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Chanel Vintage Mini Lizard Logo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel vintage bag in black lizard and golden hardware Sold with card and hologram Size 16x11 cm
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel clutch with mini purse
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This is a delightful Clutch Bag with a matching mini purse. An elegant and chic piece to add to any collection, perfect for evening or a stylish daytime outfit. The silver hardware n...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Wool Knit Mini Tweed Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel wool woven tweed backpack. Black and pink woven thread detail. Chanel Tweed Twist backpack with antiqued gold-tone hardware, black lambskin leather zip, leather straps, dual a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel signature mini bag, made of black satin with golden hardware. Equipped with a magnetic button closure, internally lined in black leather, roomy for the essentials. Equipped wi...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
H 4.34 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Beige Mini Flap Cream Python Mini Clutch Top Handle Flap Bag Minaudière
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
2004 {VINTAGE 17 Years} -Beige python leather -Ruthenium hardware -Classic interwoven triple chain -CC classic lock closure at frontal flap -White satin lining -Small interior slip ...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Lurex Linen Mini Tote
By Chanel
Located in Riverdale, NY
Chanel Mini Tote in lurex linen with gold leather lining. Linen is metallic gold with over quilting with signature chain handles. Charming miniature shopping bag size with logo clasp...
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1980s Top Handle 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

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel 3 Accordian Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel 3 Accordion Mini Flap Bag in red for sale. It features gorgeous and super soft quilted lambskin leather with leather and chain straps and with three interior sepa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Today we think of Chanel as the pinnacle of fashion and elegance. Historically, Chanel was certainly sportier and more casual. The original Chanel history is captured from time to ti...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
  • Chanel Denim Sequin Mini Bucket Bag
H 5.5 in. W 6 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel CC Pocket Backpack Knit Fabric and Leather Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Minimal wear on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 9", Width 7.5", Depth 4.5", Strap Drop 16" Designer: Chanel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Powder Blue Quilted Leather Vintage Mini Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Powder Blue Quilted Leather Mini Tote is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1990's. Perfectly scaled for today's smaller silhouettes, it easily carri...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Black Quilted Satin Camellia Mini Flap Bag is a rare and beautiful. The bag features diamond stitched quilted satin, gold-tone hardware, a front flap with the signature i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL mini Timeless bag in beige caviar grained leather with aged silver metal jewelry. Condition: Never worn. Made in France Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 6.5 cm Chain length: 121 cm Hol...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
  • CHANEL Mini Timeless Bag in Beige Caviar Leather
H 5.12 in. W 2.56 in. L 7.68 in.
Chanel Burgundy Quilted Velvet Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Beautiful Timeless Chanel mini size in velvet bordeaux in good condition from 2015. Leather wallet inside. Size 20*11*2 cm 8" L x 1" W x 4.3" H Comes with card and dust bag. For ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Union Jack Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Mini Classic Flap Handbag Chanel Métiers d'Art Pre-Fall 2008 Made in France Limited edition reissue Navy Blue Quilted cotton jersey Silver toned hardwar...
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Early 2000s Novelty Bags

Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
The Chanel Neo Executive tote is one of cutest bag from the Cruise 2017 collection. Crafted from grained calfskin in a bright green hue, the front features a distinctive pocket with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
  • Chanel Green Mini Neo Executive Tote Bag
H 6.7 in. W 8.67 in. D 3.75 in.
Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Mini Flap made of black fabric with golden hardware. Closure with CC hook, internally not very large. Equipped with a leather and chain shoulder strap. It seems in perfect con...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. D 2.37 in. L 7.09 in.
Chanel Mineral Nights Crossbody Bag Strass Embellished Leather Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on opening edges and strap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 4.5", Wid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel mini black distressed leather Paris/New York mini bag. Shoulder drop, 16"L. Collection 2005/2006. Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
  • Chanel Mini Paris/New York Bag
W 2 in. D 1 in. L 4 in.
Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Leather and Calf Hair Pochette Evening Bag- Pristine Collectible miniature evening bag in metallic gold leather and calf hair. Extra long leather and gold chain entwine...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Pochette Evening Bag
H 3 in. D 0.75 in. L 2.5 in.
Chanel Mini Lambskin Vintage CC 90S Crossbody Tote Rare
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel mini black lambskin vintage 90s CC crossbody rare tote 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Long strap with classic interwoven chain Drawstring closure Double vintag...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Micro Mini Top Handle Satchel Baby Pink Calfskin Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Baby Pink Micro Mini Top Handle Bag Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain top handle Quilted lambskin leather in soft pink CC logo at front Interior microfiber white CC graf...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag Quilted Sheepskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear and scuffs on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 11", Height 5", Width 8", Depth 3", Strap Drop 21" De...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Single Flap Bag SKU: 112011 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Con...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Rare Mini Mesh Sport Gym Black Microfiber Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small Chanel black mesh microfiber backpack with Chanel logo straps and top handle strap 2003 {VINTAGE 18 Years} Silver hardware Magnetic closure Rubber Chanel stamped logo Interio...
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Early 2000s Backpacks

Chanel Black Aged Quilted Leather Mini Reissue Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Introduce Chanel's irreplaceable style to your closet with this Reissue Camera bag. Crafted using aged leather, the bag has a signature quilted exterior, the Mademoiselle motif on th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Leather Mini Rectangle Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Beautifully crafted from leather, it bears the iconic quilt on the exterior, the signature label wi...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Vintage 1994 Micro Mini Rucksack Black Lambskin Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Quilted Lambskin Vintage 1994 Micro Mini Backpack Rucksack Production Year: 1994, {Vintage 27 Years} Black quilted lambskin leather One small exterior flap pocket with gold C...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel This stylish clutch is crafted of beige and black lambskin leather. The clutch features a black rolled leather handle ...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

CHANEL Mini timeless Shoulder bag in Pink Patent leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Mini timeless - Condition: Very good condition. Exterior stains - Accessories: Authenticity Card - Measurements: Width: 16cm, Height: 14cm, Depth: 7cm, St...
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2010s Shoulder 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.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Square Mini Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Just stunning.! This Chanel Square Mini Flap bag is timeless and classic which can be worn as a cross-body or a shoulder bag. This bag is preloved and in very condition. The rutheniu...
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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 Rare Vintage Mini Trunk Vanity Case Minaudière Black Lucite Small Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Minaudiere Clutch Measurements: Length: 4" Width: 3" Height: 4" Handle Drop: 4" Closure works well. This item original authenticity card and care booklet Please review measur...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Flap Bag is a runway piece in pristine condition. Encrusted with tiny gold flecks and quilted in signature Chanel diamond pattern. Gold tone...
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2010s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
  • Chanel Gold Mini Reissue Runway Flap Bag
H 4.5 in. W 5.5 in. D 3 in.
Rare Chanel Vintage 90's Crocodile Alligator Top Handle Micro Mini Kelly Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Chanel Vintage 90's Crocodile Alligator Top Handle Micro Mini Kelly Tote 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Interior zipper pocket Black Lambskin interior lining 8.5” H x ...
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1990s Clutches

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 Black Graffiti Mini New Line Drawstring Bucket Pouch 93cas100
By Chanel
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 5919363 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 8" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.5" Handle Drop: 7" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 8/10 or AB ) Accessories: Seri...
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20th Century Clutches

Chanel Gold Metallic Lambskin Quilted Mini Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Chanel gold metallic lambskin leather quilted mini flap handbag from 1996 to 1997 collection. - Long: 17cm I Height(with strap): 19cm I Width: 6cm. - Include: Dust bag, Authent...
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1990s Top Handle 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 Minaudière Evening Mini Vintage 1997 Metallic Rare Cc Charm Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage 1997 Metallic Gold Rare Evening CC Charm Clutch Gold hardware Metallic gold-tone lambskin leather vintage Single wristlet strap at side Three pockets at exterio...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Vintage 90's Rare Mini Mesh Sport Gym Black Microfiber Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small Chanel black mesh microfiber backpack with Chanel logo straps and top handle strap 2003 {VINTAGE 18 Years} Silver hardware Magnetic closure Rubber Chanel stamped logo Interior...
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Early 2000s Backpacks

CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel mini tote bag in plum brown Shearling. Inside, two large zipped leather pockets. Hologram: 5253 (1999) ... no authenticity card. will be delivered in a Valois Vintage Paris...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
  • CHANEL Mini Tote Bag in Plum Brown Shearling
H 7.49 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.67 in.
Chanel Black Tan Piping Leather Gold Small Mini Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Zipper closure Woven lining Handle drop 6" Measures 9" W x 7.5" H x 3.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Metallic Gold Leather Evening Micro Mini Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 19" Measures 2.75" W x 2.5" H x 1" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is t...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diamond Quilted Black Lambskin Mini Vanity (circa 1990)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Vanity is constructed in black diamond quilted leather with gold toned hardware, a zipper closure with a tassel, and a gold toned chain strap. The interior i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Mini Flap Bag in Golden Aged Embossed Lamb Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL mini flap bag in golden aged embossed lamb leather. It has a flap and is worn shoulder or crossover. It has a zipped pocket in the flap and an outside slot. The inside is s...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 11", Height 5.5", Width 8", Depth 2", Strap Drop 21" Designer: Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL CC Black Satin Round Pochette Evening Mini Party Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1991 Collection Satin Leather Lining Gold Tone Hardware Measures 5.25" W x 5" H x 1.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 19.5" Includes Authenticity Card, Dust B...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Laminated Metallic Copper Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Laminated Metallic Copper Leather Mini Flap Bag - Mini flap bag crafted from laminated rose-toned bronze leather featuring signature diamond quilting - Unusual pink-toned...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Suede 2.55 Phone Mini Bag (Circa 2000)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel bags with the code 6XXXXXX are manufactured in 2000 - 2002. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: Suede ITEM CODE: 6114846 MEASURES: H 6” x L 3” x D 1.5” DROP: 22.5” COMES WITH: Dust bag an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap is in excellent condition. The highly sought after silhouette is particularly collectible in porosus crocodile; Chanel is in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vintage Beaded Mini Box Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Beaded Mini Box Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1990's. A rare and stunning evening bag for any collection. Black mini box bag is b...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Mini Hot Pink Wallet On Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Mini Hot Pink Wallet On A Chain Bag. Pink caviar leather with gold hardware. Mint like new condition. Hard to find mini size. Collector's piece. Includes authenticity card, du...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Multicolor Python Convertible Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Multicolor Python Mini Flap Bag is in excellent condition. A fabulous versatile piece, it can be carried as a shoulder bag or worn as a belt. Brightly hued py...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Canvas Mini Frame Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black quilted grosgrain Chanel vintage mini frame bag with gold-tone hardware, single woven chain-link and leather shoulder strap, black leather interior, single pocket at interior w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Iridescent Python Snake Mini Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition iridescent python mini cross body bag. Shoulder strap 23". Comes with hologram and dust cover. This item does not ship to California due to wildlife regulations.
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

CHANEL Mini Boy in Black Leather, Gold Lace and Black Pearls
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
SUPERB CHANEL mini BOY bag in black leather. It is covered with golden lace and black pearls. The deck hardware (including the 'BOY' clasp) is made of ruthenium-colored metal. The s...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Nude Beige Leather Gold Small Mini Top Handle Pochette Flap Bag in Box
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Measures 3.25" W x 3" H x 1.5" Includes box 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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Chanel Mini Purses For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our collection of chanel mini purses. If you’re looking for Black chanel mini purses and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Brown, Gray and more. If you’re looking for accessories from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find some that date back to the 20th Century while other versions may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding accessories for sale for women should be easy, but there are 651 pieces available to browse for men as well as unisex, too.

How Much are Chanel Mini Purses?

On average, chanel mini purses on 1stDibs sell for $2,837, while they’re typically $225 on the low end and $129,920 for the highest priced versions of these items.

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.

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