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1990s Chanel Black Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s black quilted leather vintage Chanel classic mini flap bag with gold-tone hardware, single chain-link and leather shoulder strap, CC gold-tone turn-lock closure at front flap. ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Lambskin Quilted Leather Medium 19 Flap Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel handbag is made with supple lambskin quilted leather in black. The bag features signature diamond stitching, gold and sliver tone hardware, a front flap with the signatu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Tweed and Plexiglass Lego Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel's iconic tweed gets a playful makeover in this special rendition of the much-coveted Lego handbag. Accented with a black plexiglass Chanel monogram and logo closure, it also f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Crossbody Waist Bag black/white adjustable shoulder strap logo patch to the front zip-fastening pocket Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
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H 10.6 in. W 11.8 in. L 20.8 in.
Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This special Chanel messenger bag is fashioned using brown quilted leather. The structured bag has a classic charm and an impeccable finish. The iconic CC logo on the flap, the comfo...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
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H 7.88 in. W 1.58 in. L 9.06 in.
Chanel Camellia Messenger Bag Tweed Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear and pilling on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 13", Width 12", Depth 3", Strap D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Small Black Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Small Black Crossbody Bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. The most wanted size by Chanel. Very hard to find. Lambskin leather. Don't miss out on this one. Includes authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel versatile bronze cross body bag with two zipped compartments and gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop, 21"L. Comes with hologram and original dust cover. Minor wear on corners, p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
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  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
H 7 in. W 3 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Yellow Caviar Leather Business Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Yellow Caviar Leather Business Messenger Bag with gold-tone hardware, yellow leather trim, interior zip pockets, top handle, and push-lock closure. 25906MSC
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Travel Line Messenger Bag Nylon Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Minor creasing on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel blue velvet mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover. Collection 20, 2014/2015. Mint condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
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H 3 in. W 1.5 in. L 6 in.
Chanel Pink Leather WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Pink Leather WOC Crossbody Bag with silver-tone hardware, single leather and chain-link shoulder strap, exterior flap pockets, single slit pocket under front flap, tonal grosg...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini with Pearls Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black with Pearls Mini Bag. Crossbody bag. Gold hardware. New from 2020 collection. Never worn. Beautiful bag. Pricing for Chanel keeps increasing. Add this to your collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Chain Around Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Chain Around Crossbody Bag. Bright red calf leather with silver hardware. Light wear on back of bag. Good condition. Wears longer as a crossbody bag. Strap can be doubled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Such a cute Chanel Mini gold cross-body bag made from aged calfskin leather in a chevron pattern design. This beautiful piece is preloved in excellent condition. BRAND Chanel ACCES...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
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H 5.9 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.2 in.
Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in Italy Soft cream quilted leather Stiched classic CC logo Front pocket Gold chain strap Strap length: 44 inches Hanging gold ball and leather fringe d...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
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H 6.5 in. W 2.25 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Messenger Vintage Black and White Nylon Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black and White Crossbody Waist Bag Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Mini Reissue Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mini reissue silver cross body bag. Super limited edition. Shoulder drop 24". Comes with original dust cover.
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Navy Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in France Soft quilted navy leather Classic gold CC logo Gold and leather chain strap Strap length: 43 inches Soft maroon leather lining Interior zipper...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Light Grey/White Quilted Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A Chanel classic, this messenger bag is a must have. Crafted from grey canvas and leather trims, it is stitched with the brand's signature quilted design on the exterior. The exterio...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Ligne Cambon Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Messenger bag has been expertly crafted into a quilted leather body in a square silhouette. It comes detailed with two interlocked 'CC' and is secured with a top zipper clos...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Small Multicolor Organic Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small sized Chanel organic flap with fabric detail Year: 2009 Gold Hardware CC Gold Magnetic Closure Beige lambskin interior flap Satin Silk printed interior lining Interior center ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Flat Crossbody Bag Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy scuffs and creasing on exterior, strap and underneath flap, darkening and wear on exterior and strap edges. Moderate discoloration on strap base, wear in inter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag SKU: 112279 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Co...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Leather CC Vintage Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Leather CC Vintage Crossbody Bag is in very good condition. It is a highly collectible vintage piece that has enjoyed a previous life. Small black leat...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Iridescent Python Snake Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition iridescent python mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram and dust cover. This item does not ship to California due to wildlife regulations.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Tweed Reissue Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Long Island City, NY
Rare one of a kind Chanel pink tweed crossbody bag with pink interior is a seasonal item in excellent condition. This can be worn crossbody or with the straps shorten, it can be worn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Boy Brick Crystal and Plexi Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Limited Edition Boy Brick Crystal and Plexi Crossbody Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop. Boasting quilted patent-leather exterior, this de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Suede Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highland Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Pink suede Chanel Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highlander messenger bag with antiqued silver-tone hardware, single shoulder strap, crochet floral pattern at front face, tonal suede lining an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag circa 2012-2013 gold-tone leather square body diamond quilting gold-tone hardware signature interlocking CC turn-lock fastening fol...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Nylon Large Crossbody Fanny Pack Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Nylon Large Crossbody Fanny Pack Bag 2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Rubberized CC Logo Black thick nylon exterior Adjustable 'Chanel' stitched crossbody strap Zippered inte...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Timeless Black Green & White Tweed Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Original Chanel Timeless handbag in black, green and white tweed, hardware in silver metal, chain strap in silver metal interwoven with black canvas allowing the bag to be worn on th...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Blue Multicolor Satin Mini Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Blue Multicolor Satin Mini Messenger Pouch features a satin multicolor print with a skinny belt loop on the back and has a detachable chain strap that can be worn over your sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag with Tassle
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in Italy Soft black quilted leather Hanging tassel with gold chain and CC logo Gold and leather chain strap that can be stored inside to make bag a clutch...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Lamb Crossbody Wallet on a Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black caviar leather cross-body wallet on a chain with lambskin sides. Silver hardware. Collection 19, 2014. Comes with hologram and original dust cover . Minor inside wear.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Quilted Patent Leather Wallet On Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Quilted Patent-Leather Wallet on Chain Crossbody Bag has been hand-finished by skilled artisans in the label's workshop, it is boasting a quilted patent-leather exterior, this...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Patent Leather CC Phone Holder Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
This is a cute accessory piece from Chanel and is very popular among Chanel lovers everywhere. The patent leather features an embroidered CC logo and adorable mini chain and leather ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Leather Crossbody Bag with Resin Tortoise Chain Strap
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Leather Tortoise Chain Crossbody Bag is in beautiful vintage condition. It has enjoyed a previous life and may have some small imperfections. The resin t...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Micro Mini Gold Quilted Lambskin Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Gold Quilted Lambskin Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag Lambskin leather Gold Leather interwoven chain strap Top lid opening with magnetic snap closure Gold tone h...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Camellia Diamond CC Flap Crossbody Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate wear on base corners, creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy glue stains on opening trim, flap edge and strap appliques. Wear on flap edges and str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Incognito SO BLACK Small CC Filigree Vanity Case Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Incognito SO BLACK Small CC Filigree Vanity Case Crossbody Bag Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2020 Color: Black Hardware: Black Materials: Smooth leather Lining: Black le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel White Caviar Timeless CC Wallet on Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel White Caviar Timeless CC Wallet on Chain WOC Crossbody Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 2005-2006 Color: White Hardware: Silvertone Materials: Caviar leather Closure/O...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Lambskin Pearl My Shoulder Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Silver Lambskin Quilted Pearl My Shoulder Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2018 Color: Dark silver with grey faux pearls Hardware: Gunmetal Ma...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2019A Iridescent Blue CC Quilted Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Iridescent Blue CC Quilted Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2019 Color: Blue Hardware: Goldtone Materials: Smooth leather Lining: Blue lea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vinatage Rare Striped Micro Mini Charm Velvet Crossbody Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Mini striped velour cross body flap 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Silver hardware Three hanging CC charms Interior black nylon and calfskin lining 3" H x 5.5" W x 2" D Strap Drop: 22.5" ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1990s Chanel Silk Gripoix Jewel Print Blue Leather Tassel Chain Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
In her prime, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel mingled amongst the elite. Having funded many of her ventures through her capacity the mistress of wealthy businessmen of the time, Chanel’s cli...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Amazing Chanel Classic bi material crossbody bag in black leather& Jersey, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Crossbody bag, single Flap Bi-Material Vintage with wallet. * Quilted leather and black jersey, gold-tone metal trim * With his black leather wallet. * With its authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2017 Runway Piece Lame Fabric Chevron Space Suit Belt Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
This pre-owned but New oversized waist belt / crossbody bag from Chanel is a runway piece, part of the Fall Winter Collection 2017. It is in a larger size than the boutique ones. Cra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2021 LIKE NEW Brown Quilted 19 Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel 2021 Brown Quilted 19 Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 2021 Color: Caramel brown Hardware: Goldtone, darkened silver, rutheninum Material...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

ChanelTravel Line Crossbody Bag Nylon Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and minor wear on exterior, wear, scuffs and creasing on strap. Peeling on strap base, scratches and heavy tarnish on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Metallic Black Nylon Travel Ligne CC Wallet on Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Metallic Black Nylon Travel Ligne Wallet on Chain WOC Crossbody Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 2006-2008 Color: Metallic black Hardware: Silvertone Materials: Nylon ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel White and Black Gabrielle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel White/ Black Gabrielle Bag. Stunning two-tone bag in calf leather. Antique gold and silver hardware. Can be worn crossbody or as a shoulder bag. Can be worn multiple ways. Che...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2020 NEW Light Blue Quilted Trendy CC Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel 2020 Light Blue Quilted Trendy CC Wallet On Chain WOC Crossbody Bag. Style code A80982 Y04059 N5946 Made In: Italy Year of Production: 2020 Color: Light blue Hardware: Goldt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Classic Flap Boy Mini Beige Bone White Caviar Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Beige Mini Boy Reissue Cross Body Flap Bag 1990's Vintage White bone caviar leather Gold hardware Classic CC Turnlock Made in France
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Gabrielle Crossbody Bag. Gabrielle letters over navy tweed fabric. Leather trim and two tone chains. Mint like new condition. Rare and limited bag. Unique collector's piece. D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black and White Chevron Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black and White Chevron Boy Bag. Ruthenium hardware. Unique pattern and style. Excellent condition. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Includes authenticity c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Yellow Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Yellow Jumbo Bag. Caviar bright canary yellow color. Silver hardware. Excellent condition. Rare color. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Charms Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charms Mini Bag by Chanel 2004-2005 Black satin exterior Leather lined Chocolate bar stitching Mirror and lipstick charms on front Silver tone hardware Turnlock closure on front fl...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Coral Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Coral Boy Bag Chevron pattern lambskin leather. Antique silver hardware. Medium size. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Has some wear on the back. Overall fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Brick Flap Bag Patent and Plexiglass Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear on base and flap corners, slight discoloration on exterior. Creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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Chanel Crossbody And Messenger Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel crossbody and messenger bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Gray and more options on these pages. If you’re looking for a chanel crossbody and messenger bag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a Chanel Crossbody And Messenger Bag?

Prices for a chanel crossbody and messenger bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $330 and can go as high as $35,920, while, on average they fetch $3,321.

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 Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags for You

Stylish and practical, vintage and designer crossbody bags and messenger bags are ideal for all occasions, from lunch dates to errands to sunny afternoons in the park to formal affairs.

Messenger bags are a fashion staple. A shoulder bag that’s designed to be durable and lightweight, messenger bags offer comfort and convenience when carrying heavy items, and while their functionality is comparable to that of standard backpacks, you don’t have to take your bag off to get into its compartments and various zippered pockets. This is a sophisticated accessory — it sits flat against your body and provides easy access to your belongings at all times.

Our love for vintage handbags and purses goes back a long time. For as long as we’ve needed to carry around personal items to and from our homes, handbags of some fashion have been in our lives. Bag design evolved notably during the later Middle Ages to meet the needs of increasingly prosperous, sophisticated and diverse societies. As craftspeople grew in skill, and the choice of materials and dyes increased, the bags’ exteriors were embellished to please the eye and signify status. In our modern era, there is a vast range of iconic handbags and other bags to choose from.

Crossbody bags, which were designed to be worn on one side of the body so that the long strap is looped over the opposite shoulder, have been popular and versatile accessories over time, thankfully improving upon the medieval-era crude leather and silk coin purses that Europeans fastened to their belts as well as the drawstring pouches of the Renaissance, which held money as often as they did flowers and spices. These bags — as well as the stylish messenger bags that have materialized during the 20th century — weren’t bound by gender when they first appeared, and they certainly aren’t today.

For an alluring alternative to a satchel or backpack, luxury houses and various legendary brands such as Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and others offer a wide range of crossbody bags and messenger bags for the discerning bag enthusiast. Find these bags in all shapes and sizes on 1stDibs.