Sunday, November 16, 2014


CHANEL 2.55 Bag

The Chanel 2.55 bag. 

 In the 1920s, Coco Chanel became tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps and introduced the resulting design to the market in 1929. After her successful comeback to the fashion industry in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag. The resulting design was called 2.55 after the date of it's creation, February 1955.

The features of the 2.55 bag & why........

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 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 the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, the Convent in which she grew up. 

Photo Credit @oledesaluvold