My Thoughts On The Chanel Deauville Tote Bag…

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Chanel Deauville Tote Bag Review

Hello friends! Today I want to chat about the Chanel Deauville Tote bag, I LOVE this bag, and over the years it’s actually become one of my most-used Chanel Bags!!  IT’s funny, as the Chanel tote bag I ALWAYS lusted after was the Chanel GST and I ended up with both the Chanel Deauville tote bag AND the Chanel GST and guess which one I use the most… yep! The Chanel Deauville bag! Is that not crazy!?!?! I LOVE this bag for it’s super casual vibes, it’s lightweight practicality, it’s two-ways to wear and it’s perfect size. It’s honestly become one of my most beloved Chanel Bags and I use it all the time! Today I want to deep dive into EVERYTHING to do with this bag and hopefully answer all the questions you might have about the Chanel Deauville Tote bag… Are you ready?!

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The Chanel Deauville Bag Is Roomy!

I need to be honest here… this was never a bag I swooned over and dreamed of, it just popped up on one of my favourite pre-loved designer stores and I knew I would get a lot of use out of it. PLUS it was a great price so I snapped it up! However, over the years, it’s become one of my most-used and most-loved bags. Partly because it’s light weight and so darn practical, but also because it’s nice and roomy and I can literally fit everything inside from a laptop to my camera, make up to books. I could probably even use it as an overnight bag if I really tried hard! It’s wonderfully roomy and it’s strong and sturdy too. Plus because it’s canvas, it actually feels lighter than the jumbo classic flap even when it’s stuffed full of my junk! Crazy right?!

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Two Ways To Wear

The Chanel Deauville tote bag can be worn two ways, over your shoulder – even with a bulky coat and in your hand as a top-handle bag. On the inside it’s got one main pocket and one small zipped section. It’s also got two small slip pockets for your phone or whatever you fancy. As for security, it just has a popper a the top, but if you are wearing it over your shoulder it feels fairly secure but you do need to be a little careful with it if you are in central London and have it open with your purse on show!

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PreLoved Chanel Deauville Tote Bag Price

I have the 2012 Chanel Deauville Tote Bag which has just one strap, the more modern ones have two, one which is shorter, more structured top handle and a second which is a full chain strap which hangs down. Personally I like mine as I think they tend to be lighter, thanks to just having one strap and less chain, plus because I wear it over my shoulder a lot, the rigid straps don’t get in my way when I carrying it. However, I do think the two straps look really cool. The Deauville tote bags vary in prices, anywhere from around £2000 to around £3100. I paid just over £1000 for mine on the preloved market, which I was of course, THRILLED with!! Prices of the vintage / second hand / preloved Chanel Deauville bags really vary depending on condition, rarity and desirability of the print.

Watch My Chanel Deauville Tote Bag Review Video…

What Fits Inside The Chanel Deauville Tote Bag

The Chanel Deauville tote is wonderfully roomy! I love a tote bag for this reason. I can fit my MacBook Air inside, as well as make-up, purse, phone, keys, phone charger, small compact camera, cereal bars… it really does fit a LOT inside!!! I love this bag! It’s the perfect day bag, it’s also great for commuting, travelling and so much more. Plus it’s casual, but it also can look fairly smart, so no matter where you are going… it kinds works!

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Chanel Deauville Quality Review…

I usually go for the Chanel Bags in leather, as I think of them as better quality and harder wearing, but actually, the thick canvas fabric is super hardwearing and still looks great after YEARS of heavy use!! I have had this bag repaired once as I think I overstuffed it, but it was just a small repair and cost £55 done via Chanel themselves. Which I was really happy with. Also, they mentioned that they wouldn’t have charged me, but because my bag is over 15 years old, that’s why they charged. But the overall quality is amazing, the canvas is lovely and thick and seems really robust and hasn’t really stained or marked. The lining is still looking good, the zip is in good working order. It’s actually looking incredible for a bag of it’s age and the only reason it needed a repair was because I use this bag SO much and the eyelet had started to work it’s way away from the canvas. But it’s all fixed now! Oh and the hardware is still shiny silver and not tarnished or smelling weird at all (sometimes old metal has a horrid smell and this smells GREAT!)

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Chanel Deauville Bag Repair

I recently had to get my bag repaired because I have used it so much that the eyelets started to wiggle free from the fabric. I used it for a while as it got worse and eventually I took it into Chanel to see if they could help me. Since my bag was made in 1996, it is more than 20 years old and therefore Chanel could and would fix it for me, but it would cost £55. Which I was more than happy with. They also never asked me for proof of purchase or if it was bought from Chanel or pre-loved, which was really nice, they just looked at it, told me it was a beautiful bag and kindly offered to fix it for me. I can honestly say the customer service was wonderful and they did the repair really fast too. It can back looking better than ever and I’m super happy with the service! Thanks Chanel!!

Cheapest Big Chanel Bag?

In my opinion the Chanel Deauville bag is the cheapest LARGE SIZE Chanel bag, so if you are a large bag lady like I am, this is one to consider because you will get all your stuff in, without breaking the bank! Also, not only is this one of the most affordable large style bags, but it’s also brilliant because it is made of a thick hardwearing canvas so it isn’t as heavy as bags like the Chanel GST.

Can you purchase Chanel bags online and In-store?

I did a full post where you can buy Chanel bags online and instore, but below is a list of all the places you can buy Chanel bags. Also, just a reminder, some bags on the pre-loved market are mint condition or almost mint condition, especially if you buy from specialist auction houses like Bonhams which deals in the best pre-loved designer bags. Also, I am only sharing the resellers which I personally trust.

  • Chanel Boutiques (store only – new)
  • Harrods (store only – new)
  • Selfridges (store only – new)
  • Nordstrom (store only – new)
  • Brown Thomas (store only – new)
  • Neiman Marcus (store only – new)
  • One Kings Lane (online and instore – preloved)
  • Vestiaire Collective (mail order only – preloved)
  • TheRealReal (mail order only – preloved)
  • Farfetch (mail order only – preloved)
  • Bonhams Auctions (bid online & in the sale room – preloved)
  • Chiswick Auctions (bid online & in the sale room – preloved)

Further Reading…

If you want to read any of my other posts about the Chanel Deauville Tote bag, then you should read this post about Can you buy Chanel Bags online?, Chanel Bags, can you buy now pay later?, Which Chanel Bags can you buy crossbody?Also, I have done a few blog posts which are reviews of the like this post about the Chanel Wallet on Chain bag Review post or this post on the Chanel Boy bag review. What do you think of the Chanel Deauville Tote bag?

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  1. March 10, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I love your posts! It’s such a versatile bag. I hate it when people berate bloggers for spending their money. If you were IG’ing & SC’ing partying every weekend no one would bat an eyelid but buying a bag, ooh controversial haha xxx

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 8:07 am

      I know right!? But you know how it is, so I thought I would nip it in the bud as I never normally mention price!

  2. March 10, 2017 / 8:10 am

    I’m the same. I’d rather save up and get something to keep for a long time. Lovely bag X

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Thanks Lucy! So glad you like it! And me too, it’s all about saving up for the best things! X

  3. March 10, 2017 / 8:19 am

    This is a classic bag and well worth the pennies and the investment. Enjoy it!

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thank you so much susie! So glad you like it!!!

  4. March 10, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I love that not only is it a classic bag but also one which is useful x

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 8:57 am

      It’s so useful! I’m so happy I splurged!!! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. March 10, 2017 / 9:03 am

    It’s so beautiful – what a great find! x

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much! So happy I splurged! x

  6. March 10, 2017 / 10:39 am

    It’s a classic and I say you’ll still love it when you’re 80!!

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it!!!! thank you for stopping by! xxxx

  7. March 10, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    People are always going to complain about spending money on things like this, but I’m glad you added that disclaimer because I always feel guilty about this too! Oh well…

    I loved seeing this post, because I am so nosy. It looks like a lovely bag, a much nicer tote than the Longchamps Le Pilage that *everyone* has… (Dare I slate it? It seems like literally everyone has one!)

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked it! i don’t normally add a disclaimer, but I thought it seemed right as i mentioned how much it cost… it’s a tricky one right?

      And I’m so happy with my bag, I have used it so much already!!

  8. March 10, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    What a stunning & versatile bag! Hope you eventually get “the one that got away” xx


    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      aw thank you so much! I hope I do too, but for now, I’m so happy with this one! xxx

  9. March 10, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Every time you have posted this on Instagram I fall a little more in love with it!

    • fashionforlunch
      March 10, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Aww thank you sweet Emmy x

  10. March 10, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    It’s such a pretty bag! I wish I owned a chanel bag. Totally going to save up for one for the future x

    • fashionforlunch
      March 11, 2017 / 6:46 am

      Oh you should! They are such beautiful bags and you will adore it! Xxxx

    • fashionforlunch
      March 11, 2017 / 6:46 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it! Xxx

  11. March 11, 2017 / 7:57 am

    Oh I love it! It’s the sort of bag you can totally use daily as well to get your monies worth! X

    • fashionforlunch
      March 11, 2017 / 9:32 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy with it, it feels like money well spent! X

  12. March 12, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I so agree with your purchase quality over quantity any day for me! The Chanel I have from the 80’s and 90’s has never dated and I still love and wear it today ….go you xxxx

    • fashionforlunch
      March 12, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much sweetie! So glad you feel the same! X

  13. March 13, 2017 / 12:06 am

    I love this bag so much! I’m not bothered about designer bags I’f I’m honest but I would adore this x

    • fashionforlunch
      March 13, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you Paige! So glad you like it! X

  14. Kay Fern
    March 14, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Hi! I have the same tote but in beige color. How do you protect your bag from stains, water, etc? Do you apply anything on it?

    • fashionforlunch
      March 14, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Hello, I haven’t done anything to protect it, have you used a spray on yours? x