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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 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 Medium Doudoune Nylon Tweed Coco Neige Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Doudoune Backpack Embossed Nylon with Tweed Medium This Chanel Doudoune Backpack Embossed Nylon with Tweed Medium, crafted from black embossed nylon with tweed, features a top...
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2010s Backpacks

New in Box, Chanel Medium Black Striped Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Brand new in box, Chanel medium striped clutch. Black, grey and beige. Comes with hologram, id card, dust cover, box and ribbon.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Red Boy Medium
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Boy Bag. Medium size. Mint condition. Bright red leather with antique silver hardware. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Medium Quilted Iridescent Pearly Rose Gold Calfskin Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Authentic CHANEL Medium Quilted Boy Bag Iridescent Pearly Rose Gold Calfskin with Palladium Hardware. It is a limited edition piece and sold out everywhere — one of the most pearly...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Doudoune Backpack Mesh Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior, wear and darkening on straps, wear, small marks and glue stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

  • Chanel Doudoune Backpack Mesh Medium
  • Chanel Doudoune Backpack Mesh Medium
  • Chanel Doudoune Backpack Mesh Medium
  • Chanel Doudoune Backpack Mesh Medium
H 13 in. W 11 in. D 6 in.
Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, creasing and scuffs on exterior and straps, bubbling and wear underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches and slight discoloration on hardware. Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
H 12.5 in. W 11 in. D 3 in.
Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Holes in interior lining. Odor in interior. Creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Pochette Measurements: He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Black Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Medium Double Flap Bag. Black lambskin leather. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. 10" width medium size. Vintage and gold plated hardware. Iconic classic bag. Includes auth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder 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 Cerf Executive Tote Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base cornes and handles, creasing on exterior and strap, discoloration on handle wax edges. Small glue stains on strap base and rear opening trim,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Cerf Executive Tote Leather Medium
  • Chanel Cerf Executive Tote Leather Medium
  • Chanel Cerf Executive Tote Leather Medium
  • Chanel Cerf Executive Tote Leather Medium
H 9.5 in. W 13.5 in. D 5.5 in.
Chanel Twisted Tote Glazed Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, small indentations on base, small stains, marks and wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Vanity Case Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear on exterior piping and in interior, light scuffs and creasing on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Keys, Lock, Cloc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium O Pouch
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium O Pouch in Like New unused condition. Black diamond quilted calfskin leather exterior with tiny silver CC logo emblem along front and back side sl...
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2010s Pouches and Wristlets

Chanel Quilted Nylon Shoulder Bag Medium
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
CHANEL Nylon Quilted Tweed on Stitch Zip Tote Bag. Black nylon with diamond quilted stitches of tweed. Gold chain link shoulder straps hanging gold Chanel CC pendant. Zipper opens ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Biarritz Tote Faux Fur Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and light glue stains on exterior, moderate scuffs and wear on leather trims and handles. Slight cracking on handle base wax edges, scratches on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Biarritz Tote Faux Fur Medium
  • Chanel Biarritz Tote Faux Fur Medium
  • Chanel Biarritz Tote Faux Fur Medium
  • Chanel Biarritz Tote Faux Fur Medium
H 12 in. W 15 in. D 5.5 in.
Chanel Chesterfield Backpack Iridescent Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on exterior, minor wear on flap edges and handle, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 4", Height 13", Width 9", ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

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 Black Westminster Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Calling all Chanel lovers! Circa 2008 from their fall collection, this medium Chanel Westminster bag is a stylish twist on the classic Chanel flap bag. Crafted from ultra soft black ...
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Early 2000s Novelty 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 Doudoune Backpack Embossed Nylon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Small tears on handle bases, minor scuffs on exterior, small nicks on base, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 2", Height 16", Wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel CC Camera Bag Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, minor wear and scuffs on exterior and strap, moderate wear and small stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measuremen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel CC Camera Bag Caviar Medium
  • Chanel CC Camera Bag Caviar Medium
  • Chanel CC Camera Bag Caviar Medium
  • Chanel CC Camera Bag Caviar Medium
H 7 in. W 11 in. D 3 in.
Chanel Bicolor Leather Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag with the classic diamond pattern, made of lambskin. The bag has a small shoulder strap made of antique silver metal and dark brown leather that recalls the color of the fl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
  • Chanel Bicolor Leather  Medium Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. D 2.76 in. L 11.82 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Jersey Multicolour Medium Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
What a stunning beauty..! This Limited Edition Chanel Medium Jersey Knit flap bag in multi-colour with gold hardware is exquisite. A preloved, used bag in excellent condition. BRAND ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Medium Navy Blue Tweet Canvas Zip Wallet A81977 5B746
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
A brand new blue Chanel Tweet Wallet. Navy blue leather and fabric lining. Come with a original box, authenticity card and a pouch. Measurement: 7.51"L x 4.1"H x 1"W. No signs of we...
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2010s Wallets

Chanel Vintage Timeless Zip Tote Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and discoloration on exterior edges and handles, scuffs on exterior. Minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: No Acces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Logo Tote Denim Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and discoloration base corners, creasing on exterior, scuffs, creasing and wear on handles and interior opening trim. Cracking and splitting on handle base...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Vintage CC Logo Tote Denim Medium
  • Chanel Vintage CC Logo Tote Denim Medium
  • Chanel Vintage CC Logo Tote Denim Medium
  • Chanel Vintage CC Logo Tote Denim Medium
H 13 in. W 12.5 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Boy Chained Tote Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing, minor wear and scuffs on exterior, handles and shoulder pads. Light splitting on front handle base wax edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Medium Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Medium Boy Bag SKU: 108902 MSRP: USD 5,300.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners. Scratc...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear and discoloration on base corners, flap edges and strap, moderate creasing and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Timeless Tote Studded Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate scuffs and creasing on exterior and in interior, minor indentations on rear and strap, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Quilted Aged Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor creasing on exterior, slight peeling on strap base wax edges, light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Soho Tassel Flap Bag Python Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, pen marks and wear underneath flap. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Wild Stitch Shopping Tote Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on exterior corners, handles, zipper pull and in interior, scuffs on base. Marks in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Wild Stitch Shopping Tote Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Wild Stitch Shopping Tote Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Wild Stitch Shopping Tote Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Wild Stitch Shopping Tote Caviar Medium
H 10.5 in. W 11.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Chanel Boy Chained Tote Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners, creasing and minor scuffs on the exterior and handle. Small stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dus...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel CC Shopping Tote Stitched Deerskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing on exterior, moderate wear on opening and base corners. Stains and marks on interior pockets, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Pink Caviar Quilted Medium Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Pink Caviar Quilted Medium Boy Bag SKU: 109695 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to corners. Scratching and...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Shiva Tote Quilted Glazed Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and minor wear on exterior, moderate wear on base corners, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 4.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Chevron Aged Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light scuffs and small indentations on base trim, minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Height 8.5",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Stitch Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing on exterior and underneath flap, scuffs and marks on exterior. Glue stains on pochette, scratches and tarnish on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Pagoda Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on base corners, creasing, scuffs and small indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Timeless Flap Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear, creasing and scuffs on exterior, handle and strap. Glue stain on opening side wax edge, wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Pochette Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage CC Tote Quilted Nylon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, wear, scuffs and small indentations on exterior piping, leather trims and handles, splitting and cracking on handle base wax edges. Modera...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Casual Style Hobo Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Slight odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, scuffs on base, leather trims, and handle, scratches and minor discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Be Caviar Tote Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear in exterior corners and handles, heavy creasing on exterior. Light wear and stains in interior, moderate stains in interior pocket, scratches on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Quilted Aged Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Light scuffs on base trim, creasing on exterior. Moderate wear and small stains in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag, Bo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Boy Medium Calfskin Chain Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
From Pre Fall 2013. Chanel Boy bag - medium model In black smooth calf leather - ruthenium fittings To wear as single or lined-shoulder / crossbody Black canvas interior with 2 compa...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Timeless Boston Bag Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear and loss of luster on base corners. creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, strap and handles. Light cracking on handle wax edges, minor wear in interio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Black and Beige leather embroidered Chanel New Medium Boy bag with – Silver-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link shoulder strap with leather shoulder guard – Embroidered trim thr...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black New Medium Boy Shoulder Bag
H 6.3 in. W 10.63 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Ecru Galuchat Medium Size Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel boy bag medium size in ecru galuchat, exceptional piece. Borders in ecru dipped lambskin leather. Chain and clasp in silver metal. Inner lining in gray fabric. Flat pocket zi...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Ecru Galuchat Medium Size Boy Bag
  • Chanel Ecru Galuchat Medium Size Boy Bag
  • Chanel Ecru Galuchat Medium Size Boy Bag
  • Chanel Ecru Galuchat Medium Size Boy Bag
H 5.91 in. D 2.56 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Vintage Round Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, discoloration, scuffs and creasing on exterior, strap and underneath flap. Oil slick discoloration underneath flap, wear, minor scuffs and small stains i...
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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. 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 CC Chain Shopping Tote Chevron Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Slight creasing on exterior, light scuffs and marks on interior opening trim. Minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Chevron Lambskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear and darkening on base corners, strap, opening and flap edges, slight creasing on exterior and underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bicolor Boy Flap Bag Calfskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior, strap and underneath flap, scuffs and creasing on front and underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Reverso Boy Flap Bag Patent Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Light wear on exterior, strap, underneath flap and in interior, slight creasing on strap and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Camera Tassel Bag Quilted Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing and scuffs on exterior, discoloration on exterior edges. Wear on opening trim and strap, scuffs in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Medium For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel medium you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Black, Beige, Gray and protectString (more) in stock now. Finding the perfect chanel medium may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Chanel Medium?

The price for a chanel medium starts at $215 and tops out at $48,000, and on average, selling for $2,930.

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.