Yes, this bag is an iconic fashion item, sitting in many closets internationally, but do you know what's really behind this bag. Here is the answer to the mysterious question. First off, the bag's name, 2.55, is named after the month(February) and year(1955) it was made. The whole bag is designed after the orphanage where Coco was for many years as a child. On the website, http://www.handbags800.com they state the main purpose of the bag very clearly. This is what they wrote:
She lined the inside of the bag with a reddish/brown material, reminiscent of her childhood days in the orphanage and the color of the uniforms the children wore. Another reminder was the double chain strap. Caretakers at the orphanage would dangle keys from chains worn around their waists to entertain the children. Chanel borrowed the simple but dainty chains from the nuns, stating, “I know women – women adore chains.” The chain straps allowed busy women to secure their purses over the arms, freeing their hands for more important tasks. On the back of the Chanel purse, a secret pocket stored extra money, and more secrets were tucked away inside the front flap that bore the trademark “Mademoiselle” lock. Inside that flap was another secret pocket, where it rumored the lady hid notes from admirers, the most scandalous from Hans Gunter von Dinklage, a Nazi spy.