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The quilted leather handbag: a winter must-have!

The quilted leather handbag ... the Holy Grail of leather goods that you can't live without.

Yes, the winter season is approaching, and so are down jackets, furry boots and scarves in trendy prints.

A very fashionable season in the sense that many layers of clothing are superimposed, ideal for imagining numerous combinations of textures and colours!

You're in luck, the padded handbag is so well thought out that it will match almost any style of clothing. With its lambskin leather padding and metal chains worn on the shoulder, it becomes your ideal companion, day or night.


In this article, I'll tell you how to match it with your wardrobe, but first, let's make a bit of history.

History of the legendary Chanel 2.55 quilted handbag


It all began on February 2, 1955, in Gabrielle Chanel's Paris studio, in the middle of the post-war period

The famous designer imagines a bag, the surface of which is covered with a thin mattress on which a skin is stitched to obtain rhombuses and this padded effect.

The inspiration came from the military saddlebags of the time. The 2.55 was born!

The bag is then offered in three different versions: lambskin for everyday use, and a luxury version for the evening, trimmed in silk satin or jersey.

Its unique and refined design has seduced fashionistas all over the world. And for good reason: the gold logo clasp added by Karl Lagerfeld in 1983 and the soft rock'n'roll quilted material make it a unique accessory that everyone would dream of wearing, day or night!

This model is above all practical: thanks to its shoulder strap, but also thanks to its 7 inside pockets: three gusseted pockets (one of which is for lipstick), a rounded pocket on the back called "Monalisa's smile" and a secret, zipped pocket on the back of the flap to hide confidential papers.

What is the situation today?

Since its release, more than 3000 variations have been created from this model. It is a must-have for celebrities. In fact, Jackie Kennedy wore it shortly after its official release.

Which of today's stars are most loyal to the padded handbag style?

The iconic style of the Chanel 2.55 handbag has inspired many stars around the world, including Elisabeth Taylor, Catherine Deneuve and Lady Diana Spencer.

Today, few stars do not own one. The 2.55 from Chanel has become over time a sure value that will last for a long time.

How to wear a quilted leather bag properly?

As cult as it is timeless, the advantage of this bag is that it can easily be combined with a wide range of styles and outfits! We'll show you some examples of looks you can use it in.

Suit 1 In a cosy and wintry style, the bag will be perfect with a dufflecoat. You can complete this ensemble by adding big black leather boots.

Suit 2 This combination of a black coat and a quilted handbag is a no-fail fashion statement! To finish the look, a pair of white and black sneakers for a touch of cool.

Suit 3 The multicoloured tweed dress and quilted handbag set inspires comfort and efficiency. This style helps you keep it simple but fashionable. And if you want to elevate the ensemble, there's nothing like a pair of black suede boots.

Suit 4 For a more casual look, the quilted bag will look great with a pink duster coat. Add a touch of style with pink high-heeled pumps.

Outfit 5: This outfit is proof that a black leather perfecto and a leather quilted handbag are a great combination for a total black look. As for shoes, opt for something a little more elegant, for example a pair of black suede ankle boots.

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