The Classic Flap bag is without a doubt the most loved designer bag in the world. The quilted leather, exceptional quality and timeless allure, are all elements that have made the Classic Flap the object of all our desires. If you ask any fashion-loving girl what her biggest dream is in terms of future purchases, there's a big chance she'll reply with the following words: a Chanel bag. Interestingly enough, we all immediately think of the version with CC-lock and the interwoven leather, which is actually a reinterpretation, launched in the eighties, of the original quilted Chanel bag: the 2.55.
The Chanel 2.55 gets an upgrade
Coco Chanel introduced the 2.55 in February, 1955. The date also immediately reveals the reason behind the famous name, which stands for month and year in which it was first produced. The 2.55 was the very first handbag with a shoulder strap, which allowed the wearer to have her hands free. The 2.55 was a grand succes and Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel had to refuse orders when the demand got too high. In the following decades the fashion house and its famous bag lost some its lustre and fame. It was none other than Karl Lagerfeld who reintroduced the design in the eighties. Lagerfeld redesigned the original 2.55 and created the Classic Flap bag, which was much more of a 'logo-piece' than its predecessor. It was in line with the logomania that ruled the eighties and nineties.
How to tell the difference between the 2.55 and the Classic Flap?
Both the 2.55 and the Classic Flap bag are indeed… flap bags, but while the 2.55 has a rectangular, turn-lock closure, the Classic Flap closes with interlocking CC’s. The ‘Mademoiselle lock' of the 2.55 was designed by Coco herself and was the standard until the eighties when Kaiser Karl introduced the iconic CC-closure, which has become one of the most recognizable characteristics of the Classic Flap
Inspired by Coco's design
Besides the differences, Karl Lagerfeld also respected a lot of the original traits of the 2.55. As the original shoulder bag, the Classic Flap also has that gorgeous shade of burgundy leather lining which is rumored to be inspired by Coco's time at a convent. The burgundy shade was used for the uniforms which were worn by Gabrielle and her peers, at the orphanage where she was raised. Another thing they have in common is the mysterious hidden zipper. Under the top flap, Flap Bags have a zipper compartment that you won’t find in bags from other brands. Coco Chanel designed this zipper as a secret spot to hide her love letters. And last but not least, both versions have the quilted leather that make every Chanel fangirl swoon.
Double or single Chanel Flap bag?
the difference between a double flap and a single flap bag is that the double flap has both an exterior flap closure and an interior flap compartment while the single flap bag only has an exterior flap with an open interior. Traditionally, 2.55s and Classic Flaps are both double flaps, however some Classic Flaps are made into single flap bags.
From the Mini to the Maxi
The original size of the 2.55 resembles a medium size Classic Flap bag. However some argue that the version from 1955 is more like the small Classic Flap (this size has been discontinued unfortunately). There are four Classic Flap Bag sizes: the Mini, Medium-sized, Jumbo and the Maxi bag. Find out which Chanel Classic Flap bag size is right for you.
As Chanel increases their prices almost every year, it can be hard to keep track of the most updated prices. The fashion house is currently working to even out prices differences between the Asian, American and European market, which results in major price increases on the European market. To make your life a little bit easier, we've listed all the current global prices of the Chanel Classic Flap bag, in all sizes.