Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to know how things work and fit together. I used to take apart and reassemble all my toys, day after day, with endless curiosity. Unfortunately, fashion doesn’t lend itself to the same kind of inquisitiveness unless you’ve got unlimited funds to buy yourself a new Chanel Flap Bag after you ruin your first one after it gets assembled. That’s where our friends at StyleRepublic come in – somehow, they pulled a behind-the-scenes tour of the Chanel Classic Flap manufacturing process, and they’ve got lots of gorgeous pictures to let us know exactly how the magic happens. We’ve taken you behind the scenes into the making of a Chanel bag before, but I thought perhaps the topic was worth revisiting with these beautiful pictures. Check out our favorites after the jump or peep the full feature via StyleRepublic.

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  • Hewette3007

    Wow wish I can make my own rite now!

  • love… want…. this is such a cool post <3

  • lori

    What country are these bags made in?  I remember reading something about some designer handbags being made in China with portions made in Italy or France.  I would like to know where the pictures were taken.  

    • MODA

      Most of Chanel items are made in Italy, France and Spain (best quality of the 3 countries).

    • cgrip

      You are referring to Burberry; I purchased a bag and seen that the label said “Made in China” and returned it quickly!!

  • Deedee

    I would imagine — with a Chanel price tag of the thousands — that the bags are stitched together by hand. Would you say that it is mostly done by machine? 

    • christina

      hey as a seamstress and designer i must let you know that the machine you see here is a simple industrial straight stitch machine that is used by one seamstress to hand craft these bags which can take hours to days. this does not mean they are not hand made or hand crafted as opposed to lets say a cheaper company who uses heavy machinery that cuts the patterns and assembles the bags in mass quantities which require no skill or expertise to operate. Chanel and other high end brands tend to hire skilled seamstresses for their precision and quality and talent that is required to operate these industrial sized sewing machine which are just like what you see at homes =]

      • christina

        oh i forgot to mention there are also pictures of other machines used to cut, to hem, to bind etc but those are also directly operated by skilled craftsman and seamstresses. =]

  • Maryellen2341

    There is no thought in any mind, but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power.

  • D_Magazine

    This is absolutely fabulous!  Thanks for this.  I hope you don’t mind if I reblog this.

    D Magazine

  • D_Magazine

    This is absolutely fabulous!  Thanks for this.  I hope you don’t mind if I reblog this.

    D Magazine

  • bells

    Too bad now they’re manufacturing the lining with canvas :(

  • This is absolutely fabulous!  Thanks for this.  I hope you don’t mind if I reblog this.

  • Vivi.T

    all done by machine but still so pricy…not worth it…unlike Hermes…very expensive but at least is all hand made..

    • MODA

      Well, as far as I know, it is not true that Hèrmes  handbags are hand made… The only luxury brands that have all handmade items are Loewe and the Madras collection by PRADA.

      • MODA

        Oh, and the Handmade Collection by Gucci.

  • Palateaffair

    its nice…and classic…But over priced… recent price increase was just too much…as if $500 USD is peanuts for them….

    • MODA

      I agree. The Jumbo is now $4,900 and the Maxi Jumbo… $5,300!!! They increased the price of the Timeless CC (what they called in this article “flap bags”, although as you all know, there are also other flap bags…) twice this fiscal year. 

  • Info

    This would be amazing!


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  • A Reader

    Great post! The Chanel flap bag will never grow old for me. I’ve always wanted one and if I ever finish my PhD, I’m going to treat myself.

  • This would be you want


  • Very elegant like it very much.

  • Mjshiokado

    i’m looking for a jumbo classic flap bag in blue, like the one you published.  Please advise where I could get a genuine used bag, which website is reliable to buy chanel bags.

    • gord

      ill sell you a black one for 1500

  • i like black,i will by a chanel flap bag

  • easonvae

    :-D it amazing! wawu

  • sha

    I want a jumbo chanel flap bag in black.Anyone selling it, please contact me at ishop8@hotmail.com
    thank you

    • sha

      Or even the chanel long wallet quilted