Chanel 22 Bag: Worth it or Pass? A Classic Or Fad?

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From the Spring/Summer '22 collection, the new maybe-destined-to-be “it” bag, aptly named the Chanel 22, has the internet ablaze.

The iconic fashion house hasn't presented a new addition to its repertoire of chic leather handbags (chic everything) since the arrival of the Chanel 19 bag, launched in and named after the year it was released.

The Chanel 22 bag, in comparison, has a shape, versatility, and buzz all its own, bringing a casual, even bohemian flare to the always-dressed fashion house.

If you've ever wanted to dress up your ‘fit at the beach, with dreams of Chanel in tow, Chanel Paris medallion sparkling in the setting sun, now's your chance. Time to add to wishlist.

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You've seen it on the runway and the internet — but now it's time to envision that shiny calfskin, quilted leather Chanel 22 bag traveling with you around the world.

Chanel bags are an object of desire for the stylish – any new version deserves its time in the sun or in the shade — which do you think the Chanel 22 bag will rest in?

What are the sizes of the Chanel 22 bag?

Lucky us — the Chanel 22 bag comes in three sizes. If you've never been a huge fan of mini bags, Chanel has already thought of that.

Whether you want to carry the perfect example of daily life in Chanel with the small version, the stunningly-modern leather backpack version, the functional and fresh medium version, or the carry-all large version made to keep even your shoulder looking chic, the Chanel 22 bag has you covered.

Please leave it to Chanel to consistently create leather pieces that women can carry anywhere and make their own. There's a reason Chanel's brand rarely misses.

Speaking of ways to empower women — the Chanel 22 bag is made for all types of women, all with different ways of expressing their individual styles.

Celebs Wearing the Chanel 22 Bag

The brand recruited a trio of young Hollywood darlings to promote the three sizes of the Chanel 22 bag with their own campaigns: Lily-Rose Depp, Margaret Qualley, and Whitney Peak. They each detailed how the Chanel bags stood to be functional pieces and a bag that they could see fitting into their lifestyle easily.

Depp opted for the classic black and white versions, taking the bag from day to night in LA, while Qualley carried a bubblegum pink, medium version and a white backpack version to take a walk with her horse in the desert. Whitney peak adopts the large pink version in her campaign, where she travels all over Brooklyn with a group of friends. From LA to the desert to Brooklyn, Chanel 22 bags seemingly can go anywhere.

Whichever quilted leather version you see on your shoulder, the Chanel 22 bag seems to be a true object of style, perfect to add to wishlist— fitting for a house with such a longstanding reputation in fashion.

Everything You Need to Know About the Chanel 22 Bag

Chanel is still very Chanel. Not every fashion house could have influencers, celebrities, and journalists weighing in on the Chanel 22 bag's longevity and style with such a loquacious attitude. That has to tell us that the Chanel 22 bag is in high demand.

The Chanel 22 bag is not the small, front flap, compact bag that the brand became known for. It is not the Chanel 19 bag that marked a strong comeback and remains a staple. What many critics and lovers of the Chanel 22 bag mention is the house's move towards a more modern consumer.

The Chanel 22 bag is something different, more versatile, and carefree. For some, that's exactly what the brand needed to cater to; for others, they'd wished Chanel would stay in line with their classic designs. But that's not how the fashion world works.

Although the bag may look casual, it still has all the staples of classic Chanel design. The Chanel 22 bag comes complete with the quilted leather of Chanel handbags we've come to know and love.

The extremely supple calfskin leather of the Chanel 22 bag is in the quintessential style Chanel's brand has become known for, but it also features a supple removable pouch held by a snap hook, an inside zipped pocket, and purse-like drawstrings made of Chanel's signature metal chain interlaced gold.

Finished with a Chanel Paris medallion from the house's for good measure, the Chanel 22 bag stays true to the elegance of the fashion house. So, while it may seem like a casual bag, there is nothing casual about Chanel. In gold across the quilted leather, in case a bystander can't decipher the brand, reads: Chanel.

The Chanel 22 bag doesn't just come in one color, which is a treat for anyone who wants to wear a Chanel bag their way. The Chanel 22 bag can come in the classic Chanel design of white or black, as well as navy blue, purple, and for good measure — two shades of pink. We won't tell if you want both shades. Two more goodies to add to wishlist.

And now for the difficult part. Chanel has never been known as an affordable brand; they are luxury, after all, and that rings true when it comes to the price of Chanel handbags. Because the Chanel 22 bag comes in various versions, the prices vary slightly.

How Much is the Chanel 22 Bag?

The small version comes in at $5,100, the medium at $5,300, and the large retails for $5,800. This doesn't deter much from the price of Chanel bags in general, so no need for complete sticker shock. Chanel is always a good idea, right?

To make a long story short, the Chanel 22 leather bag is something new. Though it calls back to classic Chanel, with its supple quilted leather (which is extremely supple), gold lettering, metal chain interlaced, and pretty Chanel Paris medallion, it is the house's answer to Gen-Z's desires for functional, innovative fashion that can go anywhere. And style does go everywhere.

Where's your ideal setting to take your Chanel 22 bag?

Sara Sargon is a self-proclaimed handbag connoisseur living in sunny California. She's a published journalism graduate with eight years of luxury fashion experience. Her work has contributed to Vogue, InStyle, Nylon, Marie Claire and more.

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