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Chanel Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted from luxurious lambskin leather, this timeless Chanel flap bag features a diamond quilt finish and a versatile leather shoulder strap chain that can be worn on the shoulder o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Gold Leather Flats
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic gold lambskin leather flats with gold chain. - Size 38 Italy.
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1990s Shoes

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
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H 5.91 in. W 7.88 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Classic Nail Head Earclips
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Classic Chanel black resin disc and nail head round earclips, edged in signature gilt torsade metal braid. France 1980's. Excellent condition. 1.5"
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

  • Chanel Classic Nail Head Earclips
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Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Classic Shopper: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Shopper - Year: 1994 - Condition: Good - Materials: Lambskin Leather, Gold Hard...
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1990s Hobo Bags

  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
H 12.21 in. W 5.91 in. L 14.38 in.
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 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 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 Pink Tweed Boucle Cropped Jacket
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Chanel classic pink tweed boucle cropped jacket from 1996c collection. - Featuring six front pink "Chanel Paris" buttons, three pink "Chanel Paris" buttons on each cuff and two ...
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1990s Jackets

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

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Wallet on Chain
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This is an exquisite piece, the classic Chanel Wallet on Chain WOC in black caviar leather with gold hardware. A new item for sale. BRAND Chanel FEATURES Chain/leather straps, ic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Vintage Chanel Classic Gold & Pearl Earrings 1980s
By Chanel
Located in Wilmslow, GB
A divine pair of forever in style, totally classic, Vintage Chanel Pearl Earrings from 1984. Crafted in gold plated metal and set with a glass faux pearl. In very good vintage condit...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

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 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
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H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Classic Pearl Bar Brooch
By Robert Goossens for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Coco Chanel classic pearl and gilt bronze twist bar pin by Robert Goossens for Chanel. Composed of a twisted gilt wire with a faux pearl cabochon. Chanel has been photographed often...
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Vintage 1950s Brooches

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Gilt Metal

  • Chanel Classic Pearl Bar Brooch
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W .75 in. L 3.75 in.
Chanel Classic Pearl Bar Brooch
By Robert Goossens for Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Coco Chanel classic pearl and gilt bronze twist bar pin by Robert Goossens for Chanel. Composed of a twisted gilt wire with a faux pearl cabochon. Chanel has been photographed often...
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Vintage 1950s Brooches

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Gilt Metal

  • Chanel Classic Pearl Bar Brooch
  • Chanel Classic Pearl Bar Brooch
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W .75 in. L 3.75 in.
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

Vintage CHANEL Classic Multi Strand Pearl Choker Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage CHANEL Classic Multi Strand Pearl Choker Necklace Measurements: Height: 1.97 inches (5 cm) Wearable Length: 13.38 inches to 14.56 inches (34 cm to 37 cm) Features: - 100% ...
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20th Century Beaded Necklaces

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

Chanel Classic 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

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

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

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

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 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 Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear on base corners and flap edges, creasing, darkening and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Moderate darkening and wear on strap, scuffs, marks ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on base corners and flap edges, creasing on exterior. Creasing, scuffs, and small indentations underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy peeling and wear on front opening corner. Moderate wear on exterior corners, flap edges and strap, creasing and wear on exterior and underneath flap. Small ind...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior corners and strap, creasing on exterior, indentations and creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Scuffs, wear, indentations and minor creasing on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on base corners. Glue stains on front flap and rear, pen mark on in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Boy Perforated Medium Red Leather
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Red perforated lambskin leather trimmed with shining silver hardware. Adjustable chain and leather shoulder shoulder strap. Front pinch style single flap closure opens to a beige ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Women's Designer Chanel Classic XXL Travel Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
An absolutely stunning bag by Chanel for sale. This XXL Travel Flap bag in soft metallic gold calfskin leather is wonderful. A preloved item in very good condition. BRAND Chanel F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Black Silk and Velvet Camellia Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Houston, TX
Elegant silk and velvet camellia brooch by Chanel. The black floral brooch is composed of a fabric camellia made up of multiple layers of silk petals, backed by two camellia leaves. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Brooches

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Sisal Beige Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Classic double flap bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic double flap - Condition: Good (see pictures for a better impression) - ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder 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 Flap 2.55 Reissue Vintage Classic Quilted Rare Dark Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Dark Denim Classic Quilted 2.55 Flap Bag Rare 1998 {VINTAGE 23 Years} Gold-tone hardware Turn-lock in front Classic back pocket Lined in black lambskin leather Inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic and iconic Chanel bag Year 2004/2005 Mutton Beige/cream color Silver hardware Worked wool sides No card Serial number inside Cm 25 x 15 x 7 (9.8 x 5.9 x 2.75 inches) With ...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
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  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
H 5.91 in. D 2.76 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Classic Ombre Chain Around Flap Orange Fur Baguette
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ombre Chanel fur triple interwoven chain flap with classic cc Turnlock closure Year: 2014 Silver hardware Interior brown lambskin lining Interior brown graffiti lining Strap ...
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2010s Tote 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

Classic Chanel Bar Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
A twisted gilt wire with a faux pearl cabochon. Chanel has been photographed often in variants of this brooch. Simply iconic and timeless like its creator. Executed by Goossens works...
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Vintage 1950s Brooches

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 Clutches

Classic Chanel Logo Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Oversized Chanel gold toned logo earrings by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Large intertwined "CC's" superimposed over large faux mabe pearl. 1.25". 1980's France. Clip back fittings. ...
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Vintage 1980s Clip-on Earrings

  • Classic Chanel Logo Earrings
  • Classic Chanel Logo Earrings
  • Classic Chanel Logo Earrings
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Vintage 1993 CHANEL Classic 15 Chain Leather Tiered Medallion Belt
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage 1993 CHANEL Classic 15 Chain Leather Tiered Medallion Belt As seen on Kate Moss in S/S 1993 Runway. Measurements: Height Drop: 8.66 inches (22 cm) Total Length: 43.30 inches...
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1990s Belts

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

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 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 2.55 Baby Pink Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soft Pink Tweed Vintage 2.55 Double Classic Flap 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware CC turnlock logo Double flaps Tweed Height: 7"; Width:10.5" ; Depth: 3" Made in Fr...
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Early 2000s 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 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

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 Black Large Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic and iconic Chanel bag Year 2009/2010 Caviar leather Black color Metal silver chain CC Closure External pocket No card Serial number inside Cm 30 × 19.5 x 10 (11.8 x 7.67 ...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
H 7.68 in. D 3.94 in. L 11.82 in.
Stunning Chanel Classic handbag in black quilted lambskin with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Gorgeous Chanel Classic bag in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal chain interwoven with black leather. Flap closure, gold-tone CC symbol. Lining in burgundy leather. 1 z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder bag in blue quilted leather and silver hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely Chanel Classic Blue Coated Leather Handbag, Antique Silver Metal Shoulder Chain for shoulder or crossbody support. Flap closure -- magnetic DC clasp. Grey canvas interior with...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 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

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Chanel Biography and Important Works

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


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


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


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


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


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.