It’s fascinating how quickly a brand new handbag style can rise to the level of cult or classic status. Chanel proved it possible with the instant success of the year-old Chanel 19. Joining the storied bag line in Fall/Winter 2019, the Chanel 19 rose to become nearly as coveted as many other tried and true classics.
Although designed during the Karl Lagerfeld era, unfortunately the launch post-dated his death. Indeed, the “19” in the name is in fact a tribute to his date of demise, as well as Coco Chanel’s date of birth and the year the bag released.
So what made the Chanel 19 an instantaneous sensation? Probably no one thing alone. The combination of Classic Chanel themes and its tempting price tag ( lower than the Chanel Classic Flap), makes this bag a serious contender for Chanel enthusiasts.
Demand for the bag has already outstripped supply. Shortages have resulted in waitlists, and of course the opportunity for resellers, making the Chanel 19 a worthy investment.
Read on for detailed information on the ‘It’ bag of the year.
Very ‘Chanel’ in its design, the bag embodies several iconic features that are synonymous with the House of Chanel:
Iconic Diamond Quilting: Similar yet different, Chanel has incorporated its signature diamond quilting on the bag while still keeping it unique. The diamonds are set in a style that is larger than usual for Chanel. A key feature that renders the bag modern and trendier than other Chanel Bag styles.
Chunky Hardware and Straps: The chain and strap on the bag are similar to the ones on the Chanel boy, introducing a touch of masculinity to an otherwise feminine style.
The hardware on the bag is a mix of Gold-Tone and Silver & Ruthenium-Finish Metals. The long strap in particular, blends the two metals together with leather very uniquely . The strap is perfect for when you want to carry the bag on the shoulder or wear crossbody. There is also a shorter metallic chain handle that allows you to carry the bag elegantly on one arm, or just grab and go!
The Trendy CC Logo: The double ‘CC’ logo on the clap is larger than the one on the Classic Flap. The styling of the logo too stands out – the metal and leather woven logo boldly embellished across the centre of the bag adds to its modern aesthetics.
The Chanel 19, while clearly inspired by the Chanel 2.55, the Chanel Boy and the Classic Flap, has carved a niche for itself as an updated amalgamation of Chanel’s popular and classic styles.
The Chanel 19 is a lot less rigid than the other handbag styles by Chanel. The choice of leathers and fabrics – goatskin, lambskin and wool tweed – introduces the soft, relaxed and luxurious look that the bag possesses. The slouchy appearance, though not a preferred choice for many, gives the bag a more relaxed and cool vibe. A factor perhaps responsible for the bag’s instant success.
The Chanel 19 comes in 4 sizes. Photos and measurements of each are provided below:
|Chanel 19 Bag Style||Dimensions in inches (L X H X D)|
|Chanel 19 Belt/Waist Bag||4.3 X 7.8 X 2.1|
|Chanel 19 Flap Bag||6.2 X 10.1 X 3.5|
|Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag||7.8 X 11.7 X 3.9|
|Chanel 19 Maxi Flap Bag||9.8 x 14 X 4.3|
The leather Chanel 19 can be usually spotted in stately hues of blues and black, as well as in shades of reds, pinks and oranges for those who prefer to pop. The current collection also consists of a bright parrot green Chanel 19 in a maxi size!
The wool tweed fabrics vary from collection to collection but are generally found in color combinations typical of tweed fabric. The latest collection consists of four distinct patterns:
- An eye-catching coral, pink & orange combination where the colors blend into one another
- A multi-colored one where the colors contrast against an unusual shade of green
- A red and white on navy blue (nearly black) chequered fabric that is typically tweed
- A show-stopper black tweed version with hues of pink and purple splashed playfully across the top half of the bag
When it comes to pricing, that’s where the Chanel 19 gets really interesting. As in, you get a lot of style at a lower price point than the Classic Flap. An analysis of the price differences between the two models across sizes reveals a 30-35% difference. A well thought out strategy by Chanel given how recent the style is.
|Chanel 19 Bag Style||Prices in the US||Prices in Europe|
|Chanel 19 Belt/Waist Bag||$3,600||€3,300|
|Chanel 19 Flap Bag||$4,800||€4,500|
|Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag||$5,300||€5,000|
|Chanel 19 Maxi Flap Bag||$5,800||€5,500|
|Chanel Classic Flap Bag Style||Prices in the US||Prices in Europe|
|Classic Small Flap||$5,800||€5,500|
|Classic Medium Flap||$6,500||€6,050|
|Classic Jumbo Flap||$7,100||€6,600|
|Classic Maxi Flap||$7,700||€7,100|
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What do you think of this classic yet modern style by Chanel?
With its huge instantaneous success will it become a timeless classic like the Boy Bag or phase out after a few seasons capitalising on its “It” bag status?