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Chanel’s New Nano Bag: A Blend of Heritage and Modern Trend

Chanel's modern twist on a past icon

Chanel, synonymous with luxury and timeless elegance, has unveiled a bag that beautifully intertwines its storied past with contemporary fashion dynamics. While officially dubbed the “Nano Shopping Bag,” this new release from the Fall/Winter ’23/’24 runway unmistakably carries the essence and design nuances reminiscent of an iconic Chanel bag from the past.

Chanel shoppers have taken to social media and called this bag the Chanel Kelly, if you want to refer to it as anything, it should be the Chanel Nano.

Speaking of names, unless part of one of the cornerstone bag families, Chanel rarely names a bag and rather defines it by the style number, which is how shoppers sometimes wind up giving a name to the bags themselves!

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The Chanel “Kelly” bag is getting a lot of hype before its release, and I got my hands on it to review! #45secondbagreview #chanelreview #chanelkelly #handbagtiktok

? original sound – Megs Mahoney Dusil

The original Hermès Kelly bag, with its quintessential elegance, has long been a prized possession for many in the fashion world. While Hermès’ version stands as a hallmark, Chanel introduced its own take in the 80s and 90s that evoked similar allure.

This updated version of the bag is part of Chanel’s “Nano Shopping” theme within its Fall-Winter 2023/24 Ready-to-wear collection and walked the runway. It immediately grabbed the attention and admiration of Chanel lovers thanks to its archival elements with a new spin.

Chanel Kelly Bag and SLG Kelly
The new Chanel Nano in Coral (AS4416), shiny aged calfskin and aged pale yellow metal. The smaller white Chanel (AP3435) is part of the Small Leather Goods line.

Echoes of a Bygone Era

The very recognizable top-handle design of the Nano bag is synonymous with luxury and poise. The distinct handle, often referred to as the ‘Kelly handle,’ became emblematic of a particular style era. It’s ladylike and demure, with a structured shape and handheld carry. This updated Chanel release, while charting its own course, cannot help but remind enthusiasts of that signature design.

Vintage Chanel Jumbo Kelly
A vintage Caviar Quilted Jumbo Kelly Flap Black from 2000. Available at Fashionphile for $3,055.
Chanel Vintage Party Kelly
Chanel Lambskin Party Bag from the late 90s. Available here.

However, Chanel’s current incarnation stands apart. While vintage inspirations are clear, the bag is a distinct entity, bringing modern design elements.

Chanel Coral Small Nano Bag (3 of 8)
Chanel Coral Small Kelly Bag (4 of 8)

Design Evolution and Noteworthy Features

  • Prominent Quilting: The signature Chanel quilting is bolder, offering a tactile sensation and an enhanced visual appeal.
  • Modernized Fastening: The tab closure offers a contemporary flair, deviating from the full flap of the original.
  • Handle Dynamics: The once slender handle of the vintage version now has more heft. The enlarged top handle offers a playful disproportion against the bag’s small frame.
  • Material and Lining: Featured on the F/W ’24 runway, it comes in shiny aged calfskin and jersey, both complemented by a full leather lining.
  • Versatility in Carrying: The bag features flat leather handles and a crossbody leather and chain strap. The chain can be fully tucked in, offering users the option to hand-carry the bag, or worn over the shoulder or crossbody. It is not removable, however.
  • Small but Mighty: While compact, the interior does offer a zip pocket and an open flat pocket (each of these can fit a of couple credit cards and ID)
Chanel Coral Small Kelly Bag (5 of 8)
The closure, opened.
Chanel Coral Small Kelly Bag (6 of 8)
The interior detail.

The New Sizes and Prices

Chanel Kelly Bag Size Comparison
Direct size comparison: Chanel Nano and the Chanel Small Leather Goods version. Items included for scale to show what fits.

Offered in two sizes, the photographed version (pictured here, AS4416) is part of Chanel’s handbag lineup, measures 5.1” x 7.4” x 2.7”, and retails at $4,400.

A more compact version (AP3435), part of Chanel’s small leather goods (SLG) line, stands at 3.2” x 4.9” x 1.5” and has a price point of $3,000.

Chanel Coral Small Kelly Bag (7 of 8)
A view of the interior of the new Chanel Nano. The rear features a zippered pocket, the front an open pocket.
Interior of Chanel SLG Baby Kelly
Interior of the SLG version.
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Back with a look at both sizes of the insanely coveted Chanel Kelly Bag! What do you think?! #45secondbagreview #chanelkelly #chanelkellybag #handbagtiktok

? original sound – Megs Mahoney Dusil

In Conclusion

Chanel’s latest addition bridges the gap between nostalgia and contemporary fashion demands. The design elements from the past are unmistakable, but this bag has a new spin (and a very excited group of aficionados waiting to purchase). If you think it looks recently familiar, Margot Robbie wore it not once, but twice, during her Barbie premiere press junket.

Margot Robbie Pink Chanel Bag
Margot Robbie at the Barbie premiere with this new Coral Chanel Nano.

This new bag will be available in early to mid-September at select Chanel boutiques nationwide. Contact your local boutique or call (800) 550-0005.

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N R
N R
10 months ago

It looks like Lady Dior and LV Capucines had a baby and dressed it in a Chanel onesie.

CandyCanes
CandyCanes
10 months ago
Reply to  N R

Fabulous! And funny 😆

Anjum Hameed
Anjum Hameed
10 months ago
Reply to  N R

🤣🤣

Hal
Hal
10 months ago
Reply to  N R

Longchamp!

10chris10
10chris10
10 months ago

Proportions are horrid. Handles too thick/flat,especially when contrasted with the leather-entwined chain strap and the bag’s small size, and the CC turnlock is located too far down on the flap. At least the ’90s version got something right.

AshFromTX
AshFromTX
10 months ago
Reply to  10chris10

I don’t like the handles either but that clasp makes up for it

Yazi
Yazi
10 months ago

This looks like a fake bag….

Sarah
Sarah
10 months ago

Ohhhhh I love it!!! Calling my SA in the am!

Pixie
Pixie
10 months ago
Reply to  Sarah

You act like you’re special. I’m calling my sales associate in the morning. If you drop $3-$4k on a bag, you need to reevaluate your priorities. This is why people hate individuals like yourself when so many people can’t afford rent, groceries, etc., in this horrible economy. Why don’t you drop $280k on a Bentley while you’re at it!?

Jay
Jay
1 month ago
Reply to  Pixie

Take your negativity somewhere else. What is wrong if she wants it and can afford it

Minh
Minh
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Agree

Byeeee
Byeeee
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

LOL are you alright? Check where you’re posting babe. Hope OP got the bag she wanted. She’s not acting like she’s special she’s living her life. Unfortunately her everyday norm is something that will forever be unattainable for you, and you will always be jealous of.

I already pre-ordered mine and then got picked up in my Cullinan. 465K price tag on that car, stay angry 😉

Lola
Lola
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Interesting how this person has vanished

Laurie kucic
Laurie kucic
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

So rude. What is wrong w you?

Ann
Ann
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

What are you even doing on purseblog of you feel this way about people buying bags?

DuHast
DuHast
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Jelly much?

Roo529
Roo529
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

in the wise words of Taylor Swift…”you need to calm down”

Catherine
Catherine
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Find something more to your liking, if this is so offensive to you. I can’t figure out why you’re even here

NC
NC
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Ummm why are you on this article? Hate much?

Lisa
Lisa
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Why are you on this blog, if I may ask? Isn’t the whole point of being here is to enjoy the latest and greatest designer LUXURY bags. Yes, I agree that some bags are way out of line with their pricing however, if someone has the means and is in love with what they see, it is really none of your business and downright rude to put him/her down for it. Please leave if you have nothing positive to offer.

Katie
Katie
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Why are you on a dedicated handbag website if people spending money on it bothers you so much?! Get a life!

Sunny
Sunny
10 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Why are you in a luxury bag blog then? Why don’t you stay in gofundme.com and help the less fortunate instead of ejaculating sour comments at people who just love bags.

Terri
Terri
10 months ago

Cute, but the Chanel Lambskin Party Kelly from the late 90s is much cuter!

Lauri
Lauri
10 months ago

My lord is that ugly!!

Lori
Lori
10 months ago

This bag looks like a cake version of a handbag. “Is it cake?!” LOL. Or was designed by the designers 5 year old with crayons. Sorry, I am not a huge Chanel fan.

Sandy
Sandy
10 months ago

It’s nice! Crazy but at $3000.00 and $4400.00 almost seems a good price, for Chanel anyway!

MsFashionista1
MsFashionista1
10 months ago

Looks too close to The Lady Dior bag.

Fulton
Fulton
10 months ago

This bag has literally nothing in common with the Hermès Kelly. This blog post is totally pointless.

Kaly
Kaly
10 months ago
Reply to  Fulton

But yet, here you are…🧐

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

This was absolutely understandable.. and there is even a distant reminiscence of the old Kelly by chanel and the H Kelly.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
10 months ago

Yet again, I get a granny vibe from a Chanel bag. The design house’s bags always skew old lady to me.

qmanh
qmanh
10 months ago

I have a camel Chanel party lambskin from the 90s. The sharp corners have caused the soft leather to wear down, but other than that, it’s still beautiful and I take it out for weddings. They should offer this in caviar for everyday usage.

Claire
Claire
10 months ago

“Design queues”?

Vlad Dusil
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Vlad Dusil
10 months ago
Reply to  Claire

That was my fault. I fixed it.

sophia
sophia
10 months ago

It’s cute, but my eyes keep being drawn to the wrinkling/indentation of the leather where the handles are attached to the bag, and the dents the flap have already made on the quilts beside the turn lock. Yikes

Heather
Heather
10 months ago

It’s adorable!

Catherine
Catherine
10 months ago

I had that caviar black Kelly handle bag a few years ago…. Obviously I don’t have it now.
I have a caviar business affinity which is now my sole C bag, it’s so versatile.
As for this new Kelly style, I can’t get past that thick handle. It’s a big no from me, solely due to that handle.

psny15
psny15
10 months ago

i kinda like the old vintage grandma look to this bag – very cute!

AshFromTX
AshFromTX
10 months ago

Very cute. I hope Tory Burch makes a dupe.

Jerri R
Jerri R
10 months ago

I can’t unsee the folded Longchamps

Anne
Anne
10 months ago

It is beautiful! 🩷

Lene
Lene
10 months ago

I think it’s cute, but kind of similar to the coco handle so don’t need both….or do I? 🫣☺️

Yun
Yun
10 months ago

What colors will be available?

CandyCanes
CandyCanes
10 months ago

I love love love this new Chanel! I am so looking forward to adding this to my collection!

susan
susan
10 months ago

Love Chanel but no, this is awful , and please no more Barbie.

chanelgirly
chanelgirly
10 months ago

Does anyone know when this drops in store?