Style, aesthetics, and ‘how it is done now’ matter.
The history, codes, and legacy of a brand are important to me too. I love and want to know more about the brands that I wear. Do you?
Keeping it simple – telling it as it is – allow me to share what you want to know about one of the World’s most iconic bags, the Chanel 2.55 bag:
- Mademoiselle Chanel created this bag in February 1955, hence the name 2.55.
- This timeless fashion icon as we know it was created on the premise of functional logic, inspired by a personal need.
- The design was inspired by: the unencumbered bags equipped with shoulder straps by the military; and the way Mademoiselle carried her binoculars by their straps, at the race course, allowing her ease and freedom to put her hands in her pockets.
- The emblematic bag’s shoulder straps – gold chain links and leather strips, or flat metal links – sit firmly on the shoulder, free up the user’s hands and allow the bag to move harmoniously with each body movement. The chains also references the little chains Mademoiselle included along the bottom hem of her suit jackets to ensure they “fell” nicely.
- The bag features a distinctive top-stitched diamond shaped quilting, a look inspired by the jackets worn by the stable lads at the racecourse Mademoiselle had visited in her youth.
- The burgundy-coloured lining of the bag interior recalls the colour of her (orphanage) uniform during her time at the Aubazine Abbey. Also a deliberated decision to have a coloured background internally for users to find/see their items effectively.
- The second open flap features a top-stitched double C, a discrete, yet characteristic feature of the bag.
- The bag features seven functional pockets:
- The rounded rear pocket, nicknamed the “Mona Lisa smile”;
- one flat front pocket;
- two interior gusseted pockets;
- with the little pocket in the middle, designed to hold a lippy;
- one concealed pocket between the double bags at the inner flap;
- the zipped pocket – otherwise known as the “secret” pocket” – placed inside the flap for money and love notes.
- Another key feature of the bag is the “Mademoiselle lock’, a simple, clean and pure styling lock closure.
- The other clasp that we are familiar with – that of the interlocking double C, was introduced a few years on. This bag with this double C closure is called the Classic bag, reinvented over the years to that the House now refers to as the 11.12.
It takes about five years for an artisan on site in one of the five ateliers of the Chanel production unit to achieve perfect mastery of the techniques necessary to make the iconic Chanel bag.
Requiring more than 180 operations in its production and just as many meticulous quality checks each step along the way, each bag requires up to fifteen hours of work to create.
Here’s some sharing on how this classic bag is made in the ateliers.
The Making Of the 2.55 Handbag in Aged Calfskin with the Mademoiselle lock
The making of 2.55 handbag in aged calfskin with an old metal clasp, all images courtesy of Chanel, all rights reserved.
A bag so minimalistic yet desired, it is an epitome of eternal style that transcends generations.
True to what Mademoiselle Chanel once said: “Fashions come and go, but style is eternal”.