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The Chanel Reissue 2.55

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As one of the brands most iconic bags, the Chanel Reissue carries quite a lot of history with it. Its name for example, The Chanel Reissue 2.55, is due in part because Karl Lagerfeld re-issued the bag in February 2005, to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of its creation. The 2.55 part of the name specifically, actually refers to the date Coco Chanel created the original bag, which was February 1955 and is also the original name the bag was brandished with.

The creation of the bag in itself is actually very interesting as well; Coco Chanel was always known for breaking down fashion barriers and bringing modernism and comfort into women´s wardrobes, so it should come as no surprise that the Reissue was actually created to ensure women’s hands were not occupied in holding their bags while out at cocktail parties. Rumor has it that, although shoulder straps were actually quite normal for working class women, high society dames had to carry their bags in their hands at all times, making it difficult to enjoy parties and social gatherings. And so, Chanel set out to make a handbag that would allow rich people to enjoy the comfort of shoulder straps for the first time.

Every detail from the original Reissue bag had a purpose and a reason, and most of those details were created to fulfill a need Mademoiselle Chanel had herself. The inner compartment on the inside of the front flap is where Chanel used the hide the love letters she would receive from her current lover at the time, which was all very scandalous. The small flap on the back outside of the bag was where she would stash her loose cash, mainly for easy access. Even the inner maroon color Chanel bags are known for had a reason to be, as it reminded her of the uniforms she and the other orphans would wear in the convent she grew up in.
Contrary to popular belief, the interlocking CC clasp found commonly in the Chanel Flap bags, actually came after the Reissue clasp, which was called the mademoiselle lock to honor the fact that Coco Chanel never married. The original chain strap, also as opposed to the Flap bag version, did not come with interwoven leather straps (which was a detail added by The Kaiser himself when he took over the brand), and was inspired by the chains in which the caretakers at the orphanage Chanel grew up in would carry their keys. The iconic quilting, on the other hand, has remained the same since its creation in 1955, and was inspired by the horse race jockey´s jackets – an entertainment form mademoiselle Chanel was very fond of.

Now that you know how much history would hang off your arm if you were to own a Chanel Reissue 2.55, take a quick look at our Chanel section to see if the Reissue bags we carry are still available, they go fast so hurry! You can also reach us at hello@beccasbags.ca
April 02, 2016 by Becca Sand
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