The Hand-Beaded Chanel Bag That Takes 120 Hours to Embroider

For the latest iteration of its 11.12 pocketbook, the house drew inspiration from its founder’s favorite flower, and from the savoir-faire of its artisans.

The origins of Chanel’s classic flap handbags can be traced back to February 1955, when the house’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, created her first pocketbook with a shoulder strap. Like most of her ideas, that purse, dubbed the 2.55 (to commemorate the month and year it was introduced), had feminist underpinnings: The strap allowed women to keep their hands free instead of clutching a handle. In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld, the label’s longtime creative director, subtly updated the 2.55, replacing the simple twist Mademoiselle clasp with interlocking

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