Eponymously named after founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, the famed French fashion house was launched in 1909. After an original focus on couture clothing, Chanel evolved to offer bags and accessories as well, with the iconic 2.55 handbag debuting in February 1955. In 1983 Karl Lagerfeld was named as artistic director of the House of Chanel, revitalizing the brand while maintaining Coco Chanel's original vision. One of Lagerfeld’s initial achievements was introducing the classic flap, a modified 2.55 with a signature “CC”-logo turn lock closure. The original 2.55 was reintroduced in 2005 and Le Boy was introduced in 2011. Today, Chanel offers a broad selection of classic and fashion-driven bags.
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