One of the most iconic bags of all time was the offspring of Coco Chanel’s powerful belief that – “elegance is refusal”. During an era when handheld purses and clutches were the only recourse available to women, Mademoiselle Chanel refused to follow the existing norms. She created the most revolutionary style launched during the 1950s, the Chanel Classic flap bag. It was the first-ever women’s handbag to come with a chain link that can be worn over the shoulders, a detail that stimulated the waves of change in the world of fashion.
Liberating women from the non-viable constraints of a clutch, Chanel Classic flap bag was introduced in February of 1955. It was a revelation and left women captivated with its practicality for it was designed keeping in mind their everyday needs. The creation soon became ubiquitous and is now a label’s icon.
Gone through several iterations over the years, Chanel Classic flap bag was given its most important variations in 1980 by Karl Lagerfeld. It marked the origin of Chanel’s two lasting signatures; the replacement of Mademoiselle lock with the famous interlocking CC lock and introduction of the interwoven shoulder chain links as the earlier prototypes featured only chain handles.
From Coco Chanel’s ground-breaking design to Lagerfeld’s modern novelties, the Classic flap bag is one style that has really stood the test of time and has come out triumphant.
The Bag in Detail:
The Luxury Closet’s treasure trove is overflowing with numerous Classic flap bags, available in different sizes, colors, and materials, however, the one that has caught our fancy this week is this Ombre blue maxi Classic single flap bag.
The bag comes with an unapologetically vivid look. Defined by the rich ombre effect that graduates from blue to grey, this Classic flap bag feels perfect for spring and summer looks. Its meticulous leather construction is enhanced by the signature quilts that were purportedly inspired by jackets worn by boys working in stables. Designed in a maxi style, the bag is bestowed with spacious leather-lined interiors along with distinguishing attributes like the chain strap interlaced with leather, iconic CC turn lock and the back slip pocket earmarked for cash and coins. Finally, the polished gold-tone hardware gives the bag an elegant finish.