Legitimate Chanel handbags are made primarily in France and Italy; however, some are also made in Spain. When buying a new Chanel handbag, if it states that it is made in China, it is not likely to be authentic, as it is a popular victim of counterfeit products. There is no difference in quality between the French and Italian craftsmanship in the bags.
Chanel was founded in 1909 by Coco Chanel and sells haute couture fashion, as well as perfume, jewelry and accessories. The famous Chanel 2.55 leather handbag was named after the date of its first released in February 1955. As of 2014, a Chanel handbag retails at a minimum of $4,150.