I don’t think anything compares to the joy of owning a design icon. The Chanel Classic Flap Bag was the ‘it’ bag well before the phrase was coined.
Coco Chanel debuted her first bag in 1929 with what is now identified as the rectangular mademoiselle lock. Having grown tired of holding a bag in her hands she added a shoulder strap in February 1955, hence it’s 2.55 moniker. This new style not only gave us an icon but was an act of feminism making it acceptable for women of a certain standing to carry a bag on her shoulder for the first time. Karl Lagerfeld’s version with the interlocking CC fastening, known as the Classic Flap Bag, was introduced in the 80s and remains hugely popular today.
Growing up in the 80s I was acutely aware of the glamour of the Chanel handbag and dearly hoped I may be able to get my mitts on one in the future. It goes to show that your dreams can come true (although on this occasion it was with the help of a hard-earned savings account) when I purchased my very own with silver-coloured hardware in 2008.
It’s hard to express the sheer delight each time I take her out of her dust bag knowing that she’ll add instant glamour to any outfit. She seems to go with everything and has been my companion at numerous weddings, dinners and events over the years.
The Chanel Classic Flap Bag continues to be a fashion favourite and I can’t see its appeal waning any time soon. As Coco said herself, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” Tell us what you think about Chanel bags in the comments below.
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