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Chanel Classic Black Leather Flats
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel classic black leather flats with cap toes. Size Marked: 37 1/2 Good Vintage Condition: Please remember all clothes are previously owned and gently worn unless otherwise not...
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Early 2000s Slippers

Chanel Classic Black Leather Square Toe Heels
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black leather square toe heels. Featuring gold "CC" logo on the strap fastening . - Made in Italy. - Size 37.5.
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1990s Heels

Chanel Classic Black Calfskin/White Piped Trim Pumps
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black calfskin leather pumps with white piped trim. - Made in Italy. - Size 37.5. - Length: 9in I Heels: 2.5in. - Include: Dust Bag.
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1990s Heels

Vintage Chanel Classic Black Jacket 1998
By Chanel
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Chanel classic black blazer jacket 98A from 1998 Fall Collection. There are five front buttons and the 2 patch pockets on the front. Featuring a small unstructured collar a...
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Late 20th Century Jackets

Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder with Handle & Chain Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder with Handle & Chain Black Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 3.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 in
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Silk "CC" Heels Shoes
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black silk heels shoes. Featuring a "CC" logo in front. - Made in France. - Size 38.5.
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1990s Low Heels

Chanel Classic Black Wool Silver "CC" Buttons Jacket
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel classic black wool jacket from 1996 pre-collection. - Featuring silver "CC" buttons fastening in front and cuff. - Straight line cutting with shoulder pad. - ...
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1990s Jackets

Unworn Fall 1995 Chanel Classic Little Black Dress
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel classic black wool dress from fall 1995 collection. - Featuring four "CC" logo buttons and four pockets on bust. - Back zipper closure. - Height: 108cm I Bust: ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Quilted Patent Handbag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black quilted patent leather handbag. - Kiss lock closure. - Interior zip closure. - One interior slip pocket. - Silver Hardware. - Measurement...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Classic Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dover, DE
SET: Nothing. Bag only SIZE: 42/30/15.5 cm COLOUR: Beige Leather material INSIDE COLOR: Beige INSIDE MATERIAL: Silk HARDWARE: Silver metal SERIAL NUMBER: 14162453 YEAR: 2011
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2010s Tote Bags

Vintage 1995 Chanel Classic Black Wool Long Dress
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel classic black wool long dress from year 1995 A/W collection. Featuring two front open pockets with two black gold "CC" buttons closure, three buttons black gold "CC"...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Gold
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
The famous Chanel Classic Double Flap new model shoulder bag is created in black diamond-quilted lambskin leather and adorned with gold-tone turnlock and chain hardware . The bag ha...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder With Handle & Chain Dark Pink
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder With Handle & Chain Dark Pink Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 3.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Unworn Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Lambskin “CC” Heels Pointy Shoes
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Unworn vintage 90s Chanel classic black lambskin leather “CC” heels pointy shoes. - Made in France. - Size 38.5.
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1990s Heels

Chanel Classic Round Coin Purse Goatskin Pink Goatskin Condition Details:
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Classic Round Coin Purse Goatskin Pink Goatskin Condition Details: Odor in interior. Darkening, wear, small marks and creasing on exterior, peeling and splitting on zipper pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

Chanel Classic Flap Small White Lambskin Gold Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Classic Flap Small: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Flap Small - Year: 1989-1991 - Code: 1386799 - Condition: Good vintage condi...
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1980s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Silk Woven Top Handle Mini Kelly Flap Black Rope Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Silk Woven Top Handle Mini Kelly Flap Black Rope Clutch Year 1997 Made in Italy
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1990s Italian 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 Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Leather Bow “CC” Lambskin Bi-Toned Pink/Black Ballet Flats
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic leather bow “CC” lambskin bi-toned pink/black cap toe ballet flats. - Size 38.5.
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1990s Shoes

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 Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Caviar Leather Round Toe Heels
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black caviar leather heels. Featuring a round toe front and stitched "CC" logo at the back. Chanel black classic heels is always a must for every wardrob...
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1990s Heels

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 French 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 32 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC turn-lock closure Gold sequins throughout ...
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1990s French Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch This stylish clutch is beautifully crafted of black diamond quilted caviar leather. The clutch features a poli...
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1990s Italian Clutches

Chanel Classic Vintage Beige CC Diamond Quilted Caviar Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Vintage Beige CC Diamond Quilted Caviar Timeless Clutch This stylish clutch is beautifully crafted of beige diamond quilted caviar leather. The clutch features a poli...
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1990s Italian Clutches

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 Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Medium Lambskin RARE Beige Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
This Chanel Classic Flap from 1997-1999 is a very special and beautiful bag. It is still in original condition and had no spa (which is hardly the case with any other vintage Chanel ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Bag Jumbo Caviar Silver Full-Set
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Classic Flap Jumbo Caviar: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Flap Jumbo Caviar - Year: 2014 - Code: 19315205 - Condition: Very Goo...
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2010s Italian 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder bag in grey Python leather, silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Classic shoulder bag in grey python, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain intertwined with grey leather for a hand or shoulder. Top closure by press button. Interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder 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 14 Years} Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bi...
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Early 2000s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Brown/Golden/ Yellow Leather Shoulder Bag Pre- Owned
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Classic Brown/Golden/ Yellow Leather Shoulder Bag Pre- Owned Strap can be worn single cross body. Comes with dust cover Size in inches 9.5 wide 7.5 height 2.0 wide very spa...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Italian Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in Red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Very original and bright Chanel Classic handbag in red quilted lambskin , gold metal hardware, a flat snake chain handle in gold metal allowing a hand or shoulder support Closure wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Red Quilted Lambskin Leather "CC" Rhinestones Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 80s Chanel classic red quilted lambskin leather flap shoulder bag. Featuring gold toned "CC" rhinestones flap, snap button closure, gold chain with red leather shoulder str...
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1980s 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Mini Shoulder Flap Bag in pink quilted suede, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in pink quilted suede, gilded metal hardware, a chain handle in gilded metal allowing a shoulder support Flap closure, snap closure Beige lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Maxi Flap shoulder bag in blue quilted lambskin, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Rare Chanel Classic Maxi Flap bag in blue quilted lambskin leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain Flap closure, silver CC logo clasp 2-compartment canvas lining, 1 zipped...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder 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 Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Classic Flap bag in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-plated metal hardware, a gold-plated metal chain handle interlaced with black leather for shoulder and shoul...
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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 flap bag features diamond quilted canvas in beige with drawings
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Classic flap bag features diamond quilted canvas in beige with drawings of some Chanel icons (CC logo, Camelia flowers, bows, pearl necklaces, quilted bags & shoes), silver-to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 17 Years} Light purple genuine rabbit fur with multicolor black, blue and tweed, CC turn lo...
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Early 2000s French Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Full Flap shoulder bag in black patent leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Sublime Chanel Classic Full Flap shoulder bag 23 cm in black patent leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal handle interlaced with black leather allowing a shoulder supp...
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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

Gorgeous Chanel Classic flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Classic flap bag in black quilted leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interlaced with black leather allowing a shoulder or sling carry ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Gorgeous Chanel Classic shoulder flap bag in red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Sublime Chanel Classic flap shoulder bag in dark red quilted lambskin leather, gold-plated hardware, a gold-plated metal chain handle interlaced with dark red leather for shoulder an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Very chic Chanel Classic flap shoulder bag in black quilted leather, gold-plated metal hardware, a gold-plated metal chain handle interlaced with black leather for a shoulder or shou...
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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

Chanel Classic Bags Print Silk scraf
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Displaying a colourful array of classic Chanel bags, this pre-owned silk scarf has been designed in shades of red, green, yellow, and blue. Finished with a border of Chanel's famous ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Scarves

Chanel Classic Wallet Of Chain (WOC)
By Chanel
Located in Dover, DE
CONDITION: A: Excellent condition with few signs of use; carefully kept. SET: Box, Dustbag SIZE: 19/13/4 cm, Chain 130 cm White color MATERIAL: Lambskin Leather INSIDE COLOR: White I...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Classic Wallet On Chain (WOC)
By Chanel
Located in Dover, DE
CONDITION: A: Excellent condition with few signs of use; carefully kept. SET: Nothing, just a bag SIZE: 19/13/4 cm, Chain 130 cm COLOUR: Red MATERIAL: Caviar leather INSIDE COLOUR: R...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Full Flap shoulder bag in black quilted leather and GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Classic Bag full flap in black quilted lambskin leather, gold metal hardware, gold metal chain interwoven with black leather 1 patch pocket at back Flap closure, gold-t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic XL shoulder bag in brown quilted lambskin, aged silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Amazing bag Chanel Classic XL "Chanel 31 rue Cambon Paris" in brown quilted leather, sides and bottom in brown glazed leather, upholstery in aged silver plated metal , handle in aged...
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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

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

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

Chanel Classic Full Flap shoulder bag in beige quilted leather and GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Delightful Chanel Classic full flap bag in beige quilted lambskin, gold-tone metal hardware, gold-tone metal chain interlaced with beige leather for hand or shoulder support Flap cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Classic For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel classic 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. You’re likely to find the perfect chanel classic among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 19th Century as well as those 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?

On average, a chanel classic on 1stDibs sells for $3,533, while they’re typically $120 on the low end and $57,000 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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 Handbags and Purses 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 vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.

Questions About Chanel Classic
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How to tell if a Chanel garment, bag, shoe or other accessory is vintage varies based on what type of item it is. Generally, the best way to tell is to examine the label and compare it to ones found in authentic pieces with known dates. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage Chanel.