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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 Medium Classic Vintage Striped Red and Beige Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Red beige and white Chanel lambskin fabric double flap with interlocking cc clasp 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Gold hardware Interior flap CC logo Interior zipper flap pocket Interior la...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE.COM is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
H 5.91 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Classic Single Flap Medium Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel bag is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a single flap. It also features the classic CC logo twist lock on the front flap. The black chain winded wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Wine red quilted suede Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and suede shoulder strap – Tonal leather lining – Single pat...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear and scuffs on base, flap corners and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", Width 10", Depth 3", St...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Odor in interior. Light wear on base corners, flap edges and strap, creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on rear pocket opening edge. Indentations on inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Loose stitching on strap. Minor wear on exterior and in interior, moderate glue stains on flap edges, wear on strap and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Acces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Emerald Green Alligator Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Emerald Green Alligator Medium Classic is in pristine condition. The Timeless Classic is elevated to new heights in this rare exotic version. Deep emerald gree...
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2010s Structured 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 Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, scuffs and small marks underneath flap, indentations on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Classic Flap Boy Perforated Medium Red Leather
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Red perforated lambskin leather trimmed with shining silver hardware. Adjustable chain and leather shoulder shoulder strap. Front pinch style single flap closure opens to a beige ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy, wear, creasing, discoloration, small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear on strap. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear, scuffs and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap. Scuffs and wear in interior, scratches on hardwa...
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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 Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear on base corners, flap and rear pocket opening edges and strap, creasing underneath flap. Minor scuffs underneath interior flap and in interior, scratches on ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Small Gold Reissue Classic Small Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Whipstitch Flap Bag Metallic gold reissue quilted leather medium-small Chanel bag with gunmetal hardware, contrast fabric whipstitch trim throughout, dual leather and chain-...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Matte Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Darkening and wear on exterior and strap, marks and wear underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

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

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Loss of luster, moderate wear, discoloration and scuffs on exterior, strap, underneath flap and on interior flap. Wear and marks in interior, scratches and tarnish o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear, scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior, interior flap, underneath flaps and in interior front pocket, wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners, flap edges and strap, creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Indentations on interior flap, scuffs and wear in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear, discoloration, creasing, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Moderate wear and discoloration on strap, slight oil slick discoloratio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag CC Studded Canvas Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minor wear on exterior corners, strap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 6", Width 10", Depth 2.5", Str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear, scuffs, creasing, indentations and discoloration on exterior and underneath flap. Wear on strap, minor scuffs and wear in interior, scratches on hardw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior and in interior, small indentations on base and rear. Bubbling underneath flap, scratches and slight tarnish on h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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 Red Lambskin Stripe Diana Medium Vintage Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel red Lady Diana Medium Classic Bag 1993 {VINTAGE 28 Years} Vintage red lambskin leather with gold hardware and classic cc interlocking clasp closure Beige lambskin interior li...
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1990s 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 Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed and Wool Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Small glue stain on top flap near ring hardware, minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 9", He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Twist Flap Bag Quilted Patent with Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Oil slick discoloration on exterior edges and underneath flap. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Green Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Double Flap Bag is made with green lambskin leather with diamond quilting. Featuring sliver toned hardware, a silver toned chain interlaced with leather, an interlocking ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Limited Edition Medium Boy Classic Grand Shopping Tote Travel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Medium Boy Classic Grand Shopping Tote Travel Bag Year: 2011 Aged gold-tone hardware Black glazed calfskin leather Chain-link straps with leather pads Boy p...
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2010s Tote Bags

2003 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3876 Serial Number: 1788406 Age (Circa): 2003 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity De...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Peach/White Fabric and Sequins Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's flap bags are highly desirable and needless to say, iconic. This Classic Single flap comes made from fabric & sequins and features a woven link, peach & white hues and a CC ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

2009 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3631 Serial Number: 13767619 Age (Circa): 2009 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Classic Double Flap Bag Medium Burgundy Caviar with Silver Hardware 2014
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Classic Double Flap Bag Medium Burgundy Caviar with Silver Hardware 2014. This stunning bag is still in pristine condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Paris-Dallas Bandana Medium Blue & Beige Quilted Classic Flap Canvas Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This authentic Chanel Paris-Dallas Bandana Flap Bag Quilted Canvas Medium is from the brand's 2013/2014 Paris Dallas Metiers D'art Bag Collection. Crafted from blue quilted canvas w...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel New Rare Vintage Transparent Clear Naked Gold Classic Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Classic Medium Flap Bag 2001 {Vintage 20 Years} Metallic gold lambskin piping Interwoven gold lambskin chain Shoulder strap can be worn single, crossbody (25.5"...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic iconic Medium Lambskin Vintage Flap bag black with Gold hardware
By Chanel Boutique, Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
We guarantee this is an authentic CHANEL Lambskin Medium Double Flap Bag Black or 100% of your money back. This vintage Chanel flap handbag is constructed out of soft and supple blac...
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Early 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tan Leather Lattice Canebiers Medium Classic Flap Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Tan Leather Lattice Canebiers Medium Classic Flap Bag in excellent condition. Tan lambskin leather exterior trimmed with a black knotted lattice cord cage and silver hardware....
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very good condition Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver The Chanel classic flap bag is a bag that has been turning heads for more than half a century. It was created by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver
  • Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver
  • Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver
  • Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag Metallic Silver
H 6.3 in. W 10.24 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Medium classic Chanel bag featuring patent leather curved over-flap and silver hardware. The leather and chain strap can be worn as a double or single strap and the spacious interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

  • Chanel Medium Classic Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Bag
H 20 in. W 30 in. D 9 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis Vui...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis Vui...
Category

2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Dark Brown quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Single pa...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis Vui...
Category

Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Silver-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Sin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Single patch p...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and leather shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Singl...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black quilted lambskin Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link shoulder strap – Burgundy leather lining – Single patch pock...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
H 6.7 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
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Chanel Medium Classic For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel medium classic you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Red and protectString (more) options on these pages. Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel medium classic 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. Finding a chanel medium classic for sale for women should be easy, but there are 13 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Medium Classic?

Prices for a chanel medium classic can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $1,698 and can go as high as $12,920, while, on average they fetch $5,920.

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.