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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Metallic Bronze Large Brown Gold Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Limited Edition Chanel Old Medium Rare Metallic Bronze Gold Boy Bag Year: 2017 Chanel Dark Brown Bronze Quilted Patent Leather Large Boy Flap Bag Patent Leather in gold Gold Hardwa...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Canvas Shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Canvas Shoulder Bag is in excellent condition. Black canvas with tonally stitched interlocking CC and white leather reinforced corners. Substantial whit...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Woman Shoulder bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Shoulder bag, classic chain, single flap, eco-friendly fabric, solid color, engraved logo, braided, button fastening, gold-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, leather lining, tass...
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Mid-20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel miniature black lambskin quilted leather shoulder bag measures 5 1/2" in height, 7 1/4" in length, 2 1/2 in width. Leather straps measures 20 1/2" in height. The exterior ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
H 5.50 in. W 2.50 in. L 7.25 in.
Chanel Lunch Box Shoulder Bag in Black Gingham
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Picnic in style with this adorable novelty Chanel bag! Circa 2011, this Chanel lunch box bag is crafted from black canvas gingham and features the iconic CC logo, two zipper closures...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Matelasse Chain Flap Black Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This shoulder bag features a nylon body, silver-tone chain straps, zip around detail, front flap with interlocking CC twist lock closure, top zip closure, exterior slip pocket and in...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

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 Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag in black leather with hardware bathed in gold. Closure with classic CC logo, internally quite large. Adjustable leather shoulder strap and chain. To be a vintage product...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag
H 11.82 in. D 6.3 in. L 14.18 in.
Chanel Large Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel large shoulder tote in black caviar leather and goldtone hardware. Top snap closure, back pocket, and front turn lock pocket. Comes with hologram and original dust cover. Shou...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Pleated Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black leather classic flap shoulder bag in excellent condition. Pleated black leather upon top flap with diamond quilted leather throughout. gold chain shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Around Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Calfskin Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Around Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Calfskin Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Diana Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilted. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Classic. ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Chain Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Chain Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black Quilted. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. Th...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. Th...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. Th...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Around Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Calfskin Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Around Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Calfskin Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vinta...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This super cool Chanel Tweed bag comes with a rock'n roll chain made out of super soft leather and multiple thin steal chains. The shoulder drop is 12. The pattern of the Tweed shows...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Grey Black Tweed Shoulder Bag
H 6 in. W 7 in. L 12.5 in.
CHANEL Soft Caviar Chain Shoulder Bag Leather Black Zipper
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Soft Caviar Chain Shoulder Bag Black Leather Zipper. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The yea...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

2012 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Timeless Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Timeless Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: HB3950 Serial Number: 17643735 Age (Circa): 2012 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in Italy) Ge...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black vintage 80s shoulder bag in quilted lambskin. Hardware is discolored throughout the bag, please refer to photos for actual condition. Shoulder drop 13.5. Collection 1988...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 9.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Black quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 2 separate compartments each w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel black tweed leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel black tweed leather shoulder bag Measurements: 25 * 14 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. Th...
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15th Century and Earlier Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This reissue collection shoulder bag from Chanel comes in classic patent black with a golden chain. Mix of gold and ruthenium hardware. The shoulder drop is 12 inches and the bag can...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
H 7.5 in. W 4.5 in. L 11.5 in.
Chanel Rare Black Lizard Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare black lizard shoulder bag with dangling logo. Collection 2011/2011. Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Rare Black Lizard Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Rare Black Lizard Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Rare Black Lizard Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Rare Black Lizard Shoulder Bag
H 7 in. W 5.5 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Day Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This Chanel Caviar leather bag comes in classic black and is perfect for everyday. It has handles as well as a cross body leather strap which can be attached. According to the hologr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Day Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Day Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Day Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Day Bag
H 11 in. W 6 in. L 16 in.
Chanel Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This black caviar shoulder bag from Chanel is super soft and light, which makes it perfect for everyday. On the front there is another small purse attached with a Chanel buckle. The ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
H 12.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 17 in.
Chanel Black Shearling Suede Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black shearling shoulder tote with ruthenium hardware. Handle drop 10". Comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag totally made in france with gold tone hardware 1 pocket outside 2 pockets in the inside as for age bag is in good condition not perfect...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • 1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag
  • 1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag
  • 1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag
  • 1980s Chanel black leather Shoulder Bag
W 13.78 in. D 3.94 in. L 13.78 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag Spacious carry-all version of the classic Chanel Reissue Flap Bag featured in the XL size, rendered in b...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar WOC Wallet On Chain Black Shoulder Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Wallet On Chain WOC Black Shoulder Bag Crossbody. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Jumbo Caviar 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Jumbo Caviar 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The ye...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Small Double Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Small Double Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Jumbo 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Jumbo 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vint...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar WOC Wallet On Chain Black Shoulder Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Wallet On Chain WOC Black Shoulder Bag Crossbody. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Camellia Embossed WOC Wallet On Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Black Camellia Embossed Wallet On Chain WOC Shoulder Bag. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Embossed. This item is Contemporary....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar WOC Wallet On Chain Black Shoulder Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Wallet On Chain WOC Black Shoulder Bag Crossbody. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Flap Vintage Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Vintage Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Diana Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Executive Tote 2Way Caviar Shoulder Bag Handbag Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar PST Chain Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar PST Chain Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black Quilted. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. T...
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Early 2000s 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 Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar WOC Wallet On Chain Black Shoulder Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Wallet On Chain WOC Black Shoulder Bag Crossbody. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Camellia Embossed WOC Wallet On Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Black Camellia Embossed Wallet On Chain WOC Shoulder Bag. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Embossed. This item is Contemporary....
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder 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 Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Diana Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilted Lamb. 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 Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Logo Chain Shoulder Bag Leather Black Silver Hardwar
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Logo Chain Shoulder Bag Black Leather Silver Hardwar. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Cla...
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1990s Structured Shoulder 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 Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Black Shoulder Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel black shoulder bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Gray, Brown and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel black shoulder bag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Chanel Black Shoulder Bag?

Prices for a chanel black shoulder bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $290 and can go as high as $49,995, while, on average they fetch $3,146.

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 Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.