Bag History: Chanel 2.55

The History of the Chanel 2.55 BagAn entire post dedicated to the history of the bag everyone loves. Here's the most amazing story I've read and known about this magnificent bag. I was waiting for the day to publish this post for a very long time, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thank you so much for your support and all your comments!

When it comes to Chanel, the older the better! What could be better than a classic Chanel 2.55. A timeless classic. Chanel 2.55 is a bag that will never go out of style. The Chanel 2.55 is one of the most iconic designer bags in the world. It is one of the most timeless accessories a lady could ever own. This bag is an “essential” for any handbag collection, it was Designed by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself and introduced to the idea In the 1920s, the 2.55 itself, in its final perfect incarnation, was not launched until after the Second World War world in February 1955 and that’s where the “2.55” comes from.
This is the story of Chanel and how her name became something that every woman wants to own, before the Chanel 2.55 became the ‘it-bag’ was a twinkle in a fashion-editor’s eye. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel had designed its prototype: the handbag with a strap. How could such a straightforward idea have taken until the early 20th century to become a womenswear essential?
The Chanel 2.55 bag has inspired many imitations. However, Coco Chanel; herself had a very refreshing attitude to copies of her famous designs: “I would shed tears the day no one copied me.”
The reason the lambskin (chosen because it is almost as pliant as silk) and is quilted is to give the bag just the right amount of body and it made quilting an instantly recognizable Chanel trademark that has been the basis for countless other designs, from skis to jewellery. On a true 2.55, the lines of the diamond quilting must be matched perfectly across the flap and the back pocket.
From a simple idea of a bag with a strap to a legendary bag that every women wants to own today. The simple act of adding a strap of gilt chain or of leather intertwined with chain to a bag of lambskin, silk or jersey, turned the hand held purse into the bag that is still, nearly 100 years later one of the most wanted accessories in fashion.
The Chanel 2.55 chain bag represents the epitome of style and the ultimate status symbol. The bag takes its name from the year of its birth, 1955 and is made from silk, lambskin, calfskin or fur, in a combination of colors. Whilst today, it has been updated in various guises (including the fastenings) the iconic Chanel 2.55 is still instantly recognizable, and remains one of the world’s most sought after bags.
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