The Chanel Classic Flap, or Chanel Iconic, is just that: iconic. It is easily one of the most recognizable handbag shapes of history, and will continue to be for eternity. But while you can opt for the more classic renditions of this bag, seasonally Chanel releases versions that are new and coincide with the collection as a whole.

This specific bag caught my eye, for its modern combination of black and white colors on this timeless shape. As part of the Métiers d’art 2020/21 collection, there’s a simplicity paired with modernity to this black and white Classic Flap design. The lambskin leather is supple to the touch, and if you have a Chanel lambskin bag you know it only breaks in more beautifully with time. As for the black and white color pairing; Chanel implemented a monochromatic rectangular colorblock that gives this bag a really interesting design touch.

Chanel Classic Flap in Black and White
Chanel Classic Flap in Black and White, Hardware

The gold metal paired with the black and white is the hardware pairing I like most. As for your wardrobe? I love this bag with everything from simple denim and a single colored top to a black dress to your winter wardrobe. It’s classic yet different, and sometimes, even with the most classic bag, we still want a twist.

Chanel Classic Flap in Black and White, Leather Detail
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elsieq
elsieq
11 months ago

Is it just me or does the stitching on the flap look really wonky?

MB
MB
11 months ago

Why would they use a black topstitch on the pieces that are white leather? Seems lazy, and also doesn’t hide the flaws very well lol.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
11 months ago

I don’t like the classic flap as I think that it looks like an “old lady” bag. However, I would carry this one if it were sewn better. In the last picture, the stitching looks like I sewed it. At Chanel’s prices, that stitching should be perfect. Especially since we know that this is machine sewn.

Sparky
Sparky
10 months ago

I didn’t look closely at the photo. You’re RIGHT! So bad it looks like a fake.

Justice
Justice
11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous bag with a trendy 80s vibe. Love it! ?? Though I don’t think it can be called “monochromatic” given the fact it features two distinct and contrasting leather colors, as well as a third color for hardware.

Sandy
Sandy
11 months ago

I love the Classic flap! This bag is beautiful (I do see the stitching issue brought up). I worry about the white portion, white is just too difficult to take care of. I do love this bag!

Gayle
Gayle
10 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

Same here. Noticed the stitching too. I have no white bags. Im scared because ive seen some preloved white chanels turning yellowish already and im clumsy sometimes too and just one tiny drop of a liquid will show already.

karina
karina
11 months ago

the stitching is atrocious on a USD 8600 bag. I thought it was just the PB photos but the link that takes you to the Chanel website has similarly poor quality stitching reminiscent of a mass produced mall purse quality. Greed overcomes quality in this one.

Tara
Tara
11 months ago

Chanel is beautiful and I’m like a moth to a flame-always attracted to them. Sadly, once I look closer I see the poor quality issues. I’ve purchased a few bags, that initially looked good, but after less than a month they showed wear and I sold them. Hard lesson learned.

lalarey
lalarey
11 months ago

I have been saving for a fun/ funky classic flap for a sort of upcoming big birthday and I would LOVE to see a well researched piece on the claims of quality changes in the past few years. I do regularly see a LOT of complaints from posters but would be curious if you guys could find any metrics or give perspective, Megs, as someone who has owned many Chanel pieces over a number of years, and can compare them to BV or Fendi or Hermes in terms of craftsmanship. All the complaints are making me want to lean more toward the preloved route but i am very nervous about that for other, fraud related fears

Ed
Ed
11 months ago
Reply to  lalarey

If it helps at all, from this random stranger:

There are models where quality control problems won’t show up as easily. That stitching looks ugly because it’s black on white. On a purely black piece, many people would not care, talking off Purseblog/Purseforum. In general, looking like this shouldn’t cause them to come apart of wear earlier. There’s definitely a slight distinction between quality control problem and quality *issue* for most end-users. If it doesn’t look worse or lose functionality, whether or not you care you “got the right quality for the right price” is totally up to you. There’s many people out there with black flaps or other bags from other brands with cheap inner lining material or bad stitching or buckle or whatever, but it doesn’t change the look or functionality for them. If they feel good wearing it thousands of times, who’s to say it’s a bad purchase?

A close enough comparison I think would be between my Hermes Halzan and LV Lockit (both crossbody). Yeah, the Hermes one visibly (to me) has better craftsmanship, the stitching is perfect, the feel of the leather is nicer. But you know what? I still wear the LV too, put the same stuff in it, it takes the exact same abuse by me and isn’t in any worse shape despite years of it!

So I guess what I’m saying with that novel is: If you really want a Chanel piece for your big birthday, and don’t prefer secondhand, go to the store and see one that you like how it looks NOW. Unless you see an obvious issue (usually easy to tell functional issues with stitches, similar to clothes or belts or any other leather item), and if you believe you’ll wear it, buy it!

ILP
ILP
11 months ago

The stitching on the flap is shamefully crooked. Looks like a TJ Maxx bag.

Kristy Sky
11 months ago

Oh my god. I can’t with this bag, it’s not attractive at first sight, and then you look at the stitching and just have to wonder how the hell do they charge 4 figures for it? There are better students’ homework than this!

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