Le Train Bleu was a luxury train that carried passengers between Calais and the French Riviera. Anyone who was anyone made the journey in style during its operation from 1886 to 2007. The Calais-Mediterranée Express was fondly known as Le Train Bleu (the Blue Train) due to the elegant sleeping chamber’s décor of rich dark blue.

The talk of Paris was the fine dining aboard this train and it was thought that something on a larger scale should be available. In April 1901, “Buffet de la Gare de Lyon” (Lyon Station Buffet) opened but in 1963 the name was changed to “Le Train Bleu.” 

The crème de la crème dined here for years including the Lost Generation characters of Salvador Dali and Gertrude Stein. The lady who changed women’s fashion, Coco Chanel was a regular.

The word on Le Train Bleu reached the other side of the Atlantic and 20 years ago none other than Bloomingdales placed their version in their flagship store in New York City. Far from the hustle and bustle, a replica of the 1870s French dining car from which it takes its name.

One can imagine the glory with total opulence that once was all-aboard these trains.  The feeling is authentic and even personal belongings can be stashed in overhead metal storage racks.

There is a prix fixe menu that is surprisingly moderate in price for continental classics that would be fitting to be served to the elite on-board the night train to Antibes or St. Tropez in its heyday. The restaurant is cleverly hidden and can be reached via a staircase in Bloomie’s ninth floor of housewares.

 The best part is the dress code is casual but adding a touch of everyday chic elegance is an authentic Chanel Expandable Flap Bag.

 This is a stunning tote and ideal for those who love Chanel but are seeking something not see too often.

The sophisticated design is more than practical and features a body of quilted lambskin leather in a diamond stitching pattern.

The amazing portion of the makeup style carrying case is its all around body zipper with silver tone CC logo charm at its base and made to be filled to capacity. The base of the Chanel flap contains four protective feet.

The pre-owned Chanel Expandable has silver tone chain link handles interwoven with beige leather.

The single flap secures closed with a silver kiss lock CC logo closure and opens to an interior in natural textile fabric lining. There is ample room to even carry small packages, and organization is well proportion by a zipper pocket and a large open flat wall pocket.

The authentic Chanel Expandable Flap Bag ideal for popping in and out of a favorite hangout, such as Bloomingdales and then lunch with a friend at Le Train Bleu.