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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 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 Caviar Double Zip Handbag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black caviar shoulder bag with two top zippers, one pocket and one center compartment. Plastic still on interior zipper pull. Ruthenium hardware. Shoulder drop 9". Collection ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black & Brown 50s/60s Handbag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Product Details: Vintage Black & Brown Chanel 50s/60s Handbag. This handbag features a leather and brown textile body, gold-tone hardware, dual chain-link and leather shoulder straps...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle 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

Chanel “Cerf” Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel "Cerf" Tote Handbag Made in Italy Produced between 2006 - 2008 Black caviar leather Interlocking CC Chanel logo twist lock detail on front pocket Black leather with snap c...
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Early 2000s Tote 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

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

Chanel Weekender Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel Small Weekender Handbag Made in Italy Produced in 2000 - 2001 Black Caviar leather Rounded top handles Detachable leather shoulder strap Gold CC logo lock with key Thr...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Black Quilted Suede Handle Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s chanel black quilted suede leather handle handbag. - Chanel gold hardware zip closure. - Exterior “CC” turnlock flap closure. - Lambskin leather Interior slip poc...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel CC camel and black leather handbag shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel CC camel and black leather handbag shoulder bag inside lining is not in good conditions
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Drawstring Tote Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel Drawstring Tote Handbag Made in Italy Produced in 2005 - 2006 Brown pony hair Brown quilted leather detailing Brown leather drawstring tote Drawstring has gunmetal CC log...
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Early 2000s 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

Chanel Lambskin Evening Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
When choosing your next bag, the answer is always vintage Chanel. This bag has all the classic hints of Chanel but different than anything you have seen before. Details include a kno...
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Early 2000s 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

Amazing Chanel Coco handle handbag in black caviar quilted leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Coco Handle handbag (also called Kelly) in black quilted caviar leather, gold-plated metal hardware (24k), black leather handle for a handheld Flap closure, gold plate...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Pleated Canvas Bow Motif CC Party Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black pleated canvas Chanel CC Party handbag with silver-tone hardware, bow motif at front body, woven canvas and chain-link top handle, kiss lock closure at top with interlocking CC...
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20th Century Wallets

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 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 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.
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 Black Leather Vintage Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel vintage backpack, made of black leather with golden hardware. Equipped with a closure with classic interlocking logo, internally lined in black canvas, quite roomy. Equipped w...
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1990s Backpacks

  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
H 10.24 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.55 in.
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 Vintage Black Patent Large Size Vanity Handbag With Strap X Lock
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel large size vanity handbag with strap and Chanel lock Excellent condition, patent leather is in great condition, inside is clean. Nice sturdy metal woven handle .Could be used ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Black Lambskin Elegant Chain WOC
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Lambskin Elegant Chain WOC SKU: 116383 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Model: Chanel Black Lambskin Elegant Chain ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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

Chanel black beach bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel black beach bag CC logo on the front measurements: 35 x 35 cm, 20 cm depth
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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 Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful vintage CHANEL piece from the early 80s in black calfskin. The jewelry is golden but passed in some places (see photos). Opening by flap which gives on a burgundy lining, a...
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1980s Backpacks

  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
H 11.82 in. D 7.09 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather 19 Pouch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Infusing signature touches to the classic style, this pouch from Chanel has a functional design brimming with durability. It is crafted with quilted leather and comes fitted with a f...
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2010s Clutches

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather 19 Pouch
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather 19 Pouch
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather 19 Pouch
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather 19 Pouch
H 4.93 in. W 0.4 in. L 7.88 in.
Chanel Black Beaded Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Complete your evening look with this stunning Chanel bag! Circa 1997-1999, this boxy evening bag is crafted from black satin and features a black beaded motif on both sides, a black ...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Beaded Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Beaded Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Beaded Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Beaded Evening Bag
H 4 in. W 2 in. L 6 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Backpack
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Backpack SKU: 117670 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Majority o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Black Velvet Camellia No.5 Pochette
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Camellia No.5 pochette from Chanel is truly in itself a remarkable creation. The world of Chanel knows best how to infuse its designs with appealing styles that make them more a...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
New in box, Chanel large striped linen 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 Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
H 9.5 in. W .75 in. L 13.5 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Patent Black Frame Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Electric black quilted patent leather clutch with rectangle metal frame Year: 2014 Metallic black cc logo Satin interior lining Zippered back pocket 10.5” W x 5.5” H x 2” D Made i...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Red Brown Leather Reversible Coco Cocoon Tote Bag Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
This beautiful Bag will come with a Certificate of Authenticity provided by Entrupy. The certificate will be provided at no further cost. Beautiful CHANEL Reversible 'Coco Cocoon' T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

New Chanel Large Pewter Black Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brand new in box timeless black and pewter quilted clutch. Signature center CC logo. Comes with hologram, ID card, booklet, box and ribbon.
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2010s Clutches

  • New Chanel Large Pewter Black Clutch
  • New Chanel Large Pewter Black Clutch
  • New Chanel Large Pewter Black Clutch
  • New Chanel Large Pewter Black Clutch
H 9.5 in. D 1 in. L 13.5 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Deca Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Deca backpack is crafted in black quilted Lambskin leather and square in shape, gold-tone hardware, interlocking CC logo at front flap, patch pocket at back, dual leather and ...
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20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Black Caviar 3 Compartments Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black caviar lambskin leather with silver tone hardware. Shoulder drop 10". Generic
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack is in very good vintage condition. A cool unisex spin on the timeless classic flap bag, the backpack is a roomy hands-free...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Black Lambskin Clutch 2002 Fold Clasp
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel bags with the code 7XXXXXX are manufactured from 2002 - 2003. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: Lambskin ITEM CODE: 7792420 MEASURES: H 7” x L 15” x D 1” COMES WITH: Dust bag CONDITION:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Lucite Kiss Lock Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black Lucite kiss-lock evening clutch. Expandable leather sides. Comes with hologram, ID card, and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Chanel Black Lucite Kiss Lock Clutch
  • Chanel Black Lucite Kiss Lock Clutch
  • Chanel Black Lucite Kiss Lock Clutch
  • Chanel Black Lucite Kiss Lock Clutch
H 5 in. W 1 in. L 6.5 in.
CHANEL Black Clear Transparent Plastic Silver 'CHANEL' Block Wristlet Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2005 Collection Plastic Leather Lining Push Lock Closure Measures 5.5" W x 3.5" H x 1.5" D Strap Drop 6" 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black lambskin envelope shoulder bag with silver tone hardware. Two interior compartments. Shoulder drop 10". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Envelope Shoulder Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Black Vernice Balt Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel belt bag, made of black patent leather with silver hardware. Equipped with a 1cm thick black patent leather belt, 100cm length. Equipped with two mini bags with limited button...
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2010s Novelty Bags

Chanel Black Embroidered Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brand new and unused evening bag in black lambskin with attached sequins flowers. Shoulder drop 9". Comes with original tag attached, hologram, id card, booklet and dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Embroidered Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Embroidered Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Embroidered Evening Bag
  • Chanel Black Embroidered Evening Bag
H 7 in. W 5.5 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Large Black Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel black printed nylon tote bag featuring a diamond ivory pattern, red lining, long logo zipped pockets. Circa 1997-1999 Made in France In excellent vintage condition. Length: 1...
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1990s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Large Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Large Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Large Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Large Black Tote Bag
H 10.63 in. L 13.39 in.
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Top Handle Bag Color(s): Black Unmarked Materials (feel of): Leather...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Drawstring Vintage Caviar Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Caviar Drawstring Backpack 1994-1996 interlocking CC flap backpack Strap drop approx. 18" Black caviar leather Semi slouchy construction; bag does not hold its shape ...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage 90'S black Clutch Grained Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Lovely Vintage CC embossed black clutch made of grained leather. With gold jewelry on the zipper, and the brand's signature interlocking CC logo topical from the 90'S. Inner lining i...
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1990s Clutches

2020 Chanel Evening Black Tweed Wool Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel black tweed clutch bag featuring a top logo claps opening, gold-tone hardware, a diamond stitching, an inside silk lining, inside pockets. Circa 2020 Made in France. In excel...
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2010s Clutches

  • 2020 Chanel Evening Black Tweed Wool Clutch
  • 2020 Chanel Evening Black Tweed Wool Clutch
  • 2020 Chanel Evening Black Tweed Wool Clutch
  • 2020 Chanel Evening Black Tweed Wool Clutch
H 4.34 in. W 2.37 in. L 9.45 in.
Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper is in pristine condition with the tag attached. Truly classic, this chic silhouette is a wardrobe staple and will hold its value. Blac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper Tote
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper Tote
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper Tote
  • Chanel Black Calfskin Shopper Tote
H 7.5 in. W 14 in. D 6 in.
Chanel Black Grand Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Grand Shopper Tote. Large size. Caviar black leather. Silver hardware. Excellent condition. Light perfume smell. Will air out. Leather is in beautiful condition. Looks l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Black & Gold Sequin La Pausa Clutch
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black & Gold Sequin La Pausa Clutch SKU: 118700 MSRP: 5900.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Model: La Pausa Clutch Ori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Caviar Leather Wallet On Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Caviar Leather Wallet On Chain SKU: 117581 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scuffing to e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Black Leather Lemarie Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flawless craftsmanship and timeless design aesthetics combine to make this Chanel Bowler bag perfect from workday to the weekend. It is sewn using black leather and attached with two...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Lemarie Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Lemarie Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Lemarie Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Lemarie Bowler Bag
H 9.85 in. W 5.52 in. L 13 in.
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Chanel Black Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

Browse a vast assortment of chanel black handbags for sale on 1stDibs. Our collection of chanel black handbags includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Brown and more. The ideal items for you are waiting among the distinctive accessories we have available, which include versions made as long ago as the 18th Century as well as those 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 are Chanel Black Handbags?

On average, chanel black handbags on 1stDibs sell for $2,776, while they’re typically $100 on the low end and $129,920 for the highest priced versions of these items.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

In the years following the opening of her modest millinery shop, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel became 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. Today vintage Chanel handbags, jackets and evening dresses are among the most sought-after clothing and accessories for fashion lovers all over the world.

The first Chanel shop was established 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, Chanel's 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.

But 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 bags, evening dresses, shoes, jewelry and other clothing and accessories 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.