The Chanel 2.55 is the other bag you must know (apart from the Birkin). The 2.55 in its name refers to the first release of the 2.55 bag in February of 1955. The Chanel 2.55 was revolutionary for its times, because it featured a shoulder chain strap which allowed women to keep their hands free during cocktail parties, and it was highly successful because it was elegant, practical and just the perfect bag for every occasion.
In my opinion the 2.55 has a youthful, fun and carefree air about it, that the Birkin does not, which is perfectly fine because bags must have personalities, otherwise why bother?
Now, the Chanel 2.55 comes in two versions – the classic and the reissue.
The reissue (an almost exact replica of the original bag designed by Coco) was introduced by Karl Lagerfeld the creative director of Chanel (since 1983) in 2005, as a tribute, for the 50th anniversary of the bag.
The two major differences between the reissue and the classic are as follows – the lock on the Reissue is the original lock, it is called the Mademoiselle Lock, while the ‘CC’ lock was introduced to the Classic Flap Bags only in the 1980s by designer Karl Lagerfeld. Secondly, the reissue has an all chain handle, while the classic has leather interwoven between the chain links.
The typical 2.55 is made from lambskin and has the trademark quilting in running stitch in a diamond or herringbone pattern. But up to 30 new editions are created every year as the women just never seem to get enough of this bag.
The best part of this bag is that it is simple and elegant and combines equally well with gowns and jeans, and if you keep it well someday your granddaughter will thank you for it!!
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