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Chanel Classic Flap bag shoulder bag in black quilted fabric and silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Timeless/Classique handbag with simple flap in black quilted iridescent fabric, silver metal hardware, a silver metal chain handle intertwined with black fabric allo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder Flap bag in black quilted aged leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Gorgeous shoulder bag Chanel Classic Flap bag in black quilted aged leather, silver metal hardware, a silver metal chain handle intertwined with black leather allowing a hand, should...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder Flap bag in Khaki quilted lambskin and gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid & Rare Chanel Classic Flap bag in khaki quilted leather, gold-plated metal hardware, a gold-plated metal chain handle interlaced with khaki leather for shoulder support Clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Amazing Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Amazing Chanel Classic Flap Bag in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interlaced with black leather allowing a shoulder and shoulder s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare vintage Mini Chanel Classic shoulder flap bag in black quilted lambskin,GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Charming & Rare Chanel Classic flap bag Mini in black quilted lambskin leather, vertical stitching, gold-plated hardware, tubular black leather handle for hand support Flap closure, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Classic Flap shoulder Bag in black Tweed and glittery threads, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Very chic and Rare Chanel Classic Flap bag in Tweed embroidered with multicolored glittery threads, silver metal hardware, a silver metal chain handle interlaced with black ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Limited Edition Chanel Classic shoulder flap bag in black calf leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid and Rare limited edition Chanel Classic Flap bag in black leather, matt gold-plated metal hardware, a matt gold-plated metal and black leather chain that allows a shoulder a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double flap shoulder bag in red caviar quilted leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Classic Flap bag shoulder bag in red metal caviar quilted leather , ruthenium metal hardware, a ruthenium metal chain handle interwoven with red leather for a hand a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder Flap bag in beige quilted lambskin and gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid and Rare Chanel Classic Flap Bag in beige quilted leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interlaced with beige leather for shoulder and crossbody ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in Red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Sublime & Rare bag Chanel Classic Flap bag medium 25 cm in red quilted lambskin, gold metal hardware, gold metal chain interwoven with red leather for a shoulder and shoulder strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Gorgeous Chanel Classic flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Chanel Classic flap bag in black quilted leather, gold-plated hardware, a gold-plated chain handle interlaced with black leather for shoulder or shoulder strap Flap closure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder Flap bag in amaranth quilted lambskin leather , SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Very nice Chanel Classic Flap bag in amaranth quilted leather, ruthenium metal hardware, a ruthenium metal chain handle interlaced with amaranth leather allowing a shoulder and shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Amazing Chanel Classic shoulder flap bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Classic Flap Bag Medium in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-plated hardware, a gold-plated chain handle interlaced with black leather for shoulder and shoulder s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Amazing Chanel Classic shoulder Flap bag in red quilted lambskin leather , SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Chanel Classic flap bag handbag in raspberry quilted lambskin leather, silver metal hardware, a silver metal chain handle interlaced with red leather for a shoulder and shou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin and gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Superb Chanel Classic Flap Bag Medium in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-plated hardware, a gold-plated chain handle interwoven with black leather allowing for a shoulder and sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Medium Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 119114 MSRP: 8800.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: The Chanel Classic Flap Bag is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Classic Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
- Soft lambskin body in bright pink signature diamond quilting - Flap top with CC turnlock closure - Leather and chain strap - Opens to leather-lined interior with zipped pocket a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Lime Green Butterfly Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Lime Green Butterfly Classic Flap Bag in excellent condition. Lime green quilted lambskin leather exterior trimmed with a laser cut leather butterfly along the front side and ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag Whether for a casual shopping spree or just a Sunday brunch outing, this contemporary Chanel Classic Easy Flap bag is impeccable for all you...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Beige Jumbo Classic Easy Flap Bag
H 7.09 in. W 11.42 in. D 3.55 in.
Chanel Timeless Classic Valentine Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A Timeless Classic Chanel Valentine 2014 Medium Flap handbag. The exterior of this medium Timeless Classic is crafted with a beautiful dusty rose lambskin leather with gold tone hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Novelty Bags

  • Chanel Timeless Classic Valentine Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Timeless Classic Valentine Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Timeless Classic Valentine Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Timeless Classic Valentine Medium Flap Bag
H 6.11 in. D 2.96 in. L 10.24 in.
Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, light scuffs underneath flap, minor wear and small stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measure...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. A key piece in any sophisticated wardrobe, the Jumbo Classic is one of th...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
H 7.5 in. W 12 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Black Classic Flap with Wallet Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Flap Bag with Wallet. Black lambskin leather bag with wallet that can be attached inside with a snap. Medium size bag. Vintage bag with 24 kt gold plating on hardware an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear on base and side opening corners, creasing, wear, scuffs and marks on exterior, underneath flap and in interior. Wear on strap, bubbling underneat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on base corners and strap, indentations on interior flap, scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Periwinkle Caviar Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Periwinkle Caviar Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag is in pristine unworn condition, never carried. A key piece in any sophisticated wardrobe, the Classic Flap i...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on base corners and in interior, slight creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 12", Height 7.5"...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Outlet. Heavy discoloration, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap. Indentations on interior flap, marks in interior, scratches and discoloration...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, marks and scuffs on exterior, in rear pocket, underneath flap and in interior, creasing and bubbling underneath flap, scratches and tarnish on hardware. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, wear on base corners and strap, moderate wear and scuffs in interior. Slight peeling on strap base trim hardware, scratches on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear on base corners, flap corners, flap opening edges and strap. Wear and darkening on closure trim, creasing and heavy scuffs underneath flap and interior po...
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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: Fair. Heavy wear, discoloration, indentations, scuffs and creasing on exterior, underneath flap and on interior flap, moderate wear and discoloration on strap. Scuffs and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Wear, scuffs and marks on exterior and strap, heavy scuffs, wear and oil slick discoloration underneath flap. Moderate wear in interior, scratches ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flaps, moderate wear on base and opening corners, minor wear on strap. Marks in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, moderate wear, marks, scuffs and indentations on exterior, underneath flaps and in interior, glitter underneath interior flap and in interior, scratches on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners, slight indentations on interior flap. Light scuffs in interior, scratches and heavy tarnish on closure hardware. Accessories: Dust B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight odor in interior. Wear on base, flap and rear pocket edges, strap and interior flap, small marks underneath flap, scratches and moderate discoloration on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, scuffs, and wear on exterior and in the interior, moderate bubbling, indentations and creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Marketplace Only. Heavy discoloration on exterior and strap, creasing and small marks on exterior, bubbling underneath flap. Moderate scuffs, darkening, wear and marks und...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base and flap corners, minor creasing on rear and underneath flap. Indentations on interior flap, scuffs and wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Ac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Repainted base and flap corners. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flaps, wear and darkening on strap. Indentations on interior flap, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight odor in interior. Light creasing near base, wear on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, creasing underneath flap. Indentations on interior flap, m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A timeless Chanel Classic Double Flap Handbag. The exterior of this Maxi classic is in black caviar leather with silver tone hardware. It features a front flap with signature CC turn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear and small marks on exterior, moderate discoloration on front underneath flap. Heavy scuffs and wear underneath flap, wear in interior, scratches on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Marketplace Only. Repainted underneath flap, on interior flap and in interior. Broken stitch and heavy separating on flap opening corner. Indentations, scuffs, wear and ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Maxi Classic 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 its signature label on the fabr...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear and loss of luster on exterior and strap, minor wear, scuffs and marks underneath flaps and in interior. Indentations on interior flap, scratches ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, scuffs and light indentations underneath flap, scratches and slight tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Orange Quilted Lambskin Classic Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Orange Quilted Lambskin Classic Mini Flap Bag SKU: 115418 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic on har...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel mint condition flap classic bag gold ombre
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare an collectible gold ombre Python single flap classic bag. Mint condition , scales are perfect. Ruthenium hardware and suede interior . Outside pocket, interior zipped poc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Pink Python Jumbo Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Pink Python Jumbo Classic is in excellent condition. No longer in production, exotic classics are highly collectible. Ballerina pink python skin is accented ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Moderate wear on strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 23", Height 5", Width 8", Depth 3" Designer: Chane...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and discoloration on base corners and flap edges, creasing, wear, scuffs and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Wear and heavy darkeni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, moderate wear, scuffs and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, darkening on base, flap corners and strap base. Wear on strap, minor scuffs i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light scuffs underneath flap, minor wear underneath interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 12", Height 7.5",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Chevron Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, oil slick discoloration, moderate wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Caviar Nubuck Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
2013 Medium Chanel pink nubuck caviar classic flap bag. Made in France. Serial 18xxxxxx. Measures approximately 10 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches Chain drop 9-16 inches. Comes with box/Authentic...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Classic Flap Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel classic flap bag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel classic flap bag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. 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 Classic Flap Bag?

Prices for a chanel classic flap bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $403 and can go as high as $57,000, while, on average they fetch $3,601.

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.