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Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black quilted lambskin maxi single flap with silver tone hardware. Shoulder drop 11"/21". Collection 2009/2010. Storte price $7300. Comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
H 9.5 in. W 4 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Flap Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This gorgeous wallet from the house of Chanel is crafted from leather and carries a lovely quilted exterior. Styled with a CC-adorned flap, the wallet is equipped with an interior to...
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2010s Wallets

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Flap Wallet
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic Flap Wallet
H 4.14 in. W 0.79 in. L 7.09 in.
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 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 Patent Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Black
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Black diamond quilted Patent Calfskin leather Chanel Classic Maxi Double Flap bag with silver-tone metal hardware, convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap, single patch poc...
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2010s 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 80s Black Lambskin Extra Long Elongated Classic Flap Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel black lamsbkin extra long elongated classic flap clutch 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} Giant long lambskin leather clutch flap bag Gold hardware CC turnlock closure Interior long zi...
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1980s Clutches

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 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 Jumbo Double Flap - Black Caviar leather Silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from black caviar leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition. 3 indentat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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 Black Quilted Leather Classic East West 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 le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

NEW Chanel Classic Medium Flap - Black Caviar Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Just stunning.! This Chanel Medium Classic Flap bag is just breathtaking. The black caviar leather next to the gold hardware trimming is just exquisite. Purchased from the Mothershi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

1991 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: HB3803 Serial Number: 1931969 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticit...
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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.
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

RARE Chanel Black Embroidered Python 2.55 Classic Flap Reissue 226
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Embroidered Python 2.55 Classic Flap Reissue 226 in excellent condition. Black python snakeskin exterior embroidered with tan wool, black lace, and black paillette sequi...
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2010s 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Chanel Classic Flap Gabrielle Brasserie Menu Burgundy & Black Lambskin Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Brasserie Gabrielle Menu Classic Flap Clutch is sold out everywhere. A beautiful and elegant piece for a Chanel collector.
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Shopping Classic Flap Cruise Mesh Woven Crochet 2 In 1 Black Patent Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Cruise Mesh Woven Crochet 2 in 1 Large Tote and Classic Flap Bag Year: 2011 Cruise Silver hardware Patent leather Patent leather drawstring cords Remove-able medium sized p...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Airline Airplane Classic Medium Double Flap Blue Black White
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
LIKE NEW RARE Chanel Airline Airplane Classic Medium Double Flap Blue Black White. Shop with Confidence from Lux Addicts. Authenticity Guaranteed!
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Pop Art No. 5 Caption Comic Lambskin Black Multicolor Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Pop Art No. 5 Caption Comic Shearling & Lambskin Flap Bag - Fall 2014 Runway Collection - Collector Limited Edition Bag - Black Shearling and Lambskin Leather Classic Flap B...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Ombré Python Exotic Snakeskin Rare Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ombré Python Exotic Snakeskin Rare Classic Flap Gold hardware Classic back pocket Classic CC turnlock clasp Interior center zippered pocket Grey interior lambskin lining Addi...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Classic Flap Black For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel classic flap black you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Red and protectString (more). Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel classic flap black may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 20th 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 Black?

Prices for a chanel classic flap black can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $813 and can go as high as $39,920, while, on average they fetch $6,199.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

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


Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.


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


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


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


Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags Purses Bags for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.