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Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Cylinder Canister Wristlet Clutch
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Chanel black patent leather mini wristlet purse from 2003/2004. Bag has square quilting throughout with CC logos, large CC logo at top. Dangling large gunmetal silver metal CC logo a...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel black boy patent leather handbag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel black boy patent leather handbag Still with card Measurements: widht 21 cm height 14 cm depth 4,5 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Re-Issue Black Patent Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Chanel Model-Re-Issue Patent Handbag Color-Black Date Code-11096477 Material-Leather Measurements-7.5" x 14" x 4" Strap-50'' Outside-Excellent Condition Inside-Excellent Cond...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Olive Green Jumbo Classic Flap Patent Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Created by Karl Lagerfeld upon his arrival in 1983, the Chanel Classic Flap bag remains the inimitable IT bag up till today. Arrived in high-shine patent leather in an exclusive oliv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Quilted Patent Handbag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel classic black quilted patent leather handbag. - Kiss lock closure. - Interior zip closure. - One interior slip pocket. - Silver Hardware. - Measurement...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Square Quilt Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Square Quilt Clutch in very good condition. Hard, black square quilted patent leather exterior with silver CC logo lift closure. Black satin lined interior with o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel XXL Burgundy Patent Mademoiselle
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel xxl burgundy patent leather mademoiselle bag with silver tone hardware. Collection 2011. Shoulder drop 8". Comes with hologram and generic dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Clutch in Red Patent Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel clutch in red patent leather. Ruthenium metal hardware. Clasp 'CC'. The interior is in burgundy satin. Made in Italy. Hand carried. Included : Hologram: 1184 ...(2006-2008)...
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Early 2000s Clutches

  • CHANEL Clutch in Red Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Clutch in Red Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Clutch in Red Patent Leather
  • CHANEL Clutch in Red Patent Leather
H 5.52 in. D 1.58 in. L 9.85 in.
2000s Chanel Diamond Patent Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Forget the Hope diamond- we want Chanel diamonds! This incredible clutch comes a soft and shiny white patent leather- accented with silver hardware and of course: an oversized lucite...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap Patent Black Frame Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Electric black quilted patent leather clutch with rectangle metal frame Year: 2014 Metallic black cc logo Satin interior lining Zippered back pocket 10.5” W x 5.5” H x 2” D Made i...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Red Lambskin and Patent Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Red Lambskin and Patent Leather Clutch is in excellent condition. The simple silhouette gets a boost with a mixed texture and fiery red color. Lipstick red s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel, Boy in green patent leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Boy - Condition: Good condition. Minor sign of wear on base corners, Slight marks on interior, Scratches on hardware - Accessories: Dustbag, Authenticity...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Boy in green patent leather
  • Chanel, Boy in green patent leather
  • Chanel, Boy in green patent leather
  • Chanel, Boy in green patent leather
H 6.3 in. W 9.85 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel bag in black patent leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Sign of wear on Leather, Minor sign of wear on base corners, Sign of wear on strap - Accessories: Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel bag in black patent leather
  • Chanel bag in black patent leather
  • Chanel bag in black patent leather
  • Chanel bag in black patent leather
H 6.7 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel XXL Red Patent Mademoiselle Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel xxl red patent leather mademoiselle bag with silver tone hardware. Darkening is visible throughout the bag, please refer to photos. it looks like a degrade' design. Collection...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Camellia Flap Bag Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap, indentations in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 4...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Camellia Flap Bag Patent Small
  • Chanel Camellia Flap Bag Patent Small
  • Chanel Camellia Flap Bag Patent Small
  • Chanel Camellia Flap Bag Patent Small
H 4.5 in. W 7 in. D 2.5 in.
Chanel Triple CC Tote Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, marks and scuffs on exterior and handles. Wear on opening edges and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust B...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Triple CC Tote Patent Small
  • Chanel Triple CC Tote Patent Small
  • Chanel Triple CC Tote Patent Small
  • Chanel Triple CC Tote Patent Small
H 6.5 in. W 9 in. D 4 in.
Chanel Grand Shopping Tote Quilted Patent
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Wear, scuffs, loss of luster, marks and creasing on exterior and handles, moderate bubbling on shoulder pads. Minor wear and marks in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This reissue collection shoulder bag from Chanel comes in classic patent black with a golden chain. Mix of gold and ruthenium hardware. The shoulder drop is 12 inches and the bag can...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Patent Reissue Black Shoulder Bag
H 7.5 in. W 4.5 in. L 11.5 in.
Chanel Patent Leather Long Zip Quilted Gala Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Silver Hardware Classic Chanel interwoven chain wristlet Chanel CC Charm Long zipper Red lambskin interior 10.5” W x 5.5” H x 2.5" D Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Electric Blue Patent Leather Quilted Runway Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel electric blue quilted patent leather clutch with rectangle metal frame Year: 2014 Metallic blue cc logo Satin interior lining Zippered back pocket 10.5" W x 5.5" H x 2" D Ma...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel CC Eyelet Tote Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Light scuffs on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag, Box Measurements: Handle Drop 9.5", Height 7.5", Width 10.5", Depth 4...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel CC Eyelet Tote Quilted Patent Small
  • Chanel CC Eyelet Tote Quilted Patent Small
  • Chanel CC Eyelet Tote Quilted Patent Small
  • Chanel CC Eyelet Tote Quilted Patent Small
H 7.5 in. W 10.5 in. D 4 in.
Chanel Model: Lipstick Tote Patent Vinyl XL
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Loss of shape, wear and small marks on exterior and in interior, moderate wear on handles, heavy wear and scuffs on interior opening trim. Glue stains on opening edg...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Zip Top Shopper Quilted Patent Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy loss of shape, moderate wear, scuffs and loss of luster on exterior. Wear on handles and in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Zip Top Shopper Quilted Patent Large
  • Chanel Zip Top Shopper Quilted Patent Large
  • Chanel Zip Top Shopper Quilted Patent Large
  • Chanel Zip Top Shopper Quilted Patent Large
H 12.5 in. W 16 in. D 6.5 in.
Chanel Red Maxi Chevron Patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Chevron Patent Maxi Bag. Double flap bag. Silver hardware. Good condition. Clean interior. Includes authenticity card. Beautiful cherry red color bag. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Triple CC Tote Perforated Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Exterior Material: Patent Leather Exterior Color: Black Interior Material: Leather Interior Color: Black
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Brilliant Wallet on Chain Quilted Patent
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, loss of luster on front underneath flap, indentations underneath flap. Moderate wear, scuffs and stains in i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Copper Patent Leather Bon Bon Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Copper Patent Leather Bon Bon Tote is in excellent condition. Very spacious and weather friendly, the Bon Bon is perfect for daily use or travel. Coppery bronz...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Patent In the Business Tote
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent In the Business Tote in excellent condition. Black patent vinyl exterior in 2 diamond quilted patterns. Silver woven chain and patent shoulder straps. Silver CC l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Chain Tote Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear, scuffs and marks on exterior, small marks in interior pocket, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Droplet Hobo Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, wear, scuffs and discoloration in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

  • Chanel Droplet Hobo Patent Medium
  • Chanel Droplet Hobo Patent Medium
  • Chanel Droplet Hobo Patent Medium
  • Chanel Droplet Hobo Patent Medium
H 13 in. W 11 in. D 6 in.
Chanel Reissue Tote Quilted Patent East West
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior and in interior, moderate scuffs on interior opening trim, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

2007 Chanel Black Quilted Aged Patent Leather Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Aged Patent Leather Timeless Clutch Xupes Reference: HB3916 Serial Number: 11057294 Age (Circa): 2007 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Box Cc Vintage 90's Black Patent Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Quilted Patent Leather Box Bag Rucksack Quilted patent leather Top zip closure Interior zippered pocket Slide front pocket Lambskin leather lining 9.5" H x 8.25 W x 4" D M...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Gold Lambskin & Beige Patent Leather Double Circle Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Gold Lambskin & Beige Patent Leather Double Circle Clutch Xupes Reference: HBJJLG028 Serial Number: 11321198 Age (Circa): 2007 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Bon Bon Tote Strass Embellished Patent Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, marks, scuffs and minor bubbling on exterior, wear and marks i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather CC Lipstick Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Crafted out of black patent leather with quilted leather sides, silver-tone chain link dual shoulder straps, and multicolor CC logo at front. Inner gray satin lined open compartment ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

2000 Chanel Black Patent Leather Shoulder Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel black patent leather shoulder tote bag featuring a perforated logo pattern, shoulder chain handles, silver tone hardware, an inside detachable pocket by a detachable hook. Ci...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel, Wallet-On-Chain in yellow patent leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
"- Designer: CHANEL - Model: WOC - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Sign of wear on strap, Interior stains, Odor in Interior - Accessories: None - Measu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Wallet-On-Chain in yellow patent leather
  • Chanel, Wallet-On-Chain in yellow patent leather
  • Chanel, Wallet-On-Chain in yellow patent leather
  • Chanel, Wallet-On-Chain in yellow patent leather
H 5.12 in. W 7.49 in. D 1.19 in.
Chanel Vintage Front Pocket Chain Tote Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing and loss of luster on exterior, handles, underneath front pocket f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Just Mademoiselle Bowler Black patent Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel Just Mademoiselle Bowler Black patent Leather Bag This trendy Chanel Just Mademoiselle bowler bag is crafted from black quilted patent leather accented with silver-tone hardwa...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather CC XL Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Black Patent Leather CC Shopping Tote - Made of shiny textured patent leather - Cracked like effect - Legendary CC logo quilting to the front - Neutral easy to style black...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Feel red hot with this stunning red Chanel patent jumbo double flap! Featuring a beautiful red patent leather with silver hardware and a silver chain strap that can be worn cross bod...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
H 7.5 in. L 11.75 in.
Chanel boy blue navy patent leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel boy patente leather shoulder bag it is in perfect conditions still with card Measurements: width 25 cm height 16 cm depth 7 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Eye-catching in appeal, this Edge flap bag is designed in a silver patent vinyl with a graphic pattern on it. Ideal for evenings and parties, this bag comes with signature woven chai...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Silver Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Flap Bag
  • Chanel Silver Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Flap Bag
  • Chanel Silver Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Flap Bag
  • Chanel Silver Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Flap Bag
H 7.88 in. W 2.76 in. L 14.18 in.
Chanel Turquoise Patent Leather Medium Plexiglas Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as it carries an irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely craft...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel backpack black quiltet patent leather
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Very nice and well-preserved backpack in quilted black patent leather - including the inside! Nice long shoulder straps - the backpack can also easily be carried over one should The ...
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1980s Backpacks

  • Chanel backpack black quiltet patent leather
  • Chanel backpack black quiltet patent leather
  • Chanel backpack black quiltet patent leather
  • Chanel backpack black quiltet patent leather
H 11.82 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.94 in.
Chanel Pink/Brown Suede and Patent Leather Camellia Wristlet Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel creations are known for their unique designs that emanate the label's feminine verve and immaculate craftsmanship that makes their creations last season after season. Crafted ...
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2010s Clutches

1990'S Vintage Chanel Black Patent Small Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel vintage small shoulder bag in classic black patent leather with gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 15". Collection 1991/1994. Comes with hologram and original box.
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Small Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel black patent leather small chain shoulder bag with gold-tone hardware, braided chain and leather shoulder strap, black caviar leather interior, one interior zip pocket and ove...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

New Chanel Coral Patent Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel new jumbo classic double flap. Coral patent leather quilted with silver tone metal hardware. Single drop 24", double drop 14". Cruise 2016 collection. Comes with original tag,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Luxe Ligne Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This glamorous Chanel Black Patent Leather Luxe Ligne Large Tote Bag is truly desirable. It features a sleek design with silvertone braided leather/chain straps and embedded chain de...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel 1990s Patent Leather Tweed Print Tote
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Change up your Chanel collection with this rare Chanel tote! Circa 1994-1996, this structured shopping tote features Chanel's signature tweed in rich red, yellow and black but with a...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Looped Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Patent Leather Handle Bag- pristine condition Versatile and weather friendly, it is a great addition to any wardrobe. Glossy black patent leather has bold silver tone m...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Patent Vinyl Graphic Edge Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Bold and edgy, this Classic flap style bag is designed from a black-hued patent vinyl with a graphic pattern on it. Ideal for evenings, this bag comes topped with two sleek chain str...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Orange Quilted Patent Leather Petite Timeless Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A timeless creation from the house of Chanel, this shopper tote is petite and pretty. Featuring the signature quilt and the 'CC' logo on the patent leather exterior, this orange bag ...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Chocolate Bar Chain Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We all need something in our closets that will never go out of style. This clutch here is one. It is super classy and so well-made that it is bound to last and give you ceaseless sty...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor scuffs on exterior, indentations, scuffs, oil slick discoloration and wear underneath flap. Moderate wear in interior, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Chocolate Bar Chain Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior, Creasing, wear, scuffs and marks on exterior, underneath flap and in rear pocket. Wear, scuffs and moderate stains in interior, scratches and tarni...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Camera In The Business Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel bags are coveted around the world for their timeless design. This bag is no different. Crafted from glossy patent leather, it comes in a lovely shade of black. It has a struct...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather & Plexiglass Small Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather & Plexiglass Small Boy Bag SKU: 112164 MSRP: USD 4,300.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Patent Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our collection of chanel patent handbags. If you’re looking for Black chanel patent handbags and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Red, Blue and more. Finding the perfect accessories for you may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions of these were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. 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 are Chanel Patent Handbags?

On average, chanel patent handbags on 1stDibs sell for $2,234, while they’re typically $190 on the low end and $14,340 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.

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.