April 24, 2015
By Jody Hume
ASK GRAHAM: WHEN WAS MY CHANEL BAG MADE?SHOP CHANEL HANDBAGS
In our Ask Graham series, Senior Director of Authentication Graham Wetzbarger shares his in-depth knowledge on designer handbags, telling real from faux and more. Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Q: I have a Chanel Timeless Flap Bag and I’m wondering if there’s a way to tell just by looking at the bag when it was made?
A: That’s a great question! While the latest Chanel bags are highly coveted, they’re one of few brands whose earlier era designs remain classic throughout the ages. For bags like the Timeless Flap that have been in production for many seasons, it’s nice to know exactly when your bag was made, and there is a simple way to tell. Every Chanel bag has a hologram code on a tag located in the interior lining, which should match up with the bag’s authenticity card.
This number also corresponds to the year or years in which the bag was produced. In the chart below, you can see which series match up to which years.