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Chanel Long Black Hooded Lounge Top
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Equal parts effortless and alluring, this cosy, preloved lounge top by Chanel is crafted in Italy from a soft blend of black cashmere and silk. It features long sleeves, a long lengt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Sweaters

Chanel Black Quilted Top, 2000
By Chanel
Located in Nice, FR
Chanel black quilted top from the 2000 ready-to-wear collection. This top features : - Black polyester/silk blend material with quilted design. - Front zippered closure. - Black CHA...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shirts

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Edgy meets classic with this gorgeous Chanel lambskin handbag. Circa 2005/2006 this beautiful bag features a quilted design, with two toggle closure top handles, silver hardware thro...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Nylon Travel Line Bassotto Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Chanel 'Bassotto bag' in black jacquard nylon from the 'Travel line' collection. Black leather top handles and trim. East/West design. Upper zipper closure with gold metal Chanel zip...
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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

Chanel Wood Top Handle Rare Vintage Black Caviar Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Black Chanel quilted caviar leather with wooden top handle clutch tote 2003 {VINTAGE 18 Years} Gold hardware Flat bottom Hidden magnetic snap closure Pink leather interior lining Ce...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Beige Leather Tote with Black Top Stitching
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Beige Topstitched Tote- basically pristine, appearing never carried. Smart and sophisticated, this classic piece augments any ensemble with just the right amount of panache. R...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage 1997 Name Plate Black Patent Leather Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 1997 Name Plate Black Patent Leather Top Handle Bag Year 1997 Chanel handbag crafted in black quilted patent leather, featuring interlocking 'CC' on front flap and ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Leather Gold Carryall Travel Stitch Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Leather Gold Carryall Travel Stitch Top Handle Satchel Bag Leather Stitch Gold tone hardware Zipper closure Woven lining Made in Italy Date code present Handle drop 6....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Leather Kelly Brown Tortoise Evening Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Caviar leather Plastic Turnlock closure Woven lining Made in France Handle drop 3" Measures 9.75" W x 8.25" H x 3.5" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND L...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Rare Black Quilted Leather Gold Silver Top Handle Satchel Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Black Quilted Leather Gold Silver Top Handle Satchel Bowling Bag Leather Gold and silver tone hardware Zipper closure Leather lining Date code present Made in France Han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Leather Small Mini Party Kelly Evening Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather (Caviar) Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in Italy Handle drop 4" Measures 9.5" W x 7" H x 3" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Black Leather Back with 2 external Pockets, and 2 internal zippered pockets. This bag also has yellow gold colored hardware and leather and yellow gold colored chain straps. With but...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
  • Black Vintage Chanel Handbag
H 8.5 in. W 11.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Runway Black Gold Stripe Small Mi Top Handle Evening Wristlet Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold-tone hardware Jacquard lining Zip closure Handle drop 7.5" Measures 6.5" W x 6.5" H x 6.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxury fashion...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Rare Black Leather Brown Kelly Style Evening Top Handle Satchel Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Black Leather Brown Kelly Style Evening Top Handle Satchel Flap Bag Caviar leather Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 10.25" W x ...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Chaplain Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Rare small CHANEL in black leather lined with burgundy fabric. It is worn by hand. The chaplain is made in several evenings. A small padded pocket in the middle with a patch pocket o...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Chaplain Leather Bag
  • Chanel Black Chaplain Leather Bag
  • Chanel Black Chaplain Leather Bag
  • Chanel Black Chaplain Leather Bag
H 4.93 in. D 0.4 in. L 6.7 in.
CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This beautiful little vintage evening bag is in black jersey. The jewelry is in golden metal, its chain can be worn in single or double. The bag has two storage bellows with a zipped...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
H 6.7 in. D 2.37 in. L 10.63 in.
Chanel CC Logo Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This shoulder bag from Chanel is made out of leather which shows little perforations all over the bag. On the front of the bag is a big double CC patent logo attached. Since the drop...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel CC Logo Black Bag
  • Chanel CC Logo Black Bag
  • Chanel CC Logo Black Bag
  • Chanel CC Logo Black Bag
H 10.5 in. W 5 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag SKU: 108901 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Woman Handbag Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2006-2008 Collection Bag, leather, solid color, branded zipper, patent, zipper fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, internal pocket, evening Includes: - Du...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Silk Woven Braided Gold Bar Top Handle Satchel Clutch Bag in Box
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Silk Woven Braided Gold Bar Top Handle Satchel Clutch Bag in Box • Silk • Metal • Gold tone hardware • Date code present • Made in Italy • Handle drop 1.25" • Measures ...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle 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 Monogram Canvas Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel bag in black monogram canvas . Zip closure. Black metal hardware. The interior is in black canvas with a zipped pocket. Worn by hand or shoulder using two handles in black lea...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Monogram Canvas Bag
  • Chanel Black Monogram Canvas Bag
  • Chanel Black Monogram Canvas Bag
  • Chanel Black Monogram Canvas Bag
H 4.73 in. D 4.34 in. L 13.39 in.
Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Vintage Shopper crafted in black leather with golden hardware. Equipped with double leather handle and chain, to wear it comfortably on the shoulder. Without closure, very lar...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 11.82 in. D 4.34 in. L 16.15 in.
Chanel Black Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag model Maxi Jumbo doublee-flap made of black grained leather with silver hardware. Closure with CC logo, very large inside. The bag is equipped with a leather shoulder stra...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
H 9.45 in. D 3.55 in. L 13 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 Black Leather Vintage Speedy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Leather Vintage Speedy Bag is in excellent condition. A timeless piece from the early 1990’s, it has maintained its status as a true classic. Black lea...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Grey Quilted Caviar Leather`Chain Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel top handle bag in black is a fine piece of craft that will never go out of style. The bag is made from quilted Caviar leather and the front flap features the interlocking...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Women's Handbag Coco Cocoon Black
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2009-2010 Collection Product Description: Coco cocoon, synthetic fibers, solid color, internal logo, branded zipper, front logo, quilted, double handle, zipper fastening, silve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Lax Black Leather Tassel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Lax Black Leather Tassel Bag in excellent condition. Black grained leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware and fabulous leather fringe tassel top zipper pull. Front exte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

CHANEL matelasse Womens handbag black x silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL matelasse Womens handbag black x silver hardware. The color is black x silver hardware. The outside material is caviar skin. The pattern is matelasse. This item i...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Leather Mini Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This mini Bowling bag is from Chanel. Beautifully crafted from caviar leather, the bag comes flaunting a quilted design, silver-tone hardware in the form of metal feet, and button-li...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Mini Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Mini Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Mini Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Mini Bowling Bag
H 11.5 in. W 11.5 in. L 29 in.
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 Black Leather Paris Biarritz Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Black Leather Shoulder Bag with black-tone hardware, black leather trim, exterior zip pockets, interior zip pockets, leather lining, handle dual top handles, strap dual flat s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black and Gold Wicker Basket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black and Gold Wicker Basket Bag is in excellent condition. Highly collectible and sought after, this is a rare piece for any collection. Black wicker sturdy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Grained Calfskin Bolt Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Chanel Bolt Bowler Bag is a stylish and functional bowler perfect for an everyday casual look. Crafted from black leather, this bag features dual flat handles, engraved CC bolt detai...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black caviar large shoulder tote with multiple compartments. Collection 2008/2009. Shoulder drop 8.5". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
H 12 in. W 6.5 in. L 13.5 in.
1990's Chanel Vintage Black Leather Unisex Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 90's unisex butter lambskin small black weekender bag. Handle drop 5.5". Shoulder drop 15.25". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Looped Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Patent Leather Handle Bag- pristine condition Versatile and weather friendly, it is a great addition to any wardrobe. Glossy black patent leather has bold silver tone m...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black/Peach Leather Reversible Drawstring Tassel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Enjoy the benefits of two bags when you buy this reversible bag from the house of Chanel. Crafted in leather, its unique style is extremely hard to find. It features one peach-hued s...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Portobello Top Handle Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin and Tweed Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and creasing on exterior, shoulder pad and underneath flap, wear and discoloration on handle. Small mark underneath flap, minor wear in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black & Cream Calfskin Leather Small Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black & Cream Calfskin Leather Small Boy Bag SKU: 109091 MSRP: USD 4,900.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Co...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Praise the beauty of this Chanel bag crafted from black quilted leather. The bag features a chain and leather interwoven shoulder strap along with the CC twist lock closure in silver...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
H 10.83 in. W 3.94 in. L 14.57 in.
Chanel Black Cow Leather Handle Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
-Vintage Chanel black cow leather handle bag from 1996 to 1997 collection. - "CC" turnlock for closure. - Copper hardware. -Length: 25cm. -Height: 24cm. -Width: 8.5cm. -H...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Cow Leather Handle Bag
  • Chanel Black Cow Leather Handle Bag
  • Chanel Black Cow Leather Handle Bag
  • Chanel Black Cow Leather Handle Bag
H 9.45 in. W 3.35 in. L 9.85 in.
CHANEL Kelly type Womens handbag black x gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Kelly type Womens handbag black x gold hardware. The color is black x gold hardware. The outside material is Denim. The pattern is Kelly type. This item is Vintag...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

1990's Vintage Chanel Epsom Black Leather Zipped Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel authentic everyday bag in durable epsom leather and gold tone hardware. Top zipper, side open compartment and side zipped compartment. Collection 1997/1999. Handle drop 12". C...
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1990s Top Handle 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 Quilted Calfskin Coco Luxe Large Shopping Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Coco Luxe Large Shopping Bag SKU: 108900 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on some hardware. No visib...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black patent leather cc logo quilted handbag in very good condition. Black patent leather exterior with quilted CC logo throughout trimmed with double top handles. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel black leather & beige QUILT STITCHING Small Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel quilted handbag in black leather with beige stitching. CC gold-plated metal logo in the front. Open pocket on the back. Opens with a zipper on top and is lined in black CC nyl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Tri Color Glazed Nubuck and Leather Castle Rock Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This casual and chic Castle Rock bag by Chanel makes a perfect everyday bag. Made from glazed nubuck and leather, this bag comes with an interweaved chain strap and a top handle. It ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Chanel handbag two side - black Lambskin Leather - Large
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel handbag with gold-colored hardware. The material of the bag is black Lambskin Leather. The bag opens with the interlocking CC lock. There are two compartments and two small po...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The year...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Leather Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon PM Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The year ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black and Cream CC Logo Caviar Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black and Cream CC Logo Caviar Leather Handbag in excellent condition. black caviar leather exterior trimmed with cream topstitching and 4 matte gold feet along bottom. 2 inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel black caviar "CC" interlock hand tote bag from year 1997 to 1999. - Hardware: Gold - "CHANEL" zip closure. - Two side slip pockets. - Measurements: Length: 2...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
H 9.06 in. W 3.94 in. L 9.85 in.
CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Coco Cocoon Nylon Tote Bag Handbag Black Bordeaux Leather. The color is Black. The outside material is Nylon. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL Kelly Caviar Handbag Bag Black Flap Leather Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Kelly Caviar Handbag Bag Black Flap Leather Gold Hardware. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. T...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

CHANEL 2WAY chain shoulder Womens handbag black x silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2WAY chain shoulder Womens handbag black x silver hardware. The color is black x silver hardware. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is 2WAY chain sho...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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Chanel Black Top For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel black top you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. 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 protectString (more). Finding the perfect chanel black top may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Chanel Black Top?

On average, a chanel black top on 1stDibs sells for $2,117, while they’re typically $273 on the low end and $129,920 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.