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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

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 Black Medium Lambskin Leather Gold Kelly Style Top Handle Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6" H X 2.5"D Shoulder Drop 4.25" 100% Authenticity Guaranteed ...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Medium 90's Vintage Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black quilted lambskin backpack with interwoven chain straps 1994 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Gold hardware Double CC turnlock closure Small front pocket Interior black lambskin linin...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Calfskin Medium Diamond Stitch Black Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Calfskin Medium Diamond Stitch Black Tote black lambskin diamond quilting signature interlocking CC logo top zip fastening two leather and chain-link shoulder straps ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Hobo Black Gabrielle Hobo Bag 2017
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
From the Spring 2017 collection, this current Gabrielle Hobo Bag is part of Chanel's new 'Gabrielle' line. This hobo bag features a sturdy base that provides structure for the quilte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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 Caviar Leather Medium Flap Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carry your bills and cards in this Chanel wallet. The black Caviar leather exterior is accented with a silver-tone brand logo on the front flap which opens to a fabric-lined interior...
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2010s Wallets

  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Medium Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Medium Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Medium Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Medium Flap Wallet
H 4.14 in. W 0.99 in. L 5.71 in.
Chanel Gabrielle Medium Hobo Bag Black White
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 11 x 9 x 4.25 in; Drop: 16.25 in; Drop: 28 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Zip Printed Medium Black and White Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Zip Backpack Printed Nylon Medium Black and white printed nylon, features leather top handle, woven-in leather chain link straps, front flap with CC turn-lock closure, exter...
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1990s Backpacks

CHANEL So Black Chevron Classic Medium Double Flap Bag Black Lambskin Black HW
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL So Black Chevron Classic Medium Double Flap Bag Black Lambskin with Black Hardware 2015 Limited Edition. This stunning bag is still in excellent condition, the bag still hold...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Calf Hair COCO Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Calf Hair COCO Double Flap Bag is in pristine condition. Perfectly scaled in the medium silhouette, this unique take on the double flap is a beautiful ad...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vintage Medium Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Vintage Double Classic Bag. Medium size. Lambskin leather. 24 kt gold plated vintage chain and CC closure. The most classsic Chanel bag. Burgundy leather interior. Guara...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag This authentic Chanel Hidden Sequins Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Bowling Bag Luxury Ligne Leather Lambskin Medium Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Bowling Bag Luxury Ligne Leather Lambskin Medium Satchel Two Woven Chain-link And Leather Handles Zip-around Closure Interior Zip And Two Slip Pockets Leather Leather L...
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Early 2000s Tote 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 Vintage Black Lambskin Diamond Evening Shoulder Medium Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1994 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9" W x 7" H x 3" D Shoulder Strap Drop 17.5" Includes Authenticity Card a...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

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 Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, straps, drawstring and underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
H 13 in. W 11 in. D 7 in.
Chanel Timeless Black Medium Double Flap Quilted Lambskin Shoulder Bag, 2019.
By Chanel
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Chanel Timeless Black Medium Double Flap Quilted Lambskin Shoulder Bag with Gold Hardware, 2019. The iconic Chanel bag was originally issued by Coco Chanel in February 1955 which bec...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Classic Flap Bag Gold Hardware Medium
By Chanel, Chanel Boutique
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Featuring gold tone hardware, a front flap with the signature Mademoiselle interlocking CC turn lock closure, a gold toned chain strap interlaced with leather, a rear flat pocket, an...
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Early 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Gold Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel bag from 1994-96 is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a double flap. It also features the classic CC logo twist lock on the front flap. The second f...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Paris-Shanghai Pudong Strass Embellished Black Tweed Flap Bag Medium
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Mightychic offers a guaranteed authentic Chanel Black Tweed Paris-Shanghai Pudong flap bag with Strass Crystal embellished. From the 2010 Paris-Shanghai Collection. Black Tweed with ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel RARE Black Aged Calfskin Leather Medium Charms Deauville Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Aged Calfskin Leather Medium Charms Deauville Tote Bag Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2020 Color: Black Hardware: Goldtone Materials: Black calfskin leather with met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

CHANEL Black Lambskin Quilted Leather Gold Hardware Medium Flap Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1996 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 33" Includes Dust Bag 100% A...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

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 Vintage Logo Tote Lambkin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy scuffs, wear and indentations on exterior and in interior, moderate wear and discoloration on base corners. Scuffs on handles, scratches and tarnish on hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Vintage Logo Tote Lambkin Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Logo Tote Lambkin Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Logo Tote Lambkin Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Logo Tote Lambkin Medium
H 11 in. W 10.5 in. D 4 in.
Chanel 2021 Black Metallic Ombre Calfskin Leather Medium Quilted Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Metallic Ombre Calfskin Leather Medium Quilted Double Flap Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 2021 Color: Black, metallic blue, silver, metallic pink Hardware: Bla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather New Medium Reverso Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Chanel's Reverso Boy flap bag was part of the fall/winter 2013 col...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Iconic Vintage Ivory & Black Embellished Knit Jacket - Size Medium
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Ivory & Black Embellished Knit Jacket -beautiful light knit material with sparkling sequin and crystals throughout -Iconic CC logo gold embellishes button enclosures on front...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

CHANEL Trendy CC Top Handle Bag Medium Black Lambskin with Gold Hardware 2018
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Trendy CC Top Handle Bag Medium Black Chevron Lambskin with Light Gold Hardware 2018. This stunning bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Ultra Rare Vintage 90s Black Velvet CC Small Medium Tote Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ultra Rare Vintage 90s Black Velvet CC Small Medium Tote Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Black velvet Lined black lambskin leather Gold-tone hardware CC Logo Ball Charm...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolored Tweed Reissue Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Multicolored Tweed Reissue Flap Bag is in excellent plus condition. The Reissue in tweed is lovely and sophisticated in a spectacular fusion of color. Black,...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Timeless Boston Bag Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, wear and darkening underneath shoulder pad, loose stitching on front handle bases. Cracking on handle base w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Resin Handle Tote Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing and heavy scuffs on exterior and interior opening trim, marks on rear and in interior. Moderate wear on opening trim and base corners, scratches on hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contempor...
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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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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Button Tote Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Wear on base corners, zipper tape and in interior, moderate creasing on exterior, cracking on handle wax edge. Splitting on handle base wax edges, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Gold Tweed Lame Medium Flap Bag (Circa 2000)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This bag fealties a black and gold tweed exterior, chain shoulder strap, CC turn lock closure, gold tone hardware, a back slip pocket, beige woven lining and an interior slip and zip...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Zip Tote Stitched Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear on base corners, scuffs on base, creasing on exterior and handles. Heavy wear on side opening edges, cracking on opening corners and interior pocket opening. We...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote 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 Purple Gray Black Tweed Gunmetal Evening Medium Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2004 Collection Tweed Gunmetal Silver Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.75" D Shoulder Strap Drop 16.5" Includes Authenticity Card,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Crocodile Exotic Gold Evening Medium Classic Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1991 Collection Crocodile Leather Leather Lining Gold Tone Hardware Measures 9.75" W x 6.75"H x 2.5" D Strap Drop 17" Includes Dust Bag and Box 100% ...
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Late 20th Century Evening Bags and Minaudières

CHANEL Black Caviar Vertical Quilted Gold Evening Shoulder Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1994 Collection Caviar Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.75" D Shoulder Strap Drop 20" Includes Box 100% Authent...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Be Caviar Tote Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor on exterior and in interior. Moderate wear on base corners and handles, loss of shape on exterior, marks on interior base, scratches on hardware. Accessories: D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Caviar Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Caviar Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contempor...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Quilted Aged Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing on exterior, wear, scuffs, marks and indentations on base trim,small glue stain on side opening edges. Wear and peeling on opening edges and shoulder pad, m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Repainted exterior and straps. Heavy wear, creasing, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Indentations on rear near...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Quilted Coco Sailor Double Flap Bag Medium Black White 2014
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This limited edition Chanel Coco Sailor double flap bag is made with textured black and white striped cotton knit fabric and features an adjustable light gold chain interlaced with l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Woven Chain Trim New Medium Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tweed Petals Camellia Flap Bag Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Fraying on front embellishment edges, minor wear and marks on exterior. Moderate scuffs and creasing underneath flap and on interior opening trims, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Lambskin Leather Gold Medium Evening Top Handle Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 10.25" W x 7" H x 4" D Handle Drop 5.5" Includes Authenticity Card, Dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Camera Tassel Bag Quilted Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing, wear, discoloration, scuffs and indentations on exterior, minor scuffs in interior. Moderate wear on strap, loose stitch on strap base, scratches and tarni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Denim Canvas Gold Hardware Medium Classic Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1999 Collection Denim Canvas Leather Lining Gold Tone Hardware Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 16" Includes Dust Bag and Box ...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Coco Neige Shopping Tote Quilted Shearling Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing and minor scuffs on exterior, scratches n hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 10", Height 10.5", Width 10.5", Dept...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Metallic Bubble Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior corners and in interior, creasing and moderate scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Small indentations on front underneath flap, scrat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Airline Shoulder Boston Bag Printed Nylon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, wear on handles, opening trim and in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Zip Shoulder Bag Chevron Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, creasing and scuffs on exterior, handles and in interior, scratches, discoloration and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Black Medium For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary chanel black medium for your needs in our varied inventory. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Gray, Purple and more options on these pages. If you’re looking for a chanel black medium from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding a chanel black medium for sale for women should be easy, but there are 1962 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Black Medium?

On average, a chanel black medium on 1stDibs sells for $2,955, while they’re typically $290 on the low end and $23,940 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.