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This striking limited edition Chanel piece from the 2011 pre-fall collection is handcrafted in signature lesage tweed. Adorned in jewels, beads and chains galore, truly a beautiful piece that has us hypnotised.
Each of these bags were made by hand, with their own unique pattern. This is an exceptional example of Chanel’s luxury craftsmanship, that we are thrilled to have on The Luxury Closet. Also highly on trend for Fall, with it’s heavily embellished tweed fabric. The varied textures make for an incredibly interesting bag with an even more interesting history…
Creative director, Karl Lagerfeld explains that the collection was inspired by historic monarch; Empress Theodora and the Byzantine era. This was the empire which succeeded Ancient Rome in the East, into the Middle Ages. According to sources, Theodora was the original rags-to-riches stories. Coming from an impoverished background to then becoming a famous dancer and actress. To eventually marrying next in line for the throne: Justinian I and becoming Empress.
Theodora is often referred to as being highly modern and ahead of her time. An apparent feminist who fought for women’s rights. Her mosaics are as beautiful as they are informative of the lavish and imperial clothing she wore, much like the aesthetic of this week’s handbag.
Lagerfeld likened the story of Theodora to that of Coco Chanel. Coco aspired to a life on stage, and instead became “a fashion Empress”. Coco also had her own line of Byzantine-inspired Gripoix jewelry, which arguably inspired the collection.
Byzantine Jewelry on The Luxury Closet
This bag is a credit to the luxury lifestyle lead by the Byzantine royal family. Having been modeled on an Empress of beauty and integrity, mirrored by Coco Chanel herself, this truly is a handbag fit for royalty.
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