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CHANEL Black Crocodile Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Large CHANEL tote in black crocodile. The jewelry is palladium silver. It is lined in smooth black leather. A large storage space, a pocket closed by a zip as well as two flat pocket...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

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H 11.82 in. D 4.34 in. L 16.15 in.
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Crocodile Black Jumbo Bag. Beautiful and rare crocodile bag with silver hardware. Stunnin bag in good condition. Celebrity owned and needs a good home. Most wanted Jumbo size ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Rare Chanel Vintage Shiny Brown Crocodile Timeless Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
OMG so rare. Style of the Mademoiselle bag. It seems it never had been worn. It has an icy brown color. It could be worn as a clutch, shoulder or crossbody. The length of the chain i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bowling Bag 'PARIS-NYC' Burgundy Crocodile
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Sublime collector CHANEL bag, model 'Bowling' from the Famous Collection Paris / New York in bordeaux crocodile leather. Aged silver plated hardware, aged silver plated closure, han...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Rare Chanel Vintage 90's Crocodile Alligator Top Handle Micro Mini Kelly Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Chanel Vintage 90's Crocodile Alligator Top Handle Micro Mini Kelly Tote 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Interior zipper pocket Black Lambskin interior lining 8.5” H x ...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Cotton Candy Crocodile Medium Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Cotton Candy Crocodile Medium Classic Flap is in pristine condition. No longer producing exotics, Chanel's remarkable crocodile Classic is extremely rare and c...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Crocodile Mini Classic Flap is in excellent condition. The highly sought after silhouette is particularly collectible in porosus crocodile; Chanel is in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Emerald Green Crocodile Coco Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Emerald Green Crocodile Small Flap Bag is in excellent vintage condition. A beautiful bag, this striking piece is also very collectible as Chanel is no longer ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Red Crocodile Exotic Leather Gold Logo Small Evening Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Crocodile Gold tone hardware Snap closure Leather lining Shoulder strap drop 19.5" Measures 8.25" W x 5" H x 2" D Includes authenticity card, dust bag and box 100% authenticity gu...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Crocodile Effect Minaudière in Gilded Metal and Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
The minaudière is a model of the Maison Chanel. Rigid and rectangular in shape, it has a yellow crocodile skin effect over its entire outer metal surface. It features a Chanel inscr...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Green Crocodile Alligator Vintage Mini Minuadiére Kelly Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Green Chanel Crocodile mini top handle flap with classic CC closure 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Interior zipper pocket Black Lambskin interior lining 8.5" H x 7" W x 2.5" ...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black Crocodile Vintage Mini Teeny Tiny Kelly Clutch Alligator Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Black Chanel Crocodile mini top handle flap with classic CC closure 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware Interior zipper pocket Black Lambskin interior lining 8.5” H x 7” W x 2.5”...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Bowling Bag Exotic Bowler Paris NY Grey Crocodile Skin Leather Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Grey Crocodile bowler from the Paris-NY collection 2005 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Antique silver hardware 4 bottom feet Cc zipper charm Hanging cc plate Grey satin interior lining Small in...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black Crocodile Embossed Gabrielle O-Case Wristlet Pouch/ Clutch Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Crocodile Embossed Gabrielle O-Case Wristlet Bag. Features wristlet with goldtone CHANEL goldtone metal lettering. Made In: Italy Year of Production:2019 Color: Black ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pouches and Wristlets

Chanel Classic Flap 2.55 Reissue Graffiti Crocodile Embossed Mini Cocodile Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
CHANEL Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Graffiti 2.55 Mini Cocodile Reissue Flap Black Pink Year: 2019 Bijoux hardware chain Mademoiselle turn lock Embossed calfskin with a crocodile pr...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Clutch Vintage 80's Gold Cc Closure Black Crocodile Skin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 1989 Crocodile Flap Bag Clutch Gold CC Closure The vintage Chanel octagon black crocodile 8 sided flap with classic cc closure and attached interwoven chain 1989 {V...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Crocodile Leather Mini Boy Day Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted from beige crocodile leather, this stunning Chanel clutch bag features a foldover top with a silver-tone logo closure, a hand strap, an internal zipped pocket and embossed lo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Chocolate Brown Crocodile Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Chocolate Brown Crocodile Handbag. This bag is in excellent condition with no visible markings on the skin. It comes with a duster. Measurements: Length- 5.75" Width- 7"...
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Late 20th Century Handbags and Purses

Vintage Chanel Mini Chocolate Crocodile Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Chanel Mini Chocolate Crocodile Handbag, circa late 80's. GHW, classic chain with leather through chain. One interior compartment. Also, has dust cover. Retail $14,000.00.
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1980s Handbags and Purses

Chanel Vintage Black Crocodile Shoulder Handbag- Circa 80's - GHW
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Crocodile Shoulder Handbag- Circa 80's - GHW This handbag is in very good vintage condition. Bag has two exterior pockets, Hanging Chanel Charm on Chain Strap, ...
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1980s Handbags and Purses

Chanel Pink Crocodile Mini Handbag Pre 1984
By Chanel
Located in Austin, TX
Chanel pink crocodile mini handbag pre 1984 with tassel. Serial #361468. 7" W x 4 1/2" H x 2" D. 38" shoulder strap. Condition: good, some all over wear, pen mark on interior.
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile 227
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile 227, crafted from genuine blue crocodile, features reissue chain link strap and aged silver-tone hardware. Its mademoiselle turn-lock closu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile 227
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile 227, crafted from genuine blue crocodile, features reissue chain link strap and aged silver-tone hardware. Its mademoiselle turn-lock closu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Crocodile Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A spaciously sized clutch from Chanel, rendered in a timeless black crocodile skin. It is finished with gold-tone metal with a tarnished effect for a vintage sensibility. Opening wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Crocodile Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chanel jet black crocodile fold over clutch with 2" CC turn clasp closure plated in bright yellow gold.
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Late 20th Century Handbags and Purses

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H 6 in. D 1 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile Quilted Satin 225
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
his authentic Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile Quilted Satin 225 is a must-have classic for all fashion lovers. Crafted from black crocodile pattern quilted satin, this beautifu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Shiny MINI Nude/Beige Classic CC Turn Lock Crocodile Handbag MINT
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
A SUPER RARE opportunity to purchase a Chanel crocodile bag, part of the "Exceptional Pieces" collection, available by special order, as a limited edition piece. This super rare, ext...
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Late 20th Century Handbags and Purses

Chanel Vintage Crocodile Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This Chanel crocodile shoulder bag is a rare collectors item from the late 1980's. The bag features a double 'C' lock and a green leather lining. Material: Crocodile Leather ...
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Late 20th Century Handbags and Purses

Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile Quilted Satin 225
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Reissue 2.55 Handbag Crocodile Quilted Satin 225 is a must-have classic for all fashion lovers. Crafted from ivory with light pink undertone crocodile pattern q...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

CHANEL White Crocodile Leather Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel White Crocodile Leather Belt Bag With Gold Hardware Age: 80's Made In Italy Materials: Crocodile Leather Stamped: "CHANEL" "MADE IN ITALY" Hologram Sticker Reads: "325727...
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1980s Handbags and Purses

Chanel Black Crocodile Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Crafted from black crocodile leather, this stunning Chanel CC logo embossed bag features a top clasp fastening, a spacious internal compartment, an internal zipped pocket, an embosse...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel crocodile bag, late 1980s
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Vintage late 1980’s brown crocodile bag with gold hardware and chain strap.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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H 9.5 in. D 6 in. L 7.5 in.
Chanel Black Crocodile 2.55 Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A striking rendition of the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag that still retains its powers of timelessness. Matte crocodile skin is offset by cool, silver-toned hardware, and features the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Drawstring Backpack Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This item can only be shipped within the United States. Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior, wear on opening corners, minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Drawstring Backpack Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing and light wear on exterior, straps and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Drop 3", Height 13", Width 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

CHANEL VINTAGE BLACK CROCODILE 10" CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This stunning vintage 90's CHANEL Black Crocodile 10" Classic Double Flap Bag with golden hardware is a must-have for every Chanel collector. The bag closes with golden "CC" twist lo...
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Late 20th Century Handbags and Purses

VITNAGE CHANEL BLACK CROCODILE 10" CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This stunning vintage 90's CHANEL Black Crocodile 10" Classic Double Flap Bag with golden hardware is a must-have for every Chanel collector!<br /> <br /> The bag closes with golde...
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1990s Handbags and Purses

Chanel Small Crocodile Embossed Printed Gold Leather Boy Handbag A67085
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
A brand new Chanel boy bag. Crocodile Embossed Printed Gold Leather. Size small. Gold tone hardware. Comes with original tags attached, box, authenticity card and a dust bag. Model...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Pearl Chain Flap Clutch Crocodile Long
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This Chanel Vintage Pearl Chain Flap Clutch Crocodile Long, crafted in genuine sleek black crocodile leather, features a large gold-tone center ring with an engraved Chanel logo, gol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Crocodile Tote With Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Gorgeous Chanel tote features 2 large outside compartments, 1 large inner compartment with 2 zip pockets, one on each side. Made in Italy. Excellent condition. Serial number dates th...
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1880s Tote Bags

Chanel Gabrielle Hobo Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual bag offered by Rebag. This item can only be shipped within the United States. Condition: Excellent. Minimal wear in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL bag Emerald green Crocodile Medium flap gold hardware NEW/box
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Absolutely stunning emerald green crocodile classic flap bag. Over the top hard to find collector's dream. Gold CC turnkey and link chain strap. Rear exterior slot pocket. Inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Handbags and Purses

Chanel Egyptian Clutch Crocodile Embossed Calfskin and Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This item can only be shipped within the United States. Condition: Great. Wear and scuffs on exterior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 6", Width 10...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Pink Crocodile Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This pink crocodile leather embossed flap crossbody bag from Chanel features a fold-over top with twist-lock closure, a gold-tone logo plaque, a chain and leather strap, a back slip ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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H 4.73 in. W 7.88 in. D 2.37 in.
Brown Crocodile Chanel Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Beautiful crocodile crossbody bag. This stunning bag has one main pocket with two zippered sections and one zipper has a Chanel appointment. It also has one additional side pocket ou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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H 8 in. W 12 in. D 2 in.
Chanel Black Crocodile Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This black crocodile leather flap shoulder bag from Chanel features a top with twist-lock closure, a silver-tone logo plaque, a chain and leather strap, a back slip pocket, an intern...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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H 6.3 in. W 10.24 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Classic Flap Crocodile Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Classic Flap Crocodile size Jumbo is a luxurious and iconic statement bag that will grace any fashionista's closet. Finely crafted from luxurious brown crocodil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crocodile Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Crocodile Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Incredible condition for its age, this rare Chanel lizard camera bag is a must-have for the bonafide Chanel love...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Amethyst Crocodile Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
This stunning rare Chanel shoulder flap bag is superbly crafted of luxurious exotic "alligator mississippiensis" leather. Gold chain shoulder strap threaded with aubergine leather. T...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

1980's CHANEL brown convertible crocodile clutch with hidden gilt chain
By Chanel
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Deep brown crocodile convertible clutch with hidden woven gilt shoulder strap by Chanel dating to the 1980's. Approximate measurements: just over 9" wide by 7" tall by 3" deep. 36" s...
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1980s Clutches

80's CHANEL black convertible crocodile bag with cross body strap
By Chanel
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Jet black crocodile convertible clutch with hidden woven gilt cross by strap by Chanel dating to the 1980's. Approximate measurements: just over 9" wide by 7" tall by 3" deep. 44" st...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

Chanel Vintage Brown Crocodile Flap Bag with Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Classic Vintage Brown Crocodile Flap Bag with Gold Hardware from Chanel. 9 " x 6.5" 40 " chain with leather lacing Great pre owned condition, no issues
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1970s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Espresso Crocodile Vintage Octagonal Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Espresso Crocodile Octagonal Bag- Excellent A rare vintage style, it is a beautiful addition to any collection. Deep espresso brown crocodile skin is structured in an octagona...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crocodile Medium Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Crocodile Boy Bag- PRISTINE; appears never carried The updated design is structured and edgy with a versatility that makes it extremely popular. The exotic versions are...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Flap Shoulder Bag Crocodile Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
This authentic Chanel Flap Shoulder Bag Crocodile Medium showcases a modern and stylized design with vintage-inspired flair. Crafted from genuine tan crocodile skin, this elegant sho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Graffiti Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Small indentations and scuffs underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 12", Height 5", ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cognac Crocodile Exotic Skin Leather Kelly Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
The Exotic Chanel to Complete Your Collection. Since announcing the discontinuation of exotic skin handbags, the demand for exotic Chanel has increased tenfold. And the demand for c...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

Chanel Reissue 2.55 O Case Clutch Graffiti Crocodile Embossed Calfskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Excellent. Faint wear on exterior and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 9", Width 13.5", Depth 0.5" Designer: Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

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Crocodile Chanel Handbags For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of crocodile chanel handbags for sale on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black crocodile chanel handbags, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Gold and more options on these pages. Making the right choice when shopping for these accessories may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century, all of which have proven very popular over the years. 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 are Crocodile Chanel Handbags?

Prices for crocodile chanel handbags can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $495 and can go as high as $129,920, while these items, on average, fetch $6,900.

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.