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10 Things You Should Know About the 2.55, Chanel's Most Iconic Bag

Its hidden zipper compartment has an interesting back story.
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Aside from being that one bag that has inspired one too many knockoffs, the iconic Chanel 2.55 is more than just a quilted shoulder bag with a long metal strap. Owners proudly display the fashion house's signature bag for many reasons. Here are some of them:

1. It got its name from its release date.

In the 1920s, Coco Chanel grew tired of having to carry her bag in her hands, so she designed one with thin straps that she released in 1929. She updated the design in February 1955, and named it after its debut date, 2.55.

2. Coco Chanel’s childhood and hobbies contributed greatly to the bag’s design.

The 2.55’s quilted leather body and its chain straps were inspired by Coco’s love for horseback riding. The original bags were lined in a burgundy hue similar to the uniforms at the convent where she grew up.

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3. Its hidden zipper compartment has an interesting back story.

Coco was rumored to have included it in the design to have a place to store her love letters. One of her notable love affairs was with Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster, which lasted roughly a decade.

4. It comes in seven sizes.

The bag is available in Maxi, Jumbo, Medium, Small, Mini Rectangle, and Mini Square. It used to come in Extra Mini, but this size has been discontinued.

5. The 2.55, Classic Flap, and Reissue are three different variations of the same bag.

The 2.55 is the original design with the Mademoiselle lock and double chain straps, released by Coco Chanel in 1955. In the 1980s, Karl Lagerfeld debuted the Classic Flap that features chain link straps interlaced with leather and the now iconic CC locks. Lagerfeld decided to recreate the 2.55 in 2005, which led to the release of the Reissue.

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6. Not all the bags have double flaps.

Certain Classic Flaps have single flaps, which means that they only come with an exterior flap. These were discontinued in 2014.

7. In 1955, the cheapest 2.55 was roughly only $220.

That’s around $1,989 or P102,083 today.

8. Classic Flap bags start at $3,157 or around P162,141.

This is the listed price for the Chanel Classic Square Mini Flap Bag as of June 2017.

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9. It’s still cheaper to buy a Chanel bag in Europe than anywhere else in the world.

This can be attributed to the tax refund when flying out from the European Union. The E.U. price is cheaper by almost a thousand dollars than the U.S. price, and a few hundred dollars cheaper than the U.K. price.

10. It’s considered the ultimate investment bag.

According to Baghunter, the value of the Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag has increased by 70 percent since 2010. Aside from inflation, another reason why is because Chanel still makes its bags in Europe (France and Italy), while many other luxury brands have moved their factories to Asia.

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