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Chanel Flap Vintage Mini Wicker Raffia Classic Black Rattan Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Flap Vintage Mini Wicker Raffia Classic Black Rattan Cross Body Bag 2001 Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain The bag features a long gold chain link shoulder strap thread...
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Early 2000s Italian Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Brown Suede Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This suede Chanel is your new favorite collectors item! This bag will take you through your everyday as it has a roomy interior and can fit a wallet, keys, phone, and other small ite...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

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H 6.5 in. W 1.25 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Repainted exterior and straps. Heavy wear, creasing, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Indentations on rear near...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight odor in interior. Creasing, moderate scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap, small indentations, marks and wear in interior, scratches and tarni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy wear, discoloration, scuffs, creasing and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear and discoloration on strap. Wear ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

1996 Chanel vintage jumbo snake chain flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Excellent vintage condition Minor scratches to interior lambskin flap lining some minor knicks to patent leather Very rarely carried and always stored in dust bag Collectors dream ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mademoiselle Vintage Flap Bag Quilted Sheepskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Scuffs and creasing on exterior, moderate wear on base, flap corners and strap, scuffs underneath flap. Stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Stripped turnlock closure. Odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Light wear and scuffs in int...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Stripped turnlock closure. Odor in interior. Creasing, heavy wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Wear and scuffs in interior, sc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on exterior and edges edges. Minor wear and scuffs in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Single Flap Bag SKU: 121556 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing throughout...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing, wear, scuffs, indentations and discoloration on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap. Minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Single Flap Bag SKU: 120392 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Fading an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Vintage Mademoiselle Lock Flap Bag Leather Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, minor wear on front base corners and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 5.5", Heigh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Marketplace Only. Broken closure hardware. Moderate wear, scuffs, discoloration, creasing and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Wear and discoloration on strap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy creasing, wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Moderate wear, marks and stains in interior, scratches and tar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Double Flap SKU: 118097 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate scuffs, wear, creasing and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, discoloration and wear on strap. Minor wear and indentations in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag Year: 2008 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bi...
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Early 2000s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet in very good condition. black lambskin leather with gold hardware. twist lock CC logo closure opens to a maroon interior with 2 slit an...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, moderate wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, slight wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Outlet. Odor in interior. Heavy wear, discoloration, creasing and scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap, moderate indentations on interior flap. Stains, scuffs, in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Shearling Jumbo CC Flap Bag 65165
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Store SKU: 65165 A vintage rare find from 2004, this soft and luxurious Chanel quilted nubuck/shearling jumbo flap bag is sure to turn heads. An oversized brushed gold CC turnlock c...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag Year: 2004-2005 Black and creme tweed Chanel Small Flap bag with ruthenium hardware, convertible shoulder strap with ch...
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Early 2000s French Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Maxi
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, creasing, indentations and scuffs on exterior, wear on strap. Small marks and creasing underneath flap, minor wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Maxi
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, scuffs, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, wear and darkening on exterior, wear on strap. Wear, scuffs, marks and small indentations underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight creasing on rear, minor wear on base corners and strap, indentations on flap. Scuffs and creasing underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4657 Serial Number: 1789922 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: A...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Loose thread on flap opening corner. Wear on exterior and strap, indentations on interior flap, moderate creasing, marks and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear, loss of luster and scuffs on exterior, moderate wear and indentations underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches, discoloration and tarnish on hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diamond CC Flap Bag Quilted Suede Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap, heavy wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, marks, glitter and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, indentations, scuffs and pen mark underneath flap. Wear and discolorati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Small crack on snap closure button. Indentations, heavy creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, wear on strap, creasing and scuffs underneath flap. Scuffs and indenta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, heavy wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Stripped closure hardware. Moderate creasing, scuffs, indentations and wear on exterior and underneath flap, wear, scuffs and marks underneath interior flap and in i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Chain Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy wear, scuffs, marks, discoloration and indentations on exterior, wear and discoloration on strap, heavy creasing and scuffs underneath flap. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, wear on exterior, flap edges and strap, indentations underneath flap. Minor wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Chain Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Wear, discoloration, heavy indentations, scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear and discoloration on strap. Minor wear and scuffs in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing and small indentations on exterior and in interior, moderate wear on strap. Minor wear and scuffs in interior, scratch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Classic Medium Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Classic Medium Double Flap SKU: 118164 MSRP: 8800.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Gold Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Vintage Gold Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Flap Bag SKU: 118463 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Outlet. Heavy cracking, wear creasing, and scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap, moderate discoloration and marks underneath flap. Wear, scuffs and indentations i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Pink Tweed Square Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Flap Bag is constructed in soft-pink timeless tweed. It’s outfitted with silver tone hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocking CC turn lock clos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4481 Serial Number: 3058347 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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1990s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Grey Shearling Suede Extra Large Maxi Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Grey Shearling Suede Extra Large Maxi Flap Bag The bag features a leather threaded silver chain link shoulder strap and a silver Chanel CC logo on the front flap. Y...
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Early 2000s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Red Caviar Leather Vintage XL Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Red Caviar Leather Vintage XL Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4725 Serial Number: 3390577 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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1990s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Top Handle Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Slight creasing on exterior and handle, wear on base corners. Moderate wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Small White Lambskin Gold Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Classic Flap Small: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Flap Small - Year: 1989-1991 - Code: 1386799 - Condition: Good vintage condi...
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1980s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Touch ups on base corners, stripped turnlock closure. Odor in interior. Creasing, heavy wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Wear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4403 Serial Number: 2375939 Age (Circa): 1992 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Ca...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear, scuffs, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4591 Serial Number: 6600466 Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Care Booklet, Authenticity Card ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4589 Serial Number: 6604671 Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Care Booklet, Au...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4580 Serial Number: 2269159 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear, scuffs, creasing and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, discoloration on exterior edges. Wear on strap, minor wear and scuffs in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent cond...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Top Handle Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Broken stitch on flap opening corner. Odor in interior. Slight creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, heavy wear, scuffs, marks and indentations in rear pocket and i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Top Handle Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Outlet. Odor in interior. Loose and broken stitching on flap opening corner, Heavy wear on base corners, wear on flap edges and handle. Moderate splitting on flap opening ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

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Chanel Flap Vintage For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel flap vintage you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Beige, Gray and more. You’re likely to find the perfect chanel flap vintage among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 18th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding a chanel flap vintage for sale for women should be easy, but there are 1576 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Flap Vintage?

The price for a chanel flap vintage starts at $445 and tops out at $27,000, and on average, selling for $3,147.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

In the years following the opening of her modest millinery shop, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel became 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. Today vintage Chanel handbags, jackets and evening dresses are among the most sought-after clothing and accessories for fashion lovers all over the world.

The first Chanel shop was established 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, Chanel's 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.

But 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 bags, evening dresses, shoes, jewelry and other clothing and accessories 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.