The story behind Chanel's Chevron stitching

23 May 2017

As you know, all the elements of the classic Chanel bag come with their own little history and backstory. For one, the burgundy lining is a reference to the uniform Gabrielle Chanel wore at the orphanage where she grew up and the little zipped compartment under the flap was a secret spot where Coco used to hide her love letters (or so the rumors say)

The typical Chanel stitching
Ofcourse, the quilted leather is one of the iconic features of a Chanel bag. But since it's birth in 1955, the version with Chevron stitching has been a favorite of many Chanel lovers too. And while it's less popular than it's diamond-stitch sisters, the Chevron bag comes with an enchanting story too. The original quilted leather, now so synonymous with the brand, is thought to reference to Coco's love for horseriding. The tenchnique also gives the bag a certain stiffness. Which is also achieved with the Chevron pattern.

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Missoni for Chanel?
The zig-zag pattern, also known as Chevron, is a distinctive design that was created by Tai and Rosita Missoni in 1953. It was an inspiration to many fashion houses, including Chanel. The inverted V-shaped pattern was a favorite sewing design for scarves and other fabrics from Missoni. But the Italian fashion house wasn't the first to use it. The first examples of Chevron were found in pottery designs from palace of Knossos on Crete, which were manufactured around 1800 BC. So it remains unknown if it was Missoni who we can credit for this gorgeous Chanel design. The first Chanel bag with Chevron stitching was manufactured in the eighties. This makes it one of the many changes that Karl Lagerfeld made, when he re-designed the classic 2.55