Chanel Grand Shopping Tote: The Big Shopping Tote Sister

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Chanel GST/Grand Shopping Tote

The Chanel grand shopping tote, also called the GST is equally famous as the Chanel classic flap bag. It’s fame starts in the United States, going all the way to Europe, Africa to China and Japan. This bag represent the brand Chanel and is considered one of the hottest bag in fashion, the ‘it’ of the ‘it’ bags. But that doesn’t surprise me, everything what you need in a tote, the GST has it and so much more. The durable caviar leather, large enough to pack your modern essentials and even your summer jacket, stylish enough to make your girlfriends jealous and durable enough to love it forever.

There are several choices you need to make when it comes to the GST: the color, the hardware and the leather. The GST is available in gold hardware as well as silver hardware. And there are several color to choose; of course the classic black, quilted red, beige, chalk white, blue, gold, yellow, red and even gray. But it doesn’t mean that you can just enter the Chanel boutique and go home with whatever style you want. These bags are limited and your favorite choice might not be available in stock.

Then you have the leather, it’s available in metallic, patent, lambskin and caviar. The most famous choice is the GST in black and lambskin/caviar. But that’s no surprise, it’s the same choice you would make picking your first Chanel classic flap bag.

Since 2010, Chanel has reissued the GST (just a couple of modification to make it better). There’s a new strap with key hook inside, you can use it to attach anything you like, keys, wallet or even your iPad. The interior has changed too, Chanel has used thicker lining comparable to the Ottoman lining. Some people claim that the older lining was much better, more durable and less easy to abuse. The new lining, Satin seems to be much more difficult to maintain.

If you have a hard time of gather money to buy your first Chanel classic flap bag, your dream bag, then consider the GST. It’s as useful as the classic flap and much bigger. The price is much lower too, which means you get a great value for money. But you really want to stick with the classic flap or the reissue 2.55, Chanel PST, Chanel GST and even to the Cerf tote to make sure you have a Chanel classic in your wardrobe.

For more information about sizes and prices, go to Chanel bags prices.

This bag is available in your local Chanel boutique.

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COMMENTS
  • Vicki

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    Hi I am wanting to buy my first chanel – GST caviar with gold hardware, for my 21st in December(long time away but saving!) in Paris(from UK) I was just wondering if you have to pre order the bag or can I just turn up to the store on the champs élysées and they will have it? Also will there be another price increase before before December? Thanks!

    July 22, 2014
    • Alex

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      There is a chance of price increase in December or 1st Feb.

      July 24, 2014
      • Vicki

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        Thanks! Will I have to pre order it?

        July 24, 2014
        • Alex

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          GST depends on stock, if they hv stock, you can just buy it. Generally you don’t need to pre-order, but you can ask for their stock or make a reservation.

          July 24, 2014
          • Vicki

            Thanks!

            July 24, 2014
  • Kim

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    Can we wear the medium classic flap chanel bag as a across the body and a shoulder bag?

    May 5, 2014
    • Alex

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      Crossbody is more difficult for some girls, but on your shoulder is not a problem at all!

      May 7, 2014
  • Amy

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    hi milan,
    I’m new to chanel..need to check with you d price of chanel gst in
    malaysia. tx

    February 13, 2014
  • Sherry

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    Hi,
    just purchased from a high end retail/wholesale boutique shop my first chanel bag, the price is US$3300 but i paid only US$2000, all description of how to spot authentic chanel is there, but i’m still worried I this might not be original. this is made in Italy and all hardware has a chanel on it

    November 9, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Sherry, did you say wholesale? There are no such thing as whole sale Chanel boutique. Could you post your bag at the forum to check. And can I know where you bought it?

      November 9, 2013
  • Milanchanel89

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    hi guys

    whats the diffrent btween. GST normal size and the GST XL, its the GST not enough big? like that I can put a Laptop or is this size the XL? Thank.. 🙂

    and the prices in Euro?

    October 6, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Milan, how big your laptop, it can easily fit 14 inch. The GST XL is not wider, it’s just longer. The price for the GST is €1,790, I heard there was a price increase, so it might be a bit more expensive.

      October 8, 2013
  • shakmh

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    Hi May I know the price quited for GST at Heathrow is after or before VAT. If before how much is the VAT.

    October 5, 2013
    • Alex

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      You need to deduct 12% VAT return from the original sale price. I thought it was 1.330 GBP at Heathrow and 1.550 GBP was the original price.

      October 6, 2013
  • lyn

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    hello! is there a Chanel GST in lambskin?

    October 5, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Lyn, yes there is.

      October 6, 2013
      • Anonymous

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        I just checked at Heathrow and the SA said they have the GST in caviar only

        October 20, 2013
        • Alex

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          Hi Lyn, from what I’ve heard the lambskin is limited, I am not sure if they are still making it, but now GST usually go with patent, calf leather and caviar. I hope this helps.

          October 21, 2013
  • Alice Wong

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    Hi, may I know what is the price for gst & gst XL in Paris, How many of their tax refund? All chanel outlet have stock?

    September 26, 2013
    • Alex

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      Sure, the GST is going to cost you: €1.790 and the XL should be around: €2.160. Vat return is 12%. You will not find classic bags like GST in outlets, they are usually found in the boutiques.

      September 27, 2013
      • Alice

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        Thanks Alex!
        For my 1st chanel gst, which leather should I grab it?
        All leather will refer to same code A20995?

        October 3, 2013
        • Alex

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          Caviar no doubt. That’s the right style code for the GST.

          October 3, 2013
  • Linda Othman

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    Hi, I am so new to chanel.. Just wanna ask an opinion.
    Is GST size suits for me since my height is only 5’1″?
    Tq so much

    September 6, 2013
    • Alex

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      Have you tried the GST on? I have seen not-so-tall girl carrying a Chanel classic maxi flap bag and they look good on it. I think your height is oke, but you can consider the PST if you think it’s not the right size. The PST is very popular too.

      September 6, 2013
  • chrissie

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    hi, may I know the size detail for small PST and medium PST? thanks

    August 11, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Chrissie, there is no small PST,

      there is normal size PST and XL PST.

      Normal size PST: 10″ x 9.5″ x 3.5″

      PST XL: is approximately 30cm (W) x 30cm (H) x 10cm (D)

      August 12, 2013
      • Chrissie

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        How much is it in milan for the normal PST? And is it available there?

        August 12, 2013
        • Alex

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          Hi Chrissie, PST normal size in Milan: €1,390 (price increase since they re-release it a month ago), but yes it’s available, but depends on the day you enter the boutique and the availability in stock.

          August 14, 2013
          • Chrissie

            Okayy.thanks 🙂

            August 15, 2013
          • Chrissie

            And how much for PST XL in Milan?

            August 23, 2013
          • Alex

            Hi Chrissie, the PST XL cost: €1,790. Are you getting the XL? It’s a rare bag, not sure if they have in stock.

            August 24, 2013
          • Chrissie

            Yes.i’m thinking of getting PST but dont know which size suits me 🙁

            August 24, 2013
          • Alex

            We usually hear from people that they buy the normal PST, not the XL, unless they need to carry a lot of items like baby stuff. The difference is only that the XL is longer. But if you are thinking about the PST XL, why not consider the GST? A lot of people choose GST because it’s a classic.

            August 24, 2013
          • So PST is not a classic ? Because i like the PST shape more than GST

            August 27, 2013
          • Alex

            Hi Chrissie, the PST is a classic, it’s available in all season. The GST is much wider, but it has more space. I would recommend just buy the bag you love, if you like the PST shape more, then I would go for the PST. They are both famous. Are you from Europe?

            August 28, 2013
          • Chrissie

            Alright.i think i’ll go for PST normal size 😀 thanks alot for your guidance
            No,im not from europe.but i’ll ask my friend to help me buy from europe 🙂

            August 29, 2013
          • Alex

            Oke Chrissie, I am crossing my fingers, keep us informed =)

            August 29, 2013
  • Reyonna

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    Is it cheaper to buy GST in Vegas than Singapore? As I be going to Vegas soon. Thanks

    August 5, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Reyonna, Definitely Vegas

      August 7, 2013
  • Pei

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    Hi, can I know how much GST will be selling in Heathrow Airport London please?
    Thanks. 😀

    July 13, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Pei, crazy enough we heard that Heathrow is selling GST while we were convinced that they don’t sell iconic bags. We were also informed by the community about the GST prices in Heathrow:

      1) Grand Shopping Tote (The Large Size): GBP1540
      2) Grand Shopping Tote (The Medium Size): GBP1330
      3) Petite Shopping Tote: GBP1020

      July 15, 2013
      • Deah

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        Hi Alex & Pei,

        The lady at the Heathrow Chanel emphasised it to me that they will be able to reserve the item for you but only for 24hrs before you fly (the Chanel Boutique is after the security-check @terminal 3, hence the reason for the exclusive of VAT). Therefore she insist that to:ALWAYS RING THEM TO CHECK STOCK AVAILABILITY BEFORE ACTUALLY GOING THERE. Their no is: 020 8754 1000 (if u r dialing from the UK) & +44 20 8754 1000 (the rest). Hope this helps

        July 15, 2013
        • Alex

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          Hi Deah, the information are very valuable. Thanks for letting us know!!!

          July 16, 2013
  • Deah

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    Hi… Does anyone know how much is the cash back (tax refund) for this bag if purchased in Singapore? Thanks in advance… 🙂

    July 4, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Deah, spend more than SGD100 and you will be qualified to claim a refund on the 7 percent good and services tax (GST). Where are u from?

      July 7, 2013
      • Deah

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        Hi Alex, thanks for the response. I am from Brunei Darussalam and I am currently studying in the UK. At the moment, I am contemplating whether to purchase the GST here in the UK (bearing in mind that i wouldnt be able to get the vat (tax) refund because I am still a student here) or to buy it in Singapore during the christmas vacation break in December…

        On Friday, 5th/07/2013 I’ve also called the Chanel at Heathrow Airport to check stock availability and compare the prices and just to share with you, the following are the current prices (if I heard them correctly hehehe) at Heathrow Airport:

        1) Grand Shopping Tote (The Large Size): GBP1540
        2) Grand Shopping Tote (The Medium Size): GBP1330
        3) Petite Shopping Tote: GBP1020

        Alex, since I am still new to Chanel, would you be able to tell me what is the difference between the Large GST and the Medium GST apart from their sizes? Any pics to show their differences will help. Thanks in advance

        July 7, 2013
  • Puspa

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    Hi just want to check if u can give me code number for the gst black caviar wt ghw was it A20995 or A50995……m so confuse…tq for ur help….

    June 30, 2013
    • Alex

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      Hi Puspa, the A20995 and A50995 are both Chanel GST. The A50995 is the latest and the upgrade version. a20995 is from the 2008 fall/winter collection. The a50995 is from the 2010 fall/winter collection. A few difference in the a50995; zipper is changed and they added a Chanel signature on the circle that is linked to the handle. I am going to do a cover about this, keep following us.

      June 30, 2013
      • Anonymous

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        Tq very much for ur answer appreciated it very much…..

        June 30, 2013
  • eileen

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    I just got the 2013 XL GST in dark navy blue. I wasn’t too sure about it because most reviews say it’s too big, but I LOVE big bags and I LOVE this bag. I’m 5’4″ and it suits me perfectly. I live in Texas and the SA at Neiman Marcus said it’s the last one in dark navy blue. They only have one in off-white.

    May 30, 2013
    • FayLa

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      Hi eileen,
      I’m 5’3′ n still havent decide which bag shud i buy…normal or xl..will get it by next week…hope they have my bag in stock…

      May 31, 2013
  • Anonymous

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    PST still available?

    May 18, 2013
  • FayLa

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    Hi sassy,
    can you please give ur opinion about my dilemma of this gst or xl gst? i wrote it in below comment…btw, for the hardware, the silver is more popular than the gold is it? can i know why?

    May 15, 2013
  • FayLa

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    Now there’s new GST which is XL GST which is slightly bigger n wider than the GST…can’t decide which to buy yet and this will be my 1st chanel bag…I’m a mom of 2 kids..if I buy the XL GST
    I can put all the kids stuff inside the bag ( diaper, water bottles etc) – which my husband would say will be worth the price…haha…for space wise, of course xl gst wins…but for the
    Classical looks I think the gst wins…I cant really decide actually…any opinion?

    Hi PD,
    I;m going to UK end of this month n plan to buy GST…if I;m not mistaken the tax refund for uk is 20%, but from what u mentioned
    You received £208 which is around 13% only. Where did ur friend get the tax refund? Btw she just walk in to harrods n buy is it?

    May 14, 2013
      • FayLa

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        Hi sassy,
        yeah… i think will stick to gst..thanks for the advise sassy!

        May 22, 2013
  • constance

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    may16 2013
    how’s much do GST shopper tote selling in singapore.

    May 13, 2013
  • Anonymous

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    What is the difference between the classic gst and the grand shopping tote?

    May 13, 2013
  • PD

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    Hi, first of all, love ur site! So much helpful information.
    Only wanted to share an update on GST as i asked my best friend to buy me one on her trip to London last week. The first day she arrived, she went straight to Harrods and got from one of the 3 Chanel boutiques in Harrods, London. She paid £1600 for the price of the bag but did cash refund right away after the purchase and received £208 cash back, so this is like getting this bag for £1400. Oh it’s Caviar leather in SHW, btw 🙂 just curious to know what is this leather made of, anyone?

    April 23, 2013
  • Samantha

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    Hi there,

    As for Chanel GST, is there a leather choice? Either quilted with Lambskin or caviar? Or is just Caviar after all?

    Thanks. 🙂

    April 4, 2013
  • Catherine Lin

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    Do you know how much is it in Milan?

    March 15, 2013
  • FL

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    Is it true that initially GST in silver hardware is not available easily and need to make to order?

    March 14, 2013
  • Lindies

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    Is there anyone who knows how much this bag is in USA?

    January 16, 2013
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