There are many types of Chanel Flap bags, but there are three classics that have stood the test of time. Keep reading to find out more about the original 2.55, the Classic Flap Bag, and the Boy Bag, and let us know in the comments which one if your favorite and why!
The Original 2.55 Bag – The Reissue
The first Chanel Flap Bag , the 2.55, gets its name from the date it was introduced: February 1955. Originally crafted in jersey fabric, the 2.55 bag has the original Mademoiselle turnlock and a metal chain. The larger strap made this handbag revolutionary at the time, since it was one of the first designs that gave women the option to carry it on the shoulder, since bags before then were held in the hand or the crook of the arm.
Many of the details of the 2.55 bag pay direct homage to Coco Chanel’s life. Growing up in an orphanage, the chain used for a shoulder strap is made of a similar material to the chain used by caretakers to carry keys, and the burgundy interior is the same color as the children’s uniforms. The iconic quilted design was inspired by jockey player’s jackets, and the zippered compartment is where she would hide her love letters from her lover, jockey Boy Capel.
The original 2.55 bag was discontinued but later reintroduced in 2005, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of its creation, as the Reissue. The leather used in the Reissue Flap Bag has a distinct worn look, giving an immediate vintage look and feel.
The Chanel Reissue bag is available in four sizes: 224 (8″ x 6″ x 2″), 225 (10″ x 6″ x 2.5″), 226 (11″ x 8″ x 3.5″), 227 (12″ x 7.5″ x 3.75″).
Read: Types of Chanel Leathers
The Classic Flap Bag
The Chanel Classic Flap bag was first introduced when Karl Lagerfeld was appointed as Artistic Director at Chanel in the 1980s. The Classic Flap has an iconic Double C turnlock, and a metal chain interwoven with leather. This is Chanel’s quintessential bag, and a great addition to any woman’s closet. The Classic Flap is beloved by many because it can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion.
The Classic Flap is available in seven sizes: Extra Mini (6.7” x 3.9” x 3”), Mini Square (6.5” x 5” x 2.5”), Mini Rectangle (8” x 5” x 2”), Small (9.3” x 5.7” x 2.6”), Medium (10” x 6.3” x 3”), Jumbo (11.8” x 7.9” x 3.9”), Maxi (13.4” x 9.1” x 3.9”).
The Chanel Boy Bag
The Boy Bag was introduced in the Fall/Winter 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection, and named after Chanel’s lover, Boy. The Boy has an edgier look compared to other Chanel Flap Bags, with a thicker chain and more prominent hardware. It differs from the other two Flap Bags because it only has one flap and one large interior compartment.
The Boy bag is available in four sizes: Small (7.9″ x 4.7″ x 3.1″), Old Medium (9.8″ x 5.9″ x 3.5″), New Medium (11″ x 7″ x 3.5″), Jumbo (11.8″ x 8.3″ x 3.9″).