Sunday, 13 June 2010

The Pampered Princess

There are two important bags that one, who is literate to the world of fashion, must be aware of - the Birken by Hermes and the other, the Chanel 2.55. The iconic Chanel 2.55 was made known to the world when Coco Chanel introduced this bag in February 1955 (hence, the 2.55). The quilts were inspired by jackets work by jockeys. For the collectors out there, this classic bag of all time is definitely a MUST. 


Mummy pleasantly surprised me with a black Chanel 2.55 when I returned home from work on a tormenting and tiring Tuesday. She definitely made my day, no wait, my year!

The Chanel 2.55 features have all a piece of tale to tell. From the inside out:

• The lining – The lining’s brown colour represents the colour of the uniforms from the convent where she grew up.
• The inside compartment – there’s a zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap. That’s where Coco Chanel hid her love letters (from her lover at the time).
• The backside – there’s a back outside flap on the handbag – that’s where Ms Chanel stashed extra money.
• The shoulder strap – as I said before, Coco Chanel grew up in an convent, at the orphanage. The caretakers hold the keys at their waist dangling from the same type of chains as the 2.55 shoulder strap chains.
• The front lock – the 2.55 front lock is different from the classic double CC logo. It’s logo is called “the Mademoiselle Lock” (because Ms Chanel was never married).

How fascinating, yes?

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