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How to Date a Chanel Bag?

You have recently inherited a Chanel bag from an aunt? Or you simply fell for your dream bag?

Congratulations!

From now on you will be proud to exhibit your gem. 

Except that… when asked the question “when was is made, what year?”, you don’t know what to answer. But don’t panic, this article was written for you!

And did you know that the serial number you find on your Chanel bag is not only a way to authenticate a real Chanel bag but also a way you to date it?
 

Before you start, you have to know that Maison Chanel started implementing the serial number process in the mid 1980s ;).

Serial number model

Year of manufacture

0 XXXXXX *

1986 – 1988

1 XXXXXX

1989 – 1991

2 XXXXXX

1991 – 1994

3 XXXXXX

1994 – 1996

4 XXXXXX

1996 – 1997

5 XXXXXX

1997 – 1999

6 XXXXXX

2000 – 2002

7 XXXXXX

2002 – 2003

8 XXXXXX

2003 – 2004

9 XXXXXX

2004 – 2005

10 XXXXXX

2005 – 2006

11 XXXXXX

2006 – 2008

12 XXXXXX

2008 – 2009

13 XXXXXX

2009 – 2010

14 XXXXXX

2010 – 2011

15 XXXXXX

2011

16 XXXXXX

2012

17 XXXXXX

2012 – 2013

18 XXXXXX

2013 – 2014

19 XXXXXX

2014

20 XXXXXX

2014 – 2015

21 XXXXXX

2015 – 2016

22 XXXXXX

2016 – 2017

23 XXXXXX

2017

24 XXXXXX

2017 – 2018

25 XXXXXX

2018

26 XXXXXX

2018 – 2019

27 XXXXXX – 28 XXXXXX – 29 XXXXXX

2019

30 XXXXXX

2020

 *The very first numbers do not always mention the number zero. Thus some of them only are 6 digits long, starting usually by 1 or 2.

There you go! You now have the perfect cheat sheet to help you date your bag. Not bag!! Oops… Not bad!

And for those of you who prefer images to numbers, see below our own bags…that have the advantage of being available-for-sale!

comment dater mon sac chanel

Chanel, Ready to Wear Summer 2009 – Serial number 12786452

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Chanel, Ready to Wear Summer 2004 – Serial number 9116795

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Chanel, Resort 2010 – Serial number 13188769

Photo credits: Vogue magazine

Sources:

Chanel Ready to Wear Summer 2009:

https://www.vogue.co.uk/shows/spring-summer-2009-ready-to-wear/chanel/collection

Chanel Ready to Wear Summer 2004:

https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2004-ready-to-wear/chanel

Chanel Resort 2010:

https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2010/chanel


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