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Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black and Beige leather embroidered Chanel New Medium Boy bag with – Silver-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link shoulder strap with leather shoulder guard – Embroidered trim thr...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
H 6.3 in. W 10.63 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Brown/Black Leather Medium Girl Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Designed in the look of a beautiful and luxurious leather jacket, this Chanel Girl Chanel bag features a brown leather construction with black leather trims and silver-tone button do...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Brown/Black Leather Medium Girl Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown/Black Leather Medium Girl Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown/Black Leather Medium Girl Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown/Black Leather Medium Girl Shoulder Bag
H 10.24 in. W 1.58 in. L 13.59 in.
Chanel Chain Around Medium Crossbody Black Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black leather Chanel Chain Around Medium Flap bag with - Silver-tone hardware - Convertible chain-link shoulder strap - Chain-link trim at exterior - Black interior lining - Dual i...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Mademoiselle Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Spacious and lovely, this Mademoiselle Bowling bag is from Chanel. It has been crafted from patent leather in their signature quilt pattern and accented with silver-tone hardware. It...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Medium Wind Power Hula Hoop Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Wind Power Medium Hula Hoop Runway Bag- Black Lambskin with silver tone hardware. Chanel 2013 33cm x 18cm x 10cm
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3809 Serial Number: 4519644 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Car...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag Measurements: 13.5" Width x 10" Height x 3.5" Depth This bag is done in black quilted lambskin leather with gold ha...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Flap Bag Medium Madison Chain Me Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned Chanel black lambskin leather Madison Chain Me flap bag from 2008. Supple lambskin leather exterior with silver hardware. Interior lined in quilted fabric with 1 ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Glazed Calfskin Just Mademoiselle Medium Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Black Glazed Calfskin Just Mademoiselle Medium Bowling Bag The name clarifies it all: elegant, modern and lady-like. First designed in 2011 but still very famous today due to ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Authentic Chanel Black Matelasse Shoulder Bag Italy MEDIUM
By Chanel
Located in Orlando, FL
This shoulder bag features a lambskin leather body, flat leather strap, top magnetic closure, and interior zip pockets. It carries as B condition rating. Inclusions: This item does...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

New in Box, Chanel Medium Black Striped Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Brand new in box, Chanel medium striped clutch. Black, grey and beige. Comes with hologram, id card, dust cover, box and ribbon.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Multicolour Fantasy Tweed & Black Lambskin Medium Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
This authentic Chanel Easy Fantasy Flap Bag Quilted Multicolor Tweed Medium is playful and modern in design perfect for Chanel lovers. Crafted in multicolor quilted tweed, this flap ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag Chanel Shoulder Bag Black Interwoven Gold-Tone Hardware Chain-Link Shoulder Strap Twill Lining & Dual Interior Pocke...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Bicolor Medium Boy Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Gold
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Bicolor Medium Boy Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Black Gold. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3804 Serial Number: 1498874 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3802 Serial Number: 2582498 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag circa 2008-2009 black cotton/silver-plated metal concealed magnetic fastening signature interlocking CC logo cha...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Black White Canvas Sequin Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Canvas Leather Sequin Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 10" W x 5.5" H x 2.5" D Includes original authenticity card 100% authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Dark Brown quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Single pa...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Black Leather Gold Medium Double Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Leather lining Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 15.5" Measures 10" W x 6.75" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bicolor Leather Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag with the classic diamond pattern, made of lambskin. The bag has a small shoulder strap made of antique silver metal and dark brown leather that recalls the color of the fl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. D 2.76 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Navy Woven Medium Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in Italy from an intricate combination of multi-coloured tweed, ribbon and PVC textiles, brushed silver-tone hardware and deep navy blue lambskin leather, this limited editio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

2009 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3631 Serial Number: 13767619 Age (Circa): 2009 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Chevron Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Flap Bag AS1120
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
New Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag in black shiny lambskin leather with gold tone hardware. This bag features a front flap with signature CC turn-lock closure with an interwoven gold...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Sequin Leather Silver Gunmetal Medium Evening Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Leather Gunmetal tone hardware Satin lining Turn-lock closure Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 20" Measures 11" W x 6.5" H x 2.5" D Includes original C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Mesh Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Patent leather Mesh Silver-tone hardware Canvas lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 15" Measures 10" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Silver Stud Medium Evening Shoulder Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Ruthenium hardware Leather lining Snap closure Mademoiselle turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 19.25" Measures 11" W x 7" H x 3.5" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Boy Medium Calfskin Chain Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
From Pre Fall 2013. Chanel Boy bag - medium model In black smooth calf leather - ruthenium fittings To wear as single or lined-shoulder / crossbody Black canvas interior with 2 compa...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Ponyhair Leather CoCo Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Ponyhair Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Made in France Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXUR...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Camellia Flap Shoulder Bag Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag, Box Measurements: Handle Drop 11", Height 8.5", Width 11.5", Depth 4", Strap Drop 19" Designe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Wine red quilted suede Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and suede shoulder strap – Tonal leather lining – Single pat...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Vintage Timeless Boston Bag Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and loss of luster on base corners. creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, strap and handles. Light cracking on handle wax edges, minor wear in interio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Leather Quilted Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16.5" Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Jersey Medium Size Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Collector. We do not describe it anymore. In its original condition, this impeccable 2.55 bag is in blue jersey; it is lined with the emblematic red fabric created by Mademoiselle Ch...
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1970s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL 2.55 Jersey Medium Size Bag
  • CHANEL 2.55 Jersey Medium Size Bag
  • CHANEL 2.55 Jersey Medium Size Bag
  • CHANEL 2.55 Jersey Medium Size Bag
H 5.52 in. D 2.37 in. L 10.24 in.
Chanel Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3834 Serial Number: 18510245 Age (Circa): 2014 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Nubuck Medium Wild Stitch Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Boy Flap bag by Chanel has the brand's label on the fabric interior and the iconic push lock on the flap. The piece has silver-tone hardware, and a lovely chain-leather shoulder...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Medium Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
The Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Flap Shoulder Bag features a lovely shape, with dark calfskin leather and gorgeous python skin front flat pocket. Leather/chain ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Satin Striped Silver CC Envelope Medium Evening Flap Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Satin Silver tone hardware Woven lining Flap closure Measures 12.25" W x 5" H' x 1.25" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

2020 Chanel Black & Navy Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black & Navy Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3664 Serial Number: 29438037 Age (Circa): 2020 Accompanied By: Chanel Box, Dust Bag, Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3563 Serial Number: 1876955 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

1990 Chanel Black Quilted Vintage Lambskin Medium Tall Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Vintage Lambskin Medium Tall Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3528 Serial Number: (Unreadable) Age (Circa): 1990 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

2017 Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Leather Medium Frame in Chain Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Calfskin Leather Medium Frame in Chain Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3665 Serial Number: 23252981 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

2020 Chanel Black & Navy Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black & Navy Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3664 Serial Number: 29438037 Age (Circa): 2020 Accompanied By: Chanel Box, Dust Bag, Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Feather Weight Bowling Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Model: Feather Weight Bowling Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, scuffs and indentations on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, wear on base corners and strap, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, indentations and marks underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior corners and strap, creasing on exterior, indentations and creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3803 Serial Number: 1931969 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticit...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Black Sequin Chevron Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Leather trim Silver tone hardware Satin lining Turnlock closure Shoulder drop 22" Measures 11.5" W x 6.75" H x 3" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Dark Blue Lambskin Leather Woven PVC Medium Boy Chanel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Dark Blue Lambskin Leather Woven PVC Medium Boy Chanel Bag 10" Width x 6.5" Height x 3.5" Depth This bag is done in dark blue lambskin leather and multicolor woven PVC with si...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel NEW Black Velvet Chevron Gold Medium Evening Flap Shoulder Bag in Box
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Suede Gold tone hardware Turnlock closure Leather lining Snap closure Shoulder strap drop 20.75" Measures 9.75" W x 5.75" H x 3" D Includes original Chanel dust bag, authenticity car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Blue Patent Leather Medium Boy Reverso Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as it carries an irreplaceable style. Chanel's Reverso Boy flap bag was part of the Fall/Winter 2013 ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Soldout Spring 2016 Fluo Medium Rare Black Neon Lime Nylon Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Spring 2016 RTW Fluo Neon Lime Sport Boy Bag Year: 2016 Spring Ready to Wear Chain-link strap Silver-tone hardware accents. Boy push-lock closure Black nylon ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear and discoloration on flap edges and strap, creasing, scuffs and indentations underneath flap. Minor wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and scuffs on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, wear on flap, exterior edges and strap. Moderate indentations underneath flap, scratches and d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Purple Multi Color Sequin Black Leather Medium Evening Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Leather Silver tone hardware Satin lining Turn-lock closure Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 12" Measures 10" W x 7" H x 2.5" D Includes original Chan...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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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 Purses Bags 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 designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.