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Updated on 10 May 2022
Bringing the Chanel Boy Bag Back
Be it Millennials or GenZ – the Boy Chanel Handbag is one top that has got all their undivided attention. If you’re wondering what’s so special about it? Unwrapping everything about the timeless bag right here!
Pictured: Catherine Deneuve wearing a Chanel 2.55 bag featuring the curved back pocket in 1961 (Farabola/Leemage)
The famous quilting design is said to have drawn inspiration from the diamond quilts of jockey riding jackets.

Modern Style Inspired by History
The iconic Boy bag from the French Fashion house debuted in the Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Introduced by then-creative director Karl Lagerfeld as an ode to the relationship of Coco and her muse Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel. To quote him, “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact, it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.” Boy Capel cheered Coco’s spirit and her mission to push the gender norms.

In comparison to the Chanel 2.55, the Boy Chanel Bag with its classic rectangular handbag silhouette, motocross-style ribbed edges, a chunky chain strap, and distressed antique-bronze clasp, was crafted for young fashionistas. The design is said to have been inspired by a hunter’s cartridge bag that Coco used to carry. This classic bag with its androgynous style celebrated Coco’s pioneering masculine-feminine aesthetic.
Pictured: Catherine Deneuve wearing a Chanel 2.55 bag featuring the curved back pocket in 1961 (Farabola/Leemage)
Beauty is in the Details
The bold and boxy silhouette with its lego-brick CC squeeze-lock clasp gives the Boy Bag a punk vibe. Chunky metal chain along with a leather panel allows the best of both worlds – to be worn as a shoulder strap or a long cross-body strap. Additionally, some limited editions come with a short embellished top handle to carry by hand.

Boy Chanel handbags come in Diamond quilting or Chevron panelling. However, there are some Boy Bags with Reverso Quilting where they quilt the frame instead. Owing to its single flap nature and fabric lining, it’s lighter to carry in comparison to its Classic Flap equivalents.

The Boy Bag has been designed in a variety of materials. From a range of leathers to luxurious textiles. The most common leathers are calfskin and lambskin while tweed and leather are the predominant fabrics. Although Chanel has released many variations over the years, like canvas, PVC, denim textiles – the possibilities are endless when it comes to materials. It’s good to remember that Boy Bag has been released in combinations of exotic materials including crocodile and python. However, in 2018 Chanel announced that they would no longer produce items with exotic materials. Following this, the price of those particular bags has skyrocketed on the resale market.

Pictured: Chanel Reissue 226 Double Flap with Ruthenium Hardware
  • Minimalist
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
If you’re the minimalist one – the Wallet-on-Chain Boy Bag can hold your cash, card, and of course your lip balm.
If you’re the one who believes in the good old ‘less is more’ – the Small Boy Bag can hold your smartphone,  cardholder, keys, lipstick, and also your compact.

Dimensions: 8"L  x  3.2"W  x  5"H
If you’re the one who likes it handy yet wants to store everything – the Medium Boy Bag can carry your smartphone, hand cream, trifold wallet, small notebook, perfume sticks or chapsticks.

Old medium: 10"L  x  2.5"W  x  5.5"H
New medium: 11"L  x  3.5"W  x  7"H
If you’re the I-got-it-all-in-my-bag person – Large Boy bag will be your best bet to carry everything from charger, protein bars, sunnies to band-aids.

Dimensions: 11.8"L  x  3.9"W  x  8.3"H)
The Iconic Boy Chanel handbag is available in multiple designs and color options. The Boy Bag is also famous to release limited edition pieces like the Rainbow Boy Bag.
Pictured: Chanel Reissue 226 Double Flap with Ruthenium Hardware
  • Spring-Summer 2021/2022
  • Spring-Summer Pre-collection
  • Cruise 2021/2022
Mini Boy Chanel Handbag in Grained Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (Coral Pink and Black) - $4,500

Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal
(Pink) - $5,900
Boy Chanel Handbag With Handle in Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal
(Dark Blue) - $7,200

Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Silver-Tone Metal (Light Blue) - $5,900
Small Boy Chanel Handbag in Grained Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (Light Orange) - $5,400

Mini Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (White) - $5,300

Mini Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal (Black) - $5,300

Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal (Light Gray) - $5,900

Small Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal (Black) - $5,400

Boy Chanel Handbag in Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal (Black) - $5,900

Large Boy Chanel Handbag In Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal (Black) - $6,200
Here’s a quick guide to ensure authenticity while buying a Boy Chanel Bag
  • Pay attention to the Chanel logo - where the letters merge, the fake bags are thicker instead of looking welded. Many counterfeits have C with curved tips while an authentic logo has flat tips.
  • Ensure to receive an authenticity card. This card contains a serial number to assure authenticity.
  • Boy Chanel has an embroidered serial number in the lower corner or on the zipper. Make sure the number on your card and bag match .
  • Rip-offs usually have a lower amount of stitching per panel. Compare the stitching per panel to a real Chanel bag. Fake bags can often be recognised by rough seams and sewing.
  • Only buy vintage or preloved Chanel bags from authenticated resellers, such as Second Edit!
Basics of How to Clean, Care, and Store a Boy Chanel Bag
Cleaning the interior
Use a microfiber cloth or lint roller and gently wipe any dirt residing inside the bag. The cloth lining of the Boy Chanel Bag makes it easier to clean as compared to other leather-lined bags.

Cleaning the exterior
As done with the interior, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the outside of the bag. You could also use a fragrance-free alcohol-free baby wipe over the exterior to refresh it.

Storing your Boy Bag
Pull the chain strap and put the excess chain part inside the bag. Place the leather part of the strap under the bag. Additionally, do not forget to put the bag in its dust bag for storage in your closet.
Where to Buy an Authentic Boy Chanel?
If you’ve been eyeing the Boy Chanel bag, this is your sign to make them yours. At Second Edit, we have preloved Boy Chanel bags authenticated by our in-house experts for your wardrobe.

Along with Chanel, our preloved bags section houses designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Celine, Saint Laurent, and more. Buy authentic second-hand bags by just paying only a fraction of their retail price.

All preloved items are thoroughly checked using Entrupy, an authentication service paired with in-house experienced authentication experts. The AI used in Entrupy service differentiates between authentic and counterfeit items and is almost 100% accurate.
Know the Worth
Owing to its history of raising pricing, limiting supplies, and being a favourite in the resale market, Boy Chanel Bag is an investment. Interested in consigning your Boy Chanel Bag? Second Edit by Style Theory is making it more convenient and reward-worthy for you! We’re talking about earning up to 80% payouts on your bag.

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