Once upon a time, Coco Chanel fell in love with a wealthy English polo player named Arthur "Boy" Capel. He introduced her to literature and helped her become "Chanel" as he aided in putting up her first shops. Though their story ended abruptly with a fatal car crash, Coco chose to move on saying, "either I die as well or I finish what we started."
Like a romance novel, the classic 2.55 bag has its share of secrets to tell. From its seven inner pockets—one of which was intended for carrying Boy's letter to her—to its impeccable quilting, which was inspired by the jackets Boy's horse breeders wore, each detail has a story waiting to be told. For this installment of our Designer Bag Index, we flip through the flaps and seams to find the secrets shrouded in the iconic bags. Read on and find out.