The Chanel GST is one of the brand's most iconic and well-known accessories. A classic piece commonly crafted in caviar leather featuring Chanel's signature CC logo prominently stitched onto the front, the GST is the ultimate luxury tote.
Sadly, the company discontinued the GST (which stands for Grand Shopping Tote) in 2015, along with its smaller sizes the PST (Petite Shopping Tote) and PTT (Petite Timeless Tote). The bag was available in several different colours, although the most popular hues were classic black and light beige. Though it's no longer available in stores, it remains in high-demand for Chanel lovers around the world and can be found in several reselling stores. One of the most covetable accessories in the pre-loved market, the GST remains a Chanel classic. A timepiece that will never go out of style, the GST is elegant and defines traditional femininity to a T.
With it's structured, boxy silhouette, the GST displays several classic Chanel signatures including the quilted leather, interwoven leather-chain strap and rear slip pocket. The perfect balance between fashion and function, the GST is practical as well and luxurious. Featuring two main compartments divided by an additional zip pocket, you can hold all your day to day essentials while remaining chic and stylish. Large enough to carry everything you may need throughout the day, you can even fit a tablet or umbrella for the rainy London weather inside. The GST also features a key holder strap inside, ideal for keeping your keys easily accessible, organized and safe. The rear pocket is perfect for holding your phone or other items you often take out and put away throughout the day. Neat and tidy, you will never have a disorganized handbag when carrying the GST.
The amazing thing about caviar leather is it's strength and durability. Caviar leather is scratch resistant and doesn't easily slouch, allowing it to keep its shape year after year. Not to mention, caviar leather is a Chanel classic. It's beautiful, pebbled appearance is the ideal material for a woman in search of a glamorous every day bag.
The discontinuation of the GST remains a mystery to many fashion enthusiasts. There were several rumours about this classic bag being removed from the shelves a couple years prior to its definite departure. This left many Chanel lovers confused and quite saddened to see it go, hence why the endless search for a GST at consignment stores is such a reality. There are current rumours that the GST might make a return to Chanel stores, however, we will just have to wait and see.
A truly remarkable piece that is suitable for any occasion, the GST can be dressed up for formal occasions or dressed down for every day usage. The ideal handbag for a sophisticated woman with a passion for timelessness and fashion in general, the GST is not only a now-rare accessory, but one of the most beloved handbags from a world-renowned brand. Simple but alluring, classic but contemporary and functional but opulent, no luxury handbag collection is complete without a Chanel GST.
By: Isabel de Carteret