If you’re wondering why the title of this post reads “2.55” then wonder no more.
The Chanel 2.55 is a luxury leather handbag manufactured by the fashion house of Chanel.
The first Chanel 2.55 classic flap bag was sold in February 1955 hence the name 2.55
Every since its ground breaking debut it continues to seduce fashionistas worldwide and is arguably the words most iconic and recognisable bag.
I have waited for this bag for so long as have many of you I’m sure! So when my husband came across it he got it for me for my Birthday!
We met this beauty at London’s Heathrow Airport and i couldn’t be happier.
I have linked below my youtube video of unboxing this beauty and explaining its features and why its known as the iconic Chanel Bag.
It has a no of features such as;
The lining’s burgundy colour represents the colour of the uniforms at the convent where she grew up.
There is a zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap. That is where Chanel is rumoured to have stored her love letters in her original bag.
The backside has a back outside flap for storage of money.
Chanel, recognising that modern women needed to have their hands free while attending social functions, designed a double-chain shoulder strap. The chains were attached by leather-threaded chain inserted though eyelets. The caretakers of the convent where she grew up held the keys at their waist dangling from the same type of chains as the 2.55 shoulder strap chains.
The bag originally came with a front lock called “the Mademoiselle Lock” (in reference to Coco Chanel never marrying). Since the 1980s, versions can also be supplied with a lock in the shape of a double CC logo. These are called “Classic Flaps”.
The bag has a quilted diamond or herringbone pattern on the exterior. Using a running stitch, this gives the bag shape and volume. The pattern is believed to have been inspired by several sources: by jockeys’ riding coats, by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.
Since its introduction, there have been several variations of the original design including different colour leather/fabric combinations, metal and interwoven leather straps and the lock, mademoiselle vs. interlocking CC.
Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original. Though the name “Reissue 2.55” should apply only to those commemorative handbags it is now commonly used as a name for all the handbags resembling the original 2.55
So now you all know why the 2.55 is a very special bag.
This bag never goes out of style or on sale and the price only escalates higher each year.
I feel truly grateful for such a thoughtful present that includes such great history.
Thanks to dearest Hubby and i hope you all enjoyed reading this post which is very special to me.