Chanel’s legendary 2.55 bag turned 60 years old this year. The bag of choice for fashionistas worldwide is still as popular as it was back when it first made its appearance. Although new high-end bags are released on a yearly basis, Chanel’s 2.55 bag is still one of the most coveted bags around the globe. With practicality packed into an extremely attractive, yet simple looking bag, the 2.55 line has last over half a century – will it still be going strong when in another 60 years?
Coco Chanel brought this timeless piece of fashion to the world not for the look, but rather for practical use. Before the Chanel 2.55 bag, women had to use one of their hands to carry whatever bag they had. No other bag on the market allows women to use both hands freely.
Inspired by soldier bags, Chanel designed the 2.55 so women could use both hands, while still being able to carry around their bag. Back in the day, the 2.55 was much more than just a bag; it was the ultimate feminist accessory.
Practical to the Bone
Although the 2.55 bag is mostly known for its infamous shoulder strap that allowed women to free up their hands, it’s way more practical than that. The design was built with numerous “shortcuts” to allow women to quickly locate anything in the bag.
The contrast-lining interior allowed for women to rapidly find any item within the depths of the bag. Along with a rectangular turn-key clasp that made opening this bag a breeze, the 2.55 was the only bag any woman dreamed of owning. It was practical, luxurious and notorious.
Source of Inspiration
With a simple shape and overall design, the 2.55 has been the source of inspiration for many fashion designers over the years. Chanel help create the industry of fashion and recognizable bag brands. Tory Burch, Mulberry and many more have all been inspired by the infamous 2.55 bag.
A Bag that Follows All Trends
Very rarely do we see a bag that can follow all fashion trends. The Chanel 2.55 bag is one of the rare few that has been able to integrate any style with perfection. The chain strap, the basic shape, the front flap enclosure along with pure practicality make the 2.55 a simple, yet elegant bag that will seemingly last forever.