Gabrielle Bonheur 'Coco' Chanel, born in 1883 in Saumur, France, was a business woman and fashion designer who became one of the most iconic French fashion designers of all time. Her timeless designs have never lost their appeal and are still desired around the world today.
In the 1920s, Chanel launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, the very first to feature a designer’s name. Chanel was celebrated for her forward thinking ideas on female fashion, borrowing items from the male wardrobe and translating them into stylish female garments. The collarless tweed jacket, one of her most famous styles, is now synonymous with the brand.
The classic quilted 2.55 handbag was issued in February 1955, the date lending itself to the name. The bag’s front lock is called ‘the Mademoiselle Lock’, differing from the classic double CC logo, a nod to the fact that Miss Chanel was never married.
In the mid-20s Chanel launched her first line of costume jewellery. Most recognisable are the pearl necklaces, a timeless classic.
Sworders incorporates many Chanel pieces in its sales, including the Classic 2.55 quilted Chanel handbag, with an example recently selling for £1350 plus BP. Chanel jewellery is also popular, with rare and collector’s pieces selling for hundreds of pounds.