Watch how the iconic quilted Chanel handbag is made

Amy de Klerk
·2-min read
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel

A quilted Chanel handbag is one of the most instantly recognisable fashion items in the world. And now, the French fashion house has unveiled a beautiful new film which celebrates the accessory, allowing the public to step into the atelier and see what goes into making the bag.

For this, Chanel called upon filmmaker Sofia Coppola who has highlighted the savoir-faire behind this iconic accessory, the 11.2 bag.

Shot on the streets of Paris and in the heart of the Ateliers de Verneuil-en-Halatte, where Chanel's bags are made, the film shows some of the steps required for the bag's manufacturing. These involve: selecting the leather, the quilting of each piece, the sewing of the pockets, the stitching of the double C beneath the flap, the mounting by hand using the bag-in-the-bag technique, the manual braiding of the metal chain interlaced with a leather ribbon, and the positioning of the eyelets and the double C clasp, the signature of the bag.

Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel

The 11.2 bag is a reinterpretation of the 2.55 bag imagined by Gabrielle Chanel in February 1955, which acquired iconic status under the impetus of Karl Lagerfeld in the early 1980s. It differs from its predecessor by a clasp decorated with a double C and by a metal chain interlaced with leather.

Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel

The bag is worked according to the 'piqué retourné' (stitch and turn) technique and held in place with 'points de bride' stitches. The diamond quilting is topstitched with the 'point droit de couturière' that covers the body of the bag and is inspired by the world of horses, while its adjustable metal chain induces a liberating hands-free gesture for the body.

Watch above to see how the bag is made, and to shop Chanel's timeless handbags, head this way.

Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel
Photo credit: Inez and Vinoodh for Chanel

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