Most handbag lovers start their fashion journey with learning about iconic luxury houses such as Dior, Gucci and of course, Chanel. Coco Chanel’s designs tell individual stories and contain endless little secrets which contribute to both their financial and sentimental value. In this article, we gathered those small, delicate details and secrets that can explain why people are still obsessed with the Double Flap bags, decades after its original launch.
Coco Chanel drew inspiration from all different stages of her life to design outstanding collections. One of these stages was her childhood and her years spent in an orphanage, which is subtly represented in the Double Flap’s interior. The deep burgundy shade of the interior flap is the same colour of Coco’s uniform during her childhood years, which became a mainstay colour for the Double Flap Bags.
The traditional interior of all Chanel Flap Bags was a double flap instead of single ones – meaning, that all vintage 2.55 and Classic Flap designs came with a usually burgundy flap to create a second compartment. Years later, due to limited edition silhouettes and new design elements, certain sizes could only have the exterior flap itself…these bags are now known as the Single Flaps.
Whether it is a modern, daring design or something very elegant and classic, there is always something incredibly empowering behind Chanel’s masterpieces. Besides telling Coco Chanel’s personal stories, the vintage Double Flap Bags made an important social statement as well. In the late 50’s, the 2.55 offered women a stylish and more comfortable option with the shoulder straps, replacing the trend of clutch bags. Nowadays, the Double Flap is known as the perfect mix between elegance and practicality, while other Flap Bags, such as the new mainstay Boy Bag, keep making bold statements to change the fashion industry.
Although it’s not a secret that celebrities have always loved Chanel, there are a few icons that had a special connection to the brand. Such as Princess Diana, who not only loved wearing Chanel bags, but also has been an inspiration for the luxury house, even after she stopped wearing Chanel after her divorce. The list of iconic celebrities continues with the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor, while from a more artistic angle, Helmut Newton created one of Chanel’s most popular campaign photographs in 1983, featuring the Double Flap Bag.
There is still confusion between the two vintage double flap designs, often leading people to believe that these two styles are identical. The main differences can be spotted in the details: while Classic Flap features a double CC interlocking designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the 2.55 and 2.55 Reissue have a more simple, rectangular lock. The 2.55 bag also has a slightly different shape and comes in distressed leather, unlike the Classic Flap, which is available in smooth and caviar finish.
We are proud to stock a wide range of vintage, unique, limited edition pre-loved Chanel Double Flap Bags. From the classics (such as the Small Black Classic Double Flap) to the one of a kind designs (like the Metallic Lambskin 2.55 Reissue Lucky Charm Double Flap Bag and the Vintage Small Paris Limited Double Flap Bag from the early 90’s), we offer a curated selection of iconic Chanel bags.
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