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Chanel Women's Tote Bag Blue Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2008-2009 Collection. Tote bag, classic chain, leather, solid color, front logo, button fastening, silver-tone hardware, internal pockets, fabric lining. Includes: Authenticit...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Women's Tote Bag Blue Leather
  • Chanel Women's Tote Bag Blue Leather
  • Chanel Women's Tote Bag Blue Leather
  • Chanel Women's Tote Bag Blue Leather
H 15.36 in. W 16.54 in. D 4.34 in.
Chanel Cobalt Blue Leather Hula Hoop Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Cobalt Blue Leather Hula Hoop Bag is in pristine condition. From the Spring 2013 collection, the Hula Hoop was originally planned to be a runway piece only. ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Blue Grained Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL blue bag Limited series from Maison Chanel. Handbag carried by 2 handles or over the shoulder by two aged silver metal chains. On the jewelry, there are blue plastics (see pho...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Blue Grained Leather Bag
  • Chanel Blue Grained Leather Bag
  • Chanel Blue Grained Leather Bag
  • Chanel Blue Grained Leather Bag
H 6.7 in. D 3.15 in. L 8.67 in.
Chanel Woman Hobo bag Blue
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Hobo bag, leather, solid color, faded effect, front logo, quilted, magnetic closure, gunmetal hardware, internal zipped pocket, main internal compartment, day bag. Product Condition:...
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Mid-20th Century Hobo Bags

2000s Chanel Blue Silk Satin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Lovely bow bag by Chanel, 100 % blue silk satin, it can be worn as a shoulderbag or as a clutch. Magnetic button closure. The bag comes with original dust bag and authenticy card. Th...
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Early 2000s Clutches

CHANEL Deauville Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
It all started in 1913, when Coco Chanel opened its first store in Deauville. She was madly in love with the polo player Arthur Capel called "Boy". It was in Deauville where she spen...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Deauville Blue Denim Bag
  • CHANEL Deauville Blue Denim Bag
  • CHANEL Deauville Blue Denim Bag
  • CHANEL Deauville Blue Denim Bag
H 13 in. D 6.3 in. L 14.97 in.
1996 Chanel Blue Denim Vintage Timeless Vanity Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Blue Denim Vintage Timeless Vanity Bag Xupes Reference: HB3509 Serial Number: 4672980 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card, Interior Pouch & Separators, Shoul...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Limited Edition Heart Charm Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition blue lambskin single flap with heart charms. Shoulder drop 9.5"/18". Light gold tone hardware. Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Leather Large Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Blue Leather Large Boy Bag is in pristine condition, appearing never before carried. Bold blue leather is quilted in signature Chanel diamond pattern with trip...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Blue Medium Hula Hoop Quilted Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Classic Flap Hula Hoop Clutch Tote Bag Year: 2013 Silver hardware Quilted Lambskin Leather Classic CC Mademoiselle turn lock Classic back pocket Jacquard fabr...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Blue Distressed Leather Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Turn the monday blues into something fabulous with this gorgeous Chanel tote. This beautiful bag comes in navy and is crafted from distressed leather and lambskin leather. It has a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Blue Distressed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue Distressed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue Distressed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue Distressed Leather Tote Bag
H 10.24 in. W 13 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Microfiber Acqua Blue Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Soft Chanel microfiber acqua flap Year: 2012 Silver hardware Interwoven chain Interlocking CC clasp Interior zipper closure Interior center zippered pocket Strap drop: Single 19" Do...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag Year: 2014 Silver hardware Interior zipper pocket Interior blue canvas lining Strap drop 11” 6” H x 10” W x 2...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel XL Classic Flap Limited Edition Maxi Blue Caviar Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Limited Edition Caviar Blue Roi Maxi Classic Flap Bag Year: 2009 {VINTAGE 12 Years} Silver hardware Diamond quilted caviar leather Classic interwoven chain strip CC turn...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Blue and White Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel small camera bag in navy blue and white fabric featuring silver hardware and chain. Pockets on both sides and within the interior. Code: 12662311. Fabrics: Canvas. Conditio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Navy Blue and White Camera Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue and White Camera Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue and White Camera Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue and White Camera Bag
H 7.09 in. W 11.82 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag with gold-tone hardware, blue leather trim, any embellishments, exterior zip pockets,interior zip pockets,leather lining, dual top handle, adjus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag
  • Chanel Blue MC Tweed Leather Tote Bag
H 8.5 in. W 10 in. D 4 in.
Chanel Blue Leather Coco Cabas Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel blue leather Coco Cabas shoulder bag with silver-tone hardware, chain-link and leather straps, CC charm at front, quilting detail at base, tonal satin lining, interior zip poc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Vintage Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Vintage Camera Bag -Timeless style -Iconic Chanel CC logo to the zip -Classic Chain and leather double shoulder strap -Quilted soft leather -2 full-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

2000s Chanel Blue Stretch Spirit Cabas Bag
By Chanel
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Chanel Stretch Spirit Cabas bag. Made in dark blue denim with Chanel CC logo embroidered on the front. Upper finish in red and white stripes. Handles with silver chain intertwined wi...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • 2000s Chanel Blue Stretch Spirit Cabas Bag
  • 2000s Chanel Blue Stretch Spirit Cabas Bag
  • 2000s Chanel Blue Stretch Spirit Cabas Bag
  • 2000s Chanel Blue Stretch Spirit Cabas Bag
H 12.6 in. W 19.69 in. D 7.88 in.
2018 Chanel Blue Quilted Calfskin Leather Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Blue Quilted Calfskin Leather Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB231 Serial Number: 24222227 Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Care Booklet, Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Rare Surf Sport Blue White Red Canvas Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Rare Surf Classic Flap Sport Bag Crossbody 2001 {VINTAGE 20 Years} Brushed Silver hardware CC turnlock closure Canvas surf print with CC logo CHANEL written in red l...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel NEW Blue Bubble Leather Gunmetal Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Antiqued silver-tone hardware Canvas lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 10" Measures 8.5" W x 4.5" H x 2" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guarantee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Snakeskin Exotic Skin Leather Silver Evening Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Python Snakeskin Silver tone hardware Leather lining Kisslock closure Made in France Shoulder strap drop 24.5" Measures 10.75" W x 5.5" H x 3" D Includes authenticity card and dust...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Navy Blue Nylon Coco Cocoon Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This luxurious Coco Cocoon bowler bag by Chanel is a note-worthy design. Crafted with quilted nylon, it features dual top handles and silver-tone hardware. This bag has a top zip-up ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Navy Blue Nylon Coco Cocoon Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue Nylon Coco Cocoon Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue Nylon Coco Cocoon Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue Nylon Coco Cocoon Bowler Bag
H 10.63 in. W 6.7 in. L 16.54 in.
Chanel Navy Blue/Red Woven Leather Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Spacious and captivating, this Bowler bag is from Chanel. It has been crafted from woven leather and features a beautiful combination of navy blue and red hues. It is equipped with t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Navy Blue/Red Woven Leather Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue/Red Woven Leather Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue/Red Woven Leather Bowler Bag
  • Chanel Navy Blue/Red Woven Leather Bowler Bag
H 8.67 in. W 5.12 in. L 13.39 in.
Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in fashion history as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner, Boy Flap, that has been exquisitely crafted from quilt...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
H 8.67 in. W 2.76 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Metallic Blue Caviar Leather Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap Bags are famous around the world and easily revered as classics in the realm of handbags. The Easy Flap bag is from that fabulous lot and it comes flaunting their signa...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Dark Blue Lambskin Leather Woven PVC Medium Boy Chanel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Dark Blue Lambskin Leather Woven PVC Medium Boy Chanel Bag 10" Width x 6.5" Height x 3.5" Depth This bag is done in dark blue lambskin leather and multicolor woven PVC with si...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel boy blue navy patent leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel boy patente leather shoulder bag it is in perfect conditions still with card Measurements: width 25 cm height 16 cm depth 7 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless XL Quilted Carry-on Tote Royal Blue Patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Royal Blue Patent Leather XL Quilted Carry-On Travel Bag Tote Spring/Summer 2015 Silver hardware Royal blue patent leather Royal blue calfskin leather trims Dual-rolled lea...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Drawstring Bucket Cruise 2015 Tweed Fringe & Lambskin Mini Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Cruise 2015 Denim Tweed Fringe Bucket Bag Antiqued ruthenium hardware Blue denim Chanel bucket bag Drawstring CC Logo closure at front Classic interwoven chain strap Cha...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Fringe Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Classic Flap 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} -Gold tone hardware -Oversized vintage CC turnlock -Denim blue quilted canvas -Classic inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

2017 Chanel Blue Quilted Denim & Blue Calfskin Leather Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Blue Quilted Denim & Blue Calfskin Leather Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB243 Serial Number: 22333606 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Deta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Bag in Perforated Navy Blue Patent Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel bag in perforated navy blue patent leather. Palladium silver metal hardware. Worn by hand. It is lined in beige alcantara with two zipped pockets. Stamp S from private sale...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Bag in Perforated Navy Blue Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Bag in Perforated Navy Blue Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Bag in Perforated Navy Blue Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Bag in Perforated Navy Blue Patent Leather
H 8.67 in. D 7.68 in. L 11.03 in.
CHANEL Tote Bag in Navy Blue Quilted Suede
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel tote bag in navy blue quilted suede. Palladium silver metal hardware. Double zipper (missing on a closure). The interior is lined in black canvas with 3 pockets, one zipped. ...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • CHANEL Tote Bag in Navy Blue Quilted Suede
  • CHANEL Tote Bag in Navy Blue Quilted Suede
  • CHANEL Tote Bag in Navy Blue Quilted Suede
  • CHANEL Tote Bag in Navy Blue Quilted Suede
H 8.27 in. D 9.06 in. L 16.54 in.
CHANEL Minaudière Bag in Midnight Blue Silk Satin
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel minaudière bag in midnight blue silk satin. A ruthenium chain intertwined with blue leather goes around this bag. Midnight blue silk interior. Clasp CC Minaudière in good c...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

New Chanel Wallet on Chain Royal Woc Blue Patent Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Royal Blue Patent Leather WOC Crossbody Pristine Year: 2014 So blue plated hardware Interior zippered pocket on flap Interior 6 card slot Interior large centered zipper ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Turquoise Caviar Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent condition two tone cross body bag. Turquoise caviar leather with electric blue interior. Shoulder drop 25". Collection 2012/2013. Comes with hologram, id card and or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Turquoise Caviar Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Turquoise Caviar Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Turquoise Caviar Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Turquoise Caviar Crossbody Bag
H 5 in. W 1 in. L 7.5 in.
Chanel Rare 90's Vintage Quilted Light Blue Lambskin Top Handle Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Baby blue Chanel lambskin quilted flap with top handle and classic back pocket 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Silver hardware Classic turn lock CC closure Interior center zippered pocket A...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Zip Back Pocket Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Make everyone nod in approval when you step out swaying this Chanel bag. It has been crafted from blue leather in the signature quilt and held by a chain-link shoulder sling. It flau...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Blue Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honour 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 Navy Blue Patent Leather Medium Boy Reverso Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as it carries an irreplaceable style. Chanel's Reverso Boy flap bag was part of the Fall/Winter 2013 ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL grey & blue IL QUADRATO TWEED BOX Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel 'II Quadrato' box shoulder bag, from the Paris in Rome Métiers d'art collection, in black, grey, light grey, beige and gold bouclé tweed featuring CC clasp fastening on top. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vanity Case Blue and White Crumpled Calfskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
This pre-owned Vanity Case from the Nautical-Inspired Cruise 2019 Chanel collection features one side in white quilted crumpled calskin and the other side in blue. Collection: Naut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Big Travel Bag in Midnight Blue Padded Canvas
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL big travel bag in midnight blue padded fabric and black leather, very large capacity. Adjustable black cloth handle on the back of the bag for shoulder wear only. Drawstring a...
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2010s Luggage and Travel Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Lambskin Leather Classic Maxi Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Classic Single Flap bag from Chanel comes in a classy shade which blends so well with the gold-tone hardware to exude beauty. Its leather body is detailed with their signature q...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Small CHANEL Flap Bag in Electric Blue Quilted Patent Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Small CHANEL Flap Bag in Electric Blue Quilted Patent Leather The hardware is in silver metal with a clasp recognizable at first glance, the Mademoiselle a double C intertwined. The ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel White/Blue Floral Print Nylon Sport CC Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Charm your way through every gathering by swinging this flap bag from Chanel. Crafted from nylon, the bag has a white exterior with a flap that has signature prints and the signature...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Blue Quilted Leather In-The-Business 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. This In-The-Business Flap bag is no less grand than the other Chan...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Dark Blue Diamond Quilted Leather CC Camera Tassel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This impressive camera bag is from the house of Chanel. Crafted from leather, it features a diamond-shaped quilted design all over. The creation comes with a tassel-detailed zip clos...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Bag in Sky Blue Straw Effect Cotton Fabric
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Extremely rare. CHANEL Mini bag in sky blue straw effect cotton fabric. It is in correct used condition. The interior is lined in beige. The hologram is present but unreadable. It c...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

New Chanel Mint Coco Cuba Sequins Bag Blue in Box
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mint condition blue coco Cuba limited editions sequins flap bag. Handle drop, 9"/17"L. Comes with hologram, id and original Box
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21st Century and Contemporary Novelty Bags

Chanel Teal Leather Knot Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Chanel bag is featured in a teal-colored knotted leather with a tortoise and leather charm that hangs off the side of the bag, and dual leather strap handles. Interior is fully lined...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Vintage Navy Blue Quilted Fabric CC Cruise Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Navy Blue quilted fabric Chanel Vintage CC Cruise flap bag with silver-tone hardware, beige woven lining, dual interior pockets; one zip closure and overall flap with CC folding clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Blue Quilted Leather Tote Bag Shopper Lucite Handles
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
CHANEL Vintage Shopping Tote in Navy Blue quilted leather,  from the 90s. Tortoise chain link top handles threaded with leather. Tortoise lucite Chanel pendant detailing on the side....
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Chanel Blue Black Sequin Chevron Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Leather trim Silver tone hardware Satin lining Turnlock closure Shoulder drop 22" Measures 11.5" W x 6.75" H x 3" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Pool Limited Edition Navy Blue Terry Tote Beach Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Navy Blue Quilted CC Logo Quilted Towel Beach Pool Bag Quilted navy blue terry cloth exterior CC Logo at exterior Two calfskin leather shoulder straps Lined i...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Dark Blue Denim Deauville Large Tote Bag with Orange Letters
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
If you want to feel like a star then this is the bag for you !! This fun and fabulous bag, make the perfect everyday or travel tote! The Chanel Canvas Deauville Large Shopping Tote B...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Resort Blue and White Cotton Blend Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Off white and navy Chanel blue flap with turnlock cc clasp closure Year: 2008 Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bijoux chain 5.5" H x 10" W x...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Alligator Exotic Leather Gunmetal Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
The Exotic Chanel You Need to Complement Your Collection. Since announcing the discontinuation of exotic skin handbags, the demand for exotic Chanel has increased tenfold. And the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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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 Purses Bags 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 designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.