Coco Chanel opened her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, where the infamous Chanel’s bag history officially began in 1929 when she designed her first 2.55 prototype. Having officially launched in 1955, it changed the history of handbags for good.
Here are 10 of the most iconic Chanel bags of all time and some of the stories behind them.
Chanel Large Reissue 2.55 Bag
A piece of history that has a story to tell from the founder of Chanel, Gabrielle Coco herself. It was given the name ‘2.55’ because it was originally issued in February of the year 1955. The handy shoulder strap design was made to recreate the chains Coco would see at the orphanage where she was raised. The reissue was introduced in February 2005 by Karl Lagerfield, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bag's original release date.
Chanel Boy Bag
Introduced back in 2011, this well-defined and minimal bag is definitely worth the investment. With an array of colours to choose from, here we are with one of the most acclaimed Chanel bags: the Boy Bag named after Coco Chanel’s lover Arthur Capel, nicknamed “Boy.”
Classic Large Handbag
The epitome of chic and sophisticated, the Chanel Classic Flap bag comes in a polished square design and is given a beautiful quilted exterior that’s both fabulous and feminine. Available in a wide variety of colors, leathers, and sizes.
Chanel's Gabrielle Bag
This bag - designed by Karl Lagerfeld - bears the name and spirit of Gabrielle Chanel. It's fastened with a zip and finished with a CC jewel, and has a sturdy base that provides structure to the softer leather upper (a feature all Chanel bags are known for.)
Chanel Grand Shopping Tote Bag
The Chanel Grand Shopping Tote is an extra roomy tote that can hold tons of items. Its space makes it a very handy and versatile accessory, especially for those who crave a stylish bag but have a lot of items they like to carry around.
Blue Calfskin Flap Chanel Backpack
If you're feeling like adding some colour to your outfits, why not opt for the classy blue Chanel backpack? It is made with cushioned calfskin and accentuated with the Chanel logo in gold. It features a flap top over a drawstring closure for added protection, with an additional pouch in front for easy accessibility.
Chanel Vanity Case Bag
This bag is just perfect because it has the timeless and modern look to your outfits, and you carry it in multiple ways. The center of the bag is diamond quilted, which creates a chic appeal and comes with the signature woven chain leather strap for shoulder carry.
Chanel Shopping Bag
The Chanel Shopping Bag will add a dash of charm to your closet. Ideal for daily use, this tote is perfect to have all your items comfortably fit in including your laptop.
Chanel Drawstring Bag
Spacious, comfortable to carry, and undeniably edgy this bag was presented in the 2017/18 collection. It’s perfect for everyday style and features a shoulder strap entwined in leather and a golden chain.
Wallet On Chain
This bag is definitely a statement piece and allows you to carry only what is truly essential, yet still make a bold statement. Every Wallet On Chain has a gold or silver chain link leather threaded shoulder strap, the classic Chanel double CC logo, and one of a variety of classic high fashion textures.
Lead image courtesy of Jason Lloyd-Evans (Chanel A/W 2020)