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Chanel Lambskin Quilted Leather Medium 19 Flap Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel handbag is made with supple lambskin quilted leather in black. The bag features signature diamond stitching, gold and sliver tone hardware, a front flap with the signatu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Medium Flap Bag With Top Handle
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Just stunning.! This sleek Classic Top Handle is crafted fromchevron quilted aged calfskin leather in pink. The bag features a fuchsia lizard top handle A preloved bag in excellent c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Single Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Single Flap - Year: 1970-1980 - Condition: Good - Materials: Calfskin Leather - Extras...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
H 7.09 in. W 2.37 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Camellia Follies Embroidered Medium Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Camellia Follies Embroidered Medium Classic Flap Excellent condition. measurements: 10x6x2" 10.5-19" strap
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Embellished Flap Bag – Medium
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
What a stunning beauty..! This Chanel Flap Bag is the iconic Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag in black lambskin, embellished with gold and silver beadwork. The bag has an interwoven le...
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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 Quilted Leather New Medium 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 quilted ...
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2010s 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 Blue Shimmer Leather Surpique Chevron Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel Surpique Chevron flap bag is gorgeous. Crafted from shimmer leather, the exterior features an iconic pattern that is accentuated with gold-tone hardware. The interior is ...
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2010s 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 Pink Quilted Leather Reissue Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare light pink lambskin medium reissue double flap. Excellent condition. Silver hardware. Shoulder drop 10"/19". Comes with hologram, original dust cover and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Goatskin Leather Medium City Rock Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
From Chanel’s stunning Pre-Fall Winter 2015 bag collection, this flap bag is simply a delight for the fashionista in you! It has been crafted in black goatskin leather in a quilted p...
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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 Dark Beige Quilted Leather New Medium 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 it carries irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag This authentic Chanel Hidden Sequins Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect...
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Early 2000s 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 Red Quilted Caviar 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 caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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 Silver Quilted Leather Medium Casual Rock Airlines Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This timeless Chanel Casual Rock Airlines Flap Bag is crafted from silver leather with the diamond quilt design all over. It features a CC lock on the flap and a thick shoulder handl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Medium Black Lambskin Full-Set
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Classic Double Flap: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Double Flap - Year: 1991-1994 - Code: 2387375 - Condition: Good - Materials...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Quilted Perforated Leather New Medium 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 it carries irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Quilted Patent Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Medium Embossed Stitch 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 Black Leather Gold Medium Double Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Leather lining Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 15.5" Measures 10" W x 6.75" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% a...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Blue Velvet Chevron Gold Medium Evening Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Suede Gold tone hardware Turnlock closure Leather lining Snap closure Shoulder strap drop 20.75" Measures 9.75" W x 5.75" H x 3" D Includes original Chanel dust bag 100% authenticity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Gold Crackled Leather Medium Clam's Pocket Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Make everyone nod in approval when you step out swaying this Chanel bag. It has been crafted from metallic gold crackled leather in the signature quilt and held by a chain-link shoul...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Bicolor Medium Boy Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Gold
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Bicolor Medium Boy Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Black Gold. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Classic Flap Bag Gold Hardware Medium
By Chanel, Chanel Boutique
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Featuring gold tone hardware, a front flap with the signature Mademoiselle interlocking CC turn lock closure, a gold toned chain strap interlaced with leather, a rear flat pocket, an...
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Early 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bronze Quilted Metallic Goatskin Leather Medium Perfect Edge Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Bronze Quilted Metallic Goatskin Leather Medium Perfect Edge Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB417 Serial Number: 21883914 Age (Circa): 2015 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle 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

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel black quilted lambskin medium westminster pearl flap bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
What a stunning beauty..! This Chanel Westminster Pearl Flap Bag in black lambskin, embellished with gold pearl CC clasp opening is exquisite. The bag has an interwoven leather chain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Green Sequin Bead Embroidery Flower Evening Medium Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Bead Embroidery Gold tone hardware Woven lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 10" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFO...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Green Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag 2012
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 Flap Bag Medium Madison Chain Me Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned Chanel black lambskin leather Madison Chain Me flap bag from 2008. Supple lambskin leather exterior with silver hardware. Interior lined in quilted fabric with 1 ...
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Early 2000s 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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2010s Structured Shoulder 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

2006 Chanel Pale Grey Aged Quilted Calfskin Leather Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Pale Grey Aged Quilted Calfskin Leather Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB360 Serial Number: 10493362 Age (Circa): 2006 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Medium Double Flap Shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful Chanel Timeless Medium 25cm handbag with double flap in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interwoven with black leath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Medium double flap Shoulder bag in beige quilted leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful Chanel Timeless Medium handbag with double flap in beige quilted lambskin leather, gold metal trim, a golden metal chain handle intertwined with beige leather allowing a 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 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 Runway Silver Gold Lime CC Sequin Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Sequin Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 16.5" Measures 10" W x 6.5" H x 2.75" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guarante...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Medium Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
The Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Flap Shoulder Bag features a lovely shape, with dark calfskin leather and gorgeous python skin front flat pocket. Leather/chain ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2018 RARE Blush Lucky Charm Studded 10" Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Blush Lucky Charm Studded 10" Medium Quilted Double Flap Classic Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 2018 Color: Blush Hardware: Antiqued matte goldtone and gunmetal Mate...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Burgundy Quilted Leather and Tweed Trim New Medium Jacket Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
For Fall/Winter 2016 collection the iconic Boy bag takes a new avatar. This Jacket Boy bag has been exquisitely crafted from leather and designed with tweed trim on the outlines. It ...
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2010s 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

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 Flap Bag White Caviar Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Chanel Model - Double Flap Bag Size - Medium Measurements - 10″ L x 6″ H x 2.5″ D Pockets - 2 Interior Pockets Hardware - Silver Toned Condition - The bag is in excel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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

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

Chanel 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 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 Shiny Emerald Green Alligator Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted in France from exotic alligator leather in a highly sought after shade of emerald green, this iconic flap bag by Chanel is finished with the classic CC turn-lock in silver-to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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: HB3940 Serial Number: 6433308 Age (Circa): 2001 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box Authentici...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Medium Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel medium flap you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Gray and more options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect chanel medium flap 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. 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 Medium Flap?

The price for a chanel medium flap starts at $595 and tops out at $48,000, and on average, selling for $3,336.

chanel Biography and Important Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.