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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 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

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

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 dark brown Caviar leather CC TOTE Bag Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel vintage shoulder bag in espresso brown caviar leather with CC stitching at front featuring matte light gold-tone metal hardware. Lined in brown CC logo printed ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black patent leather leather and chain-link shoulder strap quilted finish foldover top signature interlocking CC turn-loc...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Mini CC Drawstring Shoulder Bag circa 1995 black leather gold-tone hardware signature stitched interlocking CC logo drawstring fastening leather and chain-link s...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Stitched CC Shoulder Bag Caviar Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing and scuffs on exterior and interior opening trim, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Micro Mini Shoulder Flap Bag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this super rare Chanel Micro Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Micro Flap Bag - Year: From 1990 Collection - Code: Half Hologram (1xxxx) - ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage So Black Bar Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage So Black Bar Chain Shoulder Bag Black nylon canvas with a flap top CC turn-lock closure Leather entwined chain shoulder strap Black metal hardware Carry it as a c...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Logo Zip Shoulder Bag Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Repainted exterior and handles. Cracking and peeling on handle bases, bubbling on interior trim, scratches, tarnish and discoloration on hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Grey Fur Sport Belt Lock Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Grey Lapin Fur Shoulder Bag Single flap, grey tech fabric lining, grey zip closure and snap buckle, silver-tone metal chain interlaced with grey tech fabric and gum label rea...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Slit Pocket Shoulder Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners, opening corners and handles, creasing, scuffs and small indentations on exterior. Wear and small marks in interior, small glue stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Slit Pocket Shoulder Bag Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs, marks, loss of luster and creasing on exterior and handles. Scuffs, indentations and wear in interior, scratches and tarnish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel No. 5 Vintage Black Patent Leather Camellia Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel No. 5 Vintage Black Patent Leather Camellia Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black velvet velvet effect floral appliqué logo patch to the front detachable chain-link shoulder strap to...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Front Pocket Logo Shoulder Bag Stitched Suede Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Wear, discoloration and pilling on exterior and handles, scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Flap Quilted Lamb
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Flap Lamb. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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15th Century and Earlier Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The accessory to invest in this season is this creation by Chanel. Fashioned using chevron-quilted suede, the brown shoulder bag has a compact size with a well-lined interior. A leat...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 6.89 in. W 1.97 in. L 7.49 in.
Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black vintage 80s shoulder bag in quilted lambskin. Hardware is discolored throughout the bag, please refer to photos for actual condition. Shoulder drop 13.5. Collection 1988...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 9.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel gold leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel gold leather shoulder bag Chanel vintage gold lambskin mini flap, slight signs of time Measurements: Width: 14 cm Height: 10 cm Depth: 3 cm
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare 1991 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 1991 Vintage Lambskin Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag From the Spring 2011 Collection. White and black leather Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap bag with brushe...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

1990's Chanel Vintage Black Shoulder Tote
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 90s black lambskin shoulder tote with quilted bottom and gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with hologram, id and generic dust cover.
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige & Brown Quilted Striped Linen Vintage XL Timeless Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Beige & Brown Quilted Striped Linen Vintage XL Timeless Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CB425 Serial Number: 3246068 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Chanel Box Authenticity...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Black Patent Leather Shoulder Flap Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black patent leather shoulder flap bag. - Hardware: Black metal. - Measurements: Length: 28cm. Height: 17cm. Width: 8cm. Strap Drop: 51cm.
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Black Caviar Quilted CC Classic Flap Crossbody Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Black Caviar Quilted CC Classic Flap Crossbody Shoulder Bag Year 1991-1994 Gold hardware Large size CC turnlock front pocket flap Zippered top closure with CC ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vanity Case Rare Vintage Blue Mini Crossbody Black Denim Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Denim Blue Mini Vanity Case Crossbody Bag Year: 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Gold Hadware CC Stitched Logo at front Top handle Detachable crossbody strap Zip around ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag Spacious carry-all version of the classic Chanel Reissue Flap Bag featured in the XL size, rendered in b...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Beige Lambskin Quilted Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag is sure to draw anyone’s attention because of its vintage look. This tote is crafted from leather. The golden chain woven into beige leather strap adds to its charm. Golden ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

1990's VIntage Chanel White Caviar Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel white caviar leather 90s shoulder bag with gold tone hardware. Excellent exterior. Shoulder drop 16". Collection 1996/1997. Comes with hologram and generic dust cover.
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Ultra Rare Vintage 90s Black Velvet CC Small Medium Tote Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ultra Rare Vintage 90s Black Velvet CC Small Medium Tote Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Black velvet Lined black lambskin leather Gold-tone hardware CC Logo Ball Charm...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel 28cm Navy Lambskin Triple CC Camera Shoulder Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage Chanel 28cm navy lambskin triple "CC" camera shoulder bag from 1994 to 1996. - These bag is rare in navy lambskin leather interior and exterior. - It comes with authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 90's Vintage Diamond Quilted CC Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Diamond Quilted CC Shoulder Bag Year: circa 1992 leather diamond quilting signature interlocking CC turn-lock fastening gold-tone hardware large tassel detail t...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Timeless Vintage Shoulder bag in Blue Cotton
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Timeless Vintage - Condition: Very good condition. Discoloration on the exterior - Accessories: Dustbag, Authenticity Card - Measurements: Width: 22cm, He...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Zip Shoulder Bag Chevron Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, creasing and scuffs on exterior, handles and in interior, scratches, discoloration and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: No Accessor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel 80s Black Vintage Leather Shoulder Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent vintage black shoulder bag, partially quilted. Gold tone hardware. Collection 1986/1988. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Dark Brown Quilted leather Vintage Shoulder Strap
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carefully designed to evoke a timeless and fashionable feel, this leather bag is sure to be a prized possession. It features a quilted exterior, two interwoven chain-leather handles ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel 90s Black Large Vintage Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel authentic 90s very large black shoulder bag with gold tone hardware. Collection 1996. Front outer pocket and two zipped interior compartments. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with ho...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Logo Shoulder Bag Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners, moderate scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap. Minor scuffs on strap and interior opening trim, scratches on hardware. Acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

CHANEL Vintage Black Lambskin Diamond Evening Shoulder Medium Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1994 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9" W x 7" H x 3" D Shoulder Strap Drop 17.5" Includes Authenticity Card a...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Sand Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel creation is simply excellent. Make an impressive appearance with this stylish bag paired along with an equally trendy outfit. It is unique while carrying the brand's sign...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

1990's Vintage Chanel Caramel Quitled Leather Shoulder Bag Excellent Condition
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare and collectible vintage shoulder tote. Two outer pockets and center zipper. 2 interior pockets. Shoulder drop 17". Collection 1989/1991. Comes with hologram, id card and...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Large Camera Bag Black Exotic Ostrich Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Chanel Large Camera bag in black exotic ostrich with gold hardware. Two slip pockets outside, main zip compartment lined in leather with one zip pocket i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tote Bag Vintage Black Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Vintage Tote Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Tote Bag - Year: 1990s - Code: half hologram (not entirely readable anymore) - Condit...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage Black Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage Black Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage Black Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage Black Lambskin
H 8.67 in. W 4.93 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Tote Bag Vintage White Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Vintage Tote Bag.: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Tote Bag - Year: 1996-1997 - Code: 4190686 - Condition: Good (small spots at the corn...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage White Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage White Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage White Lambskin
  • Chanel Tote Bag Vintage White Lambskin
H 7.29 in. W 5.12 in. L 11.42 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Vintage Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Lambskin Camera Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the 1980's. A truly classic piece, it is a must have for any collection. Black structured case in ...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Dome Bag Caviar Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, handles and in interior, moderate wear on base, opening and handle edges, scratches, discoloration and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Vintage CC Dome Bag Caviar Large
  • Chanel Vintage CC Dome Bag Caviar Large
  • Chanel Vintage CC Dome Bag Caviar Large
  • Chanel Vintage CC Dome Bag Caviar Large
H 10.5 in. W 14 in. D 4 in.
Chanel Vintage CC Clasp Shoulder Bag Velvet Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor wear and scuffs on exterior, creasing on handles, small indentations in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo 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 Vintage Quilted Black Lambskin Leather 2.55 Jumbo Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This bag is made with black diamond quilted lambskin leather. Featuring gold toned hardware, a gold toned chain interlace with leather, a flap with a Mademoiselle CC turn lock closur...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Maxi Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Maxi Flap Camera Case - Year: 1990s - Code: Half hologram (not entirely readable anymore)...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
H 9.85 in. W 4.73 in. L 13.78 in.
Chanel Black Chevron Leather Vintage Day Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Chevron Leather Day Bag is in excellent vintage condition, circa 1989-1991. Timeless and sophisticated, this classic Chanel is the perfect way to elevate...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Vintage Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Camera Bag is in excellent vintage condition. The classic silhouette has all the quintessential Chanel design elements that make it a true...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Camera Bag in excellent condition. Black quilted caviar leather with quilted CC logo along front, gold hardware and woven chain and leather should...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Diamond Quilted Tassel Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Black Diamond Quilted Tassel Camera Bag in good condition. Black diamond quilted lambskin exterior leather with CC logo quilted in center of diamond on front side. Gol...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Vintage Shoulder For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel vintage shoulder you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Red and more options on these pages. Finding the perfect chanel vintage shoulder 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 Vintage Shoulder?

On average, a chanel vintage shoulder on 1stDibs sells for $3,243, while they’re typically $420 on the low end and $27,000 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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 Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.