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Chanel Spring 1996 Black Velour Logo Mini Dress
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in San Diego, CA
Iconic velour mini dress in black with Chanel logo print from the spring 1996 runway collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Bust: 32-36" Waist: 26-30" Hip: 34-42" Length:...
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1990s Mini Dresses

  • Chanel Spring 1996 Black Velour Logo Mini Dress
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  • Chanel Spring 1996 Black Velour Logo Mini Dress
Size: FR 40. Suited for a FR 38/40
Chanel Black Silk & Lace Mini Dress Cocktail Dress
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1980's Chanel black short-sleeved mini dress comprised of a medium weight silk fitted upper bodice, a horizontally ruched lace mid-section, a fitted waist made of gathered lace and a...
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1980s Mini Dress

Amazing Chanel Signature Black & White Mini Dress
By Chanel
Located in Switzerland, CH
A timeless Chanel signature piece Featured by Karl Lagerfeld for the AD campaign as well as his Chanel Book Shown on the runway on four different mannequins Most important piece of t...
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1990s Mini Dress

NEW Chanel Black Crochet Knit Cocktail Dress LBD 36
By Chanel
Located in Switzerland, CH
Lovely new interpretation of the timeless Chanel classic little black dress A true Chanel signature piece that will last for many years 3D crochet knit Two front pockets CC logo butt...
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2010s Mini Dresses

Chanel Spring 2008 Runway White Woven Wool Mini Dress with Black Bow
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Very sweet Chanel dress from the Spring 2008 collection. White woven wool with layers of horizontal whiteout fringe. Black satin detail at centre front with small black on black rhi...
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Early 2000s Mini Dress

Chanel Navy Fall 2002 Silk Short Sleeve Top
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Product Details: Navy silk sheer short sleeve top by Chanel. From the Fall 2002 Collection. Scoop neckline featuring buttons and drawstring closure. Designer size 42. 34" bust, 18" s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mini Dresses

Little black dress inspired by Chanel in crepe and satin Circa 1965
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1965 France Elegant little black dress without label in the style of Chanel and dating from the 1960s. Short dress with buttoning in front and a slightly curved straight cut,...
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1960s Mini Dresses

Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel signature mini bag, made of black satin with golden hardware. Equipped with a magnetic button closure, internally lined in black leather, roomy for the essentials. Equipped wi...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
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H 4.34 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.97 in.
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger Xupes Reference: HB4427 Serial Number: 31185776 Age (Circa): 2020 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Authenticity Detail...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger
  • CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger
  • CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger
  • CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Messenger
H 5.12 in. W 7.49 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Suede Mini Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
This Mini Single Flap bag is done in black quilted suede, featuring gold-tone hardware, one woven shoulder strap, one slip pocket on the reverse exterior, and a flap top with an inte...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Drawstring Pearl Studded Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Mini Drawstring Pearl Studded Bag Black Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Mini Drawstring Pearl Studded Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Early 2000s Chanel Black Quilted Reissue Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Chanel 2000’s era black lambskin mini bag with giant silver tone lock on the front. One larger compartment with a smaller quilted pocket on the front. Top flap closure with large rei...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Kiss-Lock Mini Bag (2019)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel mini bag made of lambskin leather and features gold tone hardware, kiss lock closure, a gold tone chain interlaced with leather shoulder strap, a decorative gold tone chain at...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black Vintage Beaded Mini Box Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Beaded Mini Box Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1990's. A rare and stunning evening bag for any collection. Black mini box bag is b...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag is a rare and beautiful. The bag features diamond stitched quilted satin, gold-tone hardware, a front flap with the signature i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black quilted Caviar leather Chanel CC Boston bag with gold-tone hardware, double top rolled handles in allowing the bag to be worn in the hand, protective feet at base, zip closure ...
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20th Century Luggage and Travel Bags

Chanel Black Silk Rope Vintage Mini Classic Kelly
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
The Chanel Kelly can bring a touch of timeless class to any ensemble, even the most casual one. Named after Grace Kelly, the Princess of Monaco, this 1997 - 1999 pre-owned vintage ba...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Mini Flap Tweed White And Black
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel signed bag, Mini Flap model, made of black and white tweed with black leather inserts and silver hardware. Equipped with a flap with CC logo closure, internally lined in blac...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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H 5.91 in. D 2.76 in. L 7.49 in.
1990s Chanel Black Quilted Canvas Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
1990s Chanel mini flap bag in black canvas and gold hardware featuring a gold toned crossbody chain interlaced with the same fabric. Made in France. Rectangular body measures 5.5 x 3...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Blue Strapless Mini Dress Runway, 2013
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Always keeping it modern, the Chanel 2013 collection played off of a graphic, geometric aesthetic. Highlighting the simplicity of dots, grids, gingham, the collection reimaged the mu...
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2010s Cocktail Dresses

Chanel Black Caviar Quilted Mini Wallet On Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Caviar Quilted Mini Wallet On Chain SKU: 118559 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Minor scratches at hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL black cashmere BALLOON KNIT MINI Skirt 42 L
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel knit balloon skirt in black cashmere (100%). With ribbed waistband and hemline. Lined in black nylon mesh (100%). Has been worn and is in excellent condition. ...
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Early 2000s Bubble Skirts

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Mini Coin Purse With Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Mini Coin Purse With Chain SKU: 116375 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL black 2013 13K PLEATED TEXTURED MINI Skirt 38 S
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel Fall 2013 pleated textured a-line skirt in black acrylic (39%), nylon (29%), wool (26%), polyester (5%) and silk (1%). Features a small 'CC' emblem at front. Op...
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2010s Flare Skirts

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Vanity Case with Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Vanity Case with Chain SKU: 119525 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Brand: Chanel Model: Chanel Black Quilte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel VIntage Curved Flap Crossbody Beaded Satin Mini Black
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel VIntage Curved Flap Crossbody Beaded Satin Mini Black Condition Details: Missing bead on flap. Indentations underneath flap, minor wear on base corners and in interior, scrat...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel VIntage Curved Flap Crossbody Beaded Satin Mini Black
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CHANEL Mini Boy in Black Leather, Gold Lace and Black Pearls
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
SUPERB CHANEL mini BOY bag in black leather. It is covered with golden lace and black pearls. The deck hardware (including the 'BOY' clasp) is made of ruthenium-colored metal. The s...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Velvet & Crystal CC Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Velvet & Crystal CC Mini Rectangular Flap Bag SKU: 119724 MSRP: 6900.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Classic Mini Chain Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Classic Mini Chain Belt Bag SKU: 116599 MSRP: 4100.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Conditio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Leather Timeless Mini Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Chanel vintage black quilted leather 'Timeless Mini' flap shoulder bag with gold metal CC logo on the front. Period/Era: 1996-1997. Flap with front button closure. Black leather-thre...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

CHANEL black TWEED & MULTICOLOR FLORAL CHIFFON Mini Skirt 38 S
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel short skirt in black nylon (75%) and wool (25%). Opens with a zipper on the side. Lined in multicolour floral printed silk (100%). Has been worn and is in excel...
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Early 2000s Pencil Skirts

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Classic Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Classic Mini Rectangular Flap Bag SKU: 120030 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Cond...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Black Quilted Leather CC Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel classic crossbody bag features black quilted leather, silver-tone hardware, a detachable intertwined leather and chain shoulder strap, interlocking CC logo at front flap, slip...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Goatskin Punk Chain Mini Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Goatskin Punk Chain Mini Belt Bag SKU: 116654 Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Model: Black Goatskin Punk Chain Belt Bag Mini Ligne: Pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Elegant Chain Mini Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Elegant Chain Mini Belt Bag SKU: 116594 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

CHANEL black viscose LAYERE MINI WITH POCKETS Skirt 38 S
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel pocket mini skirt in black viscose (93%) and polyamide (7%) with three layer details at bottom of the skirt. Closes on the side with a concealed zipper. Has been worn and is i...
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21st Century and Contemporary A-Line Skirts

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

2019 Chanel Black Quilted Crumpled Metallic Calfskin SO Black Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Chevron Quilted Crumpled Metallic Calfskin Leather SO Black Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3657 Serial Number: 25853358 Age (Circa): 2019 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Paris-Limited Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Paris-Limited Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4330 Serial Number: 0995640 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL black cotton DOUBLE BREASTED TWEED MINI Skirt 34 XXS
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel quilted-tweed double-breasted pencil skirt in black cotton (44%), nylon (40%), rayon (12%), and polyester (4%). With slit on the back. Closes with concealed zipper, hooks and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary A-Line Skirts

Chanel Black Wool Tweed Short Sleeves Mini Dress Size 38
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: Featuring crew neck, dual front imitated pockets, short sleeves, front lit, rear black zip closure with CC logo, double silk lining with flowers and Chanel logo print.
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21st Century and Contemporary Day Dresses

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather & Gold Metallic Camellia Print Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Leather & Gold Metallic Camellia Print Mini Flap Bag SKU: 117649 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini Drawstring Bag Calfskin Pearl with Gold Metal Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Mini Drawstring Bag Calfskin Pearl with Gold Metal Black Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 in
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Ground Control Black & White Astronaut Printed Mini Skirt - US 4
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Ground Control Black & White Astronaut Printed Mini Skirt - Look 54 from FW17 Ground Control collection - Slim cut, short length - Matte silk-satin with all over astrona...
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21st Century and Contemporary A-Line Skirts

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL black cashmere Cap Sleeve Mini Knit Dress 36 XS
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel knit mini dress in black cashmere (100%) with camel rib hems. Two front pockets with a beaded 'Coco Keyhole' patch. Has been worn wit a small hole on the first ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Casual Dresses

Chanel Vintage Diamond Quilted Black Lambskin Mini Vanity (circa 1990)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Vanity is constructed in black diamond quilted leather with gold toned hardware, a zipper closure with a tassel, and a gold toned chain strap. The interior i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Vintage 1994 Micro Mini Rucksack Black Lambskin Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Quilted Lambskin Vintage 1994 Micro Mini Backpack Rucksack Production Year: 1994, {Vintage 28 Years} Black quilted lambskin leather One small exterior flap pocket with gold C...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Black Suede 2.55 Phone Mini Bag (Circa 2000)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel bags with the code 6XXXXXX are manufactured in 2000 - 2002. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: Suede ITEM CODE: 6114846 MEASURES: H 6” x L 3” x D 1.5” DROP: 22.5” COMES WITH: Dust bag an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Micro Mini Black Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Black Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag Patent leather Black Leather interwoven chain strap Top lid opening with magnetic snap closure Gold tone har...
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2010s Jewelry Boxes

Chanel Black Velvet Vintage 80's Micro Mini Top Handle Minaudière Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Velvet Vintage 80's Micro Mini Top Handle Minaudière Clutch
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

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Chanel Black Mini For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel black mini you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Gray, Brown and more options on these pages. Finding the perfect chanel black mini may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 19th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. Finding a chanel black mini for sale for women should be easy, but there are 353 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Black Mini?

The price for a chanel black mini starts at $225 and tops out at $129,920, and on average, selling for $2,695.

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.