Fun fact: The house of Chanel has a thing for numbers, often using them to draw enriching connections between its present and past. The name of its latest It bag for Spring/Summer 2022, Chanel 22, is a reference to the current year in which it debuted as well as N°22, the follow-up perfume to the brand’s iconic N°5 launched a century ago.
Indeed, few bags offer the same pragmatism and functionality as the Chanel 22. Its slouchy hobo form comes in three sizes: small and medium (ideal for everyday toting), and a generous large that’s perfect for travel and busier days when one has to carry around plenty. A removable pouch held in place by a snap hook offers added utility. Completing the line is an equally roomy and handy backpack.
Like artistic director Virginie Viard’s ready-to-wear, the Chanel 22 is grounded by a distinctively cool and casual mode of elegance. Every style is crafted from supple yet resilient calfskin in either a natural or shiny finish while signature elements of the brand’s leather goods are introduced in a fresh, understated way.
Note the bag’s flat and smooth diamond-patterned leather finish that recalls quilting; leather-laced chains in gold tone or lacquered metal for the strap, which doubles as a drawstring closure; and a medallion with an openwork double “C” logo for a charm.
In addition to timeless neutrals like black, white and navy, the Chanel 22 hobo bags are available this season in a range of playful, summery shades. This includes a periwinkle-esque purple and two shades of pink: a pretty pastel and a can’t-miss highlighter hue.
Scroll on for a snapshot of how our cast of Gen Z models pulls off the Chanel 22.