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Chanel Black Classic Twist Crescent Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
From the Fall 2013 Collection. Black quilted patent leather Chanel Classic Twist Crescent Flap bag with silver-tone hardware, adjustable chain-link shoulder strap, black leather lini...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted leather Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Single chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Dual pockets at interior wa...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Square Flap Bag
H 5.91 in. W 7.88 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the ca...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3810 Serial Number: 5135537 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Care Booklet, Authenticity Card, ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap So Classic Jumbo Maxi Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Jumbo, crafted in black sequins, features woven in leather chain link strap, exterior back slip pocket, and gunmetal-tone hardware. Its CC...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag – Silver-tone hardware – Interlocking CC logo & quilted Pattern – Chain-link shoulder straps – Single exterior pocket – Leather lining & dual in...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag
  • Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag
  • Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag
  • Chanel Mini Classic Chevron Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. W 7.88 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Classic Flap So Classic Jumbo Maxi Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Jumbo, crafted in black sequins, features woven in leather chain link strap, exterior back slip pocket, and gunmetal-tone hardware. Its CC...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in a quilt design, it has a leather and fabric interior and the...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Dark Brown quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Single pa...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3809 Serial Number: 4519644 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Car...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black on Black Patent Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black on Black Patent Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black patent leather exterior trimmed with black hardware. Mademoiselle twist closure opens to ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 9" Black Classic Double Flap Bag with Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double-flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: Shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel 9" Brown Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brown classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5" or 9.5". Comes with hologram, id card, booklet and original dust cover. Minor scuffs on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Black quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 2 separate compartments each w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Black Lambskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel black lambskin quilted flap Year: 2013 Antique gold hardware CC turnlock closure Classic interwoven chain Lambskin Burgundy interior lining Interior rear open back pocket Int...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Maxi Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from glossy patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature l...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this Classic Double Flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from caviar leather in a quilt design, it has a leather inter...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Chevron Patent Leather Maxi Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in a chevron design, it bears their signature CC turn-lock on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Portfolio Caviar Briefcase Black Leather Laptop Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Flap Laptop Bag 1.75" Approx. handle drop Caviar leather Front flap with CC turnlock closure Gold tone hardware 1 Interior slip pocket, 1 interior zip pocket 1 Exterior...
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1990s Briefcases and Attachés

Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag circa 2008-2009 black cotton/silver-plated metal concealed magnetic fastening signature interlocking CC logo cha...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3800 Serial Number: 2805831 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

1996 Chanel Black Patent Leather Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Patent Leather Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3507 Serial Number: 4141384 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details:...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Wine red quilted suede Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and suede shoulder strap – Tonal leather lining – Single pat...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
1986 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3756 Serial Number: 571143 Age (Circa): 1986 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3799 Serial Number: 2570385 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authentici...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3804 Serial Number: 1498874 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3802 Serial Number: 2582498 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Classic Quilted Luggage Box Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Classic Quilted Lambskin Luggage Box Flap Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting soft black quilted lambskin-leather exterior, this d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black 1990s Quilted Satin Classic Single Flap Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Complete your Chanel collection with this amazing classic single flap! Circa 1990s, this timeless Chanel is crafted from soft black satin and features the signature quilted stitching...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Hidden Sequins Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Hidden Sequins Jumbo Classic Flap Bag- Pristine, Unworn Condition. Special Edition. The classic silhouette is texturally and visually unique; an imperative acquisition for col...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder 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 Classic Flap Supermodel Super Rare Quilted Black Patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small Chanel quilted patent leather flap with classic back pocket 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware Interwoven chain Interior centered zippered pocket Black nylon interior li...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap With Mesh Chain Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap With Mesh Chain Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag Year: 2009 Black lambskin leather Ruthenium hardware CC turn-lock with mesh print Single mesh chain strap I...
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Early 2000s Hobo Bags

1997 Chanel Black Caviar Leather Vintage Jumbo Single Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Vintage Jumbo Single Classic Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3757 Serial Number: 3280485 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Black and White Cruise Logo Accordion Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small medium quilted cruise lambskin flap in black with white trim and large CC clasp 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Silver hardware Interior centered zippered pocket Expandable flap Black...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Classic Flap Braid Quilted Small Black Distressed Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Lady Braid Quilted Distressed Quilted Lambskin Small Classic Flap Bag 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Silver hardware Soft diamond quilted distressed lambskin leather Top handle is ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Diana Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Diana Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3797 Serial Number: 3150811 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card, Care ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Supermodel Super Rare Quilted Black Patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small Chanel quilted patent leather flap with classic back pocket 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware Interwoven chain Interior centered zippered pocket Black nylon interior li...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

RARE Chanel Gripoix Beaded Black Leather Chain Trim Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE Chanel Gripoix Beaded Black Leather Chain Trim Classic Flap Bag in excellent condition. Black leather exterior antiqued bronze and silver chain trim and CC logo with beautiful g...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

2009 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3631 Serial Number: 13767619 Age (Circa): 2009 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bag with Classic Flap Crossbody Rare Enamel Top Handle Black Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Enamel Top Handle Classic Flap Bag Crossbody Same collection (larger size, different color) as seen on Kate Middleton. Very rare limited edition piece. Year 2015 Ma...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

1994 Chanel Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3622 Serial Number: 2621104 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticit...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

2011 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Triple Compartment Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Triple Compartment Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3656 Serial Number: 15358143 Age (Circa): 2011 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

2014 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3655 Serial Number: 19035571 Age (Circa): 2014 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} Gold hardware Black lambskin diamond stitch Red lambskin interior lining Classic interwoven long cha...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Transparent Clear Ombre PVC Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel ombre smoke effect faded black and clear transparent vinyl flap with lamb leather. Larger than a medium flap bag, featuring silver hardware and classic interwoven lambskin ch...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3834 Serial Number: 18510245 Age (Circa): 2014 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Classic Full Flap: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Full Flap - Year: 2000-2002 - Serial Number: 6130547 - Condition: Good - Authe...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Ultra Grey Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel grey tweed flap super rare! This bag is in excellent condition, as seen on celebrities like Mischa Barton and Diane Kruger. This is a very rare bag that is hard to find. Will...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Maxi Lambskin Leather Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel maxi single flap in black lambskin with silver tone hardware. Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, small indentations on interior flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, indentations and marks underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured 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.


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