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CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2014 Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap Year: 2014 So Black Hardware CC Turnlock Closure Classic Interwoven chain Coral interwoven velvet Classic back pocket In...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Westminster Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Calling all Chanel lovers! Circa 2008 from their fall collection, this medium Chanel Westminster bag is a stylish twist on the classic Chanel flap bag. Crafted from ultra soft black ...
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Early 2000s Novelty Bags

Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This single flap bag from Chanel comes in super soft lambskin leather. In the front the double CC logo is attached and it has the classic chains which have shoulder drop of 9 inches....
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
H 8 in. W 4.5 in. L 11.5 in.
Chanel Black Caviar 10" Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This classic Chanel Caviar double flap comes in black with the golden chain and the double CC logo in front. It's the perfect cross body bag and made for every occasion. This bag com...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar 10" Double Flap
  • Chanel Black Caviar 10" Double Flap
  • Chanel Black Caviar 10" Double Flap
  • Chanel Black Caviar 10" Double Flap
H 6.5 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel classic maxi flap bag with signature oversize "CC" logo. Turn lock closure. Black quilted lambskin and goldtone hardware. Very good condition. Strap, 25"L - 14"L. Comes with h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
H 9 in. W 4 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack is in very good vintage condition. A cool unisex spin on the timeless classic flap bag, the backpack is a roomy hands-free...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Black & White Striped Single Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel classic black and white striped single flap with ruthenium hardware. Handle drop 8.75" .Collection 2008/2009. Comes with hologram, id card and original dust card.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black quilted lambskin maxi single flap with silver tone hardware. Shoulder drop 11"/21". Collection 2009/2010. Storte price $7300. Comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
  • Chanel Black Maxi Single Classic Flap
H 9.5 in. W 4 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Chanel 19 Large Flap Bag SKU: 108901 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel Reissue is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from black velvet into an adorable shape, it carries the iconic Mademoiselle lock on the fla...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
H 5.52 in. W 1.19 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Black Leather Mini Kelly Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from pure black lambskin leather, this pre-loved Chanel mini kelly bag features a soft quilted exterior, a rear patch pocket and a single rolled top handle for an a...
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1980s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Black Flat Stitched Leather Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Flat Stitched Leather Flap Bag is in very good condition. A variation of the Classic Flap, this versatile medium sized bag has flat stitching and a three...
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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
  • 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 Black Caviar Maxi Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black quilted caviar single maxi flap with silver tone hardware. Collection 2010. Shoulder drop 11"/20". Comes with hologram , id card, generic dust cover and original box. Cu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar Maxi Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Maxi Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Maxi Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar Maxi Single Flap Bag
H 9.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 14 in.
Chanel Jumbo Black Lambskin Double Flap SHW
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Jumbo Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. Chanel keeps going up. Great to invest in the classics just as this. Most wanted jumbo (medium-l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Mademoiselle Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Flap Bag- EXCELLENT PLUS Condition Elegant and timeless, this medium sized shoulder bag is a smart addition for any polished wardrobe. Black leather is q...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Medium Double Flap Bag. Black lambskin leather. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. 10" width medium size. Vintage and gold plated hardware. Iconic classic bag. Includes auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Reissue Gold Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue double-flap bag. Black distressed leather and gold tone hardware metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop: 11"/20"L. Hardware a little bit faded. Comes with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Coated Wicker Mini Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Coated Wicker Mini Flap Classic Bag is in excellent condition. More robust than a typical straw or rattan, Chanel’s stylish version is coated in a durabl...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Matelasse Chain Flap Black Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This shoulder bag features a nylon body, silver-tone chain straps, zip around detail, front flap with interlocking CC twist lock closure, top zip closure, exterior slip pocket and in...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Pleated Leather Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Black Lambskin Pleated Leather Single Flap Bag One of the most desirable bags in the world the Chanel flap style is a super versatile design that can be worn with any look an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap is in pristine condition. A truly timeless classic, the medium flap bag easily transitions from day to evening and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Praise the beauty of this Chanel bag crafted from black quilted leather. The bag features a chain and leather interwoven shoulder strap along with the CC twist lock closure in silver...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
H 10.83 in. W 3.94 in. L 14.57 in.
Chanel Large Structured Black Hobo Flap Bag Purse
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Chanel large black hobo bag. Sturdy structured leather construction. Bottom and part of front flap are made of a textured canvas. Silver hardware throughout. Lampo zippers. Adjus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black on Black Patent Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black on Black Patent Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black patent leather exterior trimmed with black hardware. Mademoiselle twist closure opens to ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Reissue Accordion Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black lambskin leather Chanel Reissue Accordion Flap Bag with silver-tone and gold-tone hardware, convertible chain-link with leather shoulder straps, beige woven lining, zip pocket ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Unused Vintage 90s Chanel Black Caviar Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black caviar leather flap handbag. - Made in France. - Length: 9in I Height: 7.5 I Width: 3 I Strap Height: 8in - Serial No: 5438537. - Include: Authenti...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel flap bag in black quilted lambskin leather. Silver metal hardware. CC clasp in silver metal and black enamel with snap. Light gray silk inner lining with three flat pockets in...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
H 8.86 in. D 4.14 in. L 11.82 in.
Vintage Chanel Black Leather Flap Bag with Tassel
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black leather flap bag with tassel. - Featuring a "CC" stitching logo in front. A knot on the top of the strap. - Made in Italy. - Height: 8 inches. Length...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Pleated Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black leather classic flap shoulder bag in excellent condition. Pleated black leather upon top flap with diamond quilted leather throughout. gold chain shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy and Black Sequins Evening Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black and blue sequins quilted design evening single flap with silver tone hardware.Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop 12"/22". Collection 2014. Comes with hologram and ori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag SKU: 106958 MSRP: USD 4,800.00 From the 2019 Collection, the unique En Vogue is crafted in Crinkled Calfskin wit...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Smooth and Quilted Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL flap bag in black smooth and quilted leather. This CHANEL flap bag is in smooth lambskin. The topstitching is black. The hardware is in silver metal. It has a Mademoiselle cl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Chevron Calfskin Rock The Corner Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Chevron Calfskin Rock The Corner Flap Bag is in excellent condition. An edgy sister to the classic flap style, it is updated with quilted gold metal acce...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Classic East West 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 Vintage Black Lambskin Chain Embellished Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain-Embellished Clutch Flap Bag Black leather Chanel embellished flap bag with gold-tone hardware, dual gathered shoulder strap with knot accent, cha...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Flap Bag in Black Patent Braided Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL Mini Flap Bag in Black Patent Braided Leather. It is in patent leather braided in superposition on a smooth black leather. It is embroidered with a beige cord thread. The hard...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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

CHANEL Full Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

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

Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic is in excellent condition. Truly timeless, the tweed double flap is a must have for any collection. Black and white t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL Timeless flap bag in pink and black tweed. The hardware is in ruthenium metal. The inside is in black leather. The shoulder strap measures 54 cm for double wear and 91 cm for...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
  • CHANEL Timeless Flap Bag in Pink and Black Tweed
H 6.11 in. W 2.56 in. L 10.04 in.
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 Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Black quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 2 separate compartments each w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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 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 Black Leather Quilted Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16.5" Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Single 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 a quilted design, it bears the signature label on the...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

2019 Chanel Black Quilted Crumpled Metallic Calfskin SO Black Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Chevron Quilted Crumpled Metallic Calfskin Leather SO Black Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3657 Serial Number: 25853358 Age (Circa): 2019 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag Chanel Shoulder Bag Black Interwoven Gold-Tone Hardware Chain-Link Shoulder Strap Twill Lining & Dual Interior Pocke...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 110207 MSRP: USD 7,400.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks to...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1990s Structured 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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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Medium Crochet Nature Tweed Fringe Classic Flap Bag circa 2008-2009 black cotton/silver-plated metal concealed magnetic fastening signature interlocking CC logo cha...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Backpack Caviar Triple Coco Flap Leather Black Ruck Gold
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Backpack Caviar Triple Coco Flap Black Leather Ruck Gold. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Classi...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Chocolate Bar Quilted Denim CC Flap Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Made from black denim, this stylish Chanel bag is an all-rounder. Its exterior is stitched with the square pattern shaped like chocolate bars, coupled with silver-tone CC-engraved pl...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Flap Black For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary chanel flap black for your needs in our varied inventory. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Red and more options on these pages. Finding the perfect chanel flap black may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. Finding a chanel flap black for sale for women should be easy, but there are 2895 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Flap Black?

On average, a chanel flap black on 1stDibs sells for $3,304, while they’re typically $350 on the low end and $49,995 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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 and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.