When Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, created the 2.55 in February 1955 (hence the name), it created quite the scandal. It was the first women’s bag to come with a shoulder strap, leaving women to do as they pleased with their hands—including shoving them in their pockets, for instance. It was considered a sign of rebellion, and women were thrilled with their newfound freedom. A secret fun fact about the bag—the secret zip pocket installed inside was originally intended for storing secret love letters as Coco Chanel, who was herself reportedly in the midst of an illicit affair, did.
Fast-forward to today, where the 2.55 is still a household staple. Worn by the likes of Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker, nearly every member of the social elite owns a 2.55.