Like humans, the most interesting bags are the ones that are multi-faceted, not complicated (take that, Kanye). Which is why Chanel’s key bag launch for Fall makes for one compelling accessory. Called the Chanel 31, the name is a nod to the spiritual home of the maison at 31 rue Cambon and also a cheeky play on the French expression “se mettre sur son 31” which translates to “dressed to the nines”.
It was the predominant accessory that the models clutched, toted, slung across their bodies, and gripped under their arms during the recent F/W ’18 show in Paris. The multiple ways the bag can be carried highlights just how versatile one unassuming bag design can be.
At first glance, the bag passes off as any classic tote with built-in handles. But pull out the two-tone leather strap inside and the bag transforms into a crossbody or as a shoulder bag. Additionally, the buttery leather (either in lambskin or calfskin) is soft enough to be folded into half to be transformed into a long clutch.
The Chanel 31 comes in a range of sizes that starts from XS up to XL and in two-tone colourways, classic black that comes in a shiny, crushed or matelasse finish, tweed and jacquard versions. Now that’s interesting without being difficult.