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Chanel Red Caviar Leather CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Red Caviar Leather Tote is in excellent condition. Perfectly scaled for daytime enjoyment with an easily accessed interior, this durable tote is a smart find. ...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Red Caviar Leather CC Tote
  • Chanel Red Caviar Leather CC Tote
  • Chanel Red Caviar Leather CC Tote
  • Chanel Red Caviar Leather CC Tote
H 9 in. W 13.5 in. D 6.5 in.
Chanel Button Dome Tote Caviar Large
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
This authentic Chanel Button Dome Tote Caviar Large is a twist on classic design. Crafted in black caviar leather with a square quilting design, this unique bag features a dome-like ...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Tote is in excellent condition. Perfect for everyday use, this understated chic tote is certain to become a wardrobe favorite. Slate grey g...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Slate Grey Caviar Leather Tote
H 8.5 in. W 13 in. D 7 in.
Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
You will love carrying this fabulous tote from Chanel for your special outings. The burgundy tote is crafted from leather and features the everlasting quilted pattern on the exterior...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Burgundy Quilted Caviar Leather Tote
H 5.91 in. W 3.94 in. L 13.59 in.
Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
When it’s Chanel, you know it’s classic! This versatile beige bag by Chanel made of caviar leather is subtle yet super stylish with its gold finish turn lock and braided chain handle...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
H 11.03 in. W 5.91 in. L 14.97 in.
Chanel Black Caviar Leather Petite Timeless Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring the 'CC' logo on the Caviar leather exterior and two handles, this black Chanel bag is designed to be a fine choice for everyday use. The Chanel Petite Timeless tote is com...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Petite Timeless Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Petite Timeless Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Petite Timeless Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar Leather Petite Timeless Tote
H 8.27 in. W 4.73 in. L 12.6 in.
Chanel Tote Bag in Black Caviar Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel tote bag in black caviar leather. It is lined with burgundy canvas with 2 big pockets, and one with a zipper. Silver metal hardware. Included : Hologram 1931.. and authentic...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Tote Bag in Black Caviar Leather
  • Chanel Tote Bag in Black Caviar Leather
  • Chanel Tote Bag in Black Caviar Leather
  • Chanel Tote Bag in Black Caviar Leather
H 11.03 in. D 7.88 in. L 17.33 in.
Chanel Red Caviar Leather Timeless Drawstring Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Caviar Leather Timeless Drawstring Tote SKU: 110241 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scuffing to ext...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Gray Glazed Caviar Shopper Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel gray glazed caviar shoulder tote with front cc silver logo. Center zipped compartment, interior zipped pocket, 2 open compartments and easy find key strap. Great everyday bag....
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Caviar Grand Shopper Tote GST
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This stylish tote is crafted of diamond-quilted caviar leather in blue. This shoulder bag features leather-threaded polished silver chain-link shoulder straps with shoulder pads, a q...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Blue Caviar Leather Urban Companion Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Urban Companion tote from Chanel is quite chic and sophisticated! The bag comes crafted from Caviar leather and features the signature quilted pattern on the blue exterior. It f...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Grand Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring top handles with chain trim and the CC logo on a quilted pattern, this Chanel beige Caviar leather tote exudes just the right amount of sophistication. The bag features an ...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Caviar Leather Grand Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring top handles with chain trim and the CC logo on a quilted pattern, this Chanel red Caviar leather tote exudes just the right amount of sophistication. The bag features an op...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Grand Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring signature interweaved handles and the iconic CC logo on a quilted pattern, this Chanel Grand Shopping tote exudes just the right amount of sophistication. The bag is crafte...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel White Quilted Calfskin & Caviar Leather Classic Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL White Quilted Calfskin & Caviar Leather Classic Tote Xupes Reference: HB3919 Serial Number: 24262780 Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Beige Caviar and Black Resin CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Beige Caviar and Black Resin CC Tote is in very good condition. A true classic, this chic tote is certain to become a treasured favorite. Beige caviar leather...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Caviar Leather Petite Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A timeless creation from the house of Chanel, this shopping tote is full of charm. Crafted from Caviar leather, it features a quilted exterior and the 'CC' logo on the front. The tot...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Nude Caviar Vintage Shoulder Tote, Circa 1990s
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Nude Caviar Vintage Shoulder Tote - Circa 90's This beautiful Chanel tote is in good vintage condition. There are three compartments to the bag. The center compartment has a z...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Dark Pink Caviar Quilted Grand Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Dark Pink Caviar Quilted Grand Shopping Tote in excellent condition. Dark pink caviar quilted leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 3 separate interior storage compar...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Caviar Perforated CC Black Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar Perforated CC Black Tote Bag Year: 1998 This is a distinctively structured tote that is beautifully crafted of stylish black caviar leather. The bag also features two t...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Metallic Bronze Quilted Caviar Leather Grand Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Featuring leather and chain top handles and an embossed CC logo on a quilted pattern, this Chanel metallic bronze Caviar leather tote exudes just the right amount of sophistication. ...
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2010s Tote 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 Caviar Leather Cerf Executive Tote Bag 2002
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage leather tote from the early 2000’s is made in black caviar leather. Featuring gold tone hardware, an open top with snap closure, front and back full length slip pockets,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Large Work Business CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Large Work Business CC Tote Crafted in Italy from caviar leather, this black large tote bag from Chanel Vintage Bag features top handles, a pyramid body ...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Dark Grey Quilted Caviar Patent Leather Reissue Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Everyone needs a tote that does not only help assist our style but also be durable enough for our shopping sprees. Here's one from Chanel. It comes finely crafted from dark grey Cavi...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Off White Quilted Caviar Leather Timeless Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A timeless creation from the house of Chanel, this shopper tote is full of charm. Crafted from Caviar leather, it features a quilted exterior and the 'CC' logo on the front. The tote...
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2010s Tote Bags

2013 Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Petite Shopping Tote PST
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Petite Shopping Tote PST Xupes Reference: CB357 Serial Number: 17747113 Age (Circa): 2013 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card, Car...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel GST Grand Shopping Tote Red Caviar Leather Bag 2013
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned Chanel GST Grand Shopping Tote in red caviar leather with silver hardware. Circa 2013. Comes with care pamphlet & card (no dust bag or box). The PERFECT bag for f...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Timeless Tote Vintage Wood Medium Beige Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Classic Beige Caviar Wood Medium Tote Bag Gold hardware CC logo at front Beige quilted Caviar leather Classic interwoven chain straps concealed magnetic closure at to...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Beige Caviar with Gold Hardware 2011
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Beige Caviar with Gold Hardware 2011. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shi...
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2010s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Red Caviar with Silver Hardware 2011
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Red Caviar with Silver Hardware 2011. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shi...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Caviar Black Leather Timeless Shopping Tote Bag (1990's) ICONIC
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Vintage Leather Triple Coco Shopping Bag Tote from the 1990’s is crafted in black leather. Featuring a triple interlocking CC logo embroidered on the front, a gold toned chain i...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Shopping Shoulder Bag Vintage 90s Small Classic Black Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar Vintage 1999 Small Classic Shoulder Bag 1999 {22 Years VINTAGE} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC Turnlock logo at front Black caviar leather Zip top closure ...
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1990s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Bag Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2013
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2013. This bag is in pristine condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shin...
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2010s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Bag Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shi...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote in brown quilted caviar leather with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (G.S.T) in brown quilted caviar grained leather , gold-tone metal hardware, double gold-tone metal chain handle intertwined with brown quilted grained leat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Bag Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shi...
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2010s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Bag Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2013
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2013. This bag is in pristine condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shin...
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2010s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Light Pink Caviar with Silver Hardware 2014
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Light Pink Caviar with Silver Hardware 2014. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still v...
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2010s Tote Bags

CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Bag Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Black Caviar with Gold Hardware 2015. This bag is in excellent condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is still very shi...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Red Caviar Soft Shopper
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Red Caviar Soft Shopper. excellent condition. a few small stains on lining otherwise excellent. 15x13x6.5" 10.5-17" strap
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Rare 1997 Vintage Large Cc Logo Gst Grand Neon Orange Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Rare 1997 Vintage Neon Lime Green Caviar Large CC Logo GST Grand Shopping Tote 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Interior lime linning Large interior zipper pocket Additional in...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston Xupes Reference: CB415 Serial Number: 8689349 Age (Circa): 2003 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in Italy) Gender: Ladies ...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
  • Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
H 6.3 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.55 in.
Chanel Vintage 2004 CC Pink Caviar Top Handle Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 2004 CC Pink Caviar Top Handle Clutch circa 2004 petal pink caviar leather gold-tone hardware signature interlocking CC stitch internal logo stamp all-around zip fast...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Rare Beige Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Rare Beige Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag Leather Top Handle CC Turnlock Closure Interior Zip And Slip Pockets Caviar Leather Leather Lining Gold Hardware ...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Timeless Mini Chain Around Shopper Caviar Gst Gold Hardware Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Calfskin leather Chanel chain accented tote. Year: 2012 Gold Hardware Magnetic leather tab closure Nylon Interior Lining Interior center zipper pocket Two Main Interior Compartments...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Vanity Case Rare Large Vintage 90s Top Handle Black Caviar Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Large Vintage Black Caviar CC Logo Top Handle Vanity Case Year: 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Gold Hadware CC Stitched Logo at front Top handle Detachable crossbody strap Zip aroun...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Oversize Coral Caviar Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This beautiful City bag from Chanel comes in a coral color which looks good with a business outfit as well as jeans. The handles have a drop of 7 inches so you can also wear it over ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Oversize Coral Caviar Tote
  • Chanel Oversize Coral Caviar Tote
  • Chanel Oversize Coral Caviar Tote
  • Chanel Oversize Coral Caviar Tote
H 9.5 in. W 6 in. L 16 in.
Chanel Strawberry Quilted Caviar Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Strawberry Quilted Caviar Shopping Tote SKU: 110515 Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. No visible signs of wear. Final sale. Brand: Chanel Model: Cha...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Timeless Classic Caviar Quilted Tote
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This Chanel Timeless Classic Caviar Quilted Tote is crafted from light beige quilted caviar leather. It features leather woven chain straps with leather shoulder pads, protective bas...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Triple CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar CC Shoulder Bag Black This stunning classic shoulder bag circa 1996-1997 is crafted of luxurious caviar leather. The bag features six quilted Chanel CC logos at the b...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Caviar Leather Timeless Drawstring Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Caviar Leather Timeless Drawstring Tote SKU: 112171 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Go...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Dark Brown Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Informations : Brand: Chanel Model : Caviar Tote Year : 2010/2011 Type : Shoulder bag Fabric : Caviar Leather Color: Dark Brown / hardware silver Dimensions : Height: 27 cm; Width...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Quilted Dark Brown Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Quilted Dark Brown Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Quilted Dark Brown Caviar Leather Tote
  • Chanel Quilted Dark Brown Caviar Leather Tote
H 10.63 in. D 8.27 in. L 14.97 in.
1990's Vintage Chanel Black Caviar Shoulder Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 90s iconic shoulder tote with gold tone hardware. Minor crease on outer leather, Minor odor inside. Shoulder drop 14". Collection 1996/1997. Comes with hologram, id card and g...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black caviar large shoulder tote with multiple compartments. Collection 2008/2009. Shoulder drop 8.5". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
  • Chanel Black Caviar CC Logo Large Tote
H 12 in. W 6.5 in. L 13.5 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin & Caviar Daily Round Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Calfskin & Caviar Daily Round Tote SKU: 112327 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very ...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Large Black Caviar Leather Shoulder Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel large shoulder tote in black caviar leather and goldtone hardware. Top snap closure, back pocket, and front turn lock pocket. Comes with hologram and original dust cover. Shou...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel black caviar "CC" interlock hand tote bag from year 1997 to 1999. - Hardware: Gold - "CHANEL" zip closure. - Two side slip pockets. - Measurements: Length: 2...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
  • Chanel Black Caviar "CC" Hand Tote Bag
H 9.06 in. W 3.94 in. L 9.85 in.
CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Silver Medallion Caviar Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. Th...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Iridescent Caviar Grain Vanity Tote Crossbody Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Iridescent Caviar Grain Vanity Tote Crossbody Flap 2013 Cruise Collection Gold Matte Hardware Flap CC Turnlock Closure Interior zippered pocket Two additional interior open p...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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Chanel Tote Caviar For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary chanel tote caviar for your needs in our varied inventory. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Beige, Orange and more. Finding the perfect chanel tote caviar may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. 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 is a Chanel Tote Caviar?

Prices for a chanel tote caviar can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $490 and can go as high as $1,699,003, while, on average they fetch $2,110.

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.