Few brands are as deeply tied to a particular bag structure as Chanel. The legendary Coco Chanel made shoulder bags acceptably chic for upper-crust ladies over half a century ago, and the brand has been closely tied to chain straps, quilted leather and flap closures ever since.
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.