Everything you need to know about Chanel’s Chanel 19 Bags 2021

Chanel 19 handbag guide

First seen on the runway of the Fall / Winter 2019/20 ready-to-wear collection created by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, the Chanel 19 bag was greatly inspired by the classic 2.55 bag. The number 19 stands for 2019, the year of its creation. A name that echoes its big sister, the 2.55 bag, created in February 1955 by Coco Chanel.

Karl Lagerfeld envisioned Chanel pieces being worn by people who appreciated and believed in the beauty and craftsmanship of his fashion creations. The practicality of the Chanel 19 embodies his philosophy, as it can easily take you from day to night.

Created to be both sturdy and supple, the Chanel 19 bag has clean lines with a structure that won’t restrict movement. The iconic house closing is exaggerated, with an oversized CC clasp. The enlarged quilting pattern and long chain-link straps we all know and love are still present in this model. The extra chain that sits above the top flap allows you to carry this bag like a top handle handbag.

The joy of the Chanel 19 bag is that it can be carried in many ways. We love carrying it under the arm like an oversized clutch, slinging the chain over the shoulder or casually across the body. Because the bag is crafted using supple materials like goatskin and wool tweed, it has a relaxed silhouette that makes it easier to carry in the daytime.

The oversized diamond quilts give it the bag a more modern feel. The Chanel 19 bag incorporates the masculinity of the Boy Bag with its hardware and the femininity of the Classic Flap with its leather and classic CC chain clasp.

Currently, the Chanel 19 bag comes in the classic Chanel shades of Beige, Black and White, along with richer tones like Dark Pink, Deep Red, Green, beautiful Caramel Brown and Turquoise. There is also a range of supple leather, wool tweed, solid colours and iconic prints. For evening wear, there is a range of dazzling sequin finishes from classy black to youthful coral. No matter your personal style, you will find the right bag for your wardrobe.

What are the dimensions of the different Chanel 19 bags?

In four different sizes, fashion editors around the world are in love with the delicate top handle carry chain that can morph into a long chain strap. Interlaced with soft leather, with links which change from silver through to aged gold and ruthenium this bag will make an impact.

This versatile version of the classic Chanel piece can be bought as a WOC bag, original, large, or maxi. The maxi size is big enough to fit a laptop alongside everyday essentials. Inside the bags is a zip pocket, making the interior roomy enough for work and travel. The exact measurements of the bag varieties are:

Chanel 19 WOC : 4.8 x 7.5 x 1.4 in

Chanel 19 Small Flap Bag: 6.2 x 10.1 x 3.5 in

Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag: 7.8 x 11.7 x 3.9 in

Chanel 19 Maxi Flap Bag: 9.8 x 14.0 x 4.3 in

The Chanel 19 is a lot less rigid than the other handbag styles made by the brand. The choice of leathers and fabrics – goatskin, lambskin and wool tweed – means the bag feels more relaxed yet never compromises on the luxury. The slouchy appearance has helped the Chanel 19 work its way into many daywear and workwear looks.

How to make sure your Chanel 19 bag is authentic?

To ensure you have an authentic Chanel 19 bag, always look over the general look and shape of the piece. An authentic bag will have pointy edges and is bent on the top. This shape is hard to copy by fraudsters because the bag has its peak height in the middle and goes down as it connects at the edges. Also check the hardware, logo and texture of the material to ensure you are buying a genuine Chanel 19 bag (if you’re not buying directly from the boutique, of course).

How much does the Chanel 19 costs?

When it comes to pricing, the Chanel 19 comes at a lower price point than the Classic Flap. In fact, across sizes there is a 30-35% difference in pricing. The prices will differ depending on the material used to craft the bag. Leather, sheepskin or goatskin will always be more expensive than cotton or jersey models. For up to date pricing check chanel.com.

Chanel 19 Bag Style       Prices in the US               Prices in Europe           Prices in Australia

Chanel 19 WOC.                           $3,600                        €3,300                        unavailable

Chanel 19 Flap Bag                       $4,800                       €4,500                      $8,030.00

Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag           $5,300                         €5,000                       $8,930.00

Chanel 19 Maxi Flap Bag            $5,800                          €5,500                     $9,820.00

Will the Chanel 19 stay in style?

Even though Chanel 19 bags has remained relevant since their debut in 2019, it is unlikely to remain a timeless staple. Although currently popular with bloggers, editors and influencers its shelf life will likely be shorter than the 2.55 or the Boy Bag. The slouch and soft silhouette is difficult to maintain, mean it may lose shape over time and not be as smart of an investment as other bags on the market. The bag has too many trendy finishes and touches to still be relevant in a decades time.

Although this is a beautiful bag that can be taken from day to night, ideal for those looking for a bag to wear now, it may not be the choice for those looking to invest. If you wish to purchase Chanel that will last your lifetime and can be passed down generations, you’re better suited to more timeless silhouettes.

What do you think of the Chanel 19? Will it take off and become the new Chanel “It” Bag or is it too trendy? Let us know!

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