Economic conditions have been tough for a lot of luxury companies lately, but the brands that are weathering the recession the best seem to be the ones with the healthiest sense of history. Companies like Louis Vuitton and Gucci have both launched recent initiatives to link their storied pasts to their modern presents in the minds of customers, and it looks as though Chanel is dipping its perfectly manicured toes into similar waters.

Starting on May 8th, Chanel’s New York flagship on 57th Street will host The Secrets of the Chanel Handbag, an exhibit demonstrating the construction and history of the company’s iconic purses. Displays explaining how the bags are built and how they’ve evolved over the past half a century will be there, as well as a number of bags from the brand’s Paris archives. This may be your only opportunity to see some of these pieces in person, so if you’re in New York City, consider dropping by and having a look (and if you get pictures of anything, send them our way). The exhibit will run through May 16.

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  • Giu

    Wow what an amazing opportunity! Strange it’s being held in NY and not Paris though! If I was a french fan I would not be impressed! Shame I don’t live in NY either.. Looking fwd to seeing some snaps!Gx

  • annabelle

    ugh…darn it!
    will the exhibit be shone anywhere else? preferably Southern California? haha (fb)

  • Jane

    Wow great exhibit I will would love to go see it. (fb)

  • sofia nolan

    I`d love to be there!

  • Hannah

    ahhh! im going to be in nyc the 9th-13th so i will def try to stop by and get some pics!!! thanks for the heads up! :)

  • Jocelyn

    That would be fun to see! (fb)

  • vintageheirloom

    does anyone know if this exhibition will ‘travel’ outside NY, like London for example? can’t wait to see it x

  • vintageheirloom

    My sister went to see it, and she says it was excellent and makes you appriciate the work that goes behind a 2.55 bag.. though would have been really amazing to see the original 2.55! does it exist? does anyone know? and imagine how much that bag would be worth now??

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