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The cre­ation of Chanel’s most iconic bag is as in­trigu­ing as the sto­ries sur­round­ing its enig­matic founder. It’s a tale that bears re­peat­ing—in Fe­bru­ary 1955, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel con­cep­tu­alised her first-ever shoul­der bag with de­tails in­spired by mem­o­ries of her past in an or­phan­age. There’s also the front flap, ap­par­ently added by Chanel so that she could stash let­ters from her lover. The 2.55 was al­ready an in­sti­tu­tion way be­fore the It-bag bub­ble in the early part of the mil­len­nium sent fash­ion into a frenzy. Af­ter all, what’s not to love about its time­less­ness and ver­sa­til­ity? It achieves the re­mark­able feat of go­ing with just about ev­ery­thing, from jeans to gowns, sneak­ers to stilet­tos. There’s noth­ing I find more al­lur­ing than a woman who’s come into her own sling­ing one over her shoul­ders. ■

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