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When we think of Chanel handbags, the classic ladylike 2.55 bag immediately comes to mind; the fashion house's signature diamond-patterned quilting is the ultimate in feminine polish. So when we saw the crisp new Chanel Boy bags, we did a double take. Named for Boy Capel -- onetime paramour of Coco herself, who both supported the designer's first shops financially and helped inspire her androgynous-chic sensibility -- and meant to evoke a hunting cartridge style embraced by Mlle. Chanel, the bag is a sleek, structured departure from the Chanel purse as we know it.

The New York Daily News reports that the bags will be available in red, gray and ivory glazed calfskin, and will retail for $2,500-$4,300.

The handbags hit Chanel boutiques in September, but in the meantime, we're coveting spring's sprightly hued satchels, a warm-weather take on the menswear trend. Here, see some of our favorite pieces.