Chanel Classic 2.55 Bags

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The classic Chanel double flap bag is a structured bag that comes in an array of finishes including lambskin, caviar leather, tweed, fabric and more. 

The leather and chain shoulder straps can be worn long, or doubled to be worn short. The bag has 1 open exterior pocket, 3 open interior pockets, 1 zippered pocket under the top flap, and 1 zippered interior pocket. The hardware most commonly comes in silver or gold.
Size

The classic double flap most commonly comes in 9 inches (small/medium) or 10 inches (medium/large). Both bags are very similar in size. 
9 inch bag dimensions - 9 x 6 x 2.5 inches
10 inch bag dimensions - 10 x 6.5 x 2.75 inches
**Dimensions are approximate.
Fun Facts and History

The classic double flap is the most well-known handbag in the world. And, for good reason. Its design elevates almost any outfit for any occasion. The craftmanship is top-notch, and the bags age gracefully and beautifully. 

The classic double flap is one of the few mainstays of Chanel, sold every single year. However, this doesn't make them easy to acquire. Very often, the classic double flap will be sold out in stores, and the price of the double flap bag seems to increase significantly every year. 

To the general public, the classic double flap is also referred to as the 2.55 bag. However, to those who are very well-versed with Chanel, they know that 2.55 more accurately describes Chanel reissue bags.

In a market full of beautiful designer bags, the Chanel Icon Flap unmistakably represents true luxury. Here’s a look at the construction of fashion’s most iconic and historic accessory.

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It all started in February of 1955 when Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel created a handbag for herself.  She was tired of carrying top handle bags on her arm and decided to create something with longer, thinner straps that could be worn over the shoulder to free-up her arms. The name comes directly from the date of its origin, February, 1955. Coco Chanel had an undeniable love for jewelry and she wanted the leather handles to look like a necklace. And so came the now iconic “Bijoux” (French for jewelry) chain handle. The burgundy interior lining of the handbag was the exact color of the uniforms from her childhood orphanage. Coco wanted to take the sadness and hardship of her youth and apply it to her current happiness and success. The quilted leather of the handbag was inspired by the quilted jackets that jockey players wore during games.

60 years later, the same craftsmanship is implemented to create the “Icon Flaps” that have made it into many of our own hearts and closets.

There are seven total Chanel Icon Classics, consisting of three sizes in the 2.55 (225, 226 & 227) and four sizes in the CC Classic Flap style (Small, Medium/Large, Jumbo & Maxi).

Coco’s Bag

Her spirit lives on in a bag that she designed with every stitch in mind. Here are the hidden secrets you may not know about your Chanel Classic…

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Coco had a love for the Mona Lisa and made the back pocket reminicent of her subtle smile.  That back pocket that we now use for our cell phones,  was originally used by mademoiselle for her small change for tips. She always liked to have tip money readily available for bellboys, drivers and doormen.

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The double flap was made to hide a secret zipper compartment located underneath the second flap. This was believed to be the place where Coco hid her love letters from whoever Mr. Chanel was at the time, LOL!

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Coco Chanel never went anywhere without her mirror compact, powder and a lipstick. This is why the inside compartments are made to fit just that!

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When Karl Lagerfeld took over the house of Chanel he recreated the Icon Flap. Keeping all its original “secrets”, he changed the “Mademoiselle” closure to a “CC” turn lock and intertwined the chain handle with leather.

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So what makes the classic Chanel bag so special? To begin with, exclusivity and a commitment to excellent quality from start to finish. There are seven steps to creating a Chanel classic flap:

1. Cutting:
This step ensures that each grain and color of leather matches up to the rest of the parts being constructed for that particular bag.

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2. Quilting:
Done by a computer system to perfectly create the iconic Chanel diamond quilting.

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3. Assembling:
Each piece of leather and hardware is completely assembled by hand. Each bag is its own artisan’s masterpiece.

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4. Turning:
Each Chanel classic flap is made first from the inside and then turned inside-out. This is said to be the most physical and exhausting process, and what Chanel says to be a “job for women only…”

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5. Shaping and finishing:
Shaping is done by pressing fingers into ridges from the last step to confirm the leather is smooth and perfect. Then the artisan finishes off by screwing in the metal closures and eyelets.

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6. Interlaced or Bijoux chain:
CC classic flap leather and chain handled are all interlaced by hand.

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7. Final touches:
Quality control, numbering of serial numbers, leather buffing , polishing the metal hardware and wrapping the bag up in tissue…

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 All photos courtesy Chanel

So why do the prices keep going up? Chanel has created and maintained a brand that women aspire to have in their lives. The Classic bags are not typically readily available off the street at a boutique for purchase which creates quite a high demand for the product. Besides the supply and demand factor, Chanel has strict standards of excellence not only in leather and materials, but also in the finest craftsmanship. Each Icon Flap is just as carefully cut, stitched and crafted from the inside as they are on the outside. Not just anyone can make these bags and Chanel holds their Classic Flap to represent a crucial part of their brand. What many of us don’t think about when we hear about these enormous price increases are changes in production costs, materials, quality craftsmanship and even exchange rates. All these factors along with the 180 step production process create an impeccable product that is worth the praise… and price. (1)

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CHANEL CHEVRON QUILTED REISSUE 2.55 WOC

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Chanel’s Chevron Quilted Reissue 2.55 Wallet On Chain bag is special, it is a class on its own for it is designed very much like the famous Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag. You will instantly recognize this by the ‘mademoiselle’ lock on the front.

For other readers, you might think it looks familiar to you. You might probably think you’ve seen this before. Okay, let’s make it easier for you and let’s walk down memory lane. Yes, we’ve featured this bag before but that previous post talks about Chanel’s WOC in Diamond Quilted Leather but now it comes in a Chevron Quilting Leather effect.

We are absolutely digging the navy blue color of this bag as it looks regal, polished and ritzy all at once. And the Chevron quilting effect also added a touch of opulence to it. The gold-like straps and the golden twist-off lock completed the look of this one-of-a-kind WOC bag.

Crafted from aged calfskin and light gold hardware, the Chanel Chevron Quilted Reissue 2.55 WOC has the style code A80834, measuring 4.8′ x 7.6′ x 1.4′ inches, priced at €1915 euro via Chanel boutique.

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CHANEL REISSUE 2.55 VIVID STITCHED FLAP BAG

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As the Beauty and The Beast song goes “Tale as old as time” so as the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag as it has a rich history behind it. An original byproduct of Coco Chanel herself, the Chanel Reissue 2.55 got its name because it was initially issued in February 1955. Fast-forward to 2016, the Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag comes in an all new makeover in Vivid Stitched design.

Now let’s go back in time and compare this modern version to its original predecessor. Looking closely, the Reissue 2.55 Vivid Stitched Flap Bag has some new element to it: the stitches are bolder and more apparent but you can still find the reissue 2.55 elements like the closure and the chain.

We are also loving its nudish pink color that looks absolutely feminine and chic. A go-to bag for the modern-day woman, you can nonchalantly walk in and out of the door with confidence knowing you are wearing a Chanel bag creation.

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CHANEL MINI SQUARED REISSUE 2.55 BAG

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Remember the Chanel Mini Squared Flap Bag?

Yes, the perfect mini shoulder bag for travelling.

Now, we got some more great news. Almost the similar design, but crafted with the elements of the Reissue 2.55 Bag. Meet the Chanel Mini Squared Reissue 2.55 Bag

Chanel might have more colors in stock, but anyway, if you love classic colors, then black is all the shade you will need. And if you intend to use this bag as a travel bag, then the color only comes handy because it’s easier to clean.

All the elements that you expect in the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag have been injected into this mini accessory. The center is made with the ‘Mademoiselle lock’ of which represents the founder Coco Chanel for never marrying.

The beautiful Reissue 2.55 chain connects to the leather strap. The bag is squared and ideal to carry important documents like passport or credit cards. The front features an extra pocket for instant-essentials.

Sling this little baby on your shoulder when you’re out and about.

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Chanel Soft Leather 2.55 Collection

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You should have already read the first post on Chanel’s Soft Leather 2.55 collection, an icon in its own right that quite literally has been given new skin. And the skin in this case refers to the ‘soft leather’ you’ll find on these 2.55 bags that should be launched sometime in Singapore come June 2016.

Why is this leather so special then, you ask? Well, for starters, it’s cut only from a certain portion of the entire skin, where it’s the softest and also has the fewest imperfections for that almost flawless finish. It’s also lightly-treated, meaning when it came to treating and tanning the leather, not that much was done, which would allow the leather to patina most beautifully over time. Or in layman’s terms, age.

So unlike leather that has been botoxed and varnished to a hilt (you know, like the ladies you see when you flip through society magazines), this leather, like the real you, is supposed to age over time, and take on characteristics unique to its owner,from tiny nicks where your pinky’s nail digs into the side of the bag, to minor creases that resemble the crow’s feet on your face. Ok, maybe not the best way to sell any leather bag, but you know what I mean, and if you’re big on that whole aged, vintage look, rest assured that this will happen slowly but surely with this 2.55.

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And because I managed to spend quality time with these beauties over the weekend, here’s the rest of what you need to know about these 2.55 bags. For starters, one of the versions we’ll get in Singapore will come with a two-tone grosgrain and chain trim that will run along from underside to the sides of the bag. Then there’s the metal chain sling, which, if you look closely enough, comes beautifully-etched on the sides of the metal pieces. The cameo charms that come with each bag? One’s of Coco Chanel herself, the other is a lion, which also happens to be the Coco Chanel’s zodiac sign, the Leo.

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Then there’s the inside, each 2.55 double-flap bag lined with tactile suede, where you’ll find a front pocket and a larger compartment on the back with 3 separate patch pocket compartments. A flap with button closure keeps everything secure, before the main flap goes over everything else for that added bit of ‘security’. To finish it off, Chanel’s reassuring Made In France label is sewn below the CC logo that’s stitched onto the flap.

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Last, but by no means least, there’s an additional patch pocket on the back of the bag, but I guess you already knew that. What you don’t know is the two colours it will come in when it is launched sometime in June this year, the first, a Navy that you see in the first snap, and this, which is a warmer, slightly darker colour they are callingCamel. Both colours are gorgeous, you just need to decide when you see the 24 cm by 16 cm by 7.5 cm bags (priced at SGD7280 each, by the way) in Chanel boutiques in a couple of months.

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Chanel 2.55 WOC

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Perhaps this is the reason why, let me ask you one question:
Would Coco Chanel shrink the Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag to a mini size?
To be honest, I do not know and I do not really care, because what I am witnessing is mesmerizing and hypnotizing. So classy, so stylish, so timeless – every detail is embellished with traditional elements of the brand. Meet the Chanel 2.55 Wallet on Chain (also known as WOC). Now listen to the story:
Coco Chanel was inspired to make this bag in 1920, because she was tired of carrying her bags on her arms and wanted something to free up her hands. The thin straps were added in 1929, inspired by the soldier’s bag. The final refinement and the update version of this bag was released in February 1955, this is how the Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag got its name.
Now the iconic Chanel 2.55 is also available in the Wallet on Chain design. What a beauty!
When I said that every traditional element has been added, then I mean it. First, it’s made from aged calfskin, similar to the Chanel 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag. This leather makes this bag look like its ‘used’, a bit of vintage, which is amazing. Then what you also must admire is the mademoiselle lock, put in the center of this bag. This lock represents Coco Chanel for never getting married.
At last, what is very limited nowadays, is that this version of 2.55 WOC is in all black. The Chanel 2.55 WOC so black is very limited and will vanish from the catalogues when this season is over. When it’s gone, then no one knows when it will return.
The prices, colors and the sizes:
Chanel 2.55 Wallet on Chain is measured 4.8’ x 7.5’ x 1.6’ inches.
Style code: A69206

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