Chanel doesn’t often put the full weight of its corporate machine behind the launch of a new bag line, so when the brand devotes its attention to one of its new accessories, we follow its lead. The last time this happened, it was for the Chanel Boy Bag, which spawned an industry-wide trend for chain-strap flap bags and plenty of imitators. Now, the Chanel Gabrielle Bag is up next for Spring 2017.
It’s actually a bit of a misnomer to refer to the Gabrielle as just a bag, because the brand launched it as a full line. The primary style is an unassuming, medium-size hobo (there are also smaller and larger versions in the same structure), but the full run also includes a shopping tote, a backpack, and a drawstring bag that Chanel is simply calling a purse. Common among the bags is a sturdy base that provides structure to the softer leather upper.
Aesthetically, the bags are pretty subtle and functional. This type of shoulder bag structure is not one heavily associated with Chanel, so in spite of the quilted leather and chain-accented strap, the Gabrielle is a more subtle reflection of the brand’s aesthetic than other Chanel signature bag lines.
The Gabrielle bags only come in a handful of neutrals in their first season, including white, beige, navy and black. The bags start at $3,200 for the small hobo, up to $4,200 for the purse in partial python. Check out all the available bags below.