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Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Fringe Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Classic Flap 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} -Gold tone hardware -Oversized vintage CC turnlock -Denim blue quilted canvas -Classic inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2014 Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap Year: 2014 So Black Hardware CC Turnlock Closure Classic Interwoven chain Coral interwoven velvet Classic back pocket In...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Patent Black Frame Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Electric black quilted patent leather clutch with rectangle metal frame Year: 2014 Metallic black cc logo Satin interior lining Zippered back pocket 10.5” W x 5.5” H x 2” D Made i...
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2010s Clutches

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 Classic Flap Shopping Tote Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior and strap. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap, wear in interior, scratches and heavy d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote 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 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 Flap Limited Edition Classic Patchwork Assorted Multi Color Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Classic Flap Limited Edition Classic Patchwork Multi Colored Assorted Hobo Bag Year: 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Denim and cotton stitched patchwork CC eyelet and floral patch details G...
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Early 2000s Hobo Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag Year: 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bi...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag Year: 2014 Silver hardware Interior zipper pocket Interior blue canvas lining Strap drop 11” 6” H x 10” W x 2...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag This authentic Chanel Hidden Sequins Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Microfiber Acqua Blue Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Soft Chanel microfiber acqua flap Year: 2012 Silver hardware Interwoven chain Interlocking CC clasp Interior zipper closure Interior center zippered pocket Strap drop: Single 19" Do...
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2010s Structured 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 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 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 Classic Flap Top Handle Rare Vintage Black Canvas Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Woven Silk Rope Vintage Mini Classic Kelly Year: 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware (24k Plated) CC Turn Lock Closure Black Silk Woven Rope Black Leather Interior...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Graffiti Limited Edition Runway Newspaper Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Hand Painter Newspaper Graffiti Classic Flap Year: 2016 Aged Silver Hardware 10" W x 2.4" D x 6" H Strap Drop: 9" 1 Exterior Pockets 3 Interior Pockets Made ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in grey quilted leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely Chanel Classique flap bag in grey quilted leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain for a hand or shoulder. Closure by flap. Lining in black printed canvas, 2 interna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Naked Beauty Lock Clear Transparent PVC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Naked Beauty Lock Clear Transparent PVC Crossbody Bag Year 2017 Lambskin leather lining Transparent diamond stitch PVC Silver hardware CHANEL engraved beauty ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Micro Mini Vintage Gold Sequin & Microfiber Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Rare Micro Mini Vintage Gold Sequin & Microfiber Bag 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC turn-lock closure Gold sequins throughout ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Micro Mini Vintage Gold Sequin & Microfiber Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Rare Micro Mini Vintage Gold Sequin & Microfiber Bag 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC turn-lock closure Gold sequins throughout ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Limited Edition Beige & Black Raffia Straw Canvas Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel raffia black canvas flap with mademoiselle clasp closure and interwoven patent chain Year: 2012 Gold hardware Classic interior zipper pocket Interior black canva lining Class...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Exotic Limited Edition Metallic Grey Python Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Charcoal grey Chanel python skin classic flap with sequin and beads. Year: 2011 Silver hardware Classic CC Closure Interior flap zipper Interior flap Interior open pockets Engraved ...
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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 Large Jumbo Quilted Saddle Brown Nubuck Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caramel Brown Nubuck Quilted Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag Diamond stitched nubuck leather Ruthenium classic interwoven chain Satin-canvas interior lining Main interior slide ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Brown and Beige Fur Deerskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Pink brown Chanel fur with deerskin interior lining and aged silver hardware 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Interwoven chain Interior center zipper pocket Strap drop: Single 16” Double ...
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Early 2000s 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 Classic Flap Exotic Limited Edition Metallic Grey Python Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Charcoal grey Chanel python skin classic flap with sequin and beads. Year: 2011 Silver hardware Classic CC Closure Interior flap zipper Interior flap Interior open pockets Engraved ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Micro Mini Beige Lambskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
CHANEL Super Rare Vintage Lambskin Leather Extra Mini Crossbody Flap Bag. This Celebrity Favorite has Diamond Quilting and a Gold Plated CC Turnlock Closure and hardware. Approxima...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Travel Airline Airport 2016 Runway Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Grained Calfskin Tweed Crest Airline Runway Top Handle Flap Bag 2016 Act II Collection Ruthenium hardware CC turn-lock closure at front flap Black, creme and multicolor tweed...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Large Jumbo Quilted Saddle Brown Nubuck Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caramel Brown Nubuck Quilted Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag Year: 2016 Diamond stitched nubuck leather Ruthenium classic interwoven chain Satin-canvas interior lining Main inte...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Resort Blue and White Cotton Blend Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Off white and navy Chanel blue flap with turnlock cc clasp closure Year: 2008 Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bijoux chain 5.5" H x 10" W x...
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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 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 Confetti Fantasy Charcoal Ultra Grey Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel charcoal multi colored fantasy tweed flap with large CC logo and turnlock CC clasp closure 2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Silver hardware Black lambskin lined interior flap Black gr...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap So Studded Mini Dallas Black Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap So Studded Mini Dallas Black Leather Cross Body Bag Chanel black quilted distressed lambskin leather should flap bag with dark silver hardware, front flap with C...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Small Classic Double Flap Bag. Vintage 9" width bag. 24 kt gold plated hardware and chain. Burgundy leather interior. Excellent condition for its age. Includes authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Flap bag for sale. Made from red caviar leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, very good condition. Do look at the phot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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H 8.27 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.55 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Naked Swarovski Strass Vintage 2002 Runway Mini Beige Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Naked Nude Swarovski Strass Vintage 2002 Runway Mini Flap Bag 2002 {VINTAGE 19 Years} Nude beige satin Ruthenium grey hardware Swarovski crystal throughout. Classic CC turn-...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Classic Flap Rare Limited Edition & Lizard Multi-color Brown Fur Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel fur multi color tweed and exotic skin flap with CC logo clasp 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware Interior flap lambskin lining Soft graffiti interior lining classic cent...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack is in very good vintage condition. A cool unisex spin on the timeless classic flap bag, the backpack is a roomy hands-free...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Classic Flap Soft Shell Vertical Quilted Jumbo Orange Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soft Shell Flap Bag Vertical Quilted Nylon Jumbo is a limited edition piece from the brands' Spring 2012 Collection. Crafted from red orange quilted nylon, this chic bag featu...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Limited Edition Pny Jumbo Expandable Calfskin Maxi Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Paris New York PNY Jumbo Expandable Maxi Calfskin Flap Bag 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Ruthenium hardware Diamond stitch calfskin aged leather Flap with CC turn lock Interior z...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage 90's Soft Chevron Fringe Pink Lambskin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soft Pink Chevron Fringe Lambskin Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} CC logo Stitched detail Magnetic clasp closure Beige interior lambskin lining Center zippered pocket Hangin...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Vintage and Letter Nameplate Black & White Canvas Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel canvas black and white flap with name plate chain 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Silver hardware Interior center zipper pocket Additional center pocket Magnetic closure Mad...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Woven Organic Nude Beige Raffia Cloth Blend Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Woven Raffia Organic Classic Flap Bag Year: 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold hardware Iconic CC turnlock closure Interwoven long shoulder strap Beige interior lining...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Two Tone Limited Edition Black & White Lambskin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Two Tone Black and White Flap Bag Rare Limited Edition 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Gold tone hardware Resin shoulder chain Mademoiselle re-issue oversized turnlock Lambskin quil...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap XL Large Plush Textured Black Microfiber Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel large plush Chanel textured flap with patent leather detail Year: 2010 Silver hardware Magnetic clasp closure Interior grey microfiber lining Center zippered pocket Patent le...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Fall 2014 Yellow Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous Chanel Yellow Tweed Classic 2.55 Flap bag from the Fall 2014/15 Collection. This bag has a beautiful yellow color with additional colors include light green, orange, white...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Graffiti Crocodile Embossed Mini Cocodile Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
CHANEL Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Graffiti 2.55 Mini Cocodile Reissue Flap Black Pink Year: 2019 Bijoux hardware chain Mademoiselle turn lock Embossed calfskin with a crocodile pr...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Quilted Micro Mini Silver Metallic Lambskin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Limited Edition 1994 Runway Gold Metallic Quilted Lambskin Micro Mini Classic Flap Bag 1994 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Silver hardware Silver lined interior 1 Interior pockets 4...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap XL And Maxi Jumbo Multicolor Faux Fur Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap XL And Maxi Jumbo Multicolor Faux Fur Tweed Shoulder Bag In excellent condition from Chanel 2010 RTW. 5"L x 13"W x 10"H Made in France
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage 2000s Pink & Grey Tweed and Fur Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Vintage 2000s Pink & Grey Tweed and Fur Cross Body Bag 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Light purple genuine rabbit fur with multicolor black, blue and tweed, CC turn lo...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Straw Camelia Nude Beige Jute Raffia Tweed Rope Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Straw Camelia Nude Beige Jute Raffia Tweed Rope Shoulder Bag Nude straw flap shoulder bag from Chanel featuring foldover top with twist-lock closure, a gold-tone...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Fringe Jumbo Rare Limited Edition Pink Multi Color Tweed Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Pink Fringe Tweed Jumbo Classic Flap Rare Limited Edition VINTAGE 2008 Resort Silver hardware Double flaps Classic interwoven chain CC Turnlock Lambskin pink interior Zippere...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Runway Rare Swarovski Lucky Charms Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel bag with Swarovski crystals from the Dubai Resort Cruise Collection. This bag features the chain from the original Chanel flap bags but with a Mademoiselle turnlock. Very rare...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Graffiti Boy Art School Oh My Khaki Canvas Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Art School Oh My Boy Flap Bag Graffiti Canvas is the ultimate street-style chic perfect for the modern fashionista. Crafted from beige graffiti printed and sprayed canvas re...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Runway Rare Swarovski Lucky Charms Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel bag with Swarovski crystals from the Dubai Resort Cruise Collection. This bag features the chain from the original Chanel flap bags but with a Mademoiselle turnlock. Very rare...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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Chanel Classic Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel classic flap you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Beige, Brown, Gray and more in stock now. If you’re looking for a chanel classic flap from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Chanel Classic Flap?

Prices for a chanel classic flap 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 $3,584.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.