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


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

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

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

Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Small

9.3″ W x 5.7″ H x 2.6″ D
$4,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

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

Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Jumbo

11.8″ W x 7.7″ H x 3.9″ D
$5,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

Chanel Classic Flap Bag – Maxi

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

Common Leathers and Materials

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Permanent Colors


Common Colors


Hardware Colors and Finishes


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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