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Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Fringe Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Jumbo Maxi Jean Blue Denim Classic Flap 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} -Gold tone hardware -Oversized vintage CC turnlock -Denim blue quilted canvas -Classic inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic and iconic Chanel bag Year 2004/2005 Mutton Beige/cream color Silver hardware Worked wool sides No card Serial number inside Cm 25 x 15 x 7 (9.8 x 5.9 x 2.75 inches) With ...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
  • Chanel Mutton Classic Bag
H 5.91 in. D 2.76 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic and iconic Chanel bag Year 2009/2010 Caviar leather Black color Metal silver chain CC Closure External pocket No card Serial number inside Cm 30 × 19.5 x 10 (11.8 x 7.67 ...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
  • Chanel Black Large Classic Bag
H 7.68 in. D 3.94 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Black Coated Wicker Mini Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Coated Wicker Mini Flap Classic Bag is in excellent condition. More robust than a typical straw or rattan, Chanel’s stylish version is coated in a durabl...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Celine Burgundy Medium Classic bag in box calfskin
By Celine
Located in London, GB
Celine Burgundy Medium Classic bag in box calfskin Made in Italy, Two compartments, zipped pocket, golden hardware. Only one minimal ( almost not visible scratch at the top) - rest ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Balenciaga Grey Matelasse Leather Mini Motocross Classic Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This strikingly stylish bag does dual work as a fashion accessory and practical necessity. Crafted from grey leather, it features a quilted pattern and has a structured silhouette. I...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Metallic 2.55 Reissue Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition metallic reissue double flap. Leather interwoven chain. Shoulder strap, 11" or 20". Comes with original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black and White Tweed Double Flap Classic is in excellent condition. Truly timeless, the tweed double flap is a must have for any collection. Black and white t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted Single Flap Maxi Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted Single Flap Maxi Classic Bag **PLEASE NOTE, this bag is a Press sample and has a PRESS stamp stitched to the inside pocket** Made In: France Yea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bronze Patent Leather Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Bronze Patent Leather Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag **PLEASE NOTE, this bag is a Press sample and has a PRESS stamp stitched to the inside pocket** Made In: France Y...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Lambskin Leather Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Brown Lambskin Leather Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag **PLEASE NOTE, this bag is a Press sample and has a PRESS stamp stitched to the inside pocket** Made In: France ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cream Crumpled Patent Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Cream Crumpled Patent Leather Quilted Single Flap Jumbo Classic Bag **PLEASE NOTE, this bag is a Press sample and has a PRESS stamp stitched to the inside pocket** Made In: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE.COM is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap Bag
H 5.91 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Classic Single Flap Medium Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This iconic Chanel bag is crafted from quilted black lambskin and features a single flap. It also features the classic CC logo twist lock on the front flap. The black chain winded wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Soft Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis Vui...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Classic Soft Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Soft Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Soft Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Soft Single Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.58 in.
Balenciaga Neo Classic City S Bag Leather
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Creasing on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, With Strap Measurements: Handle Drop 5.5", Height 8", Width 13", Depth 5.5" Designer: Balenc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Celine Classic Green Patent Leather Bag
By Celine
Located in Antwerp, BE
Good preloved condition Celine Classic Green Patent Box Bag Bag This super-chic and iconic Celine shoulder bag is crafted out of green patent leather It’s a timeless piece of art t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Celine Classic Green Patent Leather Bag
  • Celine Classic Green Patent Leather Bag
  • Celine Classic Green Patent Leather Bag
  • Celine Classic Green Patent Leather Bag
H 7.49 in. W 9.06 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Classic Flap So Classic Jumbo Maxi Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Jumbo, crafted in black sequins, features woven in leather chain link strap, exterior back slip pocket, and gunmetal-tone hardware. Its CC...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 9" Brown Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brown classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5" or 9.5". Comes with hologram, id card, booklet and original dust cover. Minor scuffs on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap So Classic Jumbo Maxi Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Sequins Jumbo, crafted in black sequins, features woven in leather chain link strap, exterior back slip pocket, and gunmetal-tone hardware. Its CC...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Limited Edition Classic Patchwork Assorted Multi Color Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Classic Flap Limited Edition Classic Patchwork Multi Colored Assorted Hobo Bag Year: 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Denim and cotton stitched patchwork CC eyelet and floral patch details G...
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Early 2000s Hobo Bags

Celine Medium Classic Red Leather Shoulder Bag
By Celine
Located in Columbia, MO
Brand - Celine Collection - Medium Classic Estimated Retail - $3,950.00 Style - Shoulder Bag Material - Calfskin Leather Color - Red Closure - Push Lock Hardware Material - Goldtone ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Balenciaga is known for their finely made products and the City bags are one of them. Effortless and stylish, this leather bag will be your go-to for multiple occasions. It has silve...
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2010s Tote Bags

  • Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
H 6.3 in. W 3.15 in. L 9.45 in.
Balenciaga Pink Leather Motocross Classic City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Balenciaga is known for its finely made products and the City bags are one of them. Effortless and stylish, this pink leather bag will be your go-to for multiple occasions. It has th...
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2010s Tote Bags

Balenciaga Black Leather Mini Classic City Bag
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Balenciaga is known for their finely made products and the City bags are one of them. Effortless and stylish, this leather bag will be your go-to for multiple occasions. It has the s...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Fuchsia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Fuchsia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. A truly timeless piece, the Jumbo Classic is certain to hold its value. ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Classic Caviar Jumbo Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
ARETROTALE.COM is an entrusted online retailer based in Stockholm, which specializes in luxury vintage and second-hand accessories from exclusive fashion brands such as Chanel, Louis...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Classic Caviar Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Caviar Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Caviar Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Chanel Classic Caviar Jumbo Single Flap Bag
H 7.49 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.55 in.
Balenciaga Black Leather Classic Edge City Bag
Located in London, GB
Balenciaga Black Leather Classic City Bag -Classic, timeless design -Gold-tone metal hardware -Detachable strap -Large interior compartment -Zipper pocket inside Materials: 100% ca...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Balenciaga Black Leather Classic Edge City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Classic Edge City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Classic Edge City Bag
  • Balenciaga Black Leather Classic Edge City Bag
H 9.85 in. D 5.91 in. L 14.97 in.
BALENCIAGA red leather CLASSIC CITY MEDIUM Bag
Located in Zürich, CH
authentic Balcenciaga Classic City M tote shoulder bag in distressed crackled red lambskin featuring gunmetal hardware details. Opens with a zipper on top and is lined in black canva...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Sundbyberg, SE
Wine red quilted suede Chanel Medium Classic/Timeless Double Flap bag with – Gold-tone hardware – Convertible chain-link and suede shoulder strap – Tonal leather lining – Single pat...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
  • Chanel Medium Suede Classic Double Flap bag
H 6.7 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
Bottega Veneta Black Classic Woven Drawstring Bag
By Bottega Veneta
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bottega Veneta Black Classic Woven Lizard and Suede Large Drawstring Bucket Bag with compact mirror. Measurements: Height - 11.2 inches Width - 13.5 inches Height with Stra...
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1990s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Celine Python Leather Medium Classic Box Bag
By Celine
Located in London, GB
This shoulder bag has been made in France from bright-yellow python-leather with Celine's iconic gold-tone fastening, the pushlock fastening opens to reveal a yellow leather interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Wicker Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Red Wicker Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Red wicker exterior trimmed with gold hardware and signature red leather and chain woven shoulder strap. Front top...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Clear PVC Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Clear PVC Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Clear PVC trimmed with cream patent leather and gold hardware. Chain and leather shoulder strap can be worn short o...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Celine Python Leather Medium Classic Box Bag
By Celine
Located in London, GB
This shoulder bag has been made in France from bright-yellow python-leather with Celine's iconic gold-tone fastening. The pushlock fastening opens to reveal a yellow leather interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Around the World Classic Flap Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Around the World Classic Flap in excellent condition. Slate grey quilted lambskin exterior trimmed with a gunmetal spinning globe top. Single flap opens to a hinged closure re...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Hidden Sequins Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Hidden Sequins Jumbo Classic Flap Bag- Pristine, Unworn Condition. Special Edition. The classic silhouette is texturally and visually unique; an imperative acquisition for col...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Gold Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel naked transparent classic flap with gold lambskin piping and signature CC turn lock. Features gold hardware and a classic bag pocket. In very good condition with slight scr...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vivienne Westwood Classic Pink Orb Clutch Bag
By Vivienne Westwood
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Make a statement with our Vivienne Westwood - Classic Orb, pink moc croc embossed leather clutch bag with an oversize golden Vivienne Westwood orb, detachable strap and top zip fast...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Vintage Classic Quilted Rare Dark Denim Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Dark Denim Classic Quilted 2.55 Flap Bag Rare 1998 {VINTAGE 23 Years} Gold-tone hardware Turn-lock in front Classic back pocket Lined in black lambskin leather Inter...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Wear and scuffs on base, flap corners and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 9", Height 6", Width 10", Depth 3", St...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Odor in interior. Light wear on base corners, flap edges and strap, creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on rear pocket opening edge. Indentations on inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Loose stitching on strap. Minor wear on exterior and in interior, moderate glue stains on flap edges, wear on strap and underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Acces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Chevron Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior, straps and in interior, loose threads on exterior edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} Gold hardware Black lambskin diamond stitch Red lambskin interior lining Classic interwoven long cha...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Transparent Clear Ombre PVC Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel ombre smoke effect faded black and clear transparent vinyl flap with lamb leather. Larger than a medium flap bag, featuring silver hardware and classic interwoven lambskin ch...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Teal Blue Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Teal Blue Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition. A truly timeless piece, the Jumbo Classic is certain to hold its value. Peacock teal blue lambs...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Silver Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Silver Vintage Flap Bag clear silver-tone hardware fold-over top with CC turn-lock fastening two leather and chain link shoulder straps back slip po...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Jumbo Maxi Lambskin Leather Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel maxi single flap in black lambskin with silver tone hardware. Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Fendi Classic Black 3Jours Leather Tote Bag
By Fendi
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Fendi classic 3 Jours Tote Bag is made of black saffiano leather with silver tone hardware, two interior slip pockets, and an interior zip pocket. **Authenticated by entrupy** ...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior and strap, wear and marks underneath flaps and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Ultra Grey Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel grey tweed flap super rare! This bag is in excellent condition, as seen on celebrities like Mischa Barton and Diane Kruger. This is a very rare bag that is hard to find. Will...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Silver Foil Leather Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Silver Leather Jumbo Classic Flap is in excellent condition. A truly timeless piece, the Jumbo Classic is certain to hold its value. Metallic silver foil leath...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Matte Silver Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Matte Silver Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The matte silver finish makes this Timeless Classic extra glamorous. Muted silver lambskin ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Emerald Green Alligator Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Emerald Green Alligator Medium Classic is in pristine condition. The Timeless Classic is elevated to new heights in this rare exotic version. Deep emerald gree...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Turquoise Blue Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Turquoise Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. A truly timeless piece, the Jumbo Classic is certain to hold its value...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on exterior, minor scuffs underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: Handle Drop 12", Height 8", W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, scuffs and small marks underneath flap, indentations on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap is in pristine condition. A truly timeless classic, the medium flap bag easily transitions from day to evening and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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Classic Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary classic bag you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Gray and protectString (more) options on these pages. You’re likely to find the perfect classic bag among the distinctive accessories we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Making an accessory such as this has likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Chanel, Balenciaga and Celine are consistently popular. Finding a classic bag for sale for women should be easy, but there are 114 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Classic Bag?

On average, a classic bag on 1stDibs sells for $5,778, while they’re typically $331 on the low end and $33,281 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 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.