If you’ve always dreamt of owning your very own Chanel 2.55 vintage, luxury-quilted shoulder bag, then look no further than our stunning commemorative collection here at Open for Vintage.
The Chanel 2.55 was actually born out of the original flap bag Gabrielle “Coco” Channel first made in the 1920s. It was debuted in February 1955 (hence the name) and instantly became a success thanks to the addition of the double chain shoulder strap which enabled women to wear the bag over their shoulder and be “hands-free” at social events.
The 2.55 Chanel bag changed handbag history. It became acceptable for women to wear a bag over their shoulders. It’s unique and elegant look allowed it to be easily worn on a beautiful dress or a pair of jeans.
The Chanel 2.55 became well known for its many significant features. Firstly, the burgundy colour of the lining, to represent the uniforms at the convent where the designer grew up, and the zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap (it’s rumoured that’s where Chanel stored her love letters in her original bag!)
Over the years there have been many variations to the original Chanel 2.55 flap design: the use of leather interwoven through the chain, the use of different leathers and fabrics, a single flap vs. the original double flap, and an array of diverse sizes.
In February 2005, Karl Lagerfeld – who became Artistic Director at Chanel in 1983 following the designer’s death - reproduced the exact copy of the 2.55 bag in commemoration of the brands 50th anniversary. The bag was named the Chanel 2.55 Reissue and became available in soft lambskin and calfskin leather. The hardware was also available in gold, silver, pewter or black.
Ever since the Chanel 2.55 was born it has been adorned by the rich and famous, including the likes of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. So, if you are looking for a bag that will never go out of style and love for a long time, you might find the perfect vintage Chanel 2.55 bag you’ve been longing for.