Fashion Lesson- How Chanel’s Quilted Bag Is Made & Why 50 Years Later We Still Love It

Chanel’s iconic quilted flap bag is as synonymous with the French brand as it’s founder Coco Chanel is to elegance. For some it is on their dream wish list and others have multiples with no plans to stop buying more, but regardless its is hard to argue against the buttery soft hand bag that has had women swooning over it for decades.

Other labels such as Hermès also have an “it” bag, one that is known solely by its look or name such as the Kelly or Birkin. While other brands like Marc Jacobs make near replicas at cheaper (by comparison) price points there are also much more expensive hand bags. For example a Hermès bag will typically set you back a minimum of $10000 and can be as high as six figures.

Starting at around $2000 the Chanel quilted bag is surely a luxury item not many people can afford but that does not seem to make a difference in Chanel sales thanks to retails best friend, credit cards. The Marc Jacobs (replica) bag in question is officially called “The Quilted Bag” and costs about $700 which is nothing to turn a nose up at. It seems logical that if someone can afford to buy the MJ handbag they would just pay the difference and have the real thing, which by the way will last long enough to pass lovingly to daughters or loved ones. Who wouldn’t want a Chanel heirloom from their mother or grandmother?

In other words women seem to do whatever it takes to get their hands on it regardless of age or income. A little known fact that is useful if you are on the fence is that historically Chanel cranks up the price every year so its probably best to purchase one sooner rather than later.

The bag is also known as the 2.55 bag because February 1955 is precisely when it was created. It is legend now that Coco hid secret letters from lovers inside the classic quilted bag’s small pocket. Nowadays Chanel flap bags come in a variety of sizes, colors and material. Want a bublegum pink quilted bag? You're in luck. Jonesing for a Python version? Ding ding ding. 

As early as 1915, Harper's Bazaar raved over Chanel’s designs: “The woman who hasn’t at least one Chanel is hopelessly out of fashion…This season the name Chanel is on the lips of every buyer.” Ultimately the legacy and heritage of Chanel is what the timeless quilted bag symbolizes to those who love it. No matter what decade it happens to be or fashions are “ in style” somehow this bag has managed to survive through and captivate a new set of coveteurs year after year. In lieu of all this Chanel centric love it seems appropriate to give a glimpse of how Chanel creates their famed handbag. Each stitch carefully sewed onto the soft leather and everywhere you look there are a pair of interlocked C’s in all their glory. [Style Republic Magazine]