The Chanel Mini: “Small is the New Big…”

Who says size doesn’t matter?

As we’ve explored on PurseBop, small is in. Teeny-sized bags and tiny bag charms continue to steal fashionistas’ hearts and grow in popularity. Designers are introducing more mini and even micro-sized bags, and the unofficial trend seems to be: “smaller is better!” Naturally, the Chanel Mini – in all of its variations – is no exception. With at least three diminutive sizes, PurseBop explains why the mini flap is so big.

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The Chanel Classic Flap family has a rich history, a rigorous and meticulous construction process, and has achieved icon status as one of the world’s most loved bags. As of 2015, the classic flap is available in 7 different sizes!

 

Here are the dimensions and comparisons from largest to smallest:

Classic Flap Maxi – 13.4” x 9.1” x 3.9”

Classic Flap Jumbo – 11.8” x 7.9” x 3.9”

Classic Flap Medium – 10” x 6.3” x 3”

Classic Flap Small – 9.3” x 5.7” x 2.6”

Classic Flap Mini (Rectangle) – 8” x 5” x 2”

Classic Flap Mini (Square) – 6.5” x 5” x 2.5”

Classic Flap Extra Mini – 6.7” x 3.9” x 3”

As you progress down the range, each bag gets shorter in length by about a factor of 1.5 inches and shorter in height by a factor of 1 inch.

With all of these options, why does the mini continue to be a standout choice and re-released in many new styles?

#1  Mini can have maxi impact

Following the theory that less is more, a mini bag can provide just the right pop of color or clever detail without overwhelming. Patterns and embellishments can be appreciated more fully and immediately because the surface is compact. Depending on the design, the size of the bag itself can give off a distinct vibe. Your mini bag can look dainty and ultra-feminine playing up the decorative aspect of the piece. Or, it can also look understated, relaxed and minimalistic.

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#2  Ease over Storage 

The Chanel classic flap is already hands-free with its long jewelry chain. The mini sizes, though, are even easier to wear – on the shoulder or cross-body. And smaller space means lighter weight and allows the bag to lay closer to your body instead of the  boxier, chunky edges of a bigger bag.

 

#3 Versatility for Different Occasions

Petite bags are easier to transition from casual to formal and everything in between. The diminutive stature makes them elegant but not overwhelming. And when all you need are keys and phone, a mini lets you travel stylishly light.

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#4 Affordability

Mini bags are generally less expensive than other bags in designer collections. As a result, they are great entry-level pieces for those hesitant (or unable) to jump in and fully invest in a brand. Of course limited edition, exotic, or highly embellished mini bags can be shockingly expensive, they also can be a great way to expand a special occasion collection.

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Chanel Classic Flap Prices

SizePrice in USPrice in EuropeUS Price Equivalent
Maxi Classic Flap$6000€5160$5761
Jumbo Classic Flap$5500€4750$5303
Medium Classic Flap$4900€4260$4756
Small Classic Flap$4700€4100$4577
Rectangular Mini Classic Flap$2900€2490$2828
Square Mini Classic Flap$2700 €2250$2514
Extra Mini Classic Flap$2400€1620$1812
SizePrice in USPrice in EuropeUS Price Equivalent
Maxi Classic Flap$6000€5160$5761
Jumbo Classic Flap$5500€4750$5303
Medium Classic Flap$4900€4260$4756
Small Classic Flap$4700€4100$4577
Rectangular Mini Classic Flap$2900€2490$2828
Square Mini Classic Flap$2700 €2250$2514
Extra Mini Classic Flap$2400€1620$1812

Clearly, the Chanel globalization price strategies have narrowed the gap between the USA and Europe.

*Prices as of June 2015

For more Chanel Price Charts click HERE

Even for a timeless classic, the classic flap offers a diverse range of options to suit all your needs and looks.  The mini can be the perfect choice for every fashionista! Clearly our girls think so…

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