Chanel, the brand, is undisputed as a cornerstone of luxury fashion and – for its accessories, in particular - has a proud history of quality and socially conscious designs. The first Chanel bag was launched in 1929, with a focus on providing fashionable yet functional options for upper-class women.
Then, through observation of societal trends and her own experiences, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel saw a need for a bag that would free up the hands. Accordingly, in 1955, the 2.55 Chanel shoulder bag was introduced and prompted something of a revolution in accessory choices. Previously, it was unheard of for women of high status to not carry their bag by hand, yet Chanel’s influence pioneered a new option that has freed up the creative potential of major fashion brands ever since.
The Chanel 2.55 shoulder bag is now one of the most recognisable bags out there, whilst Chanel’s trademark chain straps allow for the bags to be carried by hand should that be your preference. Similarly, Chanel has executed a delicate balance between honouring tradition and indulging the desires of a modern, sophisticated woman.
Our Vintage Chanel shoulder bags would be suitable either for evening events or an accessory to exude sartorial elegance in your day-to-day life. Chanel shoulder bags are a wardrobe staple for some of the most fashion-conscious celebrities of this decade – prominent actresses such as Keira Knightley and Zoe Saldana; supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Gisele Bundchen; and, socialites like the Kardashians have all been photographed wearing them.
Open for Vintage’s pre-owned Chanel shoulder bag range below reflects the dynamic and diverse styles of this luxury brand. Whether you like distressed suede, bijoux, lamb’s leather or the traditional quilted look, treat yourself to an authentic piece of fashion history.