If there’s just one bag that you would have to get from Chanel’s current Fall-Winter 2019 collection, the 19 Bag would be it. Its charm and appeal lies in the fact that the bag embodies the very essence of the French luxury house and all its codes, but with a contemporary twist that makes it a modern day favourite, one’s that perfect for the woman of today and men who are a tad more adventurous. Still not entirely convinced? Here are 10 reasons why you should be.
01 – The 19 Bag (#HandbagCHANEL19) is created by Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard, and besides being in the current F/W19 collection, more variations of it will be launched in the upcoming Cruise 2020 collection as well.
02 – Not only is 19 an important number for Chanel (it’s the birth date of the founder, after all), it marks the year (2019) which the bag was introduced. Another bag that was named after the same year it was launched? The now iconic 2.55 Bag that was launched in February 1955 by Gabrielle Chanel herself.
03 – You will spot all the beloved house codes in one single bag, only this time it has been given the XL treatment. This is evident in the oversized CC clasp, enlarged quilting pattern and long (and so thick) chainlink straps that come in a trio of finishes from aged gold to ruthenium to silver.
04 – Spotted an extra curb chain sitting directly above the top flap? Well, that’s meant for you to carry the 19 Bag like a chic top handle handbag.
05 – You could carry it one of many ways. From carrying the bag under the arm like an oversized clutch, or by slinging the leather-interlaced metallic chain over the shoulder or across the body.
06 – The bag is rendered in ultra-supple materials like soft goatskin/lambskin or wool tweed, which intentionally gives it a relaxed silhouette that’s quite different from the other bag icons within Chanel.
07 – For now, colours for the new bag include classic Chanel shades of Beige, Black and White, along with seasonal hues of Dark Pink, Deep Red, Green and Turquoise crafted in soft supple leather. Lovers of wool tweed will be able to find 8 different colours/colour combinations, from houndstooth prints to solid hues, so there’s definitely something for everyone.
08 – Available in 3 sizes for now, it comes in ‘Regular’, Large and Maxi, along with a belt bag version that’s meant to be worn casually around the waist. Of course, the family extends to pieces like the WOC and some SLGs as well, but that’s a story for another day.
09 – Need the exact measurements? Well, the Chanel 19 Maxi Flap comes in at 36 cm by 24 cm by 11 cm, while the Chanel 19 Large Flap is 30 cm by 20 cm by 10 cm. The ‘baby’ of the family? The Chanel 19 ‘Regular’ Flap measures some 26 cm by 16 cm by 9 cm,
10 – How much? They start from SGD6060 for the Regular in wool tweed and SGD6790 for same size in leather, which is frankly well-priced for a Chanel classic that will last for seasons to come. Which size and colour do you have your eyes set on?