Explained: Chanel Clothing Label

by HULA , September 10, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the series of numbers mean on a Chanel clothing tag? They weren’t created for shoppers to understand, but more of a Chanel insider guide to when a collection was created and what collection the garment belongs in. When it comes to shopping preloved or vintage, these numbers may come in handy as plain and technical as they look. Read on to see what you should be paying attention to when shopping for your next Chanel treasure find. 


Usually sewn beneath the logo label tag, you should be able to find another label that features the style number, size, and year it was created. For example, O4A indicates the jacket is from the 2004 Autumn collection. P stands for printemps, or spring, and C represents Cruise. However, in 2010 Chanel stopped listing its season year. It is also worth noting that Chanel has changed its logo label a few times and the Chanel logo from the early 2000s generally seem a bit stretched from the top and bottom when compared with the most up-to-date logos.


It is also important to note that Chanel does not produce garments with “MADE IN CHINA” labels, and the countries of origin are usually France or Italy.

As seen above, this Chanel pink knitted piece, which is released in its 2016 Cruise collection, does not have a corresponding “16C” text for year and collection referencing. However, information on this piece can be found online should you look up the reference code in the format of [Chanel] + [Referece code] (i.e. Chanel P53307K06906).


Some Chanel labels are smaller than the others depending on the weight of the garment — chunkier pieces are more likely to have a larger label.


As seen in all pictures above, all labels have dashed lines run vertically on either side of the label — its intension is to mimic the vintage labels where a contrasting thread was used to stitch the label into place.


Some composition tags are sewn on either side of the interior instead of being sewn together with the logo label.


When it comes to cashmere products, it is also worth mentioning that Chanel owns a cashmere knitwear factory in Scotland which Chanel bought in 2012. So it is not uncommon for cashmere scarves to have a “MADE IN SCOTLAND” label.


Applicable to all scarves, silk or cashmere, composition tags would not appear the same as they do on tops or jackets. Composition information is instead printed on a smaller piece of tag, stitched vertically but under the main logo tag.


Chanel Chanel | IT 40 Chanel | FR 34
Chanel | IT 42 Chanel | FR 34 Chanel | FR 34
Chanel Chanel | FR 34 Chanel | IT 38
Chanel | FR 38 Chanel | FR 38 Chanel | FR 38