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Chanel Black Crocodile Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in Italy Black crocodile leather Classic gold CC logo Gold and leather chain strap that can be stored inside to make the bag a clutch Strap length: 37 inc...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Black Crocodile Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Black Crocodile Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Black Crocodile Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Black Crocodile Crossbody Bag
H 6 in. W 1.75 in. L 7.5 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Leather Crossbody- Pristine Condition The versatile small bag easily transitions from day to evening. Black leather is quilted in signature Chanel diamond pattern. Zippe...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Timeless Black Green & White Tweed Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Original Chanel Timeless handbag in black, green and white tweed, hardware in silver metal, chain strap in silver metal interwoven with black canvas allowing the bag to be worn on th...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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 Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag with Tassle
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in Italy Soft black quilted leather Hanging tassel with gold chain and CC logo Gold and leather chain strap that can be stored inside to make bag a clutch...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Crossbody Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This petite Chanel crossbody chain bag is the perfect evening bag and is sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble. Colour: Black Material: Lining: 100% Cotton. Ou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Quilted Lambskin Crossbody Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Lambskin Chanel quilted soft leather with magnetic closure and interior double compartments. 2016 Black leather Antique gold hardware Interior zipper pocket 5 charms Interwoven cha...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vertical Flap Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black vertical quilted lambskin vintage Chanel flap crossbody bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Single chain-link shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Dual pockets at interior w...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Vertical Flap Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Vertical Flap Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Vertical Flap Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Vertical Flap Crossbody Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.06 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Caviar Camera Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black Caviar leather Chanel Camera crossbody bag with - Gold-tone hardware - Single chain-link shoulder strap - Single exterior pocket at front featuring CC turn-lock closure - Tona...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Caviar Camera Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Caviar Camera Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Caviar Camera Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Caviar Camera Crossbody Bag
H 8.27 in. W 10.24 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Crossbody with Braided Strap - 1987
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Crossbody with Braided Strap - 1987. This quilted lambskin crossbody has a braided strap and a "CC" stitched on the bottom. The bag is a fold ov...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

New in Box Chanel VIP Cell Phone Case Black Gold Crossbody
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Brand new in box collectible cross body bag. Vip cellular phone bag. Iconic black lambskin leather and gold tone woven chain. Shoulder drop 22.75". Brand new with hologram, id card, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Leather Gold Small Crossbody WOC Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Caviar Leather Gold Small Crossbody WOC Wallet on Chain Shoulder Flap Bag Caviar leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Snap closure Date code present Shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Navy Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in France Soft quilted navy leather Classic gold CC logo Gold and leather chain strap Strap length: 43 inches Soft maroon leather lining Interior zipper...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Amazing Chanel Classic bi material crossbody bag in black leather& Jersey, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely Chanel Crossbody bag, single Flap Bi-Material Vintage with wallet. * Quilted leather and black jersey, gold-tone metal trim * With his black leather wallet. * With its authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Satin Quilted Crossbody Bag with a Red and Green Gripoix Jewel
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in France Black quilted satin Attached red and green gripoix (poured glass) Inside pocket Gold decorative CC chain strap Chain strap length: 34 inches ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mademoiselle Wallet on Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Mademoiselle Wallet on Chain with - Gold-tone hardware - Single chain-link and leather shoulder strap - CC logo adornment at front - Black interior, 3 ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Velvet Gold Small Micro Mini Party Crossbody Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Velvet Gold Small Micro Mini Party Evening Crossbody Shoulder Flap Bag Velvet Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Snap closure Made in France Shoulder strap drop ...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Satin Gold Small Micro Mini Party Crossbody Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Satin Gold Small Micro Mini Party Evening Crossbody Shoulder Flap Bag Satin Leather Gold tone hardware Woven lining Snap closure Made in France Shoulder strap drop 20" ...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Iridescent Python Snake Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition iridescent python mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram and dust cover. This item does not ship to California due to wildlife regulations.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel So Black Reissue Camera Crossbody Bag Chevron Aged Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minor creasing on exterior, light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Height 4", Width 7", Dept...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Nylon Large Crossbody Fanny Pack Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Nylon Large Crossbody Fanny Pack Bag 2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Rubberized CC Logo Black thick nylon exterior Adjustable 'Chanel' stitched crossbody strap Zippered inte...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Lambskin Quilted Mini Sequin Rainbow Camera Crossbody Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel lambskin quilted mini sequin rainbow camera crossbody tote Year: 2008 {Vintage 13 Years} Large antique silver CC logo zipper pull Rainbow multi-colored sequins with diamond q...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Boy Brick Crystal and Plexi Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Limited Edition Boy Brick Crystal and Plexi Crossbody Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting quilted patent-leather exterior, this de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Woman Timeless Black
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Timeless, cc turn-lock fastening, leather, solid color, front logo, turn-lock closure, silver-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, shearling lining, tonal stitching, day bag. Produ...
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Mid-20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Leather Vanity Case
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This CHANEL vanity case or mini "24 H cabin" weekend suitcase is made of monogram black cotton canvas, lined with nylon. It has a double zipper, a large zipped pocket on each side of...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • CHANEL Black Leather Vanity Case
  • CHANEL Black Leather Vanity Case
  • CHANEL Black Leather Vanity Case
  • CHANEL Black Leather Vanity Case
H 10.63 in. D 6.3 in. L 14.97 in.
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag. Beautiful and rare crocodile bag with silver hardware. Stunnin bag in good condition. Celebrity owned and needs a good home. Most wanted Jumbo size ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1990s Chanel Silk Gripoix Jewel Print Blue Leather Tassel Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In her prime, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel mingled amongst the elite. Having funded many of her ventures through her capacity the mistress of wealthy businessmen of the time, Chanel’s cli...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2017 Runway Piece Lame Fabric Chevron Space Suit Belt Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
This pre-owned but New oversized waist belt / crossbody bag from Chanel is a runway piece, part of the Fall Winter Collection 2017. It is in a larger size than the boutique ones. Cra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Large Black Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Boy Large Black Bag. Chanel lambskin with antique gold hardware. Large size can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Excellent condition. Great investment bag. Guar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Camera Bag format made of black leather with golden hardware. Zip closure, internally large enough. Equipped with leather shoulder strap. The bag despite being a vintage produ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
H 6.7 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.67 in.
Chanel Black Patent 2 Way Pouchette Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 2 way shoulder bag, convertible to clutch. Two zipped compartments and credit card slots. Shoulder drop 13". Collection 2011. Comes with hologram, booklet, id card and origina...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Leather Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Vintage Black Jumbo Bag. Gorgeous lambskin leather with gold plated hardware. Good condition for its age. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Guaranteed authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Black Lambskin Double Flap SHW
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Jumbo Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. Chanel keeps going up. Great to invest in the classics just as this. Most wanted jumbo (medium-l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

NEW Chanel Reissue Black Wallet On A Chain
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel reissue quilted black leather cross body wallet on a chain. Shoulder drop 25". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Reissue Gold Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue double-flap bag. Black distressed leather and gold tone hardware metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop: 11"/20"L. Hardware a little bit faded. Comes with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag The iconic Chanel 2.55 in a beautiful black fabric. The bag has one large compartiment where you can fit allyour belongings.The inside is finish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag
  • Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag
  • Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag
  • Chanel Large 2.55 Black Fabric Bag
H 7.68 in. W 11.03 in. D 2.96 in.
Chanel Canvas Tennis Racquet Cover Black Nylon Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Canvas Tennis Racquet Cover Black Nylon Bag Excellent pre-owned condition with the exception of a small discoloration at the front by the CC logo Made in Italy
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Large Coco Cocoon Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Caviar Messenger Bag - PRISTINE; never before carried. Only available in the Paris Chanel boutiques in leather, this caviar version is a fantastic find. From the Coco ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain Embellished Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain-Embellished Clutch Flap Bag Black leather Chanel embellished flap bag with gold-tone hardware, dual gathered shoulder strap with knot accent, cha...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Black Lambskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel black lambskin quilted flap Year: 2013 Antique gold hardware CC turnlock closure Classic interwoven chain Lambskin Burgundy interior lining Interior rear open back pocket Int...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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 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 Black & White Striped Patent Leather Wallet On Chain WOC
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
From the Resort 2014 Collection; Chanel Wallet on Chain Striped Patent, crafted from black and white striped printed patent Calfskin leather, features woven-in leather chain strap, i...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Black Shanghai Jumbo 2.55 Reissue Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
CHANEL Limited Edition Paris Shanghai Collection Black Quilted Leather Jumbo 2.55 Reissue Flap Bag With Charms. Strap drop 11/19". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Shoulder Chain Flap Black Calfskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d'Art Collection Black leather Chanel flap bag with Antiqued gold hardware Single convertible classic interwoven chain Chain-link trim at edges...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Double Split Frame Runway Black Patent Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel double patent leather split frame limited edition runway bag 2007 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Silver hardware Two large coin purse detail design Raised CC Stitched Logo Interior black...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Drawstring Bucket Caviar Mini Black Lambskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Vintage Crossbody Bucket Drawstring Lambskin Bag 1994 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC stitched logo at front Drawstring closure Gold ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 and White Striped Resin Patent Leather Boy Brick Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black and White Striped Boy Brick Bag- Pristine Condition From the 2013 collection, the edgy Brick is the perfect companion for evening or daytime hands-free wear. Please no...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 1989-1991 Vintage Black Camera Bag w/Tassel
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Chanel camera bag from their vintage collection featuring 24k gold plated quilted chains, is dated from 1989-1991 and features black calfskin quilted leather with a single pocket at ...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare White Limited Edition Paint Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Black and White Tweed Limited Edition Paint Flap Crossbody Bag 2015 Spring Silver hardware Tweed paint splatter Single chain-link shoulder strap Black canvas interior l...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Rare Tweed Lambskin Quilted Mini Beauty Lock Multicolor Black Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
CHANEL Tweed Lambskin Quilted Mini Beauty Lock Flap Multicolor Black Excellent Like New Condition Includes Dust Bag And Authenticity Card Stunning Silver CC Pushlock Black leather w...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Chain Rare Vintage 90's Freshwater Pearl Black White Tweed Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This LIMITED EDITION Mixed Icons bag was a sample and only made in very small quantities. This bag is made from a combination of tweed and lambskin leather with a patent leather bott...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Flap Box Vintage 1997 Classic Single Rare Black Caviar Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Year: 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain Interwoven chain Classic back pocket Caviar leather Black leather lined interior Main interior zippered pocket W ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Timeless Bag Rare Vintage 1990's Limited Edition Lucky Charm Black Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Timeless Bag Rare Vintage 1990's Limited Edition Lucky Charm Black Tote Made in France
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Medallion Fanny Pack Waist Belt Bag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel black lambskin quilted medallion fanny pack 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Lambskin lined Adjustable clasp belt with max 40" 4” H x 9” W x 3” D Made in France
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Rare Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Fanny Pack Waist Belt Bum Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel square quilted caviar classic flap shaped fanny pack waist bag 2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Gold hardware Exterior black lambskin leather Interior lambskin lining Back car...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Medallion Fanny Pack Waist Belt Bag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel black lambskin quilted medallion fanny pack 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Lambskin lined Adjustable clasp belt with max 40" 4” H x 9” W x 3” D Made in France
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Wool Gray Leather Travel Carryall Canvas Messenger LapTop Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Wool Gray Leather Travel Carryall Men's Women's Canvas Messenger LapTop Bag Wool Leather Canvas Silver tone hardware Made in Italy Handle drop 1.25" Adjustable strap d...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

2019 Chanel Black Perforated Calfskin Logo Eyelets Bucket Bag with Tweed Pouch
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Perforated Calfskin Leather Logo Eyelets Bucket Bag with Tweed Pouch Xupes Reference: HB3634 Serial Number: 27142896 Age (Circa): 2019 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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Chanel Black Crossbody Purse For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel black crossbody purse you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Red and protectString (more). Finding the perfect chanel black crossbody purse may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. 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 Chanel Black Crossbody Purse?

The price for a chanel black crossbody purse starts at $1,361 and tops out at $35,000, and on average, selling for $4,920.

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.