My Thoughts On The Chanel Deauville Tote Bag…

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag 2012

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog post all about how I never bought the Chanel GST handbag and now I regret it. Three months into the year, I still regret it. Even my boyfriend told me the other day he wishes he had bought it for me, he referred to it as ‘The one that got away’. (Isn’t he a wise man? I knew I said ‘yes’ to for a reason!) I’m still on the hunt for a Chanel GST, but they aren’t easy to come by and to be honest, there are very few places online I trust to buy pre-owned and vintage Chanel, so I’m waiting until one magically appears on Vintage Heirloom, rather than taking a gamble elsewhere.

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag branding

Travelling Tote

I spend a lot of my week throwing my bits and bobs into a handbag and heading into London on a train. Back in my East London days, I could leave the house with little more than a clutch bag, but now I live by the seaside, I carry a little more with me each day. I always have a charger, iPad and headphones with me, as well as my regular bits and bobs like phone, keys, purse and make up. Even without trying my bag quickly gets full and heavy, which is why a good tote bag has become my staple handbag for meeting days. I know you are probably all thinking I don’t need another handbag, but quite frankly, when I spotted this Chanel Deauville large tote bag, I couldn’t resist. It is everything I wanted; stylish, practical and roomy! FYI, Deauville is a fancy seaside resort in the south of France, the lady herself used to holiday there.  Whilst it was never a bag I swooned over in-store and dreamed of owning, it’s probably the most practical Chanel handbag I own! I swear to god, since I got this bag my other bags have barely had a look in! It’s so easy to carry, it sits nicely in my hand or over my shoulder, it has some nice little pockets for valuables and it even has a little popper to keep it secure at the top. I can load it up with goodies without worrying a strap is going to break on me and even when it’s full, it never feels too heavy or uncomfortable. It’s a dark grey colour so it literally goes with every outfit and wearable Summer and Winter.

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag eyelets


I bought my Chanel Deauville large tote as a pre-loved handbag, it dates back to the 2012 collection, but everyone who has seen it has assumed it’s brand new as the condition I got it is was faultless. In fact, it’s probably seen more wear and tear in the last month than it did for the four years before. The design of the 2012 Chanel Deauville Tote Bag is slightly different to the one currently in-stores, it has had a slight design update with a top handle so the chain strap hangs down, as well as the lettering. If you stalk the Chanel website, you will notice, but it’s only if you know, you know! I got my bag from Vintage Heirloom, it has a life-time authenticity guarantee and I saved a hefty chunk buying it this way rather than brand new (current retail price is £2,340 and I paid about £1,500 for mine). Anyway, Imma let ya finish here, but I just thought I would share the story of my new handbag with you all as well as a few thoughts on how the Deauville tote, as it’s such an under-rated Chanel bag and one that I don’t think people give enough credit to how good it is!

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag handbag

Oh and…

PS. I know bloggers get a lot of sh*t for having a lot of designer handbags, but I don’t really know what to say about this, except that I’ve always been a bit of a shopaholic and instead of doing Primark hauls every week, I save my pennies and buy something I truly love once in a while. So apologies for anyone who is offended by my spending, but that’s just me and… YOLO!

What do you think of the Chanel Deauville Tote bag?

All Images taken by Samantha Taylor who is the best photographer in Margate.

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Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag label

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag copy

Chanel Deauville Tote Bag detail grey canvas tote bag chain


  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

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