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Chanel History

One of the most iconic brands to this day, Chanel handbags are ones that will remain timeless favorites. From its classic quilted pattern, interlocking CC’s and iconic shapes, Chanel is a word that is synonymous with luxury and fine taste. In addition to luxury handbags, the House of Chanel is most known for the “Little Black Dress,” the classic Tweed Suit, and No. 5 Perfume. Founded in 1909, Chanel remains a privately owned company, founded by its namesake Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Her first shop was at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris France. 

Chanel flap bag

Chanel Flap Bag History

In February 1955, Coco Chanel introduced what would be become the most widely recognizable handbag ever - double flap, with a mademoiselle closure and mademoiselle metal chain. Mademoiselle Chanel wanted their hands free and so she outfitted the bag with double chains that can easily be slung onto the shoulder or the crook of the arm. It became popularly known as the 2.55 flap bag. Over the years there have been many variations to the original 2.55 flap design: the use of leather interwoven through the chain, use of different leathers and fabrics, single flap vs. the original double flap, and different sizes available, etc. In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld joined the house of Chanel as Artistic Director. While Coco Chanel designed the original interlocking CC logo, it was Karl Lagerfeld who introduced the interlocking CC closure on the flaps. 

Black Chanel Flap Bag

Chanel Classic Flap:

Created originally by Coco Chanel in the 1920s because the designer was tired of carrying a bag in the crook of her arm, the bag was again re-designed in the 1980s by Karl Lagerfeld with the the now iconic CC turnlock. These bags are referred to by Chanel as part of the “Timeless Classic” collection.

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