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Chanel Iridescent Calfskin Medium Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel’s latest Boy Bags for Spring/Summer 2016 Collection are made available in Iridescent Calfskin. These Boy Bags features a shiny and pearly effect, almost similar to patent lea...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Iridescent Calfskin Medium Boy Bag
  • Chanel Iridescent Calfskin Medium Boy Bag
  • Chanel Iridescent Calfskin Medium Boy Bag
  • Chanel Iridescent Calfskin Medium Boy Bag
H 5.52 in. D 2.76 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Unlimited Duffle Bag Embossed Calfskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and scuffs on exterior, small mark on rear, discoloration along interior pocket edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measuremen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Chanel Circle C Calfskin Square Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Circle C Calfskin Square Flap Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting a metallic embossed calfskin exterior, this structured design is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag This beautiful white Chanel flap bag from 2008 will never go out of style. The bag is crafted in white leather and is finished with silve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Shiny Caviar Calfskin Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.63 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag SKU: 112279 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Co...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gray Aged Calfskin Gabriel Hobo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Circa 2018-2019. Chanel medium Gabrielle hobo bag is crafted from quilted crinkled calfskin and features silver and gold tone hardware, adjustable interwoven chain strap, zip closure...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Gray Aged Calfskin Gabriel Hobo Bag
  • Chanel Gray Aged Calfskin Gabriel Hobo Bag
  • Chanel Gray Aged Calfskin Gabriel Hobo Bag
  • Chanel Gray Aged Calfskin Gabriel Hobo Bag
H 9.06 in. D 3.94 in. L 11.03 in.
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 Beige Quilted Calfskin Boston Travel Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from crinkled beige calfskin leather, this pre-owned travel bag by Chanel showcases a diamond quilted exterior, a contrasting black patent leather trim and the icon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Chanel Just Mademoiselle Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and discoloration on base corners, opening edges and strap, creasing on exterior. wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Ballerine Camera Case Bag Quilted Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs, wear and discoloration on exterior, zipper pull and strap. Small stains and wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Acc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pleated Chain Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Estimated Retail Price: $3,200 Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Calfskin Black Small Paris Rome Drawstring Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This hand bag is made with soft diamond stitched calfskin leather in black. The bag features a chain and leather top handle, an optional shoulder strap, aged gold hardware, drawstrin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel CC Box Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Minor darkening on base wax edges, cracking on flap opening cor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Hamptons Foldover Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Touch up on base, opening corners and strap, creasing and wear on exterior, small slit on flap. Moderate cracking and splitting on strap shoulder pad, small marks...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Oversized Bowling Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Oversized Bowling Flap Bag SKU: 111802 Excellent Condition. Some wrinkling to leather. No other visible signs of wear. Brand: Chanel Model: Bowling Bag...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Small Gabrielle Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin Small Gabrielle Bucket Bag SKU: 112187 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very...
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2010s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Reissue Camera Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Odor in interior. Creasing and light wear on exterior and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 9.5", Height 5.5", Wid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Glazed Calfskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy wear and darkening on exterior trims, creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Moderate wear, creasing, darkening and cracking on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Accordion Reissue Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior, base, underneath flap and on interior leather trim. Minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Casual Riviera Chain Shoulder Bag Quilted Calfskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear on base and opening corners, darkening on base. Cracking on shoulder pad wax edges. Scuffs on interior opening, minor wear in interior, scratches on ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reverso Boy Flap Bag Calfskin New Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Touch ups on exterior edges and underneath flap, loss of shape on exterior, wear on exterior, strap and underneath flap, light cracking and stains underneath flap. I...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lady Pearly Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor creasing and wear on exterior, shoulder pad and underneath flap, indentations on rear. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Box...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base and flap corners, creasing, indentations and scuffs on exterior, shoulder pad and underneath flap. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Paris-Hamburg Embroidered Wool & Calfskin Drawstring Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel 2018 Paris-Hamburg Embroidered Wool and Calfskin Drawstring Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop, it is boasting a beautiful embroidered wool...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring 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 CC Turn & Lock Camera Bag Quilted Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, indentations and wear on exterior, darkening and wear on strap. Pilling and darkening on zipper tape, wear in interior, scratches on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Urban Spirit Drawstring Bag Iridescent Chevron Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate wear on base corners and opening edges, creasing and wear on exterior and strap, stains on side pocket, shoulder pad and interior opening....
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Distressed Calfskin Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Calfskin Distressed Classic Limited Edition Double Flap Bag 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Distressed quilted calfskin leather Double layer flap closure Silver hardware Classic int...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Stud Around Saddle Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, wear in interior, scratches on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Aged Calfskin 2.55 Reissue Waist Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Red Aged Calfskin 2.55 Reissue Waist Bag is in pristine condition. The petite silhouette packs a punch of style into any ensemble. Lipstick red aged calfskin i...
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2010s Belt Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Metallic Perforated Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear on base and flap edges, minor creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Wear, darkening and marks in interior, scratches and tarnish on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Clams Pocket Flap Bag Quilted Metallic Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and darkening on exterior edges, creasing on exterior and underneath flap, minor cracking on shoulder pad wax edges. Light wear and small marks in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Coco Pleats Drawstring Bag Pleated Crumpled Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior and strap, minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 6", W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Calfskin Mesh Hidden Sequin CC Black Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This super-chic limited edition Chanel tote bag is from 2009 and is crafted of hidden silver sequin-enclosed black mesh fabric and leather. The bag features the archetypical black le...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel CC Tassel Camera Bag Diagonal Chevron Calfskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear exterior corners, rear and strap, creasing and marks on exterior. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mad About Quilting Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and discoloration on base and flap corners, creasing, minor wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, bubbling on strap. Wear and marks in inter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Airlines Round Trip Bowling Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and light wear on exterior and in interior, marks on base, small glue stains on side and handle. Indentations on opening trim due to ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag SKU: 106958 MSRP: USD 4,800.00 From the 2019 Collection, the unique En Vogue is crafted in Crinkled Calfskin wit...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Chic Quilt Bowling Bag Quilted Iridescent Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Touchup on opening trim, loss of shape on exterior. Moderate wear, scuffs and discoloration on exterior and handles. Slight darkening and marks in interior, scratche...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo 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 CC Frame Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin with Python Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior and strap, moderate wear on base corners and flap edges, lifting of scales on rear pocket, top edge and shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Paris-Edinburgh Coco Sporran Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, moderate wear, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, shoulder pad and underneath flap. Wear in interior and scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Double Stitch Boy Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear and darkening on base corners, moderate scuffs on exterior, creasing underneath flap. Bubbling on front underneath flap and on shoulder pad, wear in interior, s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin 227
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Loss of shape on base, heavy wear and discoloration on base corners, creasing on exterior. Loose and broken stitching on flap opening corner, inden...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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 Running Chain Around Camera Bag Quilted Crumpled Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate creasing on exterior, minor wear and darkening on base corners, small scuffs on opening trim. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin 225
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on base and underneath flap, indentations underneath flap. Scuffs underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

2017 Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather Gabrielle Hobo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather Gabrielle Hobo Bag Xupes Reference: CB254 Serial Number: 24036029 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Aged Calfskin 227
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Loss of shape on base, moderate wear on base corners, rear pocket and interior opening edges, creasing on exterior, indentations underneath flap. W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Quilted Calfskin 2.55 Reissue Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Metallic Quilted Calfskin 2.55 Reissue Double Flap Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop, it is boasting a metallic quilted calfskin exterior,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bijoux Chain Mademoiselle Flap Bag Vertical Quilted Iridescent Calfskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, wear and minor darkening on exterior and underneath flap, wear and stains in interior, scratches and slight tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Smooth Calfskin Small Trendy CC Top Handle Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Smooth Calfskin Small Trendy CC Top Handle Flap Bag SKU: 113654 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Introduced for Chanel's 'Cruise 2019 Collectio...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

2019 Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather En Vogue Hobo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather En Vogue Hobo Bag Xupes Reference: HB3661 Serial Number: 27040764 Age (Circa): 2019 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Classic Shoulder Chain Flap Black Calfskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d'Art Collection Black leather Chanel flap bag with Antiqued gold hardware Single convertible classic interwoven chain Chain-link trim at edges...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Runway Brasserie Calfskin Gabrielle Shoulder Flap Bag and Clutch, 2015
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Green calfskin and quilted diamond stitch Chanel Menu clutch flap Year: 2015 Gold hardware Classic interlocking cc clasp Interior large pocket Two additional interior pockets Interw...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Minaudière Tote Bag Clutch Mini Vanity Black Calfskin Leather Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vanity Satchel Clutch Tote Bag This stylish vintage bag is crafted with luxurious diamond quilted lambskin leather. This unique bag features a looping end to end lambski...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Gold Quilted Calfskin Reissue 2.55 225 Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Gold Quilted Calfskin Reissue 2.55 225 Double Flap Bag SKU: 110230 MSRP: USD 6,800.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing on ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Metallic Aged Calfskin 227
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs, discoloration and wear on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, darkening on base corners. Glue stains underneath f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

2016 Chanel Iridescent Quilted Calfskin Leather Small Double Carry Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Iridescent Quilted Calfskin Leather Small Double Carry Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3914 Serial Number: 21838622 Age (Circa): 2016 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticit...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

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Chanel Calfskin Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel calfskin bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Beige and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect chanel calfskin bag among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. 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 Calfskin Bag?

On average, a chanel calfskin bag on 1stDibs sells for $3,192, while they’re typically $685 on the low end and $10,964 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 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.