Chanel Bags: The Perfect Embodiment Of Luxury And Class
You would hardly ever find a woman who is not fond of the iconic luxury handbag brand Chanel. Many woman dream of flaunting a shiny and chic Chanel bag on their arms. Whether you decide to buy or rent Chanel handbags, the experience is going to be surreal.
The brand has been around for almost a century now and it has a very interesting history attached to it. This iconic brand was established more than a century ago, and it has since then established itself as one of the world's most chic and classic brands. It is completely in accordance with the stylish and practical needs of its followers. The founder Gabrielle Coco Chanel started from the scratch and is now to this date considered a major style icon. She proved to be an incredible businesswoman, talented couturier and an example of perseverance and hard work.
There are a lot of interesting facts about this iconic brand that most women are not aware of. Hence, before you buy or rent Chanel handbags, take a look at some of the most interesting facts about Chanel that will give you an insight into this fashion house's history.
The 2.55 is the original Chanel shoulder bag:
Coco Chanel designed her first bag in the year 1929, but like all the other bags available in the high-class society at that time, this too was hand-held and quite cumbersome to carry around. In February 1955, she released the shoulder-strap version of this bag and it became an instant hit. The shoulder strap was inspired by the bags that the soldiers carried at that time. This handbag completely revolutionized the handbag industry of that era. For the first time in history, it was acceptable for women of considerable status to carry a bag on their shoulder.
The secret behind the name:
Many people think that the iconic Chanel flap bag has an odd name. But not many know the secret behind this name. This bag was named after its release date which was February 1955. It was a manifestation of Coco Chanel's revolutionary idea of attaching a shoulder strap to a clutch freeing up both hands.
The signature double CC lock came much later:
The signature double CC lock was not featured until the 80s. It is hard to imagine a Chanel bag without its iconic double CC lock. It was Lagerfeld who added them to the bags and added a welcome twist to the Classic Chanel Flap Bag. The Chanel 2.55 Flap Bag had the lock which was called 'Free Mademoiselle Lock'. This lock gets its name from the fact that Coco Chanel never married.
The leather woven straps came later too:
The first bags launched by Coco Chanel had all-chain straps. There is a famous story that Coco subbed in leather filled straps when the resources were scarce. Over the long history of Chanel Flap Bags, many types of chains have come and gone. Although the Classic Flaps only use leather-woven chain straps and the modern 2.55 uses all-chain straps.
The 2.55's interior was inspired by orphans:
Chanel had lost her parents at an early age and she spent most of her childhood in an orphanage. The inner layer of the iconic Chanel 2.55 was inspired by the orphanage that she was brought up in. To be exact, the shade of burgundy leather that has been long used to line the original flap bags was chosen based on the uniforms worn by Coco and her fellow charges at the convent orphanage where she was raised.
Chanel bags owe a lot of debt to men for inspiration:
The idea to use straps for a handbag was inspired by soldiers. Also, later on, the signature quilting used in most of Chanel bags was inspired by the jackets worn by the male stable-hands that Coco was particularly fond of. Also, the world famous Boy Bag was inspired and named after Coco's longtime lover, polo player, Boy Capel.
The first Chanel Bag cost only $220 in 1955:
A recent study revealed that the first Chanel bag cost only $220 dollars in 1955. Since then, prices of this bag have skyrocketed throughout the years.
The hidden zipper compartment has a special back story:
Under the top flap, Chanel bags have a rather odd little zipper compartment that you will not find in bags with similar structures from other brands. There is a popular story attached to this. It is said that Coco had this secret compartment made so that she could have a secret spot to stash her love letters.
Now that you are aware of the interesting history behind this brand, it will be perfect to buy or rent Chanel handbags. Rent these beauties and experience the epitome of luxury and class!