Chanel Bag Lives On

3 Oct

http://www.chanel.com/fashion/9#9-bags-chanel-accessories-1,1Chanel 2.55 Quilted Flap

Now that the movie industry is paying homage to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel with recent film releases (Coco Before Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), why not incorporate some of her iconic designs into your wardrobe.

The Chanel 2.55 bag received its name from the year (1955) it was created. Made from the finest Italian leather, the bag represents the height of style. Considered to be the ultimate status symbol, this signature Chanel accessory is one of the most sought after bags.

When first introduced, the Chanel bag was coveted not only for its exterior quilted look with gold hardware but for its introduction of a double chain strap. Recognizing that socialites needed their hands free for holding flutes of champagne or skimming literature for art openings, the chain strap was a truly liberating invention.

Prices for this legendary bag start at around $2500, depending on your location. If you’re cash strapped, you can always try a more affordable version of this classic bag with a modern twist.

Rachel Roy

Urban Outfitters

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How are Chanel Bags Crafted?

Today, the 2.55 and other Chanel handbags are created at a production site in a town outside Paris, where leather craftsmen, engineers, and cutters assemble each bag from the softest part of lambskin. Once a bag is assembled, it’s sent to high-tech climatic chambers to test its resistance to temperature, UV rays, wear and tear, and water.  Finally, it’s given a sticker for tracking as well as a certificate of authenticity.

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[Image via Harper’s Bazaar]

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