Chanel Information Guide

Coco Chanel by Boris Lipnitzki, Paris October 1936

Luxury fashion house Chanel was founded in 1910 by Gabrielle Chanel or more famously known as “Coco Chanel.” Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion during the 19th century, steering away from over adorned, constrictive clothes and introducing simplistic, masculine designs. She was raised in a convent run orphanage where she was abandoned by her father after her mothers passing. Later on Gabrielle began working as a café singer, where she acquired her nickname “Coco.” She then became associated with a wealthy man named Arthur “Boy” Capel, who helped her finance her first shops.

The iconic Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag designed by Coco Chanel revolutionized how handbags were worn by women during this era. At this time handbags were only carried by women in their hands, but Chanel was determined to design a bag to keep womens’ hands free. She created her first shoulder bag design in February 1955, now known as the Chanel Reissue 2.55. The bag heavily influenced by her time in the orphanage featured a burgundy interior, similar to her uniform, along with a flat metal chainlink strap inspired by the keychains held by the caretakers. The iconic mademoiselle turnlock was also featured, referencing the fact that Chanel never got married.

Chanel 2.55 Bag, Vintage Editorial

Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel.com

Chanel passed away in 1971 at the age of 87 years old. After her death The House of Chanel became a dying brand, running through various designers until Karl Lagerfeld was hired as creative director in 1983. After her death he became the longest and most influential designer for the brand up until his death in 2019. When it comes to Coco Chanel he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.”

In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented Chanels 1955 shoulder bag into what we know now as the Chanel Classic Flap. Lagerfeld introduced the iconic CC turnlock closure which replaced the mademoiselle closure and added the timeless woven leather chain, replacing the flat metal chainlinks. The interior remained burgundy for all black colored bags, in homage to Chanel’s original design.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Chanel.com

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Bag, Chanel.com

In 2005 on the anniversary of the 2.55 Reissue bag, Karl Lagerfeld reintroduced Coco Chanel’s original design to the public once more. The bag had the same flat metal chainlinks and mademoiselle turnlock as Chanel’s original design, as well as the iconic burgundy interior.

Chanel Boy Bag, Chanel.com

In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld introduced the Chanel Boy Bag, inspired by Chanel’s great love, Boy Chapel.

Chanel Gabrielle Bag, Chanel.com

In 2017, Karl Lagerfeld introduced the Chanel Gabrielle Bag, named after Chanel herself.

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Sizes CM INCHES
Mini 224 15.5 × 20 × 6 6.1 × 7.9 × 2.4
Medium 225
(S/M)
16 × 24 × 7.5 6.3 × 9.4 × 3
Large 226 19.5 × 28 × 7.5 7.7 × 11 × 3
Maxi 227 20 × 31.5 × 10 7.9 × 12.4 × 3.9
(Discontinued) Old Maxi 228
34 x 20 x 10 13.5 x 8 x 4
Chanel Classic Flap Sizes CM INCHES
Wallet on Chain 12.3 × 19.2 × 3.5 4.8 × 7.6 × 1.4
Mini Square 13.5 × 17 × 8 5.3 × 6.7 × 3.1
Mini Rectangle 12 × 20 × 6 4.7 × 7.9 × 2.4
Small 14.5 × 23 × 6 5.7 × 9.1 × 2.4
Medium 15.5 × 25.5 × 6.5 6.1 × 10 × 2.6
Jumbo (Large) 19.5 × 30 × 10 7.7 × 11.8 × 3.9
Maxi 23 × 33 × 10 9.1 × 13 × 3.9

Chanel Serial Number Guide

Year Serial Number Style of Sticker Reference Photo
2021+ Microchip

- Microchip embedded in metal plate

- Color of the metal matches color of the hardware

- Large CC logo

- 8 Alphabetic and numeric symbols under the CC logo

2021 31XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 31 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2020 30XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 30 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2019 - 2020 27XXXXXX or 28XXXXXX or 29XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 27/28/29 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2018 - 2019 26XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 26 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2018 25XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 25 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2017 - 2018 24XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 24 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2017 23XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 23 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2016 - 2017 22XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 22 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2015 - 2016 21XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 21 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2014 - 2015 20XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 20 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2014 19XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 19 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2013 - 2014 18XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 18 

- 0 has a strikethrough, 1 has serifs (feet)

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2012 - 2013 17XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 17 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2012 16XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 16 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2011 15XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 15 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2010 - 2011 14XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 14 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2009 - 2010 13XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 13 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2008 - 2009 12XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 12 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2006 - 2008 11XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 11 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2005 - 2006 10XXXXXX

- 8 digit number starting with 10 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2004 - 2005 9XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 9 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on the left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2003 - 2004 8XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 8 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on the left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2002 - 2003 7XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 7 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on the left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

2000 - 2002 6XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 6 

- 0 has a strikethrough

- Two CC logos

- Printed on a white sticker

- Gold speckles throughout the clear tape

- ‘CHANEL’ logo on the right side

- Dark vertical line on the left side

- ‘X’ cut lines on the sticker

1997 - 1999 5XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 5 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Numerous CC logos throughout

- May have 2 CC logos above the serial number on 57/58/59

- 0 has strikethroughs for 50/51/57/59

- 1 has serifs or feet for 57/58/59

1996 - 1997 4XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 4 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Numerous CC logos throughout

- 0 has strike through

- 1 is sans-serif (no feet)

- Sticker covered in opaque film

1994 - 1996 3XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 3 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Numerous CC logos throughout

- 0 has strike through

- 1 is sans-serif (no feet)

- Sticker covered in opaque film

1991 - 1994 2XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 2 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Numerous CC logos throughout

- 0 has strike through for 28/29

- 1 has serif (feet)

- Sticker covered in opaque film

1989 - 1991 1XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 1 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Left side & center of sticker cut-out

- 0 has no strike through

- 1 has serifs (feet)

- Sticker covered in opaque film

1986 - 1988 0XXXXXX

- 7 digit number starting with 0 

- Printed on a white sticker

- Left side & center of sticker cut-out

- 0 has no strike through

- 1 has serifs (feet)

- Sticker covered in opaque film