Coco Chanel say a day “I don’t do fashion, I’m fashion”. This woman creates quilted little number called the 2.55 that has managed to be one of fashion’s impossibilities.
It’s 60 years old and still entirely of the moment.
“No other bag has been able to compete with this timeless piece of fashion,” said Evelyn Fox, founder of Baghunter.com, a luxury handbag resale site.
Chanel spent her childhood in an orphanage run by nuns who taught her to sew. Coco Chanel, designed her first handbag in 1929, causing a near scandal for sewing on a shoulder strap, considered lowbrow at the time. “I got fed up with holding my purses in my hands and losing them,” the ever-practical Chanel said. “So I added a strap.” Madame redesigned this bag late in her career (at 71), releasing it in February 1955 hence the name 2.55 and it became an instant hit.
She died in 1971, and by 1983 her design house passed to Karl Lagerfeld. It was he who introduced the interlocking “CC” clasps and other details the leather threading the chain, for example that developed into the Chanel bags we know now.