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Together with the Hermes Kelly bag, the classic Chanel handbag is the most iconic accessory piece that any woman would love to carry.
It was in the 1920's that Coco Chanel, in an attempt to design a handbag that would free women's hands from the burden of carrying it, came up with the classic quilted bag that later would become the 2.55. Her iconic handbag was actually inspired by the functional bags carried by soldiers during the war. However, she introduced thinner double straps, quite common for down market products at the time, and an inside pocket, where it is rumored that she used to keep her love letters.
Initially, the 2.55 handbag had a lock which was called the "Mademoiselle Lock", as Chanel never got married. In later years, the lock was taken over by the famous double CC. Nowadays, Karl Lagerfeld continues Chanel's legacy, as he reinvents the classic Chanel handbag in a variety of textiles, shapes and sizes.
The Chanel handbag is truly a recognizable symbol of luxury and style. A versatile piece that can look elegantly classic or rocker chic.