Chanel’s 60-Year-Old Bag Is Still a Paragon of Over-the-Shoulder Fashion

This accessory’s 'simple elegance' has never gone out of style

Coco Chanel once remarked, "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Few designers could have gotten away with such singular self-aggrandizement, but Chanel had earned the right—with her little black dresses, her perfumes and, of course, her handbags. Of these, there's a petit, quilted little number called the 2.55 that has managed to be one of fashion's impossibilities. It's 60 years old and still entirely of the moment.

@UpperEastRob robert.klara@adweek.com Robert Klara is a senior editor, brands at Adweek, where he specializes in covering the evolution and impact of brands.