Boy Crazy

A Brief Look at Chanel’s Iconic Boy Bag

Once the love and muse of Coco Chanel, Captain Arthur Edward "Boy" Capel was also the inspiration for the name of this iconic bag. Chanel herself was known for her “boyish” playful style, which made the name of this bag all the more fitting.

First introduced in Chanel’s 2012 Fall/Winter collection, the Boy Bag quickly became a mainstay alongside the classic and reissue flap bags. Though arguably considered to be the sportier and edgier sister to the rest of the Chanel family, donning a wider chain and the distinct blocked CC logo, this bag has been seen on many a red carpet and other formal events.

True Transformation

The Boy has come a long way in its short time and, year after year, new and exciting iterations continue to delight us. There’s a lot to be said about a bag that only came about several years ago and has already been coined as “iconic”, and it looks like the Boy craze is here to stay.

Soon after the Boy Bag was introduced, the “new medium” size was introduced, as well. With this bag’s rapidly increasing popularity, the need for a bit more room in its most popular size was inevitable. And with top handle, tote, and clutch variations available, it became clear that there really was a Boy for everyone.

But the feature that truly allows the Boy Bag to be unique is its large front flap, providing a large canvas for an endless list of possibilities for design. Crystals, rosettes, scarves, chains, and even LED lights are just a handful of ways the Boy bags have been embellished.

Below, we have highlighted some of our favorite iterations of the Boy Bag, in the various sizes it is available in.

Exemplary Examples

Mini: 9.3 x 15 x 7.1 (cm) / 3.7 x 5.9 x 2.8 (inches)

Small: 12 x 20 x 8 (cm) / 4.7 x 7.9 x 3.1 (inches)

Old Medium: 15 x 25 x 9 (cm) / 5.9 x 9.8 x 3.5 (inches)

New Medium: 18 x 28 x 9 (cm) / 7 x 11 x 3.5 (inches)

Large: 21 x 30 x 10 (cm) / 8.3 x 11.8 x 3.9 (inches)

XL: 25.4 x 36.8 x 8.9 (cm) / 10 x 14.5 x 3.5 (inches)

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