There are very few things that express glamour, femininity, and luxury quite like a Chanel handbag. Even the brand's mainstay silhouettes that appear season after season are available in limited numbers with each release, and could be described as anything but run-of-the-mill. There's just something special about them. And as if the brand's handbags weren't already exclusive enough, the newly unveiled flagship store in New York will be offering a limited-edition Chanel bag that you literally cannot buy anywhere else — and it's perfect for anyone with a love for the city.
Chanel announced the opening of its redesigned New York City flagship store on Nov. 15, making it the largest Chanel boutique in the United States to date. The 14,000 square foot space, which sits on 57th Street, re-opened with the launch of the brand's 2019 Cruise collection and boasts five floors of Chanel goods, from apparel and shoes to handbags and costume jewelry, beauty, and fragrance to fine jewels and watches. It's essentially a Chanel fan's dreamscape, complete with a larger-than-life 60-foot sculpture reminiscent of a Chanel pearl necklace, entwined and cascading down the boutique's central staircase. Mademoiselle Chanel herself would've likely been impressed, no?
But once you get past the store's awe-inspiring appearance — take your time, because there's a ton to take in — it's the offerings themselves that make this flagship boutique store truly one-of-a-kind. And to celebrate the opening of the glamorous New York store, Chanel even released a capsule collection of limited-edition products you can only shop there.
Included among the special offerings is a limited release 2.55 Chanel handbag, embellished with several charms inspired by the iconic city — think taxi cabs and a Broadway sign, among other immediately recognizable items. And despite the fun charms, which give the bag a playful vibe, the buttery smooth black leather and brushed gold hardware keep it timeless, classic, and versatile. For the true blue New Yorker who's also an aficionado of all things luxury and collectables, there's no better gift for the holidays.
The handbag can be purchased alone, or along with a coordinating charm-adorned wallet, but act fast — the items are in limited supply and only available at the 57th Street boutique. Even though none of Chanel's handbags and accessories would be considered a dime a dozen, these special offerings are especially likely to become prized amongst luxury bag collectors.
While you're there, you can also shop the store's other exclusive offerings, like a specially designed, limited edition Code Coco watch with a diamond-set bezel found in the fine jewelry section. Or, snag the brand's commemorative new fragrance, Les Exclusifs de Chanel 1957. Created by Chanel's own in-house perfumer Olivier Polge, the layered musk scent was launched in line with the new store's celebrations.
Whether you call New York home or you've got a holiday shopping trip lined up in the coming weeks, be sure to make Chanel's new and improved flagship store a stop along your way. It's worth it to admire the stunning architecture alone, but make the outing extra memorable by snagging one of the special edition items for a loved one (or yourself) for the gift giving season.