The history of Chanel Timeless

Chanel Timeless bags

The Timeless is one of the two It-Bags from the house of Chanel. It is a reinterpretation by Karl Lagerfeld in 1982 of the 2.55, the great classic from Chanel.

The classic Timeless is rectangular and comes in four sizes: 23.5x14.5x6.5 cm, 25.5x16x7.5 cm, 30x20x10 cm and 34x23x10 cm (with a single flap, in this case). Nevertheless, there are numerous seasonal versions in different sizes, some with a square, rather than rectangular, shape.

Like the 2.55, the Timeless is an object with a soul and a history, those of Coco, who is present in its tiniest detail. It is, however, different to the 2.55 in several ways: its interior is sometimes burgundy and sometimes black (or ‘caviar’ according to Timeless). Its double gold or silver plated brass chain works both as a handle and a shoulder-strap and is interwoven with a black or beige leather strap. Its clasp is no longer rectangular but round and features the two interlocking Cs that are the Chanel trademark. Its beige or black, quilted leather is in grained calf or lamb skin, although there are numerous seasonal versions of Timeless in much more unusual materials, such as python and lurex. These versions can also have surprising trimmings, such as sequins or beads.

Its strong points: like the 2.55, the Timeless comes as a bag within a bag. It has many pockets enabling women to carry all those little essentials. In addition to the little zipped pouch inside its flap, the Timeless has a back pocket in the shape of a smile on its upper edge (to keep your change in), a front pocket and an interior pocket. A practical interior compartment completes the ensemble. It has three little bellows pockets, including a small one to hold the indispensable lipstick.

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Models of Timeless bag

The Timeless classic exists in four sizes. Nevertheless, a lot of seasonal versions were with different sizes, more or less rectangular. Those variations make the Timeless a classic and a it-bag, always fashionable. If the most common version is made of quilted leather, this must-have is also available in python leather, jersey, crocodile leather or lurex.

The special features of the Chanel Timeless

The Timeless is a bag within a bag, with two main pockets as well as several smaller pouches, one of which is perfectly shaped to hold the famous Chanel lipstick. The rounded clasp displays the two entwined Cs of Chanel’s logo, and the dual-metal chain is interwoven with the bag’s cream leather. The Timeless also has a back pocket with curved edges in the shape of a smile for holding coins.


If the price of the Timeless on the second-hand market has increased by 107% between 2010 and 2014, the growth rate of the Timeless may vary by twice as much, depending on its state, its colour and its material.

The most impressive increase in price is noticeable on the beige leather Timeless: its price has increased 2.5 times in just 4 years! Just behind it, the Timeless in black leather has doubled in price between 2010 and 2014. We have also noticed a large rise in the white leather Timeless, which has seen its price increase by 60% on the second-hand market.

All the figures of this study emanate from the databases of LuxPrice-index© , who survey the results of more than 200 000 auctions from the main auction houses around the world across a 12 year span.

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