Chanel is a Parisian fashion house founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1909. Chanel opened her first boutique on Paris’ Rue Cambon to sell hats. The fashion house has since become renowned for its elegant and timeless designs. Karl Lagerfeld remains chief designer since he acquired the station in 1983.

Known for its refined, classic designs, Chanel remains the designer of choice in luxury handbags. Her iconic quilted leather purses have been sported and treasured by women all over the world for over sixty years. Each piece is designed to not only appear timeless, but to last a lifetime.

The Chanel fashion house launched in the early days of the 20th century by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who was initially sought-after by women in high society for her elaborate plumed hats. The public took to Chanel’s revolutionary style almost immediately—and her modest designs soon changed the way women dressed and regarded their bodies. After eight years of running a small boutique and couture fashion house, Chanel was established in Paris as a fashion icon. She revived her fashion house following World War II and introduced her quilted handbags for the very first time. Women have coveted them ever since.

Chanel proved that true talent is ageless when she designed the 2.55 quilted leather bag in 1955. The supple black leather, gold-tone chain handle, and bright gold clasp became the it bag for haute couture and has since sparked a myriad of imitations. The 2.55 bag’s golden chain length can be worn as a hands-free shoulder bag or shortened into a handbag. The immaculate artistry of this iconic piece has left a permanent mark in fashion history. Chanel showed the world that not all design is fleeting—it can be a lasting piece of brilliant engineering.

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