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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 Brown Quilted Fabric Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
A cute Chanel flap bag in quilted wool. Coffee brown with yellow gold logo on the front flap. Leather anc chain entwined shoulder strap. Double C logo stitching on interior side of f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Brown Quilted Fabric Flap Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Fabric Flap Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Fabric Flap Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Fabric Flap Bag
H 5.91 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.58 in.
CHANEL Boy Flap Bag in Brown Tweed, Fringes and Chains
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL Boy Flap Bag We love! Superb boy bag in leather, tweed, embellished with fringes and chains. Aged silver hardware. Hologram starting with 20 ... year 2015. Made in France. ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from brown leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature CC turn-lock o...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Dark Brown Vertical Quilted Leather Accordion Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
An impeccable pick of the season is this flap bag with remarkable features. It is from Chanel, and it comes in leather with a vertical quilted flap, spacious compartments and a CC on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Leather Maxi Flap Topstitch Classic Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel brown leather maxi flap classic shoulder bag in good condition. Dark brown quilted lambskin leather exterior trimmed with heavy beige topstitching and gunmetal hardware. Singl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Brown Double Sided Quilted Leather Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
1990's Chanel collectible double sided brown quilted lambskin medium flap. Gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 9". Comes with hologram, id card, booklet and original dust cover. Minor ...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag in Chocolate Brown GHW
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag in Chocolate Brown GHW Chanel Classic Flap Bag in small with double flap in beautiful smooth quilted chocolate brown lambskin and gold hardware. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Large Jumbo Quilted Saddle Brown Nubuck Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caramel Brown Nubuck Quilted Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag Diamond stitched nubuck leather Ruthenium classic interwoven chain Satin-canvas interior lining Main interior slide ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Large Jumbo Quilted Saddle Brown Nubuck Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caramel Brown Nubuck Quilted Leather Saddle Crossbody Bag Year: 2016 Diamond stitched nubuck leather Ruthenium classic interwoven chain Satin-canvas interior lining Main inte...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are the most iconic handbags. The caviar leather construction features a well-known quilted pattern. It has a chain-leather woven strap along with a CC twist lock ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cognac Brown Suede Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Suede Silver-tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 23.5" Measures 11.5" W x 7.5" H x 4" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXUR...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Leather and Goat Hair Small Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Limited Edition & Lizard Multi-color Brown Fur Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel fur multi color tweed and exotic skin flap with CC logo clasp 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware Interior flap lambskin lining Soft graffiti interior lining classic cent...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Quilted Patent Leather Reissue 2.55 Classic 227 Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are iconic and noteworthy in the history of fashion. Hence, this Reissue 2.55 is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from brown pate...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Brown and Beige Fur Deerskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Pink brown Chanel fur with deerskin interior lining and aged silver hardware 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Interwoven chain Interior center zipper pocket Strap drop: Single 16” Double ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

1991 Chanel Brown Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Brown Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3752 Serial Number: 1221933 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Box, Dust Bag Authenti...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Caviar Leather Pocket In The City Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Brown quilted caviar leather Chanel Pocket In The City Flap Bag with antiqued silver-tone hardware, dual pockets at exterior; one with CC adornment, dual chain-link and leather shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Tweed Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Pink and tan tweed flap bag. Like new condition. Unique style and limited. Includes authenticity card. Great Spring and Summer bag. Strap can be worn longer or doubled strap. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tan Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in Italy from luxurious tan-coloured lambskin leather, this timeless pre-loved Chanel jumbo flap bag features a diamond quilted finish, a back slip pocket and the iconic inte...
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20th Century Handbags and Purses

Chanel Bronze Double Flap w/ Charm
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel metallic bronze double-flap bag with detachable mini charm bag. Shoulder drop, 12"L/21"L. Comes with hologram, ID card, and dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Bronze Double Flap w/ Charm
  • Chanel Bronze Double Flap w/ Charm
  • Chanel Bronze Double Flap w/ Charm
  • Chanel Bronze Double Flap w/ Charm
H 5 in. W 3 in. L 10 in.
Chanel white grey and brown rabbit fur waist belt flap fanny pack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel white grey and brown rabbit fur waist belt flap 2007 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Silver hardware Double lining interwoven chain Interior suede lining Can be worn as crossbody or fanny...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Tan Pink Brown Tweed Raffia Gold Medium Evening Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
From the 2018 Collection. Black quilted velvet Chanel Reissue 225 Flap bag with brushed gold-tone hardware, single convertible Venetian chain-link shoulder strap, single patch pocket...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Jumbo single flap handbag in brown quilted caviar leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful Chanel Timeless Jumbo Handbag with simple flap in brown quilted caviar leather, gold metal hardware, a golden metal chain handle (new) intertwined with brown leather allowi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Accordion Flap Bag Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, scuffs and discoloration on exterior and handle, darkening on base corners. Pen marks and stains on front and base, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Tan Cross-Stitch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Tan Cross-Stitch Bag with antique silver hardware. Soft and casual Chanel bag with unique cross stiching. Clean interior and out. Good condition. Adjustable strap. Guaranteed ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel dark gold metallic reissue jumbo flap with ruthenium hardware. Very good condition. Shoulder drop 11'/20". Chanel collection 2006/2008. Comes with hologram and original box
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL "Medium Boy" Brown Leather Sheared Rabbit Fur Flap Bag Cross Body Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
DESCRIPTION: CHANEL "Medium Boy" Brown Calfskin Leather & Rabbit Flap Top Cross Body Handbag Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Manufacturer Style Name: Boy Sty...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel gold-plated rhodium cufflinks with etched flap bag detail. Comes with original pouch. Minor wear.
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Vintage 1980s Cufflinks

  • Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
  • Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
  • Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
  • Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
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W 1 in. D .75 in. L 1 in.
Chanel Rare Black Leather Brown Kelly Style Evening Top Handle Satchel Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Black Leather Brown Kelly Style Evening Top Handle Satchel Flap Bag Caviar leather Leather lining Date code present Made in France Handle drop 3.5" Measures 10.25" W x ...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This Chanel 2.55 Reissue Size 227 bag comes in a metallic light bronze tone. The classic chain has a shoulder drop of 11 inches. The bag comes with the inventory card, booklet and Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
H 7.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 12.5 in.
Chanel Brown Embossed Quilted Leather Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Brown Embossed Quilted Leather Classic Flap in excellent condition. Brown quilted leather exterior with embossed CC logo along quilting. Ruthenium hardware and double chain sh...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and discoloration on base edges and flap corners, scuffs on base and side. Bubbling on strap, creasing, scuffs, minor wear and discoloration underneath fla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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 Maroon Leather Top Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gorgeous Chanel leather flap shoulder bag in excellent condition. Maroon leather with buckled side shoulder strap details. Front loop closure opens single flap style to a brown nyl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Chevron Leather CC Trendy 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 a chevron quilt design, it bears their signature label on th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Red Chevron Leather CC Trendy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Chevron Leather CC Trendy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Chevron Leather CC Trendy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Chevron Leather CC Trendy Flap Bag
H 6.3 in. W 2.37 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Red Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in fashion history as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner, Boy Flap, that has been exquisitely crafted from quilt...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Red Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Red Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
H 8.67 in. W 2.76 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear on base corners and flap edges, creasing, darkening and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Moderate darkening and wear on strap, scuffs, marks ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

CHANEL S/S 2008 "East West" Brown Quilted Leather Accordion Flap Bag Purse
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld
Located in Thiensville, WI
Chanel S/S 2008 "East West" accordion flap front purse. Brown lambskin leather quilted in classic diamond pattern. Contrasting ivory leather piping and zig zag stitch detail. Silver-...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

New Chanel Rare Gold Embossed Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare and collectible gold single flap 10" in gold tone embossed calfskin leather. Paris Dallas collection. Shoulder drop 9"/17". Brand new, partial plastic on hardware. Comes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

AS NEW Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag A true stunner from the 2016 runway collection: this Chanel Micro Retro Flap Bag in gold colored leather. The tiny quilting creates a beautiful X ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • AS NEW Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag
  • AS NEW Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag
  • AS NEW Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag
  • AS NEW Chanel Gold Micro Retro Flap Bag
H 5.71 in. W 8.27 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Gold Woven Raffia 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 woven raffia and exhibiting floral details on the front, it bears their...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bicolor Boy Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear on base and flap corners. Creasing, wear, moderate scuffs and small indentations on exterior, strap and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tricolor Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear on base corners and strap, scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Loose stitching on opening flap corners, light scuffs in int...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured 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 Couture Evening Flap Bag in Coppered Silk Satin
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Couture ! Chanel evening flap bag in coppered silk satin. Gilded metal hardware. The inside is in silk satin with a small patch pocket. Worn by hand as a clutch or on the shoulder ...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Small CHANEL 'Jewelry' Flap Bag in Bronze Gilded Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Collector! Small Chanel 'jewelry' flap bag in bronze gilded leather. On the flap There are chains on which are interlaced ribbons in leather. Blackened shiny silver metal hardware. I...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Tweed Yellow Gray Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Gold tone hardware Grosgrain lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NE...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolor Quilted Tweed Medium Classic Double Flap Shoulder 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 multicolor tweed in a quilted design, it bears the signature label on t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag - Burgundy Caviar Leather Silver Hardware
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Exquisite Chanel Classic Maxi double flap bag in burgundy caviar leather with silver hardware. This bag is preloved and shows signs of wear on the corners and interior but is in ver...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Shoulder 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 Limited Edition Crochet Nature Tweed Extra Large Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel extra large sized beige tweed crochet flap 2009 Antique gold hardware Large CC logo Magnetic clasp closure Interior beige canvas lining Interior center zippered pocket Two ad...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Leather CC Classic Flap Wallet on Chain
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Constructed from red leather, this wallet on chain from Chanel is quite impressive! It features an exterior that is detailed with the signature quilted pattern and the iconic CC logo...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Crystal Leather Small Mini Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Crystal Leather Gold tone hardware Satin lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 22" Measures 5.5" W x 3.25" H x 1.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Double Sided Metal Frame Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Scuffs on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, mark and small indentation on rear, scratches and minor discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authentici...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag - Gold Patent Leather Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Exquisite Chanel Classic Maxi single flap bag in gold patent leather with gold hardware. This bag is preloved and shows signs of wear on the corners and interior but is in very good...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Flap Brown For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary chanel flap brown you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Brown, Black, Gray and protectString (more). Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel flap brown may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. 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 Flap Brown?

Prices for a chanel flap brown can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $499 and can go as high as $15,996, while, on average they fetch $5,299.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

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


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


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


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


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


Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags Purses Bags for You

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

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

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

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

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

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