“Everything you have is so perfect and fancy.”
That’s what the girl in the cheetah animal hat said to me as we checked in at the front desk of a Best Western hotel on the way back from Sacramento. (To read about my testimony at the Fish and Wildlife Services hearing to delist wolves, click here: Saving Wolves)
We asked the obvious, and she told why she was wearing an animal hat.
“Because I burned my hair last night. I’m not sure ‘zactly how it happened, but when I woke up this morning, one side was burned and shorter than the other side, so I’m trying to hide it with the hat” as she pointed to her head.
“I was partying and can’t remember how it happened.”
Oh-kay, hub and I said together…
It was one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received.
She GOT me. Totally.
I love being fancy.
And I love me some Coco Chanel.
Infinite perfect design.
If you are a girl who loves and drools over Chanel, the acquisition of the iconic 2.55 handbag is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.
History of 2.55
In the 1920s, Coco Chanel grew tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps and introduced the resulting design to the market in 1929.
After her successful comeback to the fashion industry in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag, for the modern woman. The resulting design was called 2.55 after the date of creation, February 1955.
The bag has a number of amazing features:
- The lining’s burgundy color represents the color of the uniforms at the convent where she grew up.
- There is a zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap. That is where Chanel is rumored to have stored her love letters in her original bag.
- The backside has a back outside flap for storage of money.
- Chanel, recognizing that modern women needed to have their hands free while attending social functions, designed a double-chain shoulder strap, something common in downmarket products, but rare in luxury circles at the time. The chains were attached by a leather-threaded chain inserted though eyelets. The caretakers of the convent where she grew up held the keys at their waist dangling from the same type of chains as the 2.55 shoulder strap chains.
- The bag originally came with a front lock called “the Mademoiselle Lock” (in reference to Coco Chanel never marrying). Since the 1980s, versions can also be supplied with a lock in the shape of a double CC logo. These called “Classic Flaps”.
- The bag has a quilted diamond or herringbone pattern on the exterior. Using a running stitch, this gives the bag shape and volume.The pattern is believed to have been inspired by several sources: by jockeys’ riding coats, by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.[
Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original. Though the name “Reissue 2.55” should apply only to those commemorative handbags, it is now commonly used now as a name for all the handbags resembling the original 2.55. (Wikipedia)
And now I have my very own.
Another of my life’s dreams fulfilled.
Yes, I do realize that I spent the better part of 2012 obsessing about having a Chanel handbag and I did get one — my very first — the Grand Shopper Tote, but as I explained over and over and over again (ad nauseum) to my hub, that was a DAY bag, my “every day” bag, and I needed (NEEDED) a dressier handbag for special occasions.
Once again, my tugboat man has given me the BEST EVER present. Yes, I bugged him to death for it, but it’s a testament to his good nature that he STILL thinks I’m adorable…if a bit OVERLY tenacious.
However, I’ve agreed (in front of witnesses) that this will be my last Chanel. Chanel HANDBAG, that is. Because there are Chanel scarves, Chanel rings and necklaces and bracelets, and Chanel shoes and clothes. There is so much more Chanel for Princess Rosebud to acquire…shouldn’t he have been the least little bit suspicious when I agreed so readily? Ha ha. Dumb tugboat captain! 🙂 He should know me MUCH better than that, right?
- A Wonderful Time seeking Coco Chanel (pretemoiparis.com)
- Throwback Thursday: Vintage Chanel (avenuek.com)
- Chanel Hits Dallas (katiesrunwaysreport.wordpress.com)
- The Chanel Legend – the Chanel Effect (redpointtailor.wordpress.com)
- Coco Chanel’s Beyond-Chic Life In Under 3 Minutes (refinery29.com)
- Chanel makes itself at home on Newbury Street (bostonherald.com)