter bag. Those fakes are so easy to ID its a joke – I don’t know who they think they are fooling. Know that all real Chanel bags come with an authentication card (it looks like a credit card) complete with an ID number. If your bag doesn’t have that, don’t buy it – it’s fake

Dee Dee's Designer Handbags
Dee Dee's Designer Handbags
13 years ago
Reply to  Lady

Yes Ebay, Dee Dee’s Designer handbags. Great bags,
Great pricing

MiaNY
MiaNY
13 years ago

Curious, anyone know what color hardware the original 2.55 had?

Janet
Janet
12 years ago
Reply to  MiaNY

Hardware is gold in color. I have an authentic vintage Classic 2.55 medium double flap, lambskin for sale on E-Bay right now. It’s been used no more than 3 times, is in ‘as new’ condition. Please check it out. There hasn’t been another one in such fabulous condition in a long while. It’s perfect and pristine! Seller is Duffman1975

carol
carol
13 years ago

them prices are way over the top if they were less money plenty more people would bye them 😕

becca
becca
13 years ago
Reply to  carol

If Chanel priced their products low enough for everyone to buy it would loose appeal! Part of their class is the fact that they’re so elite 🙂

mela
mela
13 years ago

how much is the medium classic in caviar? and is it the same price if its white or beige? thanks.

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago

6 months ago bought 255 reissue jumbo size black, love it love it.Thinking about getting another one in dark silver color, the price us$3495 before tax,so big spending….

Liz
Liz
13 years ago

I am dying to buy one the jumbo size,I even cannot sleep thinking about it,i start to realise what an investment to buy one of them,can last generation!Here in the UK is very expensive,I didn’t buy them for long time now.I saw few in E-bay but not sure and not confident enough to buy as no receipt and all that hassle.I need receipt for my insurance purpose.Well!for all Chanel lovers I think it’s one of the best designer name which last forever and whoever has Chanel handbag nothing can make you proud about………hope sooner or later with my hardwork I will buy one soon

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago
Reply to  Liz

Hai Liz,its true that its better to buy a chanel bag direct from the Chanel boutique, considering so many fakes out there now…take care

Milly
Milly
13 years ago

Thanks for the info! Purchased my 1st Chanel bag at the Chanel boutique today. It seems like I’ve been eyeing the 2.55 lambskin bag with gold details for ages! I love how it’s such a classic…but I should’ve purchased this a long time ago since prices just went up to ~$2700 (lambskin medium) with taxes! I’ve been debating between the lambskin vs. the caviar leather & the medium vs. the large size. Does anyone have experiences with these leather or sizes —what are the pros & cons of each? Anyways, I went in with the intention of purchasing the larger size (the SA did not show me this size…maybe it’s sold out?), but didn’t realize it until I measured the dimensions at home that I had purchased the medium (which is a better fit for me). Now I can’t stop at just 1 Chanel. I’m already planning my next purchase. Oh the possibilities….

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago
Reply to  Milly

Hi,
Congratulation….enjoy your bag..As I know, lambskin is easy to scratch whereas the caviar is more scratch resistent for daily wear..But, 2.55 Reissue doesnt come in caviar.For the 2.55 Reissue the large size is 12.5 inc and the jumbo is 14inc. The jumbo is best for daytime,I wear one myself, but its all depends on how tall are you to fit it..

Louise
Louise
13 years ago

I purchased my first Chanel today as well! I can’t stop smiling- I purchased the large Classic in black caviar with gold hardware. I asked about the differences and saw them without hearing about price variations and picked my favourite that way. I really wanted a pink or off-white coloured bag but the lady informed me that these are seasonal and i’ll just have to wait. Obviously I settled for black but will definitely be purchasing one of these in the future (if I ever rebuild my bank account balance). My bag was $2980 (Australian dollars) and I can’t wait to buy another one!

jenny Lee
jenny Lee
13 years ago

thank you for the post and the price list!

I went to the Melbourne, Australian Chanel Store and the Classic Jumbo was $3,200 and the Reissue 2.55 was $3,490. So i’m definately getting my bag in the states!

Leo
Leo
13 years ago

Someone said there would be another price increase (classic, of course,) in May, 2008. Have anyone heard of this new?

Kat
Kat
13 years ago

yes..Euro increase so price will up for sure!!

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

I just saw Leo’s and Kat’s words about price increase of classic chanel bag in May, 2008. What a terrible news for me, because I’m getting one classic in June. I can’t buy it before May because I’m in Saudi Arabia. I have to wait until June (kids’s summer break starts June 12th) to come back to the states before I go to Chanel boutique. What a tragety to me ! 😥
Does anyone know if the price will really increase in May? How much increase?

Twinkle
Twinkle
13 years ago

Hi guys…

I’m from Singapore.

Anyone from Europe / Italy?

Can i know how much a 2.55 Classic Flap Bag Medium cost in Italy? As my friend is going there soon and it’s cheaper to get it in Italy than S’pore.

It will be my first Chanel bag. 😛

Mickey
Mickey
13 years ago

I just got a Black caviar classic flap medium for $2350(it was $800 less about 2 yrs ago when I first laid my eyes on it 😥 ) and I absolutely love it! Now I can’t wait for a Gray 2.55 reissue.

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

Hi Mickey,
Is $2350 U.S. dollars? Does this price include tax? In which city of which country did you buy? Did you see any classic flap medium in smooth calfskin instead of caviar? Thanks

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

Does anyone know how many different leathers classic flap has? Only caviar and lambskin? Do they have smooth calfskin (not patent leather)?
what about inside? Is the inside flap leather or vinyl? Is the inside bag leather, fabric or vinyl? Thanks

jay
jay
13 years ago

does any one know how much a lambskin 2.55 bag is in great britain Pounds (medium size)? Thanks

Honey
Honey
13 years ago
Reply to  jay

Hi, I bought my medium black lambskin classic Chanel bag for £1220 at the end of last year. Apparently there is a price increase this month. I am now selling my classic Chanel as I am moving out of home and can’t afford luxuries anymore. I have the receipt from Selfridges. I can do the transaction through ebay as I have 100% feedback. Let me know if anyone is interested.

Sha
Sha
13 years ago
Reply to  Honey

Hi! I was wondering in which country would chanel be the cheapest? France? Is that true??? I can get the baby classic in caviar with gold chain for Usd1875. Is that a an OK price? Btw is gold chain a better choice or the silver chain???

Pls reply asap. Getting my Chanel this wkend.

GG
GG
13 years ago

😀 does any one know what colors there r in coco chanel purses? {medium size} thxs

Kellie
Kellie
13 years ago

I’ve been saving up for a Chanel, omg it is so expensive! I’m worried about the price increase in May… I would like the medium size Classic Flap, is the price different between colors? Black and White? Thanks everyone! : ))))

Agie
Agie
13 years ago

Hi, please help, does anyone know how much the price for Chanel Black Classic Flap Caviar Jumbo size? Can you see the year by the serial number?
Thanks a lot

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

My husband went to Abudabi in the country of U.A.E. for business. He brought home a bag for me. It’s black classic flap caviar medium. It’s 8150 dirham (U.A.E. money). I just checked credit card, and it has been charged $2219.14 in US dollars. The bag is so gorgeous. I really love it. The inside is made of lambskin. All of the bag are really leather! My husband said he saw the lambskin ones of same style are about $600 US dollars cheapter. He said the sales person said Caviar sells very fast because it’s very strong leather which can lasts generations long. Lambskin is easily to be scrached, torn or worn out. Strange! I thought lambskin costs more money. The good thing is I finally got it before the price raise in May.

R
R
13 years ago

hi, does anyone know exactly, if Chanel 2.55 all gold, vintage leather mademoiselle bag is only for spring-summer 2008? i has sold out in the london boutiques, i am not clear if it is a classic or not?! (confused!) it costs £ 1375, medium black. please enlighten ❗

Darcy
Darcy
13 years ago

I got a Chanel 2.55 medium caviar for $2600 which includes tax back in November of 2007

Honey
Honey
13 years ago

Hi, I bought my medium black lambskin classic Chanel bag for £1220 at the end of last year. Apparently there is a price increase this month. I am now selling my classic Chanel as I am moving out of home and can’t afford luxuries anymore. I have the receipt from Selfridges. I can do the transaction through ebay as I have 100% feedback. Let me know if anyone is interested.

nicola
nicola
13 years ago
Reply to  Honey

Hi, i would love a chanel bag and am interested do you still have your bag for sale?
thanks

Honey
Honey
13 years ago
Reply to  nicola

Hi, sorry I sold it a few days ago.

ACDC
ACDC
13 years ago

Just bought a Black Classic Flap Black Lambskin for my wife in Paris last week. 1690 euro before 12% tax refund.

Nice but expensive.

ACDC
ACDC
13 years ago

Forget to mention that it’s medium side.

hncruz
hncruz
13 years ago

I just purchased my first Chanel Classic Flap – Caviar, Jumbo size, in white with silver hardware. Retailed for $2650, with tax $2868 – at the Rodeo Dr. store.

HawaiianBreeze
HawaiianBreeze
13 years ago

When is the price supposed to go up? And by how much?

Becca
Becca
13 years ago

Kate!

I’m going to Dubai in June, do you think the price has gone up there?
When exactly was your husband in abudabi?
Its ok if it costs 8150 dirham.
Im dying to get one! but 1890 euro is to much!

Anna
Anna
13 years ago

I just purchased the jubmo chanel flap bag black caviar with gold hardware, its the first time I’m getting the gold hardware. Can someone please tell me if the gold wears off?

Susie Q
Susie Q
13 years ago

I bought a Chanel 2.55 in the Chanel shop in Knightsbridge London in October 2007. I paid £1220.

My 2.55 is a red lined lambskin one. I asked about caring for the bag in the shop but they said it would not need polshing.

However, I decided that leather needs ‘feeding’ or it dries out and cracks, so I am using Dubbin [saddle leather polish] on it and it is already more supple and is building a subtle but lovely patina.

They are lovely bags but most people assume it is a copy!!!

love to all the Chanel girls, Susie Q

Trace
Trace
13 years ago

Hi, Im planning to get a black Jumbo caviar flap bag with gold hardware. The price in sydney store is AUD3350. Do you guys think its a good price? silver or gold hardware would look better? Thanks. Oh anyone in france would kindly let me know how much would it cost overthere before tax? Cus my friend is going there and I might ask her to get one for me. Thanks!

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago
Reply to  Trace

Hi Trace,
Do not buy in Aussie…way to expensive compare to USA.

misu
misu
13 years ago

hi does anyone know hom much is a chanel classic lambskin small size cost now? as u said thr price increase in may. and how much does a reissue metalic purple 2.55 cost

jo
jo
13 years ago

Hello there! I’m thinking of getting a Reissue large size that’s color dark silver or pewter. A friend is selling it for USD3,066. I don’t know how much the price is now. Is this a fair price? Will it be cheaper in Singapore or would anyone know if the Chanel in Singapore on sale now?

thanks!

Shirly
Shirly
13 years ago
Reply to  jo

Hi,
Yes, it is fair price if the bag is Large size and brand new… Singapore never has in stocks hard to get always sold out, in Sin about 3 months ago price around Sin$5600

yulica
yulica
13 years ago

I m planning 2 buy a chanel classic medium size Flap bag in US, can someone tell me the price after tax(Caviar and calfskin). What color is the best choose for the first chanel bag? black? How about Beige?

Rosenbaum
Rosenbaum
13 years ago

I bought a Chanel classic black bag large size with sliver hardware (Caviar) for 20,000 HKD yesterday in Hong Kong Airport. I didn’t check how much for the medium size. Should be around 2,000 HKD lesser than the large size. I also saw a Chanel bag in white, classic size and double flag (the sales person mentioned that white is a seasonal colour only, not every year have it) is about 18,000 HKD. For the reissue Chanel, only Black is available in Hong Kong currently, small costs 22,000 HKD, medium costs 24,000 HKD and large costs 26,000 HKD. My suggestion is the best for the first Chanel should choose classic design in Black. This is a timeless design and you can match it with almost all clothes. The leather using in reissue Chanel bag changes in every season.

Farrah
Farrah
13 years ago

I just bought a Chanel classic lambskin medium in London, 1220 pound, then around 12% tax refund….is it more expensive in other places? ❓

Helen
Helen
13 years ago

Yeah yeah yeah. I just got my first chanel. 😆 It is a Chanel classic caviar medium at 1120 pounds. Thanks to my brother-in-law for bringing back my chanel from London. A message from Singapore

mama mia
mama mia
13 years ago

Can anyone tell me how much for
:Classic medium caviar in €uro???
:Classic Jumbo caviar in €uro ???

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