It’s somewhat rare that brands discontinue popular bags from their popular collections, but we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about the potential end of the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote–it might be a thing of the past in the near future. Or maybe it’s just getting a huge price increase. Or perhaps it’s simply being yanked from the American market because of its relatively low price point and market over-saturation? No one seems to know.

I first read of the GST’s looming demise yesterday on Mizhattan, which posits the story as fact rather than a rumor and reports on low stock level at several NYC-area stores. We then looked to our Chanel subforum over at PurseForum, which has a discussion on the GST’s theoretical disconinuation that dates back to December. In it, members from all over the world report on what they’ve been told by Chanel sales associates; many in the US have heard that the bag will soon be gone, while European readers are more likely to report that their SAs were baffled when they asked about the GST’s pending disappearance. One tPFer even contacted a Chanel boutique in Paris, where the associate told her that the GST is in the permanent collection and isn’t going anywhere.

Among the European Chanel lovers, the talk is instead of a future price increase; the GST is among the brand’s most attainably price bags for its size, and Chanel may be concerned that it’s diverting customers away from its other, more expensive bags of a similar size and type. Rumors about the GST also went around last year around this time, so who knows if this might just be another game of telephone gone awry.

We’ve reached out to our sources at Chanel; if we hear anything definitive back from them, we’ll update this post. In the meantime, have any of you heard any news from your regular SAs?

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Liza
Liza
7 years ago

My SA in Montreal Canada told me that it’s not going anywhere. On the other hand, a few resellers I follow on Instagram are advertising it as if it was being discontinued. Who knows at this point. I hope they don’t axe it. Would be a shame.

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Liza

Hopefully we’ll be getting a definitive answer from Chanel soon–my instinct is that it’s not going anywhere and this rumor resulted from a very long, convoluted game of telephone, but we’ll see.

E Cooper
E Cooper
7 years ago

What is the current price of a GST (in the US) ?

Kaycee Campbell
Kaycee Campbell
7 years ago
Reply to  E Cooper

2900 for the regular $3500 for the XL

Slim
Slim
7 years ago
Reply to  E Cooper

Purchase mine about two years it was $2900 plus tax = $3100. My daughter just returned from Canne a couple of weeks ago. She bought one in black final price with VAT included was $2,084! Great price, love the bag.

nehneh
nehneh
7 years ago
Reply to  Slim

slim, how much in Euros? did your daughter mention they have the classic flap in Canne?

Liza
Liza
7 years ago
Reply to  E Cooper

2900$ I believe, and 3200$ in Canada.

laura
laura
7 years ago

I hope this isn’t true 🙁

ellavanw
ellavanw
7 years ago

I love the GST and have three of them in various color/hardware combinations. It is so functional for work, because it can fit an 8.5×11 folder and is basically indestructible (my first one is from 2008 and has logged hundreds of miles around the globe and still looks great) — but is still ladylike enough to go from the office out to dinner. Will be bummed if it is really discontinued!

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago

Not a fan of the GST, so wont miss it anyway.

Iram
Iram
7 years ago

I really wanted the GST to be my first Chanel bag… I really hope it isn’t getting discontinued!

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago
Reply to  Iram

Let a classic flap be your first Chanel, you wont regret it!

Marni
Marni
7 years ago
Reply to  Iram

Same here !! 🙁

kate
kate
7 years ago

Won’t miss it at all. I sold mine. It was a clunky large bag that I banged into everything.

Slim
Slim
7 years ago

My daughter just returned from Canne on Jan. 2, 2015. She purchased the GST in black. It’s gorgeous, final price with VAT was $2,084! What a terrific saving. I bought mine about two years ago and paid $2,900 plus tax = $3100!

Pam
Pam
7 years ago
Reply to  Slim

Going to buy Chanel in la France then non?

Kaycee Campbell
Kaycee Campbell
7 years ago

I have spoke with several SA’s as well as a friend who is a store manager of a Chanel and they all seem to be unsure. They often say they are the last to know.

Kaycee Campbell
Kaycee Campbell
7 years ago

I would rather see a price increase as oppose to the discontinuance of the bag.. I agree with the over saturation.

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