History of Chanel 2.55: Boca Raton Pawn

history of chanel 2.55
Above is a 2.55 Chanel

History of Chanel 2.55

history of chanel 2.55
Above is a 2.55 Chanel

In the 1920’s when the company Chanel was just starting out, Coco Chanel decided she was tired of carrying around her handbag.  She set out to design a bag that freed up her hands.  By 1929 Chanel had introduced a handbag with a strap into the market.  The design was based on bags worn by soldiers.

In 1954 Chanel decided she needed to update the handbag design.  Thus the 2.55 was born; which is named after the date it was created: February 1955.

Features of the 2.55:
1.  Lining: The lining in the bag is burgundy which represents the color of the uniforms in the convent where she grew up.
2.  Zippered Compartment: There is a compartment in the flap where Chanel supposedly stored her love letters.
3.  Backside:  The backside has a flap where you can store your money.
4.  Chain Strap:  Luxury handbags in the mid 20th century were rarely made with straps.  It was usually only cheaper brands.  Chanel set out to change this by adding 2 metal straps with leather intertwined.
5.  Mademoiselle Lock:  Originally the bag had a lock on the flap which represented Chanel never marrying.  Now there is a double CC lock which makes it a “classic flap”.

The Chanel 2.55 is one of the most iconic handbags ever made.  They demand retail prices well into the thousands of dollars.

by, Seth Marcus at Boca Raton Pawn

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