- By JoseA Perea
- Published 02/15/2011
Chanel 2.55 In 1950s, Ms. CoCo Chanel felt that females play more and more important roles in society. So she began to improve the fashionable handbags. Chanel 2.55 was the first kind of handbag with a shoulder strap design which was associated with workers instead of elegant ladies at that time. There are 3 inner pockets in Chanel 2.55 handbag. The smallest one is used for putting lipsticks. Every Chanel 2.55 handbag has to go through a series of processes, including tailoring, fitting, sewing, and then cutting, stitching, fitting with zippers and enchasing buttonholes. All the handbags came from a factory near Paris. Except the cutting of leather and lining competed by machine, the other handmade steps needed 6 workers working for 10 hours and 180 steps. To put it strict, Chanel 2.55 refers to the clamshell handbag designed in February 1955. Because of its charm and practice, Chanel brand never gave it up for over 50 years. Since 1983, Karl Lagerfeld has been adding new elements into Chanel 2.55 to keep it fresh. Nowadays, Chanel 2.55 handbag refers to the original edition in 1955, the sister edition—-classic flap in 1983 and the re-edition—-Reissues in 2005 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Chanel2.55. Hermes Birkin In 1984, Hermes launched Birkin handbag which was named after an English singer Jane Birkin who lived in France for a long time. In 1984, Jane Birkin was on a plane from Paris to London sitting next to the CEO of Hermes Jean Louis Dumas. She complained that she couldn’t find a kind of handbag that was fine making and practical. Soon after that, the CEO of Hermes designed a new handbag for Jane Birkin and named it after her name. That is where handbag comes from. All in all, Hermes Birkin handbag is one of the symbols in luxury culture all over the world. Although it is very expensive, the reservation list is full and people who want to buy the handbag have to line up for a year. During the 2006 World Cup, most the wives or girlfriends of England players used this kind of handbag. In recent years, Hermes Birkin handbag always showed up in some famous TV programs, such as Sex and the City, Will and Grace, the last season of The Sopranos and the first season of Gossip Girl.
by JoseA Perea
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