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Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and slight wear on exterior, strap, underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Sequin Lambskin Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Sequin Lambskin Medium Single Flap Bag SKU: 120512 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Shape...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Chevron Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, oil slick discoloration, moderate wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black & White Sequin Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black & White Sequin Medium Single Flap Bag SKU: 118012 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scratc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gunmetal & Gold Sequin Houndstooth Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Gunmetal & Gold Sequin Houndstooth Medium Single Flap Bag SKU: 118668 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Signs of wear...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gold & Copper Ombré Sequin Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Gold & Copper Ombré Sequin Medium Single Flap Bag SKU: 120006 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Suede Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Loss of shape, discoloration and pilling on exterior, wear on flap and exterior edges. Darkening and balding on strap, scuffs and marks in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Crystal Embellished Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Missing crystals on front. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, mark on base, scuffs underneath flap. Slight wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4590 Serial Number: 6496657 Age (Circa): 2000 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in I...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4588 Serial Number: 6497137 Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Care Booklet A...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Satin and Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Missing sequins on exterior, moderate wear on strap, heavy scuffs underneath flap. Glitter and wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4484 Serial Number: 4964982 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caramel Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Caramel Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4384 Serial Number: 1437883 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authentici...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Navy & Turquoise Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Navy & Turquoise Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4513 Serial Number: 23754630 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Care ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Pink Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4090 Serial Number: 1796470 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Valentine's Day Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Valentine's Day Medium Single Flap Bag SKU: 120485 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4281 Serial Number: 2341350 Age (Circa): 1992 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Aut...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4425 Serial Number: 2273038 Age (Circa): 1993 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authe...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Quilted Black Lambskin Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Tampa, FL
This is an authentic Chanel Quilted Black Lambskin Medium Single Flap Bag. Done in the most luxurious black lambskin leather, this bag features a classic chain and leather entwined c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Chanel Bicolor Medium Classic Single Flap 227944 Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 12664005 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 10.03" Width: 2.1" Height: 6" Shoulder strap drop: 8"- 14.5" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 7.5/10 or B+ ) Inclu...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Lambskin Perforated Medium Single 12ct927 Beige Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Forest Hills, NY
This item will ship out immediately. Previously owned, unless otherwise stated. Date Code/Serial Number: 6413791 Length: 10 in Width: 2 in Height: 6 in Drop: 9 in OVERALL VERY GOODCO...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minor scuffs and wear underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 6", Width 9.5", Depth 2.5", Strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect for any Chanel lover. Embellished in black and white sequins, this...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Sequin Single Flap Medium Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Sequin Single Flap Bag- PRISTINE An ornamented version of the medium single flap, it is a brilliant addition to any collection. Black leather single flap bag is covered ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and creasing on exterior, wear on strap and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 11.5",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, Minor wear on strap, light scuffs, wear and creasing underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Moderate scuffs and creasing underneath flap. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 11", Height 6.5", Width 10", Depth 3", Strap Drop 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect for any Chanel lover. Embellished in white and pink sequins, this ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Chevron Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Chevron Patent Medium is a timeless essential for any modern woman. Crafted in black patent leather, this large classic flap features wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bicolor Single Flap Bag Quitled Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, light wear on strap, scuffs and creasing underneath flap. Minor wear and small stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Mesh Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Mesh Medium, crafted in hot pink quilted mesh, features woven-in leather chain link straps, exterior back slip pocket, and silver-tone har...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Crystal Embellished Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Missing crystals on front. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, mark on base, scuffs underneath flap. Slight wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate creasing and wear on exterior and in interior, scratches and slight tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Height 6.5", Width 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and minor wear on exterior and underneath flap. Indentations and moderate scuffs underneath flap, minor wear in interior, scratches and ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, peeling, splitting and wear on strap. Indentations on exteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium, crafted in black quilted lambskin leather, features woven-in leather chain link strap, exterior back slip pocket,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Perforated Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Perforated Leather Medium, crafted from red quilted perforated leather, features woven-in leather chain link straps and silver-tone hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Embroidered Quilted Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Embroidered Quilted Jersey Medium, crafted in black embroidered quilted jersey, features woven-in chain link straps, exterior back slip pocket, an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight discoloration and wear on exterior, glue stains on flap edges, small nick in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measuremen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and minor wear on exterior and underneath flap. Indentations and moderate scuffs underneath flap, minor wear in interior, scratches and ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Single Flap Bag Quilted Printed Canvas Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Vintage Single Flap Bag Quilted Printed Canvas Medium is timeless and chic embodying Chanel's classic design. Crafted from red and white quilted printed canvas,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3809 Serial Number: 4519644 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Car...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Tweed And Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Estimated Retail Price: $3,200 Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 9.5", Height 7",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Precious Symbols Single Flap Bag Embossed Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Precious Symbols Single Flap Bag Embossed Leather Medium is the perfect bag if you are seeking something chic and luxurious to hold all of your essentials. Craf...
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21st Century and Contemporary Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Tricolor Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Marketplace Only. Repainted exterior and strap. Light odor in interior. Creasing and small indentations on exterior, peeling on rear pocket, unraveling on strap. Creasing ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4262 Serial Number: 8582269 Age (Circa): 2003 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, peeling, splitting and wear on strap. Indentations on exteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Magenta Quilted Jersey Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are the most iconic handbags. The classic single flap bag is crafted from magenta jersey and features the iconic quilted pattern. It has a chain and jersey woven s...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Camellia Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Burlap Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Camellia Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Burlap Medium, crafted from neutral quilted burlap, features quilted straw strands, woven-in chain link strap, exterior back pock...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Perforated Quilted Fabric Medium 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 blue, perforated fabric in their iconic quilt design, it bears the sign...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Woven Cotton and Raffia Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Light wear on exterior, scratches and slight discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", Widt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Denim with Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Denim with Tweed Medium, crafted in blue quilted denim with tweed, this bag features woven-in denim chain link strap, exterior back slip p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Micro Quilted Velvet Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Micro Quilted Velvet Medium is a timeless essential for any modern woman. Crafted from beautiful brown velvet, this coveted clas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Tweed and Ribbon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minor discoloration on flap closure trim, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", Width 10", ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Jersey Medium is a timeless essential for any modern woman. Crafted in light blue textured fabric, this classic flap fea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patchwork Printed Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patchwork Printed Jersey Medium is playful and modern in design perfect for Chanel lovers. Crafted in black quilted patchwork pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patchwork Printed Jersey Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Patchwork Printed Jersey Medium is playful and modern in design perfect for Chanel lovers. Crafted in black quilted patchwork pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Patchwork Tweed and Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Patchwork Tweed and Lambskin Medium mixes traditional Chanel styling with avant-garde edge. Crafted in black lambskin and tweed with pat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Tweed and Ribbon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minor discoloration on flap closure trim, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", Width 10", ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: HB4190 Serial Number: 8857023 Age (Circa): 2003 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: Authenticity Card, Serial Sticker (Made in F...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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Chanel Medium Single Flap Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel medium single flap bag you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Beige, Brown, Gray and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel medium single flap bag 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 Medium Single Flap Bag?

The price for a chanel medium single flap bag starts at $1,089 and tops out at $6,995, and on average, selling for $3,255.

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.