Chanel bags are unarguably amongst the most important accessories in the history of fashion. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel dreamed up her first bag in 1929, a hand-carried piece in line with the bag fashions for upper-class women of the times. In a quest to design a bag that would free up her hands, the ever-practical Chanel debuted a shoulder strap version (2.55) in February 1955, and changed the way women has carried handbags ever since. Chanel's signature quilting was allegedly inspired by the jackets worn by male stablehands, and the trademark chain straps with or without leather-woven detailing allowed for the bag to be carried also in hand.
In the 1980s, new Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld introduced the interlocked CC monogram to Chanel bags, which had previously featured the logo-free Mademoiselle lock. His updated take on the flap bag has cemented its iconic status also amongst modern consumers, and the immortalised 2.55 has become one of the most recognisable designer bags there is. Today, Chanel make bags in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the signature black quilted shoulder bags to more experimental, limited edition designs in novelty prints and materials. The most recent flap bag line, the Boy Bag, was named after Coco’s longtime lover Boy Capel and is a millennial update of Karl Lagerfeld’s revamped 1980s version.
OfV says: The genius of the Chanel bag lies in its versatility – whether it’s worn to complement a gala gown or a leisured pair of jeans, the cult label’s array of shoulder bags, clutch bags and waist bags have been speaking to women for decades who, like Coco herself, regards “simplicity as the keynote of all true elegance”. Chanel bags were the accessory of choice amongst style icons like Princess Diana, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn as well as contemporary trendsetters like Alexa Chung. The Open for Vintage edit of Chanel bags spans the story of models, so whether you align yourself with the subtle Mademoiselle; Lagerfeld’s logo fronted 2.55 flap; or a limited edition tote, clutch or waist bag in denim or PVC, we are sure to have that special vintage Chanel bag to tick off your sartorial bucket list. Bag yourself a piece of fashion history by investing in your own Chanel clutch bag here.
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