When we released our last Ultimate Bag Guide, many of you asked us to give the same treatment to the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bag, and we thought it was an excellent suggestion. This month marks the revolutionary shoulder bag’s 60th anniversary, and somehow, it’s even more popular now than it was in 1955.

Whether you’re a young celeb looking to carry a flashy mini bag in front of the paparazzi or a corporate maven looking for a roomy day bag that announces that you’ve arrived, the many sizes, colors and variations on the Classic Flap mean that there’s likely a version that will suit your purposes. And because Chanel regularly increases its prices, the bags tend to hold their value well for years, meaning that buying one now isn’t too risky–you can always sell it and recoup most, if not all, of your money. That’s if you don’t want to pass it down to your daughter, of course.

Below, we’ve compiled as much information as we could about the bag’s particulars. Because Chanel tends to keep things close to the vest, some information might be incomplete. If you can think of anything that might be a useful addition to the guide, please let us know in the comments.

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Year Created: 1955
Sizes Currently Available: Extra Mini, Mini Rectangular, Mini Square, Small, Medium, Jumbo, Maxi
Most Recent Price Increase: November 2017
Availability: Chanel boutiques and store-in-store locations only; certain colors, sizes and leather may require a wait list

Sizes

Note: To help indicate differences in size, these pictures are approximately, but not perfectly, to scale

Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Extra Mini

6.7″ W x 3.9″ H x 3″ D
New Price Unknown in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Mini Rectangular

7.9″ W x 4.9 H x 2.8″ D
$3,300 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Mini Square

6.7″ W x 5.2″ H x 3.1″ D
$3,100 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Small

9.3″ W x 5.7″ H x 2.6″ D
$4,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Medium

10″ W x 6.3″ H x 3″ D
$5,300 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather – $3,700 in Velvet
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Jumbo

11.8″ W x 7.7″ H x 3.9″ D
$5,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Maxi

13″ W x 9.1″ H x 3.9″ D
$6,400 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather
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Common Leathers and Materials

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Colors

Permanent Colors

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Common Colors

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Hardware Colors and Finishes

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Alternate Views

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Size Comparisons

Square and Rectangular Mini Flap Bags

Jumbo, Medium and Mini Square Bags

Jumbo, Medium and Small Bags

Maxi and Jumbo Bags

Medium and Square Mini Flap Bags

Jumbo and Medium Flap Bags

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dinabobina
dinabobina
7 years ago

LOVE this guide, only drawback is now I want a maxi!

Monaco
Monaco
7 years ago

Thank you for creating this guide with lots of photo references.

As crazy as it sounds, I am saving up to buy the double flap as my first “designer” handbag and its great to know all the different sizes and colors.

I know for sure want the medium size because I prefer smaller bags, but I am still deciding between lambskin and caviar… so many choices! lol

hawktchr
hawktchr
2 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

If you have to “save up” you can’t afford it. Did Jackie have to “save”? Did Diana? (Though Diana didn’t do Chanel due to the interlocking C’s. (Charles and Camilla)) High end bags are for classes and incomes who don’t have to save. They just can.

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2 years ago
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7 years ago
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lvmil
lvmil
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

Caviar for sure. My first Chanel was the medium with lambskin and I find it so delicate and I am not hard at all on my bags at all. Second could be lamb. I would also suggest considering the patent, it seems me to be indestructible and I have more patent ones than any other leather. Hope this helps.

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shakins
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

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Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

Chanel lambskin is just about the most wonderful thing I’ve ever touched in my life, but I’m hard on my bags. If I were going to invest in a Classic Flap that I’d use frequently, I’d go Caviar.

anon
anon
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

Lambskin:Pro-smooth, shiny, soft/Con-shiny, Easily scratched, more delicate, more vulnerable to color transfer
Caviar:Pro-tough, durable, rigid (at first), less prone to scratches and color transfer, not shiny/Con-, not shiny, not soft, not smooth, still prone to very rough scratching, vulnerable (but less) to color transfer
For vintage bags, I go for lamb (it just looks better imo), but for these newer chanels (which are puffier) I think caviar works a lot better for the long run and your money.
I hope this helps!:)

Sofia
Sofia
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

Lambskin feels nicer, though

Kemi
Kemi
7 years ago
Reply to  Monaco

Go caviar, tougher, durable and stress free.

anon
anon
7 years ago

Such a great post. This is awesome. The Chanel flap options are confusing at times. Thanks a lot!!:)

TGreen
TGreen
7 years ago

Anyone know where to find the mini flap in the US? I was told by the Boston store that they are more of an international style. Thank you!

uncertain
uncertain
7 years ago

This is AMAZING. Thank you so much for putting this together

uncertain
uncertain
7 years ago

Maybe a tag “ultimate bag guide” might help so we can easily find the guides later on

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  uncertain

We’re going to make a landing page that houses all the bag guides as well!

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  uncertain

We agree–we’re adding it!

Jess
Jess
7 years ago

I got my first ever Chanel only some weeks ago and opted for the jumbo size in black caviar with ghw. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed when I compare it with my Mulberry Cara Delevingne bag which is made of lambskin and which is so much softer. Though I think that it was the right decision to go for caviar because I want to use my bags and with the lambskin I would be too scared to do so as I see my Chanel as an investment piece that should survive more than one season.

ami
ami
7 years ago

Medium is now at $4,700? Thank goodness I was able to buy mine in late 2007 when it was still $2,500 more or less.

Abby Gehring
Abby Gehring
7 years ago
Reply to  ami

The small is 4700, the medium is 4,900

ami
ami
7 years ago

Can you also do an ultimate guide to the differences between the classic flap and the reissues?

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  ami

We can and we will!

Lovebags
Lovebags
7 years ago

How about the inside of the bags? One of the reasons I fell in love with these are the double flap, especially the burgundy/black contrast on the black bags. Also, it’s worth knowing that for all the other colors (in currently produced bags), the inner flap would match the external color. For the caviar bags, the internal flap with the big CC logo is from smooth calfskin.

xactreality
xactreality
6 years ago
Reply to  Lovebags

Hi.. I believe the internal flap with the cc logo is also like the outter i mean caviar not smooth right?

Theresa Spadafora Johnston
Theresa Spadafora Johnston
6 years ago
Reply to  Lovebags

Im wondering why my Classic bag doesn’t have an “inner flap”? It’s about 5 years old.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  Lovebags

Yes, we can add that!

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