So, if you've heard of the Chanel Classic Flap then you've definitely heard of its sister bag, the Boy, - and if you haven't, there's a very high chance you live under a rock. No but seriously, all jokes aside the Chanel Boy bag is one of the most iconic bags of our time. Chic, stylish, and edgy - the Boy offers an aesthetic different to the Classic Flap but remains just as timeless and just as classic.
Named after Boy Chapel (Coco Chanel's lover) the Boy was inspired by the cartridge bag, a style frequently used for hunting. Despite the lack of history due to its youth, the Boy took the modern women of the world by storm upon its release in 2012.
Under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld, the Boy was introduced at the perfect time. Young women had taken a certain fascination to Chanel, when usually the brand's signature garments and accessories were geared towards an older cliental. The Boy was revolutionary, with its casual feel and edgy appearance, could it be that Chanel was toning it down on the formality? That it was. Chanel had produced innovative and quirky bags in the past, but nothing like the Boy. A masculine touch to an acclaimed feminine brand, it was a risk, but an extremely successful one.
Coco Chanel had a tendency to play with the juxtaposition of "masculine femininity," something that Karl Lagerfeld appreciated. "Chanel used men's underwear to make dresses; she had a boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the greatest love of her life, which incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel," the designer explained.
Most commonly offered in quilted or chevron leather, with the exception of seasonal pieces, the Boy bag is the ideal balance between fashion and function. Providing practicality while remaining effortlessly stylish is what makes the Boy the quintessential accessory to carry you from day to night. Frequently presented in gold or ruthenium-tone hardware, the Boy also features an adjustable chain strap with a leather component.
Comfortable and versatile, the Boy is infamous - with good reason. Seen on the shoulders of countless celebrities and starlets including Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner, and Hilary Duff, it's no wonder the bag is so distinctive. The Boy is a signature piece that embodies the notion of luxury to a T. A well-worthy - scratch that - a necessity to have in your wardrobe, this timeless bag will never go out of style.
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By: Isabel de Carteret