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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

1980's Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Coin Handbag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 80s black leather flat quilted handbag with gold center coin. Comes with generic dust cover.
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1980s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black patent leather cc logo quilted handbag in very good condition. Black patent leather exterior with quilted CC logo throughout trimmed with double top handles. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Classic Black Quilted Patent Handbag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, 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 Round Black Logo Quilted Top Handle Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, QC
Rare and Wonderful Chanel Quilted Round Purse in new never used condition. Great Design! The 12.5" strap is attached to the zipper and will not fall open while being held; quilted on...
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Late 20th Century Top Handle Bags

Chanel Coco Cocoon Bowling Black and Red Nylon Quilted Tote Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The bag is made out of black and red nylon, featuring quilted and padded finish with silver tone hardware. Burgundy diamond quilted nylon interior with a zip pocket...
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2010s Tote Bags

Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
One of the most scarce Coco Chanel handbags - black quilted suede and kidskin lamb leather in a half-moon shape, with a gilt-metal woven leather chain. The chic bag is adorned by lar...
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
  • Vintage Black Chanel Quilted Gilt Gripoix Cross-body Handbag
H 6.00 in. W 8.30 in. D 1.75 in. L 17.00 in.
Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
New in box, Chanel large striped linen 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 Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
  • Chanel Large Quilted Black Striped Clutch
H 9.5 in. W .75 in. L 13.5 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Ipad Case
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Very classy iPad case from Chanel. In very good condition, it will come with it box. Size 25x20x2 cm. Size of the screen space : 20x15 cm.
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2010s Briefcases and Attachés

  • Chanel Black Quilted Ipad Case
  • Chanel Black Quilted Ipad Case
  • Chanel Black Quilted Ipad Case
  • Chanel Black Quilted Ipad Case
H 7.88 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Black Iridescent Lambskin Crystal Quilted Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Clutch in Black Iridescent Lambskin Embellished with Black Crystals in a Diamond Pattern and Gunmetal Tone CC Closure and Chain and Lambskin Strap, Lined in Satin. 2017 Incl...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Vintage Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Give yourself a luxurious look with this black quilted leather bag that is stylish and functional. This beauty comes with a well-sized interior that features a small zip pocket and a...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Vintage Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Vintage Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Vintage Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Vintage Tote
H 8.67 in. W 3.15 in. L 10.83 in.
Chanel Black Flat Quilted Caviar Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Classic Chanel black quilted caviar bag. No hologram shoulder drop 12". Hologram is missing, mid 90s. Comes with generic dust cover.
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Flat Quilted Caviar Bag
  • Chanel Black Flat Quilted Caviar Bag
  • Chanel Black Flat Quilted Caviar Bag
  • Chanel Black Flat Quilted Caviar Bag
H 10.5 in. W 6 in. L 12.5 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Jumbo Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Vintage Chanel Jumbo Backpack is constructed in lambskin leather with quilted diamond stitching. Featuring an external pocket, a top flap with a gold Chanel CC Mademoiselle turn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel vintage half moon handbag in black quilted leather, Gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely vintage Chanel Half Moon handbag in black quilted leather , gold metal trim , a gold metal chain handle (new) intertwined with black leather allowing a hand, shoulder or shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Wool Nylon Quilted Coco Neige Black Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Wool Nylon Quilted Coco Neige Backpack Black Year: 2018 This stylish backpack is beautifully crafted of soft and smooth diamond-quilted nylon in black, with the front exterior...
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2010s Backpacks

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Boy Phone Holder Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This clutch looks very chic if you carry it with a simple dress to a party due to its sophisticated vibe. Its quilted texture is finely detailed with a flap lock and Chanel logo atta...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Mini Urban Spirit Backpack
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Mini Urban Spirit Backpack SKU: 110043 Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to ...
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2010s Backpacks

Stunning Chanel Classic handbag in black quilted lambskin with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Chic Chanel Classique shoulder bag in black quilted leather, gold plated metal hardware (24k plated), a gold plated metal chain handle intertwined with black leather allowing a shoul...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Medium 90's Vintage Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black quilted lambskin backpack with interwoven chain straps 1994 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Gold hardware Double CC turnlock closure Small front pocket Interior black lambskin linin...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel vintage half moon handbag in black quilted cotton, Gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Lovely vintage Chanel Half Moon handbag in black quilted cotton , gold metal trim , a gold metal chain handle intertwined with black cotton allowing a hand, shoulder or shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Stunning Chanel Classic handbag in black quilted lambskin with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Chic Chanel Classique shoulder bag in black quilted leather, gold plated metal trim (24k plated), a gold plated metal chain handle intertwined with black leather allowing a shoulder ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Stunning Chanel Classic handbag in black quilted lambskin with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Gorgeous Chanel Classic bag in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal chain interwoven with black leather. Flap closure, gold-tone CC symbol. Lining in burgundy leather. 1 z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Large Shopping Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Large Shopping Bag SKU: 110197 MSRP: USD 5,300.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scuffing to corners. Scratching...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Handbag - Black Alligator Quilted Silk Gold Chain Reissue Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare CHANEL mini reissue shoulder bag comes in an alligator texture quilted silk satin and features yellow gold tone hardware, double chain shoulder strap, double flap closure, and b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Glazed Leather Portobello Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Sophisticated and stylish this Portobello tote from Chanel deserves to be yours! The black creation is crafted from glazed leather and features the signature quilted pattern. It flau...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Glazed Leather Portobello Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Glazed Leather Portobello Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Glazed Leather Portobello Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Glazed Leather Portobello Tote
H 12.21 in. W 3.94 in. L 16.54 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Top Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Top Tote is in very good vintage condition. It is a beautiful classic that incorporates all the signature Chanel design elements. Soft b...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
Authentic Chanel Clutch in dark navy quilted Lambskin. Interior fully refurbished by Chanel store. Original tags preserved but serial sticker removed. Comes with original Chanel box....
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather CC Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Good Preloved Condition Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Lambskin Leather CC Bag Classic and elegant, a Chanel bag is a fashion statement to your outfit. Fashioned from luxurious black ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather CC Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather CC Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather CC Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather CC Bag
H 11.82 in. W 9.85 in. D 5.12 in.
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse
By Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Silver Top Handle Quilted Satchel Handbag Purse Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Style: Top Handle Bag Color(s): Black Unmarked Materials (feel of): Leather...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Timeless Maxi Jumbo single flap handbag in black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
The Majestic Chanel Timeless Jumbo Handbag with simple flap in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interwoven with black leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Jumbo single flap handbag in black quilted lambskin leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
The Majestic Chanel Timeless Jumbo Handbag with simple flap in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle interwoven with black leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Shimmer Quilted Canvas Le Marais Tote
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful Chanel Black Shimmer Quilted Canvas Le Marais Tote in very good condition. Black soft quilted shimmery quilted canvas exterior trimmed with silver hardware and two handles....
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

1990s Chanel Black Quilted Waist Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Beautiful 1990s Chanel waist bag with all the classic and iconic Chanel features. Supple black quilted lambskin leather with a zipper across the front. Zipper features a black leathe...
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1990s Wallets and Small Accessories

Chanel Quilted Lambskin Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel Backpack Vintage Circa 1990's Brown Lambskin Quilted leather detail Front flap with interlocked CC turn lock Drawstring closure at top Gold Backpack style straps Trian...
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1990s Backpacks

1990 Chanel Black Quilted Satin Mini Timeless Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Satin Mini Timeless Tote Xupes Reference: HB3116 Serial Number: 1364238 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Chanel Box Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Classic Shopper: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Shopper - Year: 1994 - Condition: Good - Materials: Lambskin Leather, Gold Hard...
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1990s Hobo Bags

  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
  • Chanel Classic Quilted Shopper Black Vintage
H 12.21 in. W 5.91 in. L 14.38 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Shoulder Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Shoulder Tote Xupes Reference: HB3917 Serial Number: 3666797 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details:...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Lady Braid Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This exquisitely designed bowler bag from the house of Chanel has been crafted from black leather in a quilted design. The braided handles are accentuated with chain links, and the e...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Edgy meets classic with this gorgeous Chanel lambskin handbag. Circa 2005/2006 this beautiful bag features a quilted design, with two toggle closure top handles, silver hardware thro...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Quilted Black Leather Latch Front Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Quilted Black Leather Latch Front Tote Bag in excellent condition. Black quilted lambskin leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware, double top handles, and unique woven l...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black and Grey Quilted Leather Bucket Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Quilted Leather Bucket Tote is in excellent condition. Simply designed, this classic piece is perfect for daily enjoyment. Black leather is quilted in s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel flap bag in black quilted lambskin leather. Silver metal hardware. CC clasp in silver metal and black enamel with snap. Light gray silk inner lining with three flat pockets in...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
H 8.86 in. D 4.14 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch This stylish clutch is beautifully crafted of black diamond quilted caviar leather. The clutch features a poli...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Expandable Zip Around Frame Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's satchel is crafted in a black quilted leather with an expandable zip around top frame. It features two rolled top handles and opens to reveal a spacious fabric-lined interio...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Smooth and Quilted Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL flap bag in black smooth and quilted leather. This CHANEL flap bag is in smooth lambskin. The topstitching is black. The hardware is in silver metal. It has a Mademoiselle cl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

2002 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Medallion Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Medallion Tote Xupes Reference: HB3753 Serial Number: 6795470 Age (Circa): 2002 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card, Care Booklet Authent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Leather Crossbody- Pristine Condition The versatile small bag easily transitions from day to evening. Black leather is quilted in signature Chanel diamond pattern. Zippe...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Beige/Black Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Boy flap bag is an icon of Chanel's. This here is a version in beige and black leather. It brings the signature label within the fabric interior and the iconic CC push lock on th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather New Medium Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Beautiful Chanel black quilted patent leather satchel bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful black quilted patent leather satchel bag, silver metal logo closure on flap. 1 patch pocket on the back. Signature: "Chanel, Made in France". Date: 2002/2003. Dimensions: 2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Briefcases and Attachés

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag Measurements: 13.5" Width x 10" Height x 3.5" Depth This bag is done in black quilted lambskin leather with gold ha...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Bifold Card Holder
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The cardholder can be as attractive as the handbags. This attractive cardholder by Chanel comes crafted in black quilted leather. The exterior features a CC gold-tone logo. The inter...
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2010s Wallets and Small Accessories

Chanel Black Chevron Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Fringe Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Chevron Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Fringe Tote Xupes Reference: HB3761 Serial Number: 969152 Age (Circa): 2004 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in It...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Ligne Cambon Reporter Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Chanel Reporter bag has a huge fan following. This black leather purse draws inspiration from classic utility bags and has the iconic Chanel quilted pattern. It has abundant exte...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather Large Reissue Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Bags are iconic and noteworthy in the history of fashion. Hence, this black Reissue tote is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted in France from...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel miniature black lambskin quilted leather shoulder bag measures 5 1/2" in height, 7 1/4" in length, 2 1/2 in width. Leather straps measures 20 1/2" in height. The exterior ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
H 5.50 in. W 2.50 in. L 7.25 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Praise the beauty of this Chanel bag crafted from black quilted leather. The bag features a chain and leather interwoven shoulder strap along with the CC twist lock closure in silver...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Front Pocket Flap Tote
H 10.83 in. W 3.94 in. L 14.57 in.
Chanel Black Leather Square Quilted Portfolio Shoulder Bag Tote
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Leather Square Quilted Portfolio Shoulder Bag Tote in very good condition. Black leather square quilted exterior trimmed with silver hardware and chanel logo hardware al...
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Early 2000s Tote 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 vintage collectible 1994 quilted black lambskin Duma CC logo backpack
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning condition authentique Chanel vintage collectible 1994 quilted black lambskin Duma CC logo backpack Item Name: Chanel Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Duma Backpack Bag CC Logo...
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1990s Backpacks

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Chanel Quilted Black Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of chanel quilted black handbags for sale on 1stDibs. Our collection of chanel quilted black handbags includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Purple and more. Making the right choice when shopping for these accessories may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. 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 are Chanel Quilted Black Handbags?

The prices for chanel quilted black handbags start at $225 and top out at $14,920 with these items, on average, selling for $2,836.

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.