This whole spring forward thing is really throwing my sleeping schedule off :( I can't sleep right now so I decided to clear-up an old post that I had done a ways back. I deleted the original "2.55 Reissue vs. Original Classic 2.55" post cus I realized I had made numerous errors in clarifying the difference between the two. So here, for the last time, is a quick summary of these two iconic bags from the House of Chanel:
The double metal chains, the original Mademoiselle lock, and the distressed leather signals the 2.55 that was released in February 1955. This is the original design by Coco Chanel for the purpose of freeing up her hands. This is a double flap bag, with the mini flap opening up on the inside of the bag (with the interlocking CC stitched onto the inside flap). The top flap has a zipper enclosure that was once used by Coco to store love letters. This design was brought back to life in 2005 and is now known as the 2.55 Reissue. It comes in sizes 224, 225, 226, and 227. When it first hit the runways in the fall of 2005, it instantly became one of the most sought after Chanel bags. Not only because it is the original design by Coco, but also because Chanel fanatics weren't sure just how long Karl was going to keep it around for. 3 years later, the Reissue is still going strong, though it is still more rare and more expensive than the Original Classic 2.55.
The interwoven leather chain, the caviar leather (though some are smooth leather), and the CC lock signals what is known as the Original Classic 2.55. These changes to the 2.55 were done in the years following its original release in 2.55. This is why I think I have a hard time understanding why the word "original" is in the name since this actually isn't the original design. Anyhow, the Original Classic 2.55's do not have an inside flap and the zipper compartment on the top flap is moved to the inside of the bag. Sizes for the Original Classic 2.55 include the small, medium, and jumbo.
Similarities between the two include the quilted pattern and the back compartment intended for easy access to extra cash.
Hope this finally clears up the confusion between the two :)