Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, a woman who turned the world of fashion upside down! As a little girl, I always collected ribbons or samples of Chanel fragrances. I felt like I was the proud owner of an original Chanel. Although in the bag compartment… it remained with a paper shopping bag. Not only am I impressed by the woman Coco but also by the style which seems to be never out of fashion and even an investment…
To understand why we need to dig a little deeper into the history of Coco Chanel.
Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
Coco Chanel was born as Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in Saumur, the 19th of August in the year 1883. Just after WO I see transformed the corseted silhouette to a sporty casual fashion statement for women. In the year 1929, she introduced the first bag. Just like Louis Vuitton’s bucket bag (as written in this post) the bag was inspired by a solders bag. Although this time it was flap bag with a thin strap over the shoulders. About 25 years later in February 1955, she gives the bag an update and will become the most famous bag until today, the “2.55”.
The 2.55 nowadays
Over the years this bag a little change here ad there made the bag as we know it right now. For example. Karl Lagerfeld who took over The House of Chanel in 1983 changed the lock into the famous interlocking C’s and laced the classic chain with a leather strip.
2.55 vs. Flap bag
In time more and more variations of the 2.55 were designed although soon the distinction between the “flap bag” and the original “2.55” was made. Well, the real original wasn’t sold anymore until its 55th birthday in 2005. A reissue of the original bag was made with a Burgundy coloured inside, a double flap and secret zipper pocket as it used to have.
Black Quilted Leather
The most iconic version is of course known for its quilted black leather. As has been told, this outside is inspired by the jackets worn by jockeys of that time. This type of style has also been applied in “the Boy” version, in different sizes shopping bags etc..
A little fact about the prize of the bag: In 1955 the prize of the bag was “just” $220 while nowadays the plainest bag will go for $6000.
I still hope for a miracle to happen and in this life be the proud owner of such bag. Although for now, I think I will take Mademoiselle Coco Chanel as a big inspiration and give my own designs a little touch of coco!