THE CHANEL BOY
The Chanel Boy Bag is a simple, structured rectangular bag, with a chain/leather strap combo and a single flap closure. The interior is an open compartment, with a small slip pocket small enough to house a couple of cards.
Originally introduced in 2011 by Karl Lagerfeld as an interpretation of the boyish charm that Coco Chanel was known for, the Chanel Boy Bag has become one of their most covetable designs and one of our best sellers.
It’s hard to appreciate Chanel as a brand without first understanding the life and history of Gabrielle Chanel. Gabrielle met Englishman Arthur Capel, nicknamed Boy, in 1909, at the ripe age of 26. Capel was described as "an intellectual, politician, tycoon, polo-player and the dashing lover and sponsor of the fashion designer Coco Chanel.”
It was Boy Capel who financed Gabrielle Chanel’s first stores in Paris: Chanel Modes (her first hat shop) at 21 Rue Cambon, along with two others: rue Goutaut in Deauville (her first clothing store), and the Villa Larralde on rue Gardens in Biarritz (a Maison de couture).
Their relationship lasted nine years, in which Gabrielle was inspired to create “the Chanel look” based on Boy’s own tailored masculine style. She had hoped to settle down with Boy, but his life had other plans for him and he married into the English aristocracy. Ever the feminist, Gabrielle pretended not to mind and threw herself into her work.
You know the rest.
In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld debuted the Chanel Boy Flap bag.