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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 Double Flap "Daisy" Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
For the ultimate Chanel lover looking for a new addition! Circa 2015 from Chanel's Spring collection, this limited edition medium classic double flap bag is crafted from multicolor f...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Double Flap "Daisy" Handbag
  • Chanel Double Flap "Daisy" Handbag
  • Chanel Double Flap "Daisy" Handbag
  • Chanel Double Flap "Daisy" Handbag
H 7 in. W 3 in. L 12 in.
Chanel Small Burgundy Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Burgundy Lambskin Small Double Flap Bag. Dark red/ burgundy color bag. Has wear but lots of life left. Can be sent in for a spa treatment. Looks nice distressed. Please check ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel 10 inch bag is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a double flap. On the front flap there is the classic CC logo twist lock, and on the second flap a ...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tweed Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure wool, this pre-owned, purple tweed flap bag by Chanel is finished with silver-tone hardware and the classic CC turn lock. Featuring a fold-over top, a mai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Turquoise Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Highly collectible butte lambskin double flap with turquoise leather trim. Ruthenium hardwware. Should drop 9.5"/17". Collection 11. Comes with hologram and generic dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Turquoise Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Turquoise Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Turquoise Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Turquoise Double Flap Bag
H 7 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Black Vintage Large Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Vintage Double Flap Bag. Larger size. Gold hardware. 24 kt gold plating on hardware and chain strap. Excellent condition for a vinatge bag. Lambskin leather. Interior cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Maxi Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Double Flap Bag. Caviar leather with gold hardware. Good condition. Light wear on turn lock. Loss of gold plating. Overall good condition. Pricing of Chanel has gon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Silver Jumbo Reissue Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue silver double flap. Metallic silver leather and silver metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop 11"/20". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Double Flap 2.55 Handbag in Coral Jersey Fabric
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL handbag, 2.55 clasp, in coral jersey fabric. Crocodile effect embroidery. It has a double flap with a mirror included. The interior is lined in cotton pique. It can be worn o...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Maxi Yellow Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare and collectible yellow lambskin maxi double flap with gold tone hardware. Excellent condition, minor signs of wear. Can be worn shoulder or cross body. Store price $9200 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Feel red hot with this stunning red Chanel patent jumbo double flap! Featuring a beautiful red patent leather with silver hardware and a silver chain strap that can be worn cross bod...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
H 7.5 in. L 11.75 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from green lambskin leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition. BRAND C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from black lambskin leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition – do look...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from beige caviar leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, good condition. There are flaws...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
H 8.27 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.55 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from black lambskin leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition – do look...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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
  • Chanel Hot Pink Caviar Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Hot Pink Caviar Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Hot Pink Caviar Double Flap Bag
H 7.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 12 in.
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
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Beige 10" Double Flap Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel quilted double flap classic medium bag in beige leather and gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop, 9"L to 17"L. Comes with hologram and dust cover. Minor wear.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Reissue Double Sided Flap Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Reissue Double Sided Flap Clutch by Chanel exhibits fine craftsmanship and a grand appeal. It features a black leather exterior covered in the iconic diamond quilt. The Mademois...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Tricolor 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 leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the in...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lamb Jumbo Double Flap Gold Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent condition black lambskin double flap with gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 10", 21", can be worn cross body. Collection 29, 2019. Comes with hologram, booklet, id c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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 Gold Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel 10 inch bag is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a double flap. On the front flap there is the classic CC logo twist lock, and on the second flap a ...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel 10 inch bag is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a double flap. On the front flap there is the classic CC logo twist lock, and on the second flap a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Has light wear throughout. Caviar leather. Most wanted size jumbo. Double flap classic. Clean interior. Can be worn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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

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

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 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 Green Quilted Leather Maxi 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 the signature label on the leat...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Beautifully crafted from leather and covered in the diamond quilt, it bears the signature label wit...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are the most iconic handbags. This classic double flap bag is crafted from leather and features the iconic quilted pattern. It has a chain and leather interwoven s...
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2010s 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 Red Quilted Leather Maxi 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 Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel This stylish clutch is crafted of beige and black lambskin leather. The clutch features a black rolled leather handle ...
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Early 2000s Tote 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 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 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 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 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 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 Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Caviar leather with gold hardware. Pristine mint condition. Black caviar leather is very durable and highly sought after. This is the largest size of the Classics. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
  • Chanel Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
  • Chanel Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
  • Chanel Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
H 9.06 in. W 3.94 in. L 13.39 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

  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
  • Chanel Maxi Tweed Double Stitch Flap Bag
H 8 in. W 13.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Caviar 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 leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Fuchsia Quilted Patent Leather Maxi 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 patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Beautifully crafted from Caviar leather and covered in the diamond quilt, it bears the signature la...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are iconic and monumental in the history of fashion. This Classic double flap bag is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from caviar...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Maxi 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 patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar 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 Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent 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 patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar 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 leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Green Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are iconic and monumental in the history of fashion. This classic double flap bag is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from Caviar...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Caviar 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 Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi 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 Red Quilted Patent Leather Maxi 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 patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi 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 Pink Quilted Patent 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 patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Double Flap Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our collection of chanel double flap handbags. Our collection of chanel double flap handbags includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. Making the right choice when shopping for these accessories may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. Finding accessories for sale for women should be easy, but there are 1298 pieces available to browse for men as well as unisex, too.

How Much are Chanel Double Flap Handbags?

Prices for chanel double flap handbags can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $655 and can go as high as $57,000, while these items, on average, fetch $3,824.

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.