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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Cylinder Canister Wristlet Clutch
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Chanel black patent leather mini wristlet purse from 2003/2004. Bag has square quilting throughout with CC logos, large CC logo at top. Dangling large gunmetal silver metal CC logo a...
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Early 2000s Clutches

CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Metallic Bronze Large Brown Gold Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Limited Edition Chanel Old Medium Rare Metallic Bronze Gold Boy Bag Year: 2017 Chanel Dark Brown Bronze Quilted Patent Leather Large Boy Flap Bag Patent Leather in gold Gold Hardwa...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Bottega Veneta Metallic Leather Knot Clutch Bag
By Bottega Veneta, Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in Italy, Bottega Veneta meticulously reworked their iconic 'Intrecciato panel' Clutch bag with this opulent evening companion. Showcasing a bold, minimalistic, two-tone colo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel 2014 Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap Year: 2014 So Black Hardware CC Turnlock Closure Classic Interwoven chain Coral interwoven velvet Classic back pocket In...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Black Leather Back with 2 external Pockets, and 2 internal zippered pockets. This bag also has yellow gold colored hardware and leather and yellow gold colored chain straps. With but...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
H 8.5 in. W 11.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Women's Handbag Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2007/2008 Collection Woman, leather, solid color, embroidered logo, quilted, zipper fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal slip pocket, internal pockets, day bag Includes: -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Woman Handbag Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2006-2008 Collection Bag, leather, solid color, branded zipper, patent, zipper fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, internal pocket, evening Includes: - Du...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Nylon Traveline Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel black nylon traveline handbag in excellent condition. Black embossed nylon body trimmed with black leather handles, piped edges, gold zipper and 4 feet along bottom. Nylon int...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel black boy patent leather handbag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel black boy patent leather handbag Still with card Measurements: widht 21 cm height 14 cm depth 4,5 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Calfskin Tassel Handbag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Chanel black calfskin tassel handbag from 2003 to 2004 collection. - Silver Hardware zips closure. - Length: 34cm. Height: 34cm. Width: 14cm. Hand Drop: 20cm.
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Calfskin Tassel Handbag
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Tassel Handbag
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Tassel Handbag
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Tassel Handbag
H 13.39 in. W 5.52 in. L 13.39 in.
Chanel Re-Issue Black Patent Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Chanel Model-Re-Issue Patent Handbag Color-Black Date Code-11096477 Material-Leather Measurements-7.5" x 14" x 4" Strap-50'' Outside-Excellent Condition Inside-Excellent Cond...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel 2.55 Black Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Timeless piece !!. The quilting is inspired by the equestrian world dear to Gabrielle Chanel. With silver jewelry and mademoiselle clasp. It is worn on the shoulder or crossover. Fr...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • Vintage Chanel 2.55 Black Leather Handbag
  • Vintage Chanel 2.55 Black Leather Handbag
  • Vintage Chanel 2.55 Black Leather Handbag
  • Vintage Chanel 2.55 Black Leather Handbag
H 7.88 in. D 3.75 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Women's Handbag Coco Cocoon Black
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2009-2010 Collection Product Description: Coco cocoon, synthetic fibers, solid color, internal logo, branded zipper, front logo, quilted, double handle, zipper fastening, silve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

1980's Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Coin Handbag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 80s black leather flat quilted handbag with gold center coin. Comes with generic dust cover.
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1980s Tote Bags

CHANEL matelasse Womens handbag black x silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL matelasse Womens handbag black x silver hardware. The color is black x silver hardware. The outside material is caviar skin. The pattern is matelasse. This item i...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

New in Box Chanel 2 Way Black Caviar Handbag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brand new in box 2 way black caviar handbag. Gold woven chain rigid handle and chai. shoulder strap. Drop 16.5". Collection 2019. Comes with booklets, hologram, id card, dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Unused Vintage 90s Chanel Black Caviar Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black caviar leather flap handbag. - Made in France. - Length: 9in I Height: 7.5 I Width: 3 I Strap Height: 8in - Serial No: 5438537. - Include: Authenti...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Kelly type Womens handbag black x gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Kelly type Womens handbag black x gold hardware. The color is black x gold hardware. The outside material is Denim. The pattern is Kelly type. This item is Vintag...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black patent leather cc logo quilted handbag in very good condition. Black patent leather exterior with quilted CC logo throughout trimmed with double top handles. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon Large Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon Large Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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2010s Tote Bags

Stunning Chanel Black Lambskin Gold Chain Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning black Chanel leather with thick gold tone chain. front logo Middle zippered closure with 2 outside compartments with snap closures. Measures 14 inches wide x 9 inches high....
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Minaudiere Chanel Black Round Double CC Logo Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Chanel ball handbag (or evening bag) in black resin closed on the top with the classic Chanel double CC logo in gold finish. Two removable and retractable handles: a short one with b...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Vintage Chanel handbag two side - black Lambskin Leather - Large
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel handbag with gold-colored hardware. The material of the bag is black Lambskin Leather. The bag opens with the interlocking CC lock. There are two compartments and two small po...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Maroon Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE CHANEL maroon leather handbag in very good condition. Beautiful maroon leather exterior trimmed with antiqued bronze hardware and signature woven chain and leather handles on b...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black and Cream CC Logo Caviar Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black and Cream CC Logo Caviar Leather Handbag in excellent condition. black caviar leather exterior trimmed with cream topstitching and 4 matte gold feet along bottom. 2 inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Round Black Logo Quilted Top Handle Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare and Wonderful Chanel Quilted Round Purse in new never used condition. Great Design! The 12.5" strap is attached to the zipper and will not fall open while being held; quilted on...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Quilted Patent Handbag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black quilted patent leather handbag. - Kiss lock closure. - Interior zip closure. - One interior slip pocket. - Silver Hardware. - Measurement...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The year...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Leather Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The year ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Kelly Caviar Handbag Bag Black Flap Leather Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Kelly Caviar Handbag Bag Black Flap Leather Gold Hardware. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. T...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL 2WAY chain shoulder Womens handbag black x silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2WAY chain shoulder Womens handbag black x silver hardware. The color is black x silver hardware. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is 2WAY chain sho...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Army Green Quilted Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel aged army green calfskin zipped tote with satin gold tone hardware. Collection 15. Comes with hologram, id card and generic dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL bicolore Vanity side type Womens handbag black x gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL bicolore Vanity side type Womens handbag black x gold hardware. The color is black x gold hardware. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is bicolore Vani...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

Brown Caviar Leather Chanel Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Beautiful dark brown quilted caviar leather handbag. This bag has one large spacious pocket with a small zippered side pocket. It also has a Coco Chanel closure, and gold-colored har...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Brown Caviar Leather Chanel Handbag
  • Brown Caviar Leather Chanel Handbag
  • Brown Caviar Leather Chanel Handbag
  • Brown Caviar Leather Chanel Handbag
H 11.5 in. W 12 in. D 4 in.
CHANEL Black Silk Clutch Coco Chanel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL black silk clutch with removable scarf. This CHANEL clutch is in black and white silk is quilted with character decoration (Coco Chanel) and black leather on the corners. The ...
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Early 2000s Clutches

  • CHANEL Black Silk Clutch Coco Chanel Bag
  • CHANEL Black Silk Clutch Coco Chanel Bag
  • CHANEL Black Silk Clutch Coco Chanel Bag
  • CHANEL Black Silk Clutch Coco Chanel Bag
H 5.12 in. D 0.79 in. L 10.63 in.
Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
One of the most scarce Coco Chanel handbags - black quilted suede and kidskin lamb leather in a half-moon shape, with a gilt-metal woven leather chain. The chic bag is adorned by lar...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
H 6.00 in. W 8.30 in. D 1.75 in. L 17.00 in.
Chanel Sequin & Glitter Handbag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
For some added sparkle look no further than this Chanel Classique Sequin bag. Adorned with all-over sequin embellishments in hues of pink and green and finished with the signature in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Handbag Grained Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This CHANEL bag is similar to the Timeless model with some variations. It is in grained metallic leather and its jewelery is in aged silver metal. The interior is canvas with a zippe...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • CHANEL Handbag Grained Leather
  • CHANEL Handbag Grained Leather
  • CHANEL Handbag Grained Leather
  • CHANEL Handbag Grained Leather
W 7.88 in. D 2.76 in. L 12.6 in.
CHANEL Black Calf Leather "Country Ride" Bowler Doctor Satchel Handbag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
Item Details: Chanel black calf leather "Country Ride Bowler" handbag. Antique finish silver-tone hardware with "CC" signature detail at front. Two handles. Zip top with "CC" signatu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Satin Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Make a classic statement for cocktail hour with this black satin Chanel clutch. A slim silhouette is offset with a monogrammed, camellia-shaped fastening encrusted in crystals. The c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Chanel Black Satin Clutch
  • Chanel Black Satin Clutch
  • Chanel Black Satin Clutch
  • Chanel Black Satin Clutch
H 4.8 in. W 12 in. D 1.6 in.
Vintage Chanel "Coco" Lady Shopper Tote Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This vintage Chanel black tote features the profile picture of Coco Chanel wearing actual beads, a crocheted bow at the neck, faux pearl earrings and her signature hat. Made of wool ...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Chanel Canvas & Leather Trim "Lucky Charms" Shopper Tote Handbag w/Chain Handle
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This canvas tote features some of Chanel's most iconic symbols, including a Chanel jacket, classic flap bag, a bow, a hat, and the Camellia flower. Each side has a different number o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Handbags and Purses

CHANEL c.1990s "Cerf" Black Leather Mademoiselle Lock Business Tote Handbag
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL c.1990s "Cerf" Black Leather Mademoiselle Lock Business Tote Handbag Estimated Retail: $3200.00 Circa: 1990’s Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Manufac...
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1990s Tote Bags

CHANEL Executive Tote Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black Gold Strap
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Executive Tote Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black Gold Strap. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary....
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Vintage Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Unmissable backpack, Vintage Chanel in black quilted leather. Very sought-after piece from the 80s. Large model with wide flap lined in leather. The interior is in burgundy leather w...
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1980s Backpacks

  • CHANEL Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Leather Backpack
H 11.82 in. D 5.12 in. L 14.18 in.
Chanel Mini square handbag in black quilted leather, Silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Splendid Handbag Mini Chanel Timeless in black nappa leather, chain handle intertwined with black leather allowing a hand or shoulder or shoulder strap. Silver metal flap closure. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Women's Handbag Grand Shopping Tote Navy Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Grand shopping tote, leather, solid color, shiny effect, front logo, patent, silver-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, internal pocket, multiple internal compartments, day bag P...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Black Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Leather Tote. Good condition. Leather has a natural distressed look. Interior clean. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Foal Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Medium size bag in the form of a purse when tightening the links and / or in a shopping bag. Ideal for everyday use. It is made of colt and aged quilted black leather. The interior i...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Black Foal Bag
  • CHANEL Black Foal Bag
  • CHANEL Black Foal Bag
  • CHANEL Black Foal Bag
H 12.6 in. D 5.52 in. L 17.72 in.
Chanel Argyle Patchwork Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Beautiful vintage Limited Edition camera bag from Chanel. Featuring a retro red and green diamond patchwork design, with a matching large tassel featuring the iconic interlocking CC ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

2003 Chanel Handbag in Black Nylon and Leather With CC Monogram Logo Print
By Chanel
Located in Portland, OR
This is a classic Chanel Travel LIne baguette or bowler handbag in black nylon jacquard with black leather trim and gold-tone hardware. This early 2000's Chanel nylon and leather ba...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

2019s Chanel Black Satin Silk Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
2019s Chanel black silk satin clutch bag featuring a tarnish gold-tone logo claps, a back pocket, a front silk pleats effect, an inside pocket. Made in France. In excellent vintage ...
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2010s Clutches

  • 2019s Chanel Black Satin Silk Clutch
  • 2019s Chanel Black Satin Silk Clutch
  • 2019s Chanel Black Satin Silk Clutch
  • 2019s Chanel Black Satin Silk Clutch
H 5.12 in. W 1.97 in. L 10.24 in.
Chanel vintage half moon handbag in black quilted leather, Gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely vintage Chanel Half Moon handbag in black quilted leather , gold metal trim , a gold metal chain handle (new) intertwined with black leather allowing a hand, shoulder or shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack This chic backpack is finely crafted of durable black diamond quilted nylon. The bag features adjustable nylon straps with matte silver hardwa...
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Early 2000s Backpacks

  • Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
  • Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
  • Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
  • Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
H 8 in. W 2 in. L 10.75 in.
Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Caviar Backpack Vintage 2 Pocket Ball Charm CC Logo Chanel Black Caviar Backpack with golden ball charms. This chic vintage Chanel backpack is ideal for everyday style...
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1990s Backpacks

  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
H 4.92 in. W 11.41 in. L 10.23 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Vertical Stitch Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Vertical Stitch Clutch is in excellent condition. Elegant and timeless, this perfectly sized clutch is a great investment piece for a classic wa...
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Early 2000s Clutches

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Black Chanel Handbag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary black chanel handbag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Black, Gray, White and protectString (more) in stock now. If you’re looking for a black chanel handbag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Black Chanel Handbag?

On average, a black chanel handbag on 1stDibs sells for $3,906, while they’re typically $275 on the low end and $129,920 for the highest priced versions of this item.

chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.