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1990s Chanel Black Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s black quilted leather vintage Chanel classic mini flap bag with gold-tone hardware, single chain-link and leather shoulder strap, CC gold-tone turn-lock closure at front flap. ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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 Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This special Chanel messenger bag is fashioned using brown quilted leather. The structured bag has a classic charm and an impeccable finish. The iconic CC logo on the flap, the comfo...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Brown Quilted Leather Messenger Bag
H 7.88 in. W 1.58 in. L 9.06 in.
Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Crossbody Waist Bag black/white adjustable shoulder strap logo patch to the front zip-fastening pocket Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
H 10.6 in. W 11.8 in. L 20.8 in.
Chanel Camellia Messenger Bag Tweed Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear and pilling on exterior and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 13", Width 12", Depth 3", Strap D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Travel Line Messenger Bag Nylon Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Minor creasing on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Yellow Caviar Leather Business Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Yellow Caviar Leather Business Messenger Bag with gold-tone hardware, yellow leather trim, interior zip pockets, top handle, and push-lock closure. 25906MSC
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Ligne Cambon Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Messenger bag has been expertly crafted into a quilted leather body in a square silhouette. It comes detailed with two interlocked 'CC' and is secured with a top zipper clos...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Suede Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highland Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Pink suede Chanel Paris-Edinburgh Mini Highlander messenger bag with antiqued silver-tone hardware, single shoulder strap, crochet floral pattern at front face, tonal suede lining an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Messenger Vintage Black and White Nylon Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black and White Crossbody Waist Bag Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Light Grey/White Quilted Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A Chanel classic, this messenger bag is a must have. Crafted from grey canvas and leather trims, it is stitched with the brand's signature quilted design on the exterior. The exterio...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Gabrielle Crossbody Bag. Gabrielle letters over navy tweed fabric. Leather trim and two tone chains. Mint like new condition. Rare and limited bag. Unique collector's piece. D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Yellow Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Yellow Jumbo Bag. Caviar bright canary yellow color. Silver hardware. Excellent condition. Rare color. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Charms Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Charms Mini Bag by Chanel 2004-2005 Black satin exterior Leather lined Chocolate bar stitching Mirror and lipstick charms on front Silver tone hardware Turnlock closure on front fl...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Coral Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Coral Boy Bag Chevron pattern lambskin leather. Antique silver hardware. Medium size. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Has some wear on the back. Overall fa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Small Black Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Small Black Crossbody Bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. The most wanted size by Chanel. Very hard to find. Lambskin leather. Don't miss out on this one. Includes authentic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Flower Power Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Flower Power Boy Bag. Beautiful Chanel bag with tie-dye look in array of colors. Excellent condition. Medium size Boy Bag. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as as shoulder bag....
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bronze Metallic Maxi Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Light Bronze Metallic Maxi Bag. Double flap bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. Beautiful light bronze lambskin leather. Stunning bag. Collector's piece. Most wanted Maxi si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel versatile bronze cross body bag with two zipped compartments and gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop, 21"L. Comes with hologram and original dust cover. Minor wear on corners, p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Bronze Soleil Crossbody Bag
H 7 in. W 3 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag. Beautiful and rare crocodile bag with silver hardware. Stunnin bag in good condition. Celebrity owned and needs a good home. Most wanted Jumbo size ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Burgundy Boy Bag Limited
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Burgundy Leather Limited Boy Bag. Unique design and rich burgundy color. Silver hardware. Good condition. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

2015 Chanel it Bag, Tie On Girl Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
From the Spring 2015 Collection. Black lambskin Chanel Small Girl bag with antiqued silver-tone hardware, single flat shoulder strap featuring knot accent, three exterior pockets at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Maxi Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Single Flap Bag. Silver hardware. Caviar black leather. Most wanted Maxi size. Full set. Includes authenticity card and dust cover. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Gold Limited Edition Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Gold Limited Edition Boy Bag. Good condition. Has light wear on the front. See photos. Inside is clean and mint. Unique closure with red enamel. Strap has red on the bottom. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Has light wear throughout. Caviar leather. Most wanted size jumbo. Double flap classic. Clean interior. Can be worn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Jumbo Patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Jumbo Patent Leather Bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. Can be worn doubled or as a crossbody. Single flap. Good condition. Serial number inside the bag. Guaranteed a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel blue velvet mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover. Collection 20, 2014/2015. Mint condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Blue Velvet Mini Crossbody Bag
H 3 in. W 1.5 in. L 6 in.
Chanel Red Patent Leather Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Patent Leather Boy Bag. Lego style CC closure. Red hardware with silver. Good condition. Rare style bag. Bright red color. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Maxi Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Single Flap Bag. Black lambskin leather with gold hardware. Most coveted combo from Chanel. Classic bags are going up. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel White and Black Gabrielle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel White/ Black Gabrielle Bag. Stunning two-tone bag in calf leather. Antique gold and silver hardware. Can be worn crossbody or as a shoulder bag. Can be worn multiple ways. Che...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Leather WOC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Pink Leather WOC Crossbody Bag with silver-tone hardware, single leather and chain-link shoulder strap, exterior flap pockets, single slit pocket under front flap, tonal grosg...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Chain Around Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Chain Around Crossbody Bag. Bright red calf leather with silver hardware. Light wear on back of bag. Good condition. Wears longer as a crossbody bag. Strap can be doubled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Chain Around Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Chain Around Boy Bag. Ruthenium hardware. Excellent condition. Looks like new. Sturdy calfskin leather. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Medium size. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mini with Pearls Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black with Pearls Mini Bag. Crossbody bag. Gold hardware. New from 2020 collection. Never worn. Beautiful bag. Pricing for Chanel keeps increasing. Add this to your collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear and darkening on base, sides, strap, interior opening trim and underneath flap. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
H 6 in. W 9.5 in. D 2.5 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Such a cute Chanel Mini gold cross-body bag made from aged calfskin leather in a chevron pattern design. This beautiful piece is preloved in excellent condition. BRAND Chanel ACCES...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag
H 5.9 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.2 in.
Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Caviar leather with silver hardware. Excellent condition. Beautiful cherry red color. Hard to find combo. Classic Chanels are going up. Serial numbe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Camera Bag format made of black leather with golden hardware. Zip closure, internally large enough. Equipped with leather shoulder strap. The bag despite being a vintage produ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
  • 1990s Chanel Black Leather Camera Bag
H 6.7 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.67 in.
Chanel Blue Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel bag, Maxi Jumbo model, made of light blue shaded leather with silver hardware. Equipped with an interlocking closure, internally covered in light blue leather, very roomy. Equ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Blue Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Blue Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Blue Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
  • Chanel Blue Leather Maxi Jumbo Bag
H 8.27 in. D 3.55 in. L 12.6 in.
Vintage CHANEL Brown Bowling Doctor Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This vintage bag comes from the 80s so it has no hologram. The large double "C" is made of vintage gold metal. The bag and its lining are both made of brown soft calf leather. It was...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Vintage CHANEL Brown Bowling Doctor Bag
  • Vintage CHANEL Brown Bowling Doctor Bag
  • Vintage CHANEL Brown Bowling Doctor Bag
  • Vintage CHANEL Brown Bowling Doctor Bag
H 9.06 in. D 4.73 in. L 14.97 in.
Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Gorgeous single classic flap jumbo in red leather and silver-tone hardware, a classic CC turn-lock closure and a patch pocket on the back face. Interior is lined with smooth tonal le...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
H 8.67 in. D 3.75 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in Italy Soft cream quilted leather Stiched classic CC logo Front pocket Gold chain strap Strap length: 44 inches Hanging gold ball and leather fringe d...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
  • Chanel Cream Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2.25 in. L 9 in.
Chanel Navy Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel crossbody bag Made in France Soft quilted navy leather Classic gold CC logo Gold and leather chain strap Strap length: 43 inches Soft maroon leather lining Interior zipper...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Mini Reissue Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mini reissue silver cross body bag. Super limited edition. Shoulder drop 24". Comes with original dust cover.
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Embroidered Wool Drawstring Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Drawstring Bag from Métiers D’art Paris-Hamburg 2018 Collection. Crafted from navy embroidered wool. Features chain link strap with shoulder pad. Embroidered Chanel writing on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Lugano, Ticino
Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag, 2015. This particular bag is the large size of the collection and features a long antique ruthenium chain-link strap with a leather pad tha...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag
  • Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag
  • Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag
  • Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Leather Boy Bag
H 6.89 in. W 2.96 in. L 11.03 in.
Chanel Small Multicolor Organic Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small sized Chanel organic flap with fabric detail Year: 2009 Gold Hardware CC Gold Magnetic Closure Beige lambskin interior flap Satin Silk printed interior lining Interior center ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Jumbo Patent Reissue Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Reissue Jumbo Red Patent Leather Bag. Silver Chain. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Excellent like new condition. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Flat Crossbody Bag Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy scuffs and creasing on exterior, strap and underneath flap, darkening and wear on exterior and strap edges. Moderate discoloration on strap base, wear in inter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Taupe Quilted Caviar XL Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
: Chanel Taupe Quilted Caviar XL Boy Bag SKU: 111540 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition....
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Reissue Wallet On A Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Silver Reissue Wallet On A Chain Bag. Ruthenium hardware. Metallic silver leather crossbody bag. Excellent like new condition. Can be worn as a clutch, crossbody or doubled as...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Timeless Sling Bag Caviar Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy scuffs, discoloration and wear on exterior, strap, drawstring, underneath flap and in interior. Splitting o pochette strap, scratches, tarnis...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Maxi Lambskin Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Lambskin Single Flap Bag. Gold hardware. Excellent condition. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Interior clean. Includes authenticity card. Guaran...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Medium Cream Chevron Stitch Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Cream Chevron Stitch Boy Bag. Medium size. Unique cross stitch details on trim of bag. Light pink/ beige color leather. Ruthenium hardware. A nice neutral color bag. Excellent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Banane Quilted Leather Waist Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel, silver, fanny pack in grained, quilted calfskin with silver hardware. The fanny pack has a chain link and leather belt strap with adjustment links and a top zipper pocket. V...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Stingray & Calfskin Boy Crossbody Bag SKU: 112279 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Co...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black and White Chevron Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black and White Chevron Boy Bag. Ruthenium hardware. Unique pattern and style. Excellent condition. Can be worn crossbody or doubled as a shoulder bag. Includes authenticity c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Bucket Bag Quilted Caviar Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear on base corners, creasing and light scuffs on exterior and interior opening trim. Darkening, small marks, scuffs and creasing in interior, scratches on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Caviar Wallet On A Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Caviar Wallet On A Chain Bag. Silver hardware. Can be worn as a crossbody or a clutch. Excellent condition. Includes dust cover. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Tweed and Plexiglass Lego Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel's iconic tweed gets a playful makeover in this special rendition of the much-coveted Lego handbag. Accented with a black plexiglass Chanel monogram and logo closure, it also f...
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Chanel Messenger Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary chanel messenger bag for your needs in our varied inventory. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Gray and more options on these pages. If you’re looking for a chanel messenger bag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. 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 Messenger Bag?

Prices for a chanel messenger bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $330 and can go as high as $35,920, while, on average they fetch $3,302.

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 Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags for You

Stylish and practical, vintage and designer crossbody bags and messenger bags are ideal for all occasions, from lunch dates to errands to sunny afternoons in the park to formal affairs.

Messenger bags are a fashion staple. A shoulder bag that’s designed to be durable and lightweight, messenger bags offer comfort and convenience when carrying heavy items, and while their functionality is comparable to that of standard backpacks, you don’t have to take your bag off to get into its compartments and various zippered pockets. This is a sophisticated accessory — it sits flat against your body and provides easy access to your belongings at all times.

Our love for vintage handbags and purses goes back a long time. For as long as we’ve needed to carry around personal items to and from our homes, handbags of some fashion have been in our lives. Bag design evolved notably during the later Middle Ages to meet the needs of increasingly prosperous, sophisticated and diverse societies. As craftspeople grew in skill, and the choice of materials and dyes increased, the bags’ exteriors were embellished to please the eye and signify status. In our modern era, there is a vast range of iconic handbags and other bags to choose from.

Crossbody bags, which were designed to be worn on one side of the body so that the long strap is looped over the opposite shoulder, have been popular and versatile accessories over time, thankfully improving upon the medieval-era crude leather and silk coin purses that Europeans fastened to their belts as well as the drawstring pouches of the Renaissance, which held money as often as they did flowers and spices. These bags — as well as the stylish messenger bags that have materialized during the 20th century — weren’t bound by gender when they first appeared, and they certainly aren’t today.

For an alluring alternative to a satchel or backpack, luxury houses and various legendary brands such as Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and others offer a wide range of crossbody bags and messenger bags for the discerning bag enthusiast. Find these bags in all shapes and sizes on 1stDibs.