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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 Metallic Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel dark gold metallic reissue jumbo flap with ruthenium hardware. Very good condition. Shoulder drop 11'/20". Chanel collection 2006/2008. Comes with hologram and original box
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This single flap bag from Chanel comes in super soft lambskin leather. In the front the double CC logo is attached and it has the classic chains which have shoulder drop of 9 inches....
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
H 8 in. W 4.5 in. L 11.5 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Flap bag for sale. Made from red caviar leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, very good condition. Do look at the phot...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap
H 8.27 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.55 in.
Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This Chanel 2.55 Reissue Size 227 bag comes in a metallic light bronze tone. The classic chain has a shoulder drop of 11 inches. The bag comes with the inventory card, booklet and Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Light Bronze Reissue Jumbo Flap Bag
H 7.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 12.5 in.
Chanel Black Reissue Gold Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue double-flap bag. Black distressed leather and gold tone hardware metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop: 11"/20"L. Hardware a little bit faded. Comes with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Feel red hot with this stunning red Chanel patent jumbo double flap! Featuring a beautiful red patent leather with silver hardware and a silver chain strap that can be worn cross bod...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
  • Chanel Jumbo Patent Double Flap
H 7.5 in. L 11.75 in.
Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Cream Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Gold hardware. Good condition. Has light wear throughout. Caviar leather. Most wanted size jumbo. Double flap classic. Clean interior. Can be worn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Red Jumbo Double Flap Bag. Caviar leather with silver hardware. Excellent condition. Beautiful cherry red color. Hard to find combo. Classic Chanels are going up. Serial numbe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Gorgeous single classic flap jumbo in red leather and silver-tone hardware, a classic CC turn-lock closure and a patch pocket on the back face. Interior is lined with smooth tonal le...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
  • Red Chanel Jumbo Single Flap Bag
H 8.67 in. D 3.75 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Jumbo Flap Quilted Wool Leather Backpack Large VIntage CC Gold Logo
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted Chanel jumbo wool leather backpack with large CC hardware 1995 {VINTAGE 26 Years} Gold hardware Patent leather strap with interwoven chain detail Interlocking CC closure Int...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Silver Jumbo Reissue Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue silver double flap. Metallic silver leather and silver metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop 11"/20". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from black lambskin leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition – do look...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from beige caviar leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, good condition. There are flaws...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
H 8.27 in. W 11.82 in. D 3.55 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Classic Jumbo Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Jumbo-sized Classic Double Flap bag for sale. Made from black lambskin leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, excellent condition – do look...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Marigold Lambskin Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Marigold Lambskin Jumbo Classic is in pristine condition. A vibrant hue of golden yellow makes it a must have for any collection. Marigold lambskin is quilted...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

ChanelTricolor Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, moderate scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap, wear and discoloration on strap. Indentations on interior flap, scratches on hardware. Accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior and strap. Moderate creasing on exterior and underneath flap, moderate darkening on rear and on interior flap, indentations on interior flap, s...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Fuschia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Fuschia Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The highly sought after Jumbo Classic is breathtaking in this vivid shade of spicy hot pink. Quil...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Pink Python Jumbo Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Pink Python Jumbo Classic is in excellent condition. No longer in production, exotic classics are highly collectible. Ballerina pink python skin is accented ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, scuffs, small marks and minor stickiness on exterior, creasing and scuffs underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Airbrushed exterior and underneath flap. Moderate creasing, indentations and small scuffs on exterior and underneath flaps, small marks and pen ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tricolor Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the in...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lavender Lambskin Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Lavender Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap is in pristine condition. The highly sought after Jumbo Classic is breathtaking in this feminine shade of soft lavender. Q...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lamb Jumbo Double Flap Gold Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent condition black lambskin double flap with gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 10", 21", can be worn cross body. Collection 29, 2019. Comes with hologram, booklet, id c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior and in interior, moderate wear on base corners and strap. Glue stains on front flap edge and zipper pull unde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap. Indentations on rear, wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Aut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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

New Chanel Coral Patent Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel new jumbo classic double flap. Coral patent leather quilted with silver tone metal hardware. Single drop 24", double drop 14". Cruise 2016 collection. Comes with original tag,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Olive Green Jumbo Classic Flap Patent Leather Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Created by Karl Lagerfeld upon his arrival in 1983, the Chanel Classic Flap bag remains the inimitable IT bag up till today. Arrived in high-shine patent leather in an exclusive oliv...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Grey Quilted Jersey Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from jersey fabric in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Quilted Caramel Lambskin Classic Jumbo Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel Double Flap Bag is made with smooth supple lambskin leather in a caramel color. Featuring dark sliver toned hardware, a metal chain interlaced with leather, an interlocki...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Indigo Blue Alligator Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Indigo Blue Alligator Jumbo Classic is in pristine condition. The highly coveted Jumbo Classic is elevated to new heights in this rare exotic version. Deep ind...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

RARE Chanel Metallic Green Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Metallic Green Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Flap in excellent condition. Metallic green quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware and signature woven chain ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Hidden Sequins Mesh Jumbo Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Hidden Sequins Mesh Jumbo Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black mesh nylon quilted in signature diamond pattern with silver paillette sequins under the top l...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double 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. Beautifully crafted from Caviar leather and covered in the diamond quilt, it bears the signature la...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Green Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Jumbo 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Jumbo 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vint...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Jumbo Caviar 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Jumbo Caviar 11" Large Chain Shoulder Bag Flap Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The ye...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on the le...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Crinkled Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Creasing on exterior, peeling and stickiness on flap and strap, cracking on strap. Heavy creasing, stickiness and peeling underneath flap, wear and marks in inter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double 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. Beautifully crafted from patent leather and covered in the diamond quilt, it bears the signature la...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crystal Embellished Tweed Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Exquisitely crafted from tweed fabric, this Jumbo Classic Single Flap bag bears crystal embellishments on the exterior, the signature label within the canvas interior, and the iconic...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather And Leather Jumbo Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap Bags are famous around the world and easily revered as classics in the realm of handbags. The Easy Flap bag is from that fabulous lot and it comes flaunting their signa...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Patent Leather Quilted Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Blue Patent Leather Quilted Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111808 MSRP: USD 8,500.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Cond...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black/Brown Leather and Suede Jumbo Surpique Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather and suede with a lovely striped pattern, it bears the signature...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolor Watercolor Colorama Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We're bringing Chanel's iconic Classic Flap bag to your closet in Watercolor Colorama! Beautifully crafted from leather and covered in colors and the diamond quilt, it bears the sign...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Purple Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Red Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111174 MSRP: USD 7,400.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Discoloration ma...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap bags are the most iconic handbags. The caviar leather construction features a well-known quilted pattern. It has a chain-leather woven strap along with a CC twist lock ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111175 MSRP: USD 7,400.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks an...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this double flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from patent leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature l...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Deep Marine Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Chanel Deep Marine Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag, 2010 - 2011. The iconic Chanel bag was originally issued by Coco Chanel in February 1955 which became the very first ...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

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Jumbo Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary jumbo flap for your needs in our varied inventory. If you’re looking for an option in Black and you’re unable to find the right fit, there are plenty of variations in Beige, Gray and more. If you’re looking for a jumbo flap from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. 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 Jumbo Flap?

Prices for a jumbo flap can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $640 and can go as high as $57,000, while, on average they fetch $3,972.

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.