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The Ultimate Bag Guide: The Chanel Boy Bag

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.

The Chanel Boy Bag debuted at exactly the right time; young shoppers had taken an interest in the brand, but most of its signature bags skewed toward older shoppers with more formal wardrobes and personal styles. The Boy, with its more casual feel and array of seasonal variations, was the perfect design to bridge the gap while staying true to numerous Chanel signatures. The bag may only be in its fourth year of existence, but it feels like it’s been part of the handbag landscape forever.

Oh, and another fun fact before we dive in to the sizes, prices and comparisons: the Boy was named after Boy Capel, the love of Coco Chanel’s life.

The Chanel Boy Bag

Year Created: 2012
Sizes Currently Available: Small, Medium, New Medium and Large Shoulder Bags, Clutch, Shopping Tote
Availability: Chanel Boutiques and Leased Departments Only; Some Versions May Require a Wait List

Sizes

Chanel Boy Bag – Small

7.9″ W x 4.7″ H x 3.1″ D
Leather Prices Start at $4,300 for Quilted Calfskin

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Chanel Boy Bag – Medium

9.8″ W x 5.9″ H x 3.5″ D
Leather Prices Start at $4,700 for Quilted Calfskin

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Chanel Boy Bag – New Medium

11″ W x 7″ H x 3.5″ D
Prices Start at $5,200 for Quilted Calfskin

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Chanel Boy Bag – Large

11.8″ W x 8.3″ H x 3.9″ D
Leather Prices Start at $5,500 for Quilted Calfskin
Image via The Real Real
Image via The Real Real

Chanel Boy Bag – Shopping Tote

14.2″ W x 9.8″ H x 6.7″ D
Leather Prices Start at $5,000 for Quilted Calfskin

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Chanel Boy Bag – Clutch

10.6″ W x 5.3″ H x 2.4″ D
Leather Prices Start at $3,600 for Smooth Calfskin

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Common Leathers and Materials

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Hardware Colors and Finishes

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Alternate Views

Image via Elite Couture London
Image via Elite Couture London

Size Comparisons

Model Images via The Real Real
Model Images via The Real Real
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Sandy
Sandy
8 years ago

I do love this bag. I think I will make the purchase this year. I do however love the look in the small and old medium sizes much more than the larger options.

EliCaroline
EliCaroline
8 years ago

This is one of my favorite bags of all time. Weird to think that it hasn’t been around that long tho.

Smithy
Smithy
8 years ago

Yes it’s a classic, but it’s just too expensive, too pedestrian and too showy for me.

Katy
Katy
8 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

Pedestrian doesn’t mean what I think you think it means. It’s quite difficult to be showy and dull (the definition of pedestrian)? You probably mean plebeian (common, commonplace or vulgar), which is something I’ve heard from a few Chanel devotees about these new styles (which is a criticism lobbed at many designers from time to time). Call me common if you’d like but I love the Boy as much as I love my Evelyne!

gpc
gpc
8 years ago

I have a maxi flap classic, but I just can’t go there on this one. Price? Cloth interior? Really?

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
8 years ago

sigh! The price!

Jen
Jen
8 years ago

Thanks for this! This was pretty much like porn

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
8 years ago

I LOVE the Boy bag!! I only own 1 Chanel bag and its the Herringbone Boy from Pre-Fall 2014. My absolute favorite bag in my collection!! I don’t think I will ever be able to get another Chanel, but I think 1 Chanel bag is all you really need!

Freya
Freya
8 years ago

I really wanted a Boy bag and it was so difficult to track one down as they have always been sold out when I visited the boutique. Then I finally found one and was convinced that I will buy it straight away. It looked nice on my shoulder, but the minute I opened it and saw the interior I was so disappointed. It just didn’t look like a 4000 Euro bag should look like. I own bags which cost only a fraction of a Boy but are made with more love to the detail. I still admire the look of a Boy, but I don’t want to have one anymore. Now the Reissue is back on my list, though.

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago
Reply to  Freya

Totally agree with the interior situation. I have a few Chanel bags and I would say the interior of the Boy bag is the most disappointing. I personally dislike the fabric lining and the fact there aren’t many compartments within the bag. Even he GST has a much more luxurious feel. Just sharing my opinion though 🙂 x

F
F
8 years ago
Reply to  Freya

You didn’t look at the interior of the bag, before you bought it?

Sparky
Sparky
8 years ago

This year I’m buying my first Chanel – and it will be a new medium Boy. I tried them on in store.

I know everyone says ‘get a CF for your first Chanel’ but it doesn’t suit me. It didn’t feel right. I’m too sporty for a CF. LOVE the Boy!!! Can’t wait to get it.

Katrina
Katrina
8 years ago

I was not aware that the interior was fabric. All this time I thought that the inside was the same as the classic flaps. I’ve tried a few Boys in store, including the woven one you show a patch of, and they are lovely. But I never thought to look inside since I wasn’t seriously considering purchasing one just yet. That’s such a let down.

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago
Reply to  Katrina

I only looking inside the bag after I had purchased one! haha! the fabric interior is VERY disappointing. I love the bag and the way it looks – my favorite size is the small and the medium but I wouldn’t buy another boy bag solely on the fact that the interior is way too simple and I kind of feel ripped off for the price tag.

Pamela
Pamela
8 years ago

$4300 is so much for a simple bag.. there are cheaper chanel bags that are nicer.

LL
LL
8 years ago

Love it but just can’t seem to pull the trigger. Not fond of the price.

Scottsdale Kim
Scottsdale Kim
8 years ago

Loved the Boy WOC but it seemed to come and go quickly. More of a reissue girl otherwise. Does that make me old?

hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda
hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda
8 years ago

The bag actually debuted the March 8 2011 at the fall winter 2011-12 ready to wear show not in 2012

Miki
Miki
8 years ago

I actually really love the look of the Boy bags and am kind of obsessed with the gold and black one. The large sized ones seem a bit big on people who are petite. I feel like going for the shopping tote would be a good choice, too.
Miki

jyohal
jyohal
8 years ago

Thanks Amanda – this is great! Thanks for the pictures with how the different sizes look when actually on a shoulder!

Jacqueline Yee
Jacqueline Yee
8 years ago

The comparison was great with the different sizes. Still too boring and expensive for my taste. Prefer something a little younger.

Nafisah Anafi
Nafisah Anafi
8 years ago

can you include/ is there another blog where i can find a guide to the types of patterns Chanels makes for the Boy’s flap? I mean like besides quilted & chevron, what else can I choose from if I’m interested to get one? Recently I’ve seen some that are quilted only in the middle, were they fakes?

Thanks.

PeoniesSF
PeoniesSF
8 years ago
Reply to  Nafisah Anafi

No, the first season Boy Chevron was quilted in the middle.

DivaD
DivaD
8 years ago

I just bought my first Boy bag in Heathrow airport and the price was fantastic! I’ve received nothing but compliments! I also own a GST black with SHW in caviar leather; a black easy carry flap with SHW and a black patent leather classic clutch with chain in SHW. I love them all and now that I have SHW sorted I’m going for a jumbo CF in GHW next month! Can’t get enough Chanel!!!

margiela
margiela
8 years ago
Reply to  DivaD

how much is it in Heathrow? I’m visiting London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam next month

TFJAUREGUI
TFJAUREGUI
7 years ago

Does anyone know what style this is that Jules of Sincerely jules is wearing?!?! I’ need it!

Katie
Katie
7 years ago

Why are some Le boy caviar leather (black, small) have grey fabric lining inside instead of black

Lytton Lee
Lytton Lee
7 years ago

i got my replica at snavone.com….they have great quality
but you need to email them…..they dont show pics on the website which is kinda annoying
got mine there

Bonnie Chen
Bonnie Chen
7 years ago
Reply to  Lytton Lee

how much is it? Bags on the website are really cheap, is it fake?

Lytton Lee
Lytton Lee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bonnie Chen

Yeah of course its fake….just got another one, their quality is amazing. I paid for the small leboy 230€ . got a valentino now for 350€ – the real one is like 2000€

serene lee
serene lee
7 years ago

Hi

serene
serene
7 years ago

Hi I m buying a le boy in old medium in caviar but am afraid that I might be a fake 1. I have the pics of the authenticity card and the bag but still can’t tell if its real stuff. Can anyone out there can help me if there are ways to see its authenticity?

Celine
Celine
7 years ago

Hi, do chanel boy have a shinny gold hardware?

Irena
Irena
7 years ago
Reply to  Celine

They do! They have a really nice light gold hardware! 🙂

Ltres
Ltres
5 years ago

On the picture of chanel boy chevron small pink and medium light pink why the details of the arrow are not the same? The light pink one the arrow doesn’t sit right on top the lock? And I prefer this one actually but mine is like exactly sit on top of the lock.. but both look nice?always love chanel boy?

Katie Le
Katie Le
4 years ago

Can you please help to name the hardware colours on the comparison photo on the article? Thank you

Dionne Savage
Dionne Savage
2 years ago

Good Quality!!!