Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap Bag Review

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The Chanel jumbo classic flap and the medium flap are two most famous handbags of the Chanel timeless collection. They come with different colors, leathers and chains. The toughest decision you will ever make is to pick the right style. But then again, the Chanel jumbo and medium flap are very quickly out of stock, so you might not want to be very picky.

I find the Chanel jumbo flap bag the best size you can have. The medium flap bag can only hold your most important essentials and no more than that, while the maxi flap bag is too big. The Chanel jumbo is somewhere near the medium, but a bit larger of course. You can pack all your essentials and there is a slight room for some extra’s. That’s good enough for me.

The most popular Chanel medium and jumbo flap style
From experience at Bragmybag, the most common pick of the classic flap bag is black in caviar. Some people love golden hardware while others love silver.

The Chanel classic flap collection comes in four different sizes: the small flap, the medium/large flap, the jumbo flap and the maxi flap.
The first decision you must make is the right color. The Chanel classic bag comes in different colors, also dependent on the season:

– Black
– Beige
– White
– Pink (rare)
– Green
– silver
– light blue
– brown
– red

Everyone is screaming for the black in caviar. But a lot of people get disappointed because they are out of stock. Make sure you have a back-plan. What if they don’t your dream bag in stock, would you settle for a different color, different size, maybe a different type.

At Bragmybag, we have a lot alternatives bags that looks like the classic flap bag. You need to take your time and read our articles, so that you know what bags are available. There a lot of nice members in our community who would love to share their thoughts and the location where you can find your favorite bag. Like the extensive conversation we are having at Chanel products and information comment sections.

You might also want to join as a member at our forum.

Why do people love Chanel classic flap in black?
This might be an obvious question, but black is the safest color you can get. Chanel in black melt with all your styles in the wardrobe, it looks great on everything. And if you don’t like it, there’s a huge market to re-sell it to someone else.

I also highly recommend you buy your Chanel classic flap bag in black it’s your first time.

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Left is silver hardware and right is golden hardware

What about the chains?
You don’t have much choice on the hardware, it’s just gold and silver right now. But still, what if you make a mistake? Which one should you choose?
I once received an email from a member: ‘Which hardware is the most famous, gold or silver?’. To be honest, I can’t answer that question, because there is an equal amount people who love the bag in gold as well as in silver.
It’s better to pick a hardware that you like than following the crowds. Do you usually wear silver or gold? Is it silver? Then pick the silver chain, if not pick the golden chain. They both looks great.

One note:
One of our members asked the SA in an Chanel boutique whether it’s possible to change the silver chain into the golden chain. Usually SA will reject your offer, but sometimes they can check what they can do. Generally, once you settle on a hardware, you can’t change it anymore.

I love silver because it neutralize the bag. It doesn’t scream for attention like the golden hardware. But the golden hardware does really looks cute with black. So it depends on your personal taste what you like.

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Left is lambskin and right is caviar

Choosing Your Leather
So far, I haven’t met any people who have difficulty in picking the right leather. What leather you should choose depends on how you are going to use the bag and personal taste of course.
The most common leather to choose are caviar and lambskin. Let’s covers some good stuff and bad stuff:

What leather you are going to settle has a huge impact on your overall experience. Though both leather is embossed in the Chanel classic flap bag, the appeals are totally different.

Chanel Lambskin
Om my gosh, the Chanel lambskin is butterly soft. You will love it. If you touch it, you can actually feel the chic’ness, the royalty appeal. The lambskin is also much lighter than the caviar.

But there’s a catch: you might notice that the lambskin is easier to get scratched than the caviar. But that’s the price you have to pay.

Chanel Caviar
No one wants their Chanel bag to get abused, so most people choose caviar. The caviar feel very rough and the it’s heavier. But it’s more durable than the lambskin.

How to choose the right leather?
What is your personal preferences? Some people already knows what they want. But if not, you can ask yourself: ‘Is it going to be an everyday bag or for special occasions’. If it’s an everyday bag, I recommend buying in Chanel caviar. If not, then I recommend the lambskin.

If the lambskin was more durable, I bet everyone would choose lambskin. The softness and the chic appeal is irresistible. You can’t replace that feeling.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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COMMENTS
  • Mona

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    hey guys , i am planning to get a Channel Bag can anyone please suggest me which one should i get also what are things i should be aware of , i personally like chanel classic10″ caviar holo23 .
    Thank you
    Mona

    June 10, 2016
    • Alex

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      Hi Mona, the Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag is a good choice, but do know that the space is limited. So if you usually carry a lot of stuff, maybe the jumbo size is better.

      June 10, 2016
  • BB Girl

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    Does anyone know if a chanel classic 2.55 caviar comes in a “blue caviar” color? Only the stitches is colored blue the bag is caviar black.

    May 24, 2016
    • Lily

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      Hi BB girl, do you mean the bag is black but the stitches are blue?

      May 27, 2016
  • Sam Grange

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    Hi, I’ve purchased this bag and was wondering if it’s an authentic one? Any help would be appreciated ASAP as I can return it if it isn’t authentic. The hardware is a shiny black/dark grey colour
    Thank you so much

    May 18, 2016
    • Nadia

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      hi Sam, the images are very dark, don’t you have a better picture?

      May 21, 2016
  • Klaudia

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    Hi,

    I recently bought a GST caviar G/H about 2 weeks ago because they didn’t have any black classic flap bag in stock. Then my SA told me that she has jumbo and large classic flap diamond quilted in stock. I couldn’t resist them and I bought both of them in black caviar G/H.

    Now I have 3 chanel black caviar G/H. I was wondering if I should exchange one of them to lamb skin S/H? Possibly the M/L one since I can take care of her a bit better due to her smaller size. But I have a WOC in lamb skin with S/H. Do you think lambskin looks better in gold or silver hardware? Such a dilema. Please let me know what do you think? Thank you so much! Xx

    May 5, 2016
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Klaudia,

      Where did you buy the bag?

      The GST Caviar: keep it, the GST has been discontinued.

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I would exchange the m/l to lambskin because the size is smaller and you would use it more for evenings or less occasionally. while the jumbo with its big size, you can store more stuff in there and because its made in caviar it will hold the bag together. the jumbo is also perfect as an everyday bag. for the M/L, when exchanged to lambskin, you need to be careful though. The leather is really beautiful, soft and luxurious but fragile.

      Lol, this is really a Dilema. May i know what kind of WOC you have?

      Whether its golden hardware or silver hardware, the choice depends on the taste. Do you like silver hardware as well as golden hardware, if so, then exchanging for the m/l in lambskin in silver hardware is a good choice. But some people don’t like silver hardware (and also the opposite, some people don’t like golden hardware).

      May 6, 2016
      • Klaudia

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        Hi Cynthia,

        Thank you so much for your reply. I bought my bags from Chanel Boutiques un Sydney.

        My WOC is a diamond quilted, black in lambskin with silver hardware. I don’t mind either hardware actually. My SA told me that lambskin looks good with silver because the leather itself is shinny, which I agree.

        She also said that lambskin will be easier to get while caviar usually sold out right away after a couple of day it was re-stocked. (What about in the other side of the world?- same case, caviar always sold out faster?) This is one of the factor that makes me want to keep my M/L caviar.

        Thanks again!

        Kindest,
        Klaudia W

        May 7, 2016
        • Cynthia

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          Klaudia, that’s true, caviar is most sought after because the leather is strong. Because your WOC is already in lambskin, I would keep the m/l caviar, but changing to another chain might be better, because you will more options and variations.

          May 13, 2016
  • Natalie Robinson

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    just got my first chanel classic jumbo and I am in heaven

    April 16, 2016
    • Alex

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      Hi Natalie, congrats with your new jumbo bag. Which color did you choose? Black? Caviar?

      April 21, 2016
  • Helen

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    Is dark brown olive a real color for a chanel mini classic flap bag?

    December 10, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Helen, which one are you referring? To an image. I saw the olive brown in the new season.

      December 11, 2015
      • Anonymous

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        Attached is a photo of the bag with flash.

        December 11, 2015
      • Helen

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        Attached is one without flash

        December 11, 2015
        • Cynthia

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          Omg gorgeous, I absolutely adore the color. Do you mind sharing the price?

          December 15, 2015
          • Helen

            I actually got it at a steal for $2280, initial price was $2900. If you look closely, there’s a crease on the bottom (owner didn’t stuff it when she stored it), so i was able to negotiate the price down. I was able to fix the crease, or at least make it less noticeable. The more I use it the less noticeable the crease becomes. Super happy with this!

            December 22, 2015
          • Cynthia

            Hi Helen, nice deal you’ve got and very sharp to see the crease. Actually, I didn’t even noticed it, so you’ve done a nice job. May I know what you use to fix the cease?

            December 24, 2015
  • jojo

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    Hello! I would like to check if you know the length of the chain of both the Classic Jumbo and New Medium Boy? The Chanel Classic Jumbo has a longer chain as compared to a Chanel Boy (in New Medium Size). Thanks in advance

    November 7, 2015
  • Casey Vendélle

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    Hi! Do you know if the small flap in black caviar with gold hardware comes with a burgundy interior? I have only seen the ones with silver hardware and they have all had black interior.

    October 20, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      The small flap bag is not the most often picked handbag, that’s why they don’t come in so many colors. The colors depend on the season.

      October 21, 2015
  • Anne

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    Hi
    I’m wondering if anyone has seen a olive-brown colored medium classic flap in lambskin. Was it a seasonal color?

    Txs
    Anne

    August 31, 2015
    • nana

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      Hi Anne, it’s a seasonal color. Every season, Chanel introduces new colors of their classic bags.

      August 31, 2015
    • Anne

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      Thanks nana. Is it ok for a chanel bag to not have an authenticity card (maybe lost?) but be identified by just the hologram sticker in the card? Or does this render the bag less valuable?

      September 1, 2015
      • Nana

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        Hi Anne, it’s more important to have the hologram sticker than the card. The hologram sticker is located inside the bag. The authencity card can be faked. Of course, it’s better to have a complete set – the dustbag, authencity card, the hologram sticker and so on, but to identify whether a Chanel bag is real or not, you need to look at the craftsmanship. The stitches, the way how its made and so on.

        September 5, 2015
  • Glenda Johnson

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    Hi there,I just want your help I’m worried at the moment about my bag.I just bought a Chanel Flap 9 it seems everything is fine except the interwoven between the chain link,I just want to know if its a normal,what I got is around the chain links is not connecting the interwoven there is one gap .thanks Glenda

    July 25, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Glenda, do you mind uploading an image of this bag? And what was the price you bought?

      July 25, 2015
  • Rachel

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    Hello
    I’m thinking of purchasing a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag tomorrow in Greece.
    The store has emailed me to say they only have it in dark silver hardware as opposed to light silver hardware (shown in the attached photograph.
    I wasn’t aware they sold these bags in 2 different silver colours and now I’m confused. Is the dark silver hardware much darker than the normal silver shown in the photograph – popular or not popular choice?
    Thanks I look forward to hearing from you soon (as I only have tomorrow to purchase it if I’m going to!).

    July 17, 2015
  • Betty

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    Hello Cynthia ,
    I will surely do that .
    Thanks Once More For All The Wonderful Tips!
    Ladies & Gents Out They If U’re Looking For A Good Advice U’re At The Right Place …
    XoXoXoXo

    June 25, 2015
  • Betty

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    Hello Cnythia,
    Am so excited going through the important tips that u have mention. Am actually from Belgium which means NO tax refund & country with the highest tax 21% ;-);-);-) …. For sure will be going for a new caviar instead of a lambskin; had one some years ago & I wasn’t so enthusiastic about it anymore, moreover over here is the lambskin & caviar the same price.
    Am still going to forward some pictures to the above email, not that it matters much just to take a look !
    Cynthia pls just a last question what would u recommend for daily use in terms of colour & maintainace had already a black & am a dark skin lady that love colours!
    A very very big thanks from the depth of my heart coz u ladies at Bragmybag are doing a very amazing job.
    :-))-:))-:))X0X0

    June 23, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Betty, thanks for your encouragement. About caviar and lambskin, it was a long time ago that the prices were different, before 2010 or so. Then Chanel decided that both has the same price. You can actually check the price change here: http://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-price-increase-over-the-years/

      After 2010, prices of both bags were the same.

      The most common chosen color is beige, another color is blue or navy. Keep us updated

      June 25, 2015
  • Betty'BooB's

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    Hey Cynthia,
    It’s a relief to read all that u said but am still Confuse & lost coz have gone through wat u said & am still not satisfied coz the seller got no tags. Cynthia what would u do, it’s a big sum of money to just throw away if it’s not original & 1700€ lesser than a new one? Should I not go for a new one instead & the colour?
    Hope am not asking/complaining too much :-):-)
    Cheers!
    Betty
    N:B maybe I can forward some pictures to ur email address if I may.

    June 22, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Betty, you asked a great question. But let’s change the context shall we?

      A new Jumbo Flap Bag costs 4750 euro, with tax-refund of 14% in Italy, that will be 4085 euro (completely new from 2015 made in France, you need also to check where its made. France & Italy is the best). So yours is priced 3050 euro (4750 – 1700 lesser) I assume.

      You need to consider this however:
      – Lambskin is fragile, in the 3 years time there are some tiny damages or scratches, that’s for sure.
      – There are no authencity card included, which is not a big deal, because many counterfeit products just IMITATE the authencity card, so its not a tool to check whether its real.
      – But I ask the question, there is no authencity card, then how well did the previous owner cared about this bag?
      – And certainly, for reselling value, you want to have the whole package; the bag, dustbag, authencity card and even the bag. It will increase or maintain the value of the bag if you want to sell it in the future.

      So given all these points, you must consider, is it worth 1700 euro discount?

      Our email is admin@bragmybag.com =)

      June 23, 2015
  • Betty'BooB's

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    Hello,
    Pls I need an advice love this baby so much it’s a caviar jumbo from 2011 without proof of purchase and neither card but the seller can provide some kind of authenticity & it’s coming from a trust worthy 2hand site in Holland, am just scared of the colour etc..
    Can u pls help a distressed lady out.
    Thanks In Advance
    Betty

    June 22, 2015
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Betty, you will need really zoom-in images to check. One great way to check are the stitches, authentic Chanel bags have minimum of 10 stitches per inch.

      You can also ask the business for Chanel tag number, to check whether its really purchased in 2011. If its inconsistent, you might be cautious, read here more about Chanel tags: http://www.bragmybag.com/how-to-read-a-chanel-tag/

      June 22, 2015
  • Wen

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    Hi
    Does the gold hardware on the classic flap tarnish?
    and dO you know what is it made of?
    thanks!

    April 22, 2015
  • Betty'BooB's

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    Hello Eveyone,
    Love your site and I must confess love all the ideas
    Truth been said I just go for anything and have always been
    Buying lambskin instead of Caviar leather coz I never put
    It into consideration but instead I seems to have scratches
    All over my bags coz they are all lambskin!
    A very big thanks to u coz am about buying a beige colour
    In jumbo coz the other size can only be carried in short chain
    And whereas the jumbo can be carried as cross back.
    Lastly maybe u can give the readers out they about the chains
    Meant about the length coz Betty( Moi) (Ik) likes carrying
    My Chanel bags cross!
    Nice Day Ladies In The House

    March 19, 2015
    • Kelly

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      Do you want to know more about the maintenance of the chains? Do you have stains?

      March 22, 2015
      • Betty'BooB's

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        Hello Kelly,
        Actually it’s about the length of the chains coz its a pity
        That I always have to go for a jumbo coz the length are never
        Long enough for me, maybe any suggestion on what I can
        Do about that.
        Good idea Kelly maybe a tip on maintenance of the chain,
        Like I said before I like carrying my bags cross which has
        Some stains on it.
        Thanks for the beautiful tips ahead !
        Cheers Ladies Of Chanel

        March 25, 2015
  • Hypergal

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    Hi,
    Does anyone know if Chanel Singapore has a worldwide exchange policy. Bought a jumbo in silver but now am thinking of getting the gold hardware?

    January 19, 2015
    • CC

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      This has been done before, if its still brand-new, you can change it at Chanel, it shouldn’t be an issue.

      January 19, 2015
  • Maryam

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    Hi sassy, Right now i’m in france & next week in Italy. Do u really think that a jumbo classic chanel is cheaper in italy than France?!!

    April 1, 2014
    • Sassy

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      Maryan, the price is the same, but the tax-refund is higher. The community at our site is the proof:

      http://bragmybag.com/chanel-bags-prices

      Especially if you buy at Galeries Lafayette, refund is only 12% while italy gives 14%. But you should not focus on the discount, instead focus on the bag, sometimes Chanel do not have stock, which is very frustrating.

      April 6, 2014
    • iiona c

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      Hi Maryam,

      How was the stock availability in France vs. Italy? I am going to both countries this year as well to purchase my chanel bags.

      July 12, 2014
  • michelle

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    Hi! does the chanel classic flap bag come in any other chains such as the boy chanel chain?

    February 10, 2014
    • Alex

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      Hi Michelle, no the classic flap bag only comes in interwoven chain. They used to have in different chains, but Karl Lagerfeld changes all that after he was in charge.

      February 12, 2014
  • Coco W

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    The jumbo black caviar in gold chain is the perfect combo. I have done months of comparisons and research and it is the perfect bag!

    August 7, 2013
  • bee

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    hi sassy, where is the cheapest chanel classic jumbo flap in europe with tax refunds.

    thks

    March 28, 2013
  • Alison

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    I love the Chanel jumbo flap

    December 2, 2012
  • vivonni

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    i love the jumbo black silver more

    November 2, 2012
  • lemongirl

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    jumbo flap black caviar in golden chain =D

    November 2, 2012
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