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Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
This luxurious Chanel bag comes in black leather with gorgeous chain designer chain detail. Excellent condition. LXRandCo guarantees the authenticity of this vintage Chanel Chain sho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Shoulder Bags

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H 7.09 in. D 4.14 in. L 10.24 in.
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 French 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 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 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 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 French 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black leather chain shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel Black leather chain shoulder bag 30*20 cm, 7 cm depth
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel CC Caviar Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
LXRandCo guarantees the authenticity of this vintage Chanel CC Chain shoulder bag. Crafted in calf, this refined purse comes in coral.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Shoulder Bags

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H 9.06 in. D 6.3 in. L 13 in.
Chanel CC Chain Timeless Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
This exquisite Chanel purse comes in beautiful turquoise leather. LXRandCo guarantees the authenticity of this vintage Chanel CC Chain Timeless shoulder bag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Shoulder Bags

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H 10.04 in. D 5.12 in. L 14.57 in.
Chanel CC Logo Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
Gorgeous vintage Chanel CC Logo Chain shoulder bag in luxurious black leather. Authenticated by LXRandCo.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Shoulder Bags

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H 10.44 in. D 4.73 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Denim Shoulder Bag With Chain
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel denim handbag with chain woven handles. Handle drop 7". Comes with original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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H 7 in. W 5.5 in. L 13 in.
Chanel CC Logo Chain Around Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
LXRandCo guarantees this is an authentic vintage Chanel CC Logo Chain Around shoulder bag. This chic shoulder bag in brown is made in lambskin leather.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Shoulder Bags

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H 8.67 in. D 2.76 in. L 12.6 in.
Chanel Tan Quilted Leather Chain Around Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This shoulder bag from Chanel is perfect for your fashion arsenal, bringing along the iconic quilt pattern, the CC logo on the flap, and a woven chain trim outlining the bag and also...
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2010s Italian Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Leather Chain Around Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Shoulder bags as pretty as this one by Chanel are not creations you find every day. That's why this bag is worthy of a place in your closet. It has been crafted from red leather and ...
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2010s Italian Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Leather Large CC Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Brown Leather Large CC Chain Shoulder Bag with leather, gold-tone hardware, trim leather, exterior slip pocket, interior zip pocket, chain shoulder strap and zipper closur...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black patent leather leather and chain-link shoulder strap quilted finish foldover top signature interlocking CC turn-loc...
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Early 2000s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 80s Black Vintage Leather Shoulder Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent vintage black shoulder bag, partially quilted. Gold tone hardware. Collection 1986/1988. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Camera bag red leather gold tone chain shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel red leather gold tone chain shoulder bag 90s Red Chanel CC logo on the front, gold tone hardware with red leather fringes on the side and a red and gold tone shoulder strap Ca...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Twin Chain Shoulder Bag Quilted Patent and Lace
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor scuffs on exterior, creasing and scuffs underneath flap, bubbling on shoulder pad. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage So Black Bar Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage So Black Bar Chain Shoulder Bag Black nylon canvas with a flap top CC turn-lock closure Leather entwined chain shoulder strap Black metal hardware Carry it as a c...
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Early 2000s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Yellow Caviarskin Leather Matelasse Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Matelasse Shoulder Bag in yellow quilted Caviar leather and has gold-tone hardware. It has a unique rounded top shape with a wrap-around zipper closure. The zipper has a styli...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Xl Black leather silver hardware chains Shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel Boy Xl Black leather silver hardware chains Shoulder bag Height: 9.85 in. (25 cm) Depth: 3.15 in. (8 cm) Length: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Gold metallic quilted Lambskin leather Chanel Supernova Chain shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Gold metallic quilted Lambskin leather Chanel Supernova Chain shoulder bag with gold-tone hardware, dual intertwined chain-link and leather shoulder straps, an open top with single s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gray Suede Double Flap Chevron V Stitch Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Double Flap Chevron Shoulder Bag features gray suede exterior, black leather interior, gold-tone chain link strap and closure adorned with multicolor stones. 62748MSC
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Grained Calfskin Classic Double Chain Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Grained Calfskin Classic Double Flap Chain Shoulder Bag. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The...
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Early 2000s French 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 2015 Chevron V-Stitch Leather Chain Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic Chanel 2015 Chevron V-Stitch Leather Flap Chain Shoulder Bag. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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2010s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Bowling Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Bowling Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted. 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 Quilted Lambskin Leather Chain Full Flap Mini Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black quilted Lambskin leather Chanel Chain Full Flap shoulder bag with gold-tone hardware, woven leather and chain-link shoulder strap, interlocking CC turn-lock on the front flap t...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Turquoise Blue Quilted Bubble Jersey Snake Effect Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Turquoise Quilted Bubble Jersey Snake Effect Chain shoulder bag is crafted in a quilted pattern, this bag features a fabric shoulder pad with snake-effect chain link straps in...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Caviar Leather Zip Chain Medium Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Caviar Leather Zip Chain Medium Shoulder Bag features caviar quilted leather, double quilted caviar leather straps, embossed CC interlocking logo on the ...
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20th Century 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 French 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item ...
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1980s French 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 French 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Classic Large 11" Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Classic Large 11" 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 Co...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Large Chain Shoulder Bag Leather Black Zip Goldper
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Large Chain Shoulder Bag Black Leather Gold Zipper. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Class...
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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 Large Classic Handbag Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black Caviar
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Large Classic Handbag Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black Caviar. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Classic Large 11" Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Classic Large 11" 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 Co...
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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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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

CHANEL Maxi 13" Caviar Grained Calfskin W Chain Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Maxi 13" Caviar Grained Calfskin W Flap Chain Shoulder Bag. 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 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 Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilt
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilt. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 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 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 Vintage Olsen CC Chain Shoulder Bag Crystal Embellished Canvas
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, moderate wear and discoloration on leather trims and handle, glue stains on opening edges. Discoloration on int...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 French 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 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Flap Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch 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 French 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 French 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel chain shoulder bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Brown, Beige, Gray and more in stock now. If you’re looking for a chanel chain shoulder bag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. 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 Chain Shoulder Bag?

Prices for a chanel chain shoulder bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $405 and can go as high as $17,540, while, on average they fetch $2,499.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

In the years following the opening of her modest millinery shop, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel became a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls. Today vintage Chanel handbags, jackets and evening dresses are among the most sought-after clothing and accessories for fashion lovers all over the world.

The first Chanel shop was established in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, Chanel's designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz.

But Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel bags, evening dresses, shoes, jewelry and other clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right 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.