Did you know the 2.55 was meant to be a symbol of modernity?

Fashion fades, style is eternal- famous words from the legendary Coco Chanel. 

Anticipating the needs of the modern woman to be hands free, Coco Chanel designed the 2.55 with double-chain shoulder straps. Indeed a woman ahead of her time!

Creator of the Little Black Dress, Mademoiselle 
Chanel is synonymous with modernism in fashion

Where does Coco get her inspiration?

Did you know, she was:
  1. A convent School graduate
  2. A rocking SWF (Single White Female) in a big bad world
  3. The secret lover of a married man called 'Boy' - ironic right?
  4. A horse and riding fanatic
Specific to the 2.55:
  1. The burgundy inner lining because of the nuns’ uniforms at the convent where she grew up (she was an orphan, raised by nuns in convent school).
  2. The zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap to store her clandestine love letters (reflecting her secret romance with Boy) and the outer flap to store money (as a woman who had to always fend for herself').
  3. The “Mademoiselle Lock” (a symbol of her never getting married).
  4. The quilted diamond or herringbone pattern like jockeys’ riding coats (a tribute to her love for horses and racing).

Incidentally, the 1950’s were a cult decade in bag history

The 2.55 got its name from the month and the year of its issue, 1955.

 The ‘50s also saw the launch of icons such as The Kelly by Hermes, Louis Vuitton’s Bucket bag and Gucci’s Bamboo bag.

Enter Karl and the Reissue 2.55

Reissue 2.55 was launched in 2005 by Karl Lagerfeld, to celebrate 50 years of the 2.55 with small differences.

I wouldn’t call them enhancements because ultimately it’s a question of taste whether you prefer 2.55’s rectangular ‘Mademoiselle’ lock or Reissue’s Chanel logo lock, 2.55’s all chain handles or Reissue’s chain and leather interwoven handles and so forth.



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