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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Model Images via The Real Real

Model Images via The Real Real

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Sandy
Sandy
6 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
6 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
6 years ago

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

Katy
Katy
6 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
6 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
6 years ago

sigh! The price!

Jen
Jen
6 years ago

Thanks for this! This was pretty much like porn

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 years ago
Reply to  Freya

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

Sparky
Sparky
6 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
6 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
6 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.