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Spotlight On: Chanel Reissue 2.55 Lucky Charms

We take a closer look at a small Chanel Reissue 2.55 “Lucky Charms” from 2014 in gold.

Those partial to the light-hearted, eye-catching and out-of-the-ordinary thing that’s been sweeping through luxury handbags over the past decade might be drawn to the Chanel Lucky Charm series. We picked up the latest version in gold, which brings yet another level of energy to the charm-effect, and decided to try to explain why we love it. 

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Lucky Charms

The first “Lucky Charms” made its rounds in 2007. It was decorated with trinkets dear to Coco Chanel, who, being a superstitious type, was always carrying good luck charms (thus the four-leaf clover) and was a big believer in astrology (her star sign being Leo explains the lion’s head). Other charms included the Camellia flower, aka the Japanese rose, which often appear on Chanel pieces as Coco adored them and used them whenever she could.

The bag was well received, and with a successful run under its belt it was given another outing in 2012, and again in 2014. Of course, the charms idea is hardly new. Charms have been around for centuries, cherished for their symbolism and expressive qualities. They are often used in jewellery but less so in handbags. In recent years, however, many luxury handbags have taken on a playful edge. Much of this owes to Karl Lagerfeld’s “minaudières”, novelty miniatures in the form of Lego bricks or a 1960s movie camera. But other brands have also been in on the act, Fendi famously print animated faces on some of their bags or decorate them with “Bag Bugs”—large fluffy, pompom-like add-ons with cartoon bug faces that could be hung from a zipper.

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Lucky Charms

Still, Chanel does it best and the Lucky Charms is a great example. The bag is the Reissue 2.55, which is Karl Lagerfeld’s 2005 remake of the Coco’s original. Hers was introduced in 1955, and Lagerfeld already replaced it with the Classic Flap in the early eighties, but the Reissue 2.55 was a revert to the original, with the Mademoiselle lock, thick chain, and even a faux-aged leather. The hardware is made of ruthenium, a strong and highly resistant metal that has an aged appearance. The chain can be single or double, meaning it can work crossbody or off one shoulder.

This version is a small, which for a playful bag is the size that goes. It can fit a handful of daily essentials and there’s a bag pocket that works perfectly for a phone. Overall this is a cute bag that gets a lot of attention and is great fun to wear on occasion.

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Lucky Charms

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