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Vintage CHANEL lipstick red caviar cosmetic and toiletry pouch. Classic purse.
By Chanel
Located in Kashiwa, Chiba
1990s. Vintage CHANEL lipstick red caviar leather cosmetic and toiletry pouch. Very chic vanity purse. Must have. This is a 90's vintage CHANEL cosmetic purse made out of caviar lea...
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1990s Wallets and Small Accessories

Vintage CHANEL lipstick red lamb leather trapezoid shape tote bag with cc motif.
By Chanel
Located in Kashiwa, Chiba
1980s. Vintage CHANEL lipstick red quilted lamb leather trapezoid shape tote bag with a gold CC plate and chains. Introducing another vintage lambskin CHANEL in hot red color with g...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Authentic Chanel Vintage Shoulder Bag Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Early Authentic Chanel Handbag, Quilted Black Leather and Chrome trim to outer Zip, CC Logo tab; Inner Labels of “Chanel” and “R” (registered Mark), and also the “Made In Italy” in C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Authentic Chanel Vintage Shoulder Bag Handbag
  • Authentic Chanel Vintage Shoulder Bag Handbag
  • Authentic Chanel Vintage Shoulder Bag Handbag
  • Authentic Chanel Vintage Shoulder Bag Handbag
H 7.88 in. W 9.45 in. D 3.94 in.
Chanel Vintage brown caviar skin cosmetic and toiletry purse vanity bag
By Chanel
Located in Kashiwa, Chiba
1990s. Vintage CHANEL dark brown caviar skin cosmetic, makeup and toiletry purse. Very chic vanity purse from Chanel back in the era. This is a 90's vintage CHANEL cosmetic purse ma...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Nice Chanel Backpack with one strap in black supersoft lambskin leather. Good vintage condition. With inner pouch Hologram inside Size 26x35
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1990s Backpacks

Vintage Chanel Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap Bag XL Black
By Chanel
Located in Hiroshima City, JP
Vintage Chanel jumbo classic flap bag in excellent vintage condition. Biggest classic in 2.55 Family. This vintage Chanel jumbo classic adds effortless cool to any outfit. Thanks to ...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Dark Navy Shopper Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Chanel small shopper (28x22 cm) in blakc lambskin leather Good vintage condition, some light signs of use Hologram inside, no card or dust bag
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Burgundy Caviar Leather Vintage Shopper Bag Triple Logo
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel Vintage Shopper Bag in Caviar grained leather Good vintage condition, signs of wear in the leather. Corners in good condition. hardware used but still shiny Size 30x31 cm
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Rigide Vanity Case 90s Caviar Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Vintage Chanel Vanity case in black caviar leatherand golden hardware. Possible to attach a strap and wear it as a shoulder bag Good vintage condition, it has some small signs of ...
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1990s Luggage and Travel Bags

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

Chanel Vintage Blue Lizard Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel vintage bag in blue lizard Good vintage condition, some signs of use. leathe ron the front slightly lighter than in the back due to use ( not really noticeable) Chain in goo...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage CHANEL dark navy lamb leather waist bag, fanny pack with golden chains.
By Chanel
Located in Kashiwa, Chiba
1980s. Vintage CHANEL dark navy lamb leather waist bag, fanny pack with golden chain belt & CC closure. Belt size good for 25.2"~ 28.3" (64cm ~ 72cm). Classic and most popular bag f...
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1980s Belt Bags

Chanel Timeless Limited Edition Vintage Naked Clear Purse Transparent Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
As seen on Olivia Culpo! Unique vintage extra large Chanel transparent tote made of PVC and lined with patent leather. Features silver hardware, CC logo zipper detail, diamond stitch...
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1990s Tote Bags

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

Unused Vintage 90s Chanel Black Caviar Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black caviar leather flap handbag. - Made in France. - Length: 9in I Height: 7.5 I Width: 3 I Strap Height: 8in - Serial No: 5438537. - Include: Authenti...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Black Quilted Suede Handle Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s chanel black quilted suede leather handle handbag. - Chanel gold hardware zip closure. - Exterior “CC” turnlock flap closure. - Lambskin leather Interior slip poc...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Red Suede with Fur Trim Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Featuring "Chanel" at the handle and leather interior. - Made in France. - Length: 9 inches. Height: 7 inches. Handle Height: 6 inches. Width: 2 inches. - Please note this vi...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, minor wear on strap base, loose stitch on drawstring loop, scratches, discoloration and tarnish on hardware Accessories: Dust Bag Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, straps, drawstring and underneath flap. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
  • Chanel Vintage Backpack Caviar Medium
H 13 in. W 11 in. D 7 in.
Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel vintage backpack, made of black leather with golden hardware. Equipped with a closure with classic interlocking logo, internally lined in black canvas, quite roomy. Equipped w...
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1990s Backpacks

  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Backpack
H 10.24 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.55 in.
Vintage Chanel See-Through Minaudiere
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This vintage Chanel minaudière is crafted from mirrored hardware in sleek style lines. Panelled with plexiglass, one side is glossy black and the other is transparent - you can even ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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 Vintage Beige Caviar Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Gorgeous rare Chanel vintage beige with gold hardware rare caviar backpack. A very classic piece from the 90s. In very good condition for the unique color. Has never been dyed or h...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Caviar Backpack Vintage 2 Pocket Ball Charm CC Logo Chanel Black Caviar Backpack with golden ball charms. This chic vintage Chanel backpack is ideal for everyday style...
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1990s Backpacks

  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
  • Chanel Caviar Vintage Black Leather Backpack
H 4.92 in. W 11.41 in. L 10.23 in.
Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch circa 2006 white/gold-tone leather signature interlocking CC logo charm top zip fastening internal zip pocket silver-plated metal Made in...
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Early 2000s Clutches

  • Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch
  • Chanel Vintage 2006 Double Circle Clutch
H 5.5 in. W 9.1 in. D 1.6 in.
Chanel Red Lizard Vintage Tassel Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Braise Red Lizard Clutch- Excellent Condition Collectible vintage piece from the early 1990’s in rare lizard skin. Bright red lizard skin is quilted in signature Chanel di...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Beautiful vintage CHANEL piece from the early 80s in black calfskin. The jewelry is golden but passed in some places (see photos). Opening by flap which gives on a burgundy lining, a...
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1980s Backpacks

  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
  • CHANEL Vintage Backpack In Black Leather
H 11.82 in. D 7.09 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Drawstring Vintage Caviar Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Caviar Drawstring Backpack 1994-1996 interlocking CC flap backpack Strap drop approx. 18" Black caviar leather Semi slouchy construction; bag does not hold its shape ...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear, discoloration, scuffs and indentations on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Minor wear and small marks in interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Repainted exterior and straps. Heavy wear, creasing, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Indentations on rear near...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

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 90'S black Clutch Grained Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Lovely Vintage CC embossed black clutch made of grained leather. With gold jewelry on the zipper, and the brand's signature interlocking CC logo topical from the 90'S. Inner lining i...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Vintage CC Flap Chain Backpack Lambskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap. Minor wear in interior, scratches, tarnish and discoloration on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Clutch with Chain Quilted Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap, moderate discoloration on exterior. Minor oil slick discoloration underneath flap, indentations unde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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 28 Years} Gold hardware Double CC turnlock closure Small front pocket Interior black lambskin linin...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Diamond Quilted Navy Blue Velvet Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
RARE VINTAGE CHANEL VELVET DIAMOND QUILTED BACKPACK 1996 {VINTAGE 26 Years} Silver hardware Quilted Navy Blue Velvet Classic CC Turnlock Flap Closure Zippered closure Lambskin line...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage 90’s Beige Cream Triple CC Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90’s Triple CC Backpack circa 1992 ivory caviar leather signature interlocking CC logo gold-tone hardware removable pouch twist-lock closure drawstring fastening adju...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Fortune Cookie Clutch Quilted Fabric Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight piling, minor discoloration and wear on exterior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 4", Height 12....
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Vintage Early 2000s Chanel Yellow Patent “CC” Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Mint condition vintage early 2000s Chanel yellow patent leather with “CC” handbag. - Kiss lock closure. -Full package with card, sticker and booklet -Brown silk interior wit...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Chevron Quilted Sheepskin Mademoiselle Vintage Clutch
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Gold Chevron Quilted Sheepskin Mademoiselle Vintage Clutch SKU: 111800 MSRP: Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comme...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Vintage Timeless Satin Gold Tone Detail Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Very elegant, feminine and classy. This clutch is made of satin and features gold toned hardware and a silk lining. Chanel items bearing the serial number 11XXXXXX are manufactured ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

CHANEL, Vintage in green leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Interior stains, bag restored by a professionnal - Accessories: Dustbag - Measure...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in green leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in green leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in green leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in green leather
H 3.55 in. W 6.3 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Bag restored by a professional - Accessories: Dustbag, Box - Measurements: Width:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
H 6.3 in. W 8.67 in. D 2.37 in.
CHANEL, Vintage in red leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Scratches on the clasp, Sign of wear on strap - Accessories: Dustbag, Authenticit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in red leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in red leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in red leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in red leather
H 6.3 in. W 8.67 in. D 2.37 in.
CHANEL, Vintage in yellow leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Scratches on the clasp, Sign of wear on strap - Accessories: Original Box, Full s...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in yellow leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in yellow leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in yellow leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in yellow leather
H 4.73 in. W 7.49 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Vintage Diamond Quilted Graphic Stitched Black Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Nylon Chanel backpack with hook closure 1999 {VINTAGE 23 Years} Aged silver hardware Interior burgundy nylon lining Adjustable canvas straps Additional large nylon storage pouch 13"...
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1990s Backpacks

CHANEL, Vintage in black leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Sign of wear on strap, Minor sign of wear on base corners, Interior stains - Accessori...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in black leather
H 6.3 in. W 8.67 in. D 2.76 in.
CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Good condition. Sign of wear on Leather, Sign of wear on base corners, Scratches on hardware - Accessories: None - Measurements: Widt...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
H 9.45 in. W 12.21 in. D 3.94 in.
2000 Chanel Black Caviar Leather Vintage Timeless Long Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Vintage Timeless Long Wallet Xupes Reference: HB4168 Serial Number: 6324526 Age (Circa): 2000 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in France) Gende...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel, Vintage in black leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Good condition. Minor sign of wear on base corners, Sign of wear on Leather, Scratches on hardware, Bag restored by a professional -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Vintage in black leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in black leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in black leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in black leather
H 6.7 in. W 9.06 in. D 3.15 in.
CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Good condition. Interior stains, Minor sign of wear on Leather, Minor sign of wear on base corners, Bag restored by a professional - ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
  • CHANEL, Vintage in beige leather
H 7.88 in. W 10.63 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel Vintage Sport Rare White and Grey Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage White Nylon Sport Backpack Rare Unisex 2003 {VINTAGE 19 Years} Adjustable shoulder straps Interlocking CC Rubber Logo 11.8" H x 7.7" W x .6" D Strap: 29.1" Zippered ...
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Early 2000s Backpacks

Chanel 1990s Vintage Rare Rucksack Gold Lambskin Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Circa 1991-1994. Vintage Chanel quilted leather backpack features gold tone hardware, dual leather and interwoven chain straps, front patch pocket, front flap with a CC turn lock clo...
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1990s Backpacks

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 1990's Vintage Diamond Quilted Drawstring Bucket Backpack Rucksack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel 1990s Diamond Quilted Drawstring Backpack Featuring gold-tone hardware, a diamond quilted finish, an internal logo stamp, adjustable shoulder straps, an internal zipped pocke...
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1990s Backpacks

CHANEL Vintage Coral Suede Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL vintage coral suede bag. It has two storage gussets with a fabric lining with a small zipped pocket. The corners are slightly blackened. Closure with a toggle clasp. It is wor...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Scratches on hardware - Accessories: None - Measurements: Width: 24cm, Height: 18...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
  • Chanel, Vintage in beige leather
H 7.09 in. W 9.45 in. D 2.17 in.
CHANEL black lambskin leather LARGE CC VINTAGE Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel vintage drawstring backpack in black smooth lambskin with CC stitching at front snd gold-tone metal hardware. Chain link detail at shoulder straps. Lined in bla...
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1980s Backpacks

Chanel, Vintage in black velvet
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Scratches on the clasp, Few scratches - Accessories: Authenticity Card - Measurements: Width: 18cm , Height: 15c...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel, Vintage in black velvet
  • Chanel, Vintage in black velvet
  • Chanel, Vintage in black velvet
  • Chanel, Vintage in black velvet
H 5.91 in. W 7.09 in. D 1.38 in.
Chanel Vintage Gripoix Tassel Zip Clutch Quilted Satin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Glue stains on stones. Wear and fraying on exterior, small tear on interior side opening corner. Minor wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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Chanel Vintage Purse Handbag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel vintage purse handbag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Beige, Brown, Gray and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for a chanel vintage purse handbag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Finding a chanel vintage purse handbag for sale for women should be easy, but there are 2949 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Chanel Vintage Purse Handbag?

Prices for a chanel vintage purse handbag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $215 and can go as high as $129,920, while, on average they fetch $2,832.

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.