Chanel – Maxi Chanel 19 Flap Bag Review


Chanel – Maxi Chanel 19 Flap Bag Review

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CHANEL 19 Maxi Flap Bag


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The last Chanel bag created by Karl Lagerfeld, the Chanel 19 is a modern classic. 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. It was the last Chanel bag designed by Karl Lagerfield and thus it has a special place in our hearts. It features soft leather or tweed, large quilts, a signature multi hardware chain and a woven CC logo.

The Maxi Chanel 19 is the biggest size of the 19 collection. It has a relaxed yet luxurious look to it due to its incredibly soft leather and the fact that it is an unstructured bag. If we were to compare it with the Chanel Classic Flap, we would say that it’s counterpart is the Classic Maxi Flap.

What are the differences between the Maxi Chanel 19 and the Maxi Chanel Classic Flap ?

  • Price. As of now, the Chanel 19 is definitely more affordable than the Classic Flap. A Maxi Chanel 19 costs $6,300 whereas the Jumbo Classic Flap is a whooping $8,500.
  • Look and Feel. The Chanel 19 feels more casual and fresh due to it’s mixed hardware and unstructured-ness. The Classic Flap is a very structured bag, it has a double flap and feels more formal.
  • What fits inside. Even though the size difference is not huge (9.8 × 14 × 4.3 in for the 19 Bag and 9 × 12.9 × 3.9 in for the Classic Maxi), the 19 holds significantly more. Again it is due to the fact that the 19 is not a structured bag, it doesn’t have a double flap and has a big back pocket.  Therefore, if you tend to need just a little more space in your bag, you cannot go wrong with the 19 flap.
  • Leather. The Chanel Classic Flap comes in lambskin and grained calfskin (or caviar leather) but the Chanel 19 Flaps only come in lambskin or goatskin leather. If you’re someone that is very worried about scratching your bag, we suggest that you look into the non-leather options of the Chanel 19.

Is Chanel 19 worth buying?

This is the million dollar question, is the Chanel 19 flap worth the money? Take a look at the Pros and Cons below and see if it’s worth it for you, your lifestyle and budget. We think that the Chanel 19 is an amazing bag that is likely to stay in fashion for a while (or even forever if we were to believe Chanel’s SAs) but due to it’s more casual look it is not for everyone.


9.8 × 14 × 4.3 in

What fits

  • A smartphone (can also comfortably fit on its back pocket)
  • A full size wallet
  • Keys with a key pouch
  • Makeup pouch with mask, lipsticks, mini hand cream, mini perfume
  • Mini Umbrella and Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses with case
  • A MacBook 13 in or similar or an iPad
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Our Review

CHANEL 19 Maxi Flap Bag

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  • Fits an absolute ton, you won’t have to pick between your items
  • The mixed hardware gives it a fresh look and you won’t have to worry about matching your jewelry to your bag
  • A very trendy bag, the puffy quilts are especially in (see also the YSL Puffer and LouLou)
  • Can be worn on the shoulder or in the crook of your arm
  • Lower priced than the Classic Flaps
  • The 19 bags are quite slouchy and unstructured
  • They tend not to keep their shape very well, the bottom can become saggy and the flap misaligned
  • They do not come in a grained leather, so they are more prone to scratches
  • Can feel a little too edgy for some people
  • Staying power is debatable. According to Chanel it is a classic style that is here to stay but the fashion world is undecided if the Chanel 19 is truly a classic bag. Time will tell!
  • It can be extremely heavy if you fill it too much, especially if you’re wearing it in the crook of your arm
  • The Maxi can feel too big if you’re on the petite side

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