My fiancé surprised me with the ultimate birthday (and Christmas) present — one of the most timeless purses of all time! He picked out this Chanel Classic Flap Bag in black lambskin with silver hardware. This purse is also known as the 2.55 bag, the number referring to February 1955 when Coco Chanel designed the initial version of this handbag. Designer Karl Lagerfeld made some subtle updates to this bag in the 1980s with the leather interwoven chain strap and an overlapping double C lock, as you can see in these pictures!
Ever since my fiancé gave me my first Chanel WOC (Wallet on Chain) purse for our 5-year anniversary (shown below), I have been wearing it every single day. However, I have always been a fan of larger bags (as I mentioned in Episode 43), so I struggled with figuring out what to leave at home on a daily basis. Using my Tetris skills, I can (surprisingly) fit my cellphone, camera, a lipstick, and pressed powder compact, but I still have items I have to put elsewhere (like my keys haha). My perceptive fiancé ended up getting me this new Chanel purse in Jumbo size (12″ x 8″ x 3″) — now I can easily carry around everything I need (and then some)!
This purse is also called a double-flap bag — when you open the flap, there’s a second flap inside. The second flap can be closed with a snap button (but I end up only locking the outer flap). There is a zipper pouch on the back of the first flap to hold loose coins, and there is a hidden compartment between the two flaps where Coco allegedly kept her love letters. There is also a compartment in the front that you can see once you open the second flap (shown on the right).
The picture on the left shows even more pockets, including my favorite one — the small, circular one in the middle where Coco liked to store her lipstick. There is also one more pocket in the back! I love the quilted diamond pattern and how it adds volume to the overall look of the bag.
I know that this bag was a big purchase (and an even bigger surprise!), but it’s definitely a classic purse that will always be in style. <3