Showing posts with label Chanel Bag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chanel Bag. Show all posts


The Chanel Flap Bag...Classic Never Fades

Dating back to February of 1955, the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, has grown in notoriety and fame.
According to Wikipedia, "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 creation, February 1955."

Whether you’re a your a West Coast Celeb, a Southern Socialite or a  Upper East Side Ivy League Graduate, Chanel has a place in your closet and on your arm. Ladies who lunch philanthropic crowd wear the bag as a badge of honor the way a Dot Com Exec would style it, showing she has arrived.  If you prefer the mini in pink or the Maxi in black, Chanel ups your cool factor without being trendy. You are immediately included in a special girls club limited to only those who can pay to play.

With the varying sizes, shapes and colors, women from age 18 to 100, from the upper East Side to Downtown will find a Classic Flap that fits their specific style. Many designers have been inspired by the chain strap, quilted leather exterior and refined flap. But the original Chanel Flap has remained the top style and design. Why buy the inspiration when you can purchase a vintage version for a similar price? To many longtime collectors dismay, Chanel has regularly increased its prices to the point their bags tend to hold their value better than any other bag in the market place including the coveted wait listed Hermes Birkin or Kelly.

Although most plan to pass it to their daughters as an heirloom, if you buy one preowned and carry it with care, you can more than likely sell it to recoup most of your investment.

Additional details according to Wikipedia,
  • The lining’s burgundy color represents the color of the Nuns' 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 rumored to have stored her love letters in her original bag.
  • The backside has a back outside flap for storage of money.
  • Chanel, recognizing modern women needed to have their hands free while attending social functions, designed a double-chain shoulder straps.  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 are 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 several sources: by jockeys’ riding coats, by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.[4]

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Sizes Available: Extra Mini, Mini Rectangular, Mini Square, Small, Medium, Jumbo, Maxi


6.7" W x 3.9" H x 3" D | Current Retail $2,400 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


7.9" W x 4.9" H x 2.8" D | Current Retail $2,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather  


6.7" W x 5.2" H x 3.1" D | Current Retail $2,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


9.3" W x 5.7" H x 2.6" D | Current Retail $4,700 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


10" W x 6.3" H x 3" D | Current Retail $4,900 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather


11.8" W x 7.7" H x 3.9" D | Current Retail $5,500 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

Chanel Jumbo Flap 34cm


13" W x 9.1" H x 3.9" D | $6,000 in Lambskin, Patent or Caviar Leather

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CAVIAR - Ages Beautifully 
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A History of the Chanel 2.55 Bag

Easily considered to be one of the most classically beautiful bags to wear today, the Chanel 2.55 or classic flap as it is sometimes called, is one of our absolute favorite styles at The Vintage Contessa. The beauty of the bag lies in its total versatility, whether you wear it over your shoulder with jeans and a T shirt, or as an evening bag paired with a classic black dress for a night time soiree. 

The 2.55 was first conceived in the 1920s when Coco Chanel grew bored of  having to carry her bag in her hands. At the time it was considered to be lower class to carry a bag over your shoulder, however never one to follow the rules, Coco rethought this and developed a new shoulder bag style.

In 1929 she brought to market a bag with thin long straps inspired by the straps used on the bags carried by soldiers. Twenty six years later she re-worked the bag and in February 1955 (the provenance of the name 2.55) the classic 2.55 bag that we know today was born.

Since then the bag has gone through some evolutions. Varying fabrications have been used, the chain has differed over time, and in the 1980s Karl Lagerfeld introduced the double CC lock. However throughout all of these tweaks the bag has stayed essentially true to itself, becoming one of the most classic fashion pieces of our time. You can find over twenty classic double flaps and 2.55 bags in our store now. Happy Shopping!

Some fun Chanel 2.55 facts... 

Each and every aspect of the bag was designed by Coco with a memory, story or specific use in mind.

The burgundy lining of the bag is the same color as the uniforms worn by the orphans in the orphanage that Coco grew up in.

The zippered compartment inside the inner front flap is believed to be a place to hide love letters. Coco is said to have hid hers inside the flap of her own bag.

The exterior pocket is specifically for carrying money in. 

The long straps on the bag were first inspired by the straps on soldiers bags. However when the woven strap was introduced in 1955 the design behind it was credited to the keychains that the caretakers at the convent used to carry around their waist. 

The quilted diamond pattern that is woven on the exterior of the bag gives it it’s shape and volume and is crafted with a running stitch. The inspiration for the design has been credited to the uniforms  worn by jockeys, the cushions in Coco's apartment and also the stained glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine.

The original lock was known as the ‘Mademoiselle lock’ so called due to Coco Chanel’s unmarried status. Karl Lagerfeld introduced the double CC lock in the 1980s, and bags with this style are called the classic flap style.