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Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Lambskin Classic Flap Backpack is in very good vintage condition. A cool unisex spin on the timeless classic flap bag, the backpack is a roomy hands-free...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Camellia Follies Embroidered Medium Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Camellia Follies Embroidered Medium Classic Flap Excellent condition. measurements: 10x6x2" 10.5-19" strap
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in PARIS, FR
Chanel 2.55 Transparent Classic Flap REALLY GOOD PREOWNED condition, this one has very slight traces of wear that appeared with time. Black lamb leather piping. The black lambskin ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap
  • Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap
  • Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap
  • Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap
H 7.09 in. W 11.42 in. D 3.15 in.
Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Exquisitely crafted from quilted leather, it bears the signature label inside the satin interior an...
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2010s Italian Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
H 7.88 in. W 3.55 in. L 13.39 in.
Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Exquisitely crafted from quilted leather, it bears the signature label inside the satin interior an...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Grey Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
H 7.88 in. W 3.55 in. L 13.39 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Maxi Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet with this creation. Exquisitely crafted from quilted leather, it bears the signature label inside the leather interior ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Pleated Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black leather classic flap shoulder bag in excellent condition. Pleated black leather upon top flap with diamond quilted leather throughout. gold chain shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Grey Silver Classic Flap Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Grey Silver Classic Flap Top Handle Bag Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Italian Top Handle Bags

Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet in very good condition. black lambskin leather with gold hardware. twist lock CC logo closure opens to a maroon interior with 2 slit an...
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1990s Structured 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 33 Years} Gold hardware Black lambskin diamond stitch Red lambskin interior lining Classic interwoven long cha...
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1980s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Periwinkle Caviar Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Periwinkle Caviar Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag is in pristine unworn condition, never carried. A key piece in any sophisticated wardrobe, the Classic Flap i...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder with Handle & Chain Black
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder with Handle & Chain Black Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 3.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 in
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Ombré Python Exotic Snakeskin Rare Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Ombré Python Exotic Snakeskin Rare Classic Flap Gold hardware Classic back pocket Classic CC turnlock clasp Interior center zippered pocket Grey interior lambskin lining Addi...
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2010s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink & White Tweed Mini Rectangle Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Pink & White Tweed Mini Rectangle Classic Flap SKU: 116646 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Model: Chanel Pink & White Tw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Teal Chevron Quilted Patent Leather Mini Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Teal Chevron Quilted Patent Leather Mini Classic Flap in excellent condition. 7.75"x5"x2.5" 22" drop
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Embossed Quilted Leather Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Brown Embossed Quilted Leather Classic Flap in excellent condition. Brown quilted leather exterior with embossed CC logo along quilting. Ruthenium hardware and double chain sh...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lime Green Butterfly Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Lime Green Butterfly Classic Flap Bag in excellent condition. Lime green quilted lambskin leather exterior trimmed with a laser cut leather butterfly along the front side and ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Matt Caviar Leather Large Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Pink Matt Caviar Leather Large Classic Flap Bag The Chanel Quilted Matte Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Flap Bag is the most sought-after bag in Chanel's classic bag collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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 Sweet Classic Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Mini
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Excellent. Scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Height 5", Width 6.5", Depth 2.5", Strap Drop 23" Designer: Chanel Model: Swe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel White Quilted Caviar Classic Flap Case
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel White Quilted Caviar Classic Flap Case SKU: 118407 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Origin Country: Spain Handbag Silhoue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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 Red Quilted Caviar Mini Rectangular Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Red Quilted Caviar Mini Rectangular Classic Flap SKU: 123155 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Gabrielle Brasserie Menu Burgundy & Black Lambskin Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Brasserie Gabrielle Menu Classic Flap Clutch is sold out everywhere. A beautiful and elegant piece for a Chanel collector.
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2010s French Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Limited Edition Precious Symbols Classic Flap Medium
By Chanel
Located in Dover, DE
CONDITION: A: Excellent condition with few signs of use; carefully kept. SET: Nothing, just a bag SIZE: 26/15/6 cm, Chain 115 cm BRAND: CHANEL MODEL: Chanel Limited Edition Precious ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Green Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Mint Green Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. A key piece in any sophisticated wardrobe, the Classic Fla...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Chanel New Mini Classic Flap bag is a sized-down version of the icon. We have here the one in coral velvet. It has the signature quilt, the CC lock, and the brand label inside th...
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2010s French Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. W 2.37 in. L 7.68 in.
Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Chanel New Mini Classic Flap bag is a sized-down version of the icon. We have here the one in coral velvet. It has the signature quilt, the CC lock, and the brand label inside th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Coral Velvet New Mini Classic Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. W 2.37 in. L 7.68 in.
Chanel Rare Vintage Small Denim Quilted Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Small Denim Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1998 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold-tone hardware Turn-lock in front Classic back pocket Lined in black lambskin leather Interior ...
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1990s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag is in pristine condition, appearing never carried. A key piece in any sophisticated wardrobe, the Jumbo Classic is one of th...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Navy Caviar Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
H 7.5 in. W 12 in. D 3.5 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Shopping Tote Quilted Caviar Large
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior near base, minor wear on exterior corners. Heavy discoloration and moderate wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Bag Jumbo Caviar Silver Full-Set
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Classic Flap Jumbo Caviar: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Classic Flap Jumbo Caviar - Year: 2014 - Code: 19315205 - Condition: Very Goo...
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2010s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Purple Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Purple Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag SKU: 123923 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Shopping Tote Quilted Caviar Large
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate loss of shape on sides, wear on exterior and strap. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Ba...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Lagoon Green Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Lagoon Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The highly coveted iconic silhouette is a must have for any collection. Lagoon sea green lambskin is...
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2010s Structured 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder With Handle & Chain Dark Pink
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Classic Flap Card Holder With Handle & Chain Dark Pink Certified Authentic Condition: Brand New Dimension: 3.9 × 4.3 × 1.2 in Accompanied by: This item comes with all acce...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pink Quilted Lambskin Square Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Pink Quilted Lambskin Square Mini Classic Flap Bag SKU: 116595 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition....
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap in good condition. Black quilted lambskin exterior trimmed with gold hardware and woven chain and leather shoulder strap. sign...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Graffiti Limited Edition Runway Newspaper Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Hand Painter Newspaper Graffiti Classic Flap Year: 2016 Aged Silver Hardware 10" W x 2.4" D x 6" H Strap Drop: 9" 1 Exterior Pockets 3 Interior Pockets Made ...
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2010s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Caviar Mini Square Classic Flap Bag
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Red Quilted Caviar Mini Square Classic Flap Bag SKU: 122882 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Exterior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Coral Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Coral Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag SKU: 124077 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Plastic at some hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Purple Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Purple Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag SKU: 123151 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Pla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Patent Leather Mini Rectangular Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Beige Quilted Patent Leather Mini Rectangular Classic Flap SKU: 123489 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Conditio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag SKU: 123034 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic at som...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Vintage Chanel Navy Blue Stripe Quilted Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Navy Blue Stripe Quilted Classic Flap in very good condition. Navy blue lambskin exterior in rare and unique stripe quilted pattern trimmed with embossed gold hardware...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Electric Crochet Collectors Blue Cloth Shoulder Bag Year: 2014 Silver hardware Interior zipper pocket Interior blue canvas lining Strap drop 11” 6” H x 10” W x 2...
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2010s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Baby Pink Tweed Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soft Pink Tweed Vintage 2.55 Double Classic Flap 2005 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Silver hardware CC turnlock logo Double flaps Tweed Height: 7"; Width:10.5" ; Depth: 3" Made in Fr...
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Early 2000s Italian Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Blue Quilted Lambskin Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag SKU: 123028 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A rare exquisite Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap handbag. The exterior of this Jumbo Classic is in a vivid green shiny alligator leather with gold tone hardware. It features a front flap w...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Novelty Bags

  • Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
  • Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
H 8.47 in. D 3.55 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Purple Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Reimagined season after season, the designs from Chanel manage to retain their timeless glamour and noteworthy silhouettes. From one of the most celebrated collections, this Classic ...
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2010s Italian Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Soft Caviar Maxi Classic Flap Bag SHW Single
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
The iconic holy grail bag is the Chanel Classic Flap. Coveted for its simplicity and elegance - woven chain double strap that can be worn short or long, turnlock CC clasp, lambskin i...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel XL Classic Flap Limited Edition Maxi Blue Caviar Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Limited Edition Caviar Blue Roi Maxi Classic Flap Bag Year: 2009 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Silver hardware Diamond quilted caviar leather Classic interwoven chain strip CC turn...
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Early 2000s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Fuchsia Pink Soft Caviar Maxi Classic Flap Bag SHW
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
"The iconic holy grail bag is the Chanel Classic Flap. Coveted for its simplicity and elegance - woven chain double strap that can be worn short or long, turnlock CC clasp, lambskin ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag Year: 2004-2005 Black and creme tweed Chanel Small Flap bag with ruthenium hardware, convertible shoulder strap with ch...
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Early 2000s French Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Hidden Mesh Medium Black Sequins Shoulder Bag This authentic Chanel Hidden Sequins Flap Bag Sequins Medium is an intricate and meticulously crafted piece perfect...
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Early 2000s French Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate wear, scuffs, discoloration, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear and discoloration on strap. Wear, scuffs and indentations...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear, scuffs and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on strap. Wear, scuffs and marks in interior, sc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 80s Black Lambskin Extra Long Elongated Classic Flap Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel black lambskin extra long elongated classic flap clutch 1989 {VINTAGE 33 Years} Giant long lambskin leather clutch flap bag Gold hardware CC turnlock closure Interior long zi...
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Classic Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary classic flap you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a classic flap may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Classic Flap?

On average, a classic flap on 1stDibs sells for $3,559, while they’re typically $310 on the low end and $57,000 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

In the years following the opening of her modest millinery shop, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel became 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. Today vintage Chanel handbags, jackets and evening dresses are among the most sought-after clothing and accessories for fashion lovers all over the world.

The first Chanel shop was established 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, Chanel's 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.

But 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 bags, evening dresses, shoes, jewelry and other clothing and accessories 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.

Questions About Classic Flap
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How to tell if a Chanel garment, bag, shoe or other accessory is vintage varies based on what type of item it is. Generally, the best way to tell is to examine the label and compare it to ones found in authentic pieces with known dates. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage Chanel.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The difference between the Chanel 2.55 and Classic Flap bags relates mostly to its hardware. A turn-lock clasp serves as the closure for the Classic Flap, while the 2.55 features a rectangular Mademoiselle lock. Also, the hardware on the 2.55 has an aged effect, which differs from the glossy finish found on the Classic Flap. On 1stDibs, shop a wide range of Chanel bags.