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Chanel Bronze Metallic Lambskin Reissue 226 Double Flap SHW Bag, Circa 2006
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Bronze Metallic Lambskin 2.55 Double Flap - SHW - 226 size This beautiful reissue bag has the mademoiselle lock and chain in SHW. It is a spectacular metallic bronze lambskin....
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Early 2000s Handbags and Purses

Chanel Beige Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Beige Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Light cream color caviar leather bag. Silver hardware. Excellent like new condition. Most wanted color for the season. Can be worn crossbody or as...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Caviar leather with silver hardware. Excellent condition. Beautiful cherry red color. Hard to find combo. Classic Chanels are going up. Serial numbe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 9" Brown Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brown classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5" or 9.5". Comes with hologram, id card, booklet and original dust cover. Minor scuffs on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black patent leather leather and chain-link shoulder strap quilted finish foldover top signature interlocking CC turn-loc...
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Early 2000s 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

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H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Black quilted leather Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap bag with silver-tone hardware, dual convertible leather and chain-link shoulder strap, grey satin lining, three pockets at ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

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H 8 in. W 13.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Hot Pink Caviar Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo classic double flap. Hot pink caviar leather quilted with silver tone metal hardware. Single drop 24", double drop 14". 2014 collection. Comes with hologram and original...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Hot Pink Caviar Double Flap Bag
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H 7.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 12 in.
Chanel Argent Fonce' Reissue Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel argent fonce' metallic reissue double flap. Excellent condition. Ruthenium hardware. Shoulder drop 10"/19". Comes with hologram, id card, booklet and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Lambskin Double Sided Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Beige Lambskin Double Sided Crossbody Bag is in better than excellent condition. Quite roomy, this well-designed bag can carry all the necessary items for a day...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Fuschia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Fuschia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The highly sought after Jumbo Classic is breathtaking in this vivid shade of spicy hot pink. Quil...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lavender Lambskin Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Lavender Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The highly sought after Jumbo Classic is breathtaking in this feminine shade of soft lavender. Q...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Scuffs and indentations on exterior, underneath flap and in front pocket, moderate darkening and wear on strap and interior opening. Small mar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Shoulder Bag with gold-tone hardware, interchangeable chain-link and leather shoulder strap, tonal leather lining, interior flap pockets at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Lizard Vintage Double Flap Envelope Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Blue Lizard Double Flap Envelope Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1980's- early 1990's. The elegant silhouette is a true classic and a great...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Caviar Nubuck Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
2013 Medium Chanel pink nubuck caviar classic flap bag. Made in France. Serial 18xxxxxx. Comes with Box Authentication Card Booklet Dustbag. Condition: Outside: Minor marks on cavi...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Tweed Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
What a stunning beauty..! A Chanel Medium Classic double flap in leather and tweed. A preloved item in excellent condition. The detail on this bag is exquisite finished off with the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Maxi
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Heavy wear and discoloration on base and flap corners, small marks on rear, moderate wear, scuffs and marks underneath flaps and in interior. Crack...
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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: Very good. Wear, scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior and underneath flaps. Wear on strap, marks on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Chevron Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior, straps and in interior, loose threads on exterior edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Double Pocket Waist Bag Quilted Canvas Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and slight discoloration on rear and flap corners, creasing on exterior and strap. Light scuffs on leather trims, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Wear on exterior corners and strap, moderate wear and darkening on flap edges and rear pocket. Scuffs and marks on interior flap, small stains...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Double Stitch Zip Waist Bag Chevron Patent
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light scuffs on rear and strap base trims, creasing and bubbling on strap. Small marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light creasing underneath flap, indentations on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, scuffs and small marks underneath flap, indentations on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Grey Cream 9" Double Flap Silver Hardware Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel grey/cream classic double-flap lambskin 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. Serv...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

New Chanel Coral Patent Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel new jumbo classic double flap. Coral patent leather quilted with silver tone metal hardware. Single drop 24", double drop 14". Cruise 2016 collection. Comes with original tag,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Distressed Calfskin Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Calfskin Distressed Classic Limited Edition Double Flap Bag 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Distressed quilted calfskin leather Double layer flap closure Silver hardware Classic int...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Patent Leather Double Flap Envelope Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Double Envelope Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1980's- early 1990's. The elegant silhouette is a true classic and a g...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor scuffs on exterior, indentations, scuffs, oil slick discoloration and wear underneath flap. Moderate wear in interior, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear, scuffs and small marks on exterior, strap and in interior, creasing, heavy scuffs, discoloration and indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Discoloration on exterior, wear on exterior edges and strap. Creasing and indentations underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Jersey Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are the most iconic handbags. The classic double flap bag is crafted from red jersey and features a striking quilted exterior. It has an interwoven strap along wit...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 110240 MSRP: USD 7,400.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks to leath...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Double Stitch Flap Bag Quilted Glazed Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, minor wear on base corners. Moderate discoloration and stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measureme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, scuffs, wear and heavy discoloration on exterior, strap and underneath flap. Indentations on rear and on interior flap, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Braided Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior and strap, scuffs and creasing underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Double Sided Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flaps, wear on handles and in interior. Discoloration on flap edges, indentations and light marks in in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Black Square Quilt Double Sided Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Camel and black square quilted lambskin Chanel Double Sided Flap bag with gold-tone hardware, single chain-link and leather shoulder strap, dual compartments; one with magnetic snap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing, and discoloration on exterior, underneath flap, interior flap and in interior. Oil slick discoloration on rear, strap and underneath fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing, discoloration and wear on exterior and strap, small crack on closure snap button. Scuffs and indentations underneath flap, on interior flap and in front po...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and in interior. Small crack on closure snap hardware, scuffs in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Scuffs, wear, creasing, indentations and minor discoloration on exterior and underneath flaps, wear and discoloration on strap. Heavy indentations on interior flap, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, discoloration, creasing and scuffs on exterior, strap, and underneath flaps. Indentations on interior flap, scuffs, wear and stains in interior, scratche...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 110782 MSRP: USD 7,700.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scuffing to front le...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy oil slick discoloration underneath flap. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap. Wear and scuffs in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from gold leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Wear, scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior, underneath flaps and in interior pockets, discoloration on exterior. Stain on rear, wear on strap, scratches on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Caramel Lambskin Classic Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Double Flap Bag is made with smooth supple lambskin leather in a caramel color. Featuring dark sliver toned hardware, a metal chain interlaced with leather, an interlocki...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Lizard Medium Classic Double Flap Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Beige Lizard Medium Classic Flap is in excellent vintage condition. It has enjoyed a previous life and may have some small imperfections. Lizard is a highly co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Indigo Blue Alligator Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Indigo Blue Alligator Jumbo Classic is in pristine condition. The highly coveted Jumbo Classic is elevated to new heights in this rare exotic version. Deep ind...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Glitter Fabric Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners, flap and rear pocket edges, small glue stain on side. Moderate creasing, scuffs, wear and indentations underneath flap and in front ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel 9" Black Classic Double Flap Bag with Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double-flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: Shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2.55 Double Flap Bag in Cream Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel 2.55 double flap bag in cream leather. Palladium silver metal hardware. The inscriptions: 'Coco and 31 rue Cambon, Chanel' are hammered on the bag. The interior is in beige s...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2017/2018 Iridescent Purple Python Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Snag yourself a rare Chanel! Circa 2017/2018, this double flap Chanel is crafted from python and finished in a gorgeous iridescent deep purple. Features an antiqued gold Mademoiselle...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Golden Duchess Satin "Paris Shanghai" Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel double flap bag 'Paris-Shanghai' in golden duchess satin. Aged matte golden hardware. Clasp 2.55. Fall-Winter 2013 collection. No hologram or authenticity card. (it comes ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Quilted Leather Reissue Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare light pink lambskin medium reissue double flap. Excellent condition. Silver hardware. Shoulder drop 10"/19". Comes with hologram, original dust cover and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Burgundy, Black & Khaki Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3834 Serial Number: 18510245 Age (Circa): 2014 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Double Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel double bag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Beige, Brown, Gray and more in stock now. You’re likely to find the perfect chanel double bag 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. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Chanel Double Bag?

The price for a chanel double bag starts at $290 and tops out at $57,000, and on average, selling for $3,745.

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.