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Classic Bag of All Time: The Chanel 2.55

It does not get any more classic than this. Launched in February 1955, the Chanel 2.55 (Get it?) is as stylish today as it was 50 years ago. The bag features a double chain shoulder strap that allows a woman’s hands to be free, something common in downmarket products, but rare in luxury circles at the time. Chanel saw nothing unfeminine about keeping her hands busy, and she created clothes and accessories that matched her vanguard lifestyle. To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Chanel 2.55 was re-released in Fall 2005. The new version has a turn clasp instead of the CC clasp, which makes it more discrete and perhaps even more appealing.

The Original

The 2005 Re-Release

These bags are pretty hard to find for sale online, but if you hurry you can buy this one on eBay. Click here for the auction:

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sean456 sean456 8 years
The initiative taken for the concern is very serious and need an attention of every one. This is the concern which exists in the society and needs to be eliminated from the society as soon as possible. Sean Cruz Vanguard Gold Yes but when you really look at what is out there or is it their you will find that it is the only thing that can be said or done about the whole thing.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
amofoz amofoz 9 years
Yeah, I've never been a fan of the bags. Too much like a bed quilt or something.
LeninaCrowne LeninaCrowne 9 years
I wish to own one someday...
heaterfan heaterfan 10 years
I just got the original one in black today... sooooo excited !!!!!!
la-bella-vita la-bella-vita 10 years
fabulous bag! "It's very inspiring for a designer to see his designs interpreted by the right girl."-Karl Lagerfeld.
CortneyLynn CortneyLynn 10 years
I love. Love.
ann_fancy ann_fancy 10 years
haha. it's confusing indeed!
peepshow peepshow 10 years
ann_fancy, I thought the same thing too! I never would have realized it was a shoe if you didn't say anything. SAD!!
ann_fancy ann_fancy 10 years
I checked this at 7am while I was really *really* tired, and I tought the shoe on the second bag was a bow LOL And I tought "ah that's kinda cute" But Now that I'm totally wake up, I don't like it. + I agree with caligirl these are way too small for our everyday life. However the vintage classic ones are a good piece of collection I would like to have
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
aren't the ebay ones fakes?
ingrid89 ingrid89 10 years
I love the shoes on the second pic!
mar mar 10 years
I love the old, I have one like it in white, its from the 80's . I HATE the new one. Looks like something an old lady would carry
lamb_xo lamb_xo 10 years
oooh *drools* i love the original, i dont know why, but that yellow colour is gorgeous.
crazylady crazylady 10 years
Shiloh - I couldn't agree more. I had these when they first came out and hated the chain then. I hate some of this stuff that's coming back.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
I don't like chain straps.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I really like the old one, and I actually love that color. I'm so old school, I'm retro. :) I wish they had come out with an exact replica. I don't like the new design at all. Why mess with perfection?
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
i would love the old one in a more updated color, like a metallic gold.
yayita yayita 10 years
Thanks for the tip FABCaliGirl :)
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Yayita, it's heavenly and as much as I hate Paris-ite her first perfume smelled pretty good.
yayita yayita 10 years
I havent tried the Vera, will have a sniff next time Im at macys :)
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
I prefer the original, not so much the current one.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
Yayita, hey chica. Yeah everytime I smell no. 5, I think of Mommy, LOL. I do like the Vera Wang perfume alot though.
yayita yayita 10 years
Love the perfume too, but #5 totally reminds me of my mom LOL
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
I love Chanel perfume, jewelry, and some clothes, but not the bags. Women now carry huge purses and these are simply too small.
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