Chanel 2.55 - The iconic flap bag

Posted by Jonathan Delmas

If you’re looking for a timeless, luxury handbag, Chanel’s 2.55  is the perfect option. Let’s talk about it.

It’s a little-known fact that Gabrielle Chanel (Chanel) worked as a seamstress before starting her fashion empire. Nowadays, certain Chanel bags can be incredibly difficult to get your hands on. But, there is one classic that can be more easily acquired. The Chanel 2.55  is now an essential staple for the brand.  Here are our thoughts on this timeless and iconic classic. Shop our current Chanel range here. 

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The Chanel 2.55 is a timeless, classic handbag with a cute vintage look that can easily transition from casual day to dressed up at night.  The Chanel  2.55 is as stylish today as it was when it was released in February 1955 – which is where the iconic name “2.55” comes from. The timeless quilted stitching is simply beautiful with the stunning detailed chevron stitch. The Avenard Couture team love this bag, being so versatile it is a wardrobe essential.

“A vintage style for everyday use.”

 Designer Handbag: Chanel 2.55 Reissue Bag

The Chanel 2.55 was the first bag with a strap that Coco Chanel designed, the classic flap bags became iconic when Karl Lagerfeld added the signature double CC lock. Then, in 2005 Karl reissued a recreation of the original 2.55 design. Most of these 2.55 styles are referred to as a “reissue”.

Avenard couture Chanel 2.55 classic flap bag with iconic Mademoiselle closure lock luxury designer bag

Chanel is one of our favourite brands.  We love their handbags. The classic Chanel 2.55 handbag is a rectangle shape that provides enough space for your phone, as well as essential makeup items and a compact wallet. The bag condition, leather and detailing will influence the price of the bag. Check out our Chanel range here for an indication of today’s prices. Shop our current Chanel range here.  

The “mademoiselle” turn lock closure mechanism

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While you’re probably familiar with the classic flaps interlocking CC clasp introduced in the 80’s, the 2.55 bag still uses the original clasp by Coco Chanel known as the “Mademoiselle” which is a reference to the fact that Coco Chanel never married.

Chanel bag material and leather options

The Chanel 2.55  comes in a more aged lambskin compared to the classic which is soft peach lambskin and caviar leather . The  distressed lambskin leather is the most popular choice. The Avenard Couture team advises you to be careful with the lambskin because it can be easy to scratch. That's why we love the caviar leather as it's Chanel’s more robust and durable leather and more difficult to scratch.  Other materials include blush velvet, tweed, metallic and patent leather which are tres chic!  Shop our current Chanel range here

Chanel 2.55 hardware

Chanel has produced a variety of hardware options as exquisite finishing touches for bags and chains. The Avenard Couture team love both the classic antique gold finish and modern shiny golds.   Other hardware finishes include shiny silver, matte silver, black and gold hardware.

Chanel 2.55 reissue versus Chanel 2.55 classic chains  

The Chanel 2.55 is made with a metal only chain the design is derived from the classic CC which the strap is created by mixing the iconic Chanel metal chain with an interwoven leather. This finish was introduced in 1983 and the original were all plated with 24 carat gold.   Then late in 2008 Chanel stopped production of the 24 carat gold Chanel chains.  These iconic Chanel bags with 24 carat gold chains are now driving renewed interest in the secondary resale market. If you find one, the Avenard Couture team advises you to snap it up!

Chanel classic interlocking CC closure

It wasn’t until Karl Lagerfeld took over as creative director in 1983 that theShop preloved chanel bags classic flap mini flap deauville lambskin mini chanel purple heart bag chanel black vintage classic single flap 24k gold plated bag

Chanel Classic Flap bag was created, he used the 2.55 shape and used a softer lambskin leather and caviar , changed the lock from a square shape to a cc interlocked and instead of a full chain used a interwoven leather chain.

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How to avoid buying a counterfeit, fake or dupe Chanel 2.55

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Being an iconic Chanel bag, the 2.55 is often counterfeited.  Early dupes were relatively easy to spot, however the bags available in the market for fake Chanel are increasingly more sophisticated copies. If you are buying on the resale market the Avenard Couture team encourage you to only buy through reputable resellers who guarantee the authenticity of the product they are selling.  If you have any concerns about any designer bag you have purchased, our team are here to help you.  Avenard Couture offer an Authenticity service where our team of specialists use their expert knowledge and are supported by the latest artificial intelligence (AI) provided by Entrupy, making us a trusted partner.  You can access our Authentication service here

 

The Chanel 2.55 flap bag and the reissue are stunning wardrobe staples.  Our team love this iconic design.  Shop our current Chanel range here


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