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Chanel 2014 Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Coral Velvet Small Medium So Black CC Classic Flap Year: 2014 So Black Hardware CC Turnlock Closure Classic Interwoven chain Coral interwoven velvet Classic back pocket In...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Cruise 2009 CC Heart Printed Jersey Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel Cruise 2009 CC Heart Printed Jersey Medium Flap Bag Fresh off the Chanel Cruise 2009 Runway, this iteration of the classic flap bag is funky and whimsical. Finished in a quil...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel New Rare Vintage Transparent Clear Naked Gold Classic Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Classic Medium Flap Bag 2001 {Vintage 20 Years} Metallic gold lambskin piping Interwoven gold lambskin chain Shoulder strap can be worn single, crossbody (25.5"...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL brown nubuck suede NATURAL BEAUTY MEDIUM FLAP Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel Natural Beauty Medium Flap Bag in light brown quilted nubuck leather featuring silver-tone hardware and an open pocket at the back. Opens with a classic CC turn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHRISTIAN DIOR black leather DIORAMA CLASP MEDIUM FLAP Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Christian Dior Diorama Clasp Medium Flap Bag Cruise 16 in black embroidered calfskin with baby pink, white and beige CD logo stitching featuring silver-tone metal chai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Multicolored Tweed Reissue Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Multicolored Tweed Reissue Flap Bag is in excellent plus condition. The Reissue in tweed is lovely and sophisticated in a spectacular fusion of color. Black,...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Shimmer Leather Surpique Chevron Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel Surpique Chevron flap bag is gorgeous. Crafted from shimmer leather, the exterior features an iconic pattern that is accentuated with gold-tone hardware. The interior is ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Small Gold Reissue Classic Small Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Whipstitch Flap Bag Metallic gold reissue quilted leather medium-small Chanel bag with gunmetal hardware, contrast fabric whipstitch trim throughout, dual leather and chain-...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Dior Black Cannage Leather Miss Dior Medium Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from leather, this Dior flap bag features a black Cannage exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a Dior lock...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Dior Coral Red Cannage Leather Miss Dior Medium Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from leather, this Dior flap bag features a red Cannage exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a Dior lock t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Black Lambskin Quilted Leather Gold Hardware Medium Flap Backpack Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1996 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 33" Includes Dust Bag 100% A...
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Late 20th Century Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Black Gold Tweed Lame Medium Flap Bag (Circa 2000)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This bag fealties a black and gold tweed exterior, chain shoulder strap, CC turn lock closure, gold tone hardware, a back slip pocket, beige woven lining and an interior slip and zip...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Beige Tan Nude Cotton Quilted Silver Evening Shoulder Medium Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 2001 Collection Cotton Silver Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 15.75" Includes Authenticity Card...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Medium Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
The Chanel Black Quilted Leather and Python Urban Mix Flap Shoulder Bag features a lovely shape, with dark calfskin leather and gorgeous python skin front flat pocket. Leather/chain ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rose Pink Lambskin Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Rose Pink Lambskin Medium Flap Bag is in pristine condition. Strikingly pretty, this feminine shade of pink elevates the classic flap. Vibrant rose pink lamb...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Bobby Flap Bag Leather Medium
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing and heavy scuffs on exterior and strap, small indentations on strap. Wear and glitter underneath flap and in interior, scratches and disco...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Bobby Flap Bag Leather Medium
  • Bobby Flap Bag Leather Medium
  • Bobby Flap Bag Leather Medium
  • Bobby Flap Bag Leather Medium
H 7 in. W 8.5 in. D 2.5 in.
Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Lugano, Ticino
Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag, 2018. -100% authentic Chanel -tweed and canvas, leather trim - woven chain shoulder strap - front flap with CC twist closure - interior zip - inte...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag
  • Chanel White Medium Tweed Flap Bag
H 7.09 in. W 3.15 in. L 11.82 in.
Balenciaga Padlock Flap Tote Leather Medium
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor wear on base corners and handles, creasing on exterior, cracking and indentations on handle wax edges. Light scuffs and small marks on i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy wear and darkening on base, sides, strap, interior opening trim and underneath flap. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
  • Chanel Flap Bag Ombre Sequins Medium
H 6 in. W 9.5 in. D 2.5 in.
Bvlgari Convertible Envelope Flap Briefcase Leather Medium
By Bvlgari
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Scuffs and loss of shape on exterior, creasing underneath flap, cracking on flap opening corner wax edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measure...
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21st Century and Contemporary Briefcases and Attachés

Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of Savineti we offer this Chanel Single Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Single Flap - Year: 1970-1980 - Condition: Good - Materials: Calfskin Leather - Extras...
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
  • Chanel Single Flap Bag Vintage Medium Classic
H 7.09 in. W 2.37 in. L 9.85 in.
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

Prada Concept Flap Shoulder Bag Leather Medium
By Prada
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, minor splitting on opening corner wax edges, glue stain on zipper pull scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 7", W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Prada Concept Flap Shoulder Bag Leather Medium
By Prada
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light creasing and scuffs on exterior and strap minor darkening on strap end. Slight bubbling underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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 Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Repainted exterior and straps. Heavy wear, creasing, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Indentations on rear near...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Python Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Lifting of scales on exterior and strap, creasing and indentations on base, minor wear on base and flap corners. Scuffs and glitter underneath flap, scratches o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Boy Flap Bag Python Old Medium
  • Chanel Boy Flap Bag Python Old Medium
  • Chanel Boy Flap Bag Python Old Medium
  • Chanel Boy Flap Bag Python Old Medium
H 6 in. W 10 in. D 2.5 in.
Chanel Tweed Petals Camellia Flap Bag Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Fraying on front embellishment edges, minor wear and marks on exterior. Moderate scuffs and creasing underneath flap and on interior opening trims, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Christian Dior J'Adior Flap Bag Leather Medium
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing, wear and discoloration on exterior, wear underneath flap. Heavy marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Mademoiselle Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap. Wear on strap, scuffs and indentations in interior, scratches and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Valentino Rockstud Spike Flap Bag Quilted Velvet Medium
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor balding on base corners, indentations and creasing underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Extra Strap, With Strap Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Gucci GG Marmont Flap Bag Matelasse Velvet Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy balding and discoloration on exterior edges, creasing, wear and marks on exterior and strap, cracking on strap wax edges. Creasing, heavy scu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Christian Dior J'Adior Flap Bag Leather Medium
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing, scuffs, indentations and light glitter on exterior, minor cracking on flap opening corner wax edges. Small marks in interior pocket, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Bottega Veneta Compartment Flap Clutch Intrecciato Nappa Medium
By Bottega Veneta
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate creasing on exterior and underneath flap, indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 7", Width 9",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Saint Laurent Black Leather Medium Chyc Flap Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This black Chyc Flap bag from Saint Laurent is ideal for everyday use. Crafted from leather, the bag is detailed with a gold-tone hardware Y motif snap closure and an adjustable shou...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Saint Laurent Black Leather Medium Chyc Flap Bag
  • Saint Laurent Black Leather Medium Chyc Flap Bag
  • Saint Laurent Black Leather Medium Chyc Flap Bag
  • Saint Laurent Black Leather Medium Chyc Flap Bag
H 7.09 in. W 2.37 in. L 9.45 in.
Dior Black Leather Medium Diorama Flap Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Diorama bag is simply breathtaking! From its structured shape to its artistic craftsmanship, the bag sweeps us off our feet. It has been crafted from black leather and covered i...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Flat Flap Shoulder Bag Leather Medium
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Scuffs and indentations on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, marks underneath flap. Heavy splitting on clochette wax edges, scratches on hardware. Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chloe Grey Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chloe
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This stylish Sally shoulder bag from Chole is crafted from grey-hued leather. The bag features a chain-link strap with leather shoulder rest and a stunning flip-lock in gold-tone. Th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chloe Grey Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chloe Grey Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chloe Grey Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chloe Grey Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
H 7.88 in. W 5.52 in. L 10.63 in.
Dior Burgundy Leather Medium Diorama Flap Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Diorama bag is simply breathtaking! From its structured shape to its artistic craftsmanship, the bag sweeps us off our feet. It has been crafted from burgundy leather and covere...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Dior Beige Leather Medium Diorama Flap Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Diorama bag is simply breathtaking! From its structured shape to its artistic craftsmanship, the bag sweeps us off our feet. It has been crafted from beige leather and covered i...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Vela Flap Crossbody Bag Leather Medium
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Odor in interior. Creasing, minor wear and scuffs on exterior, strap and in interior, indentation on base. Cracking on flap opening corner wax edges, scratches on h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Patent New Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Small stains and scuffs on exterior and on front underneath flap, repainted exterior and flap edges, wear on exterior corners and strap. Heavy scuffs on base, sides ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Dior Blue Leather Medium Be Dior Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Be Dior bag from the house of Dior is sure to add sparks of luxury to your wardrobe! It is crafted from leather and features a chic silhouette. It flaunts a single rolled top ha...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Dior Blue Leather Medium Be Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Blue Leather Medium Be Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Blue Leather Medium Be Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Blue Leather Medium Be Dior Flap Bag
H 9.06 in. W 5.12 in. L 12.01 in.
Gucci Vintage Flap Waist Bag GG Canvas Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Moderate wear and scuffs on leather trims, bubbling on strap base trims. Wear on strap and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Prada Double Buckle Flap Camera Bag Tessuto Medium
By Prada
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, scuffs, creasing and indentations on leather trims, heavy splitting on flap trim wax edges. Wear in interior, scratches on...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chloé Beige Leather Medium Sally Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chloe
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This stylish Sally shoulder bag from Chloé is crafted from beige-hued leather. The bag features a chain-link strap with a leather shoulder rest and a stunning flip-lock in gold-tone....
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Valentino Multicolor Leather Medium Rockstud Flap Shoulder Bag
By Valentino
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
If you are looking for a bag with a blend of modern style and class, this Valentino creation is the answer. Crafted from leather, this multicolored piece comes with a gold-tone chain...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Gucci GG Marmont Flap Bag Matelasse Velvet Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate wear and balding on exterior and flap corners, creasing and wear on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Pleated Chain Flap Bag Quilted Calfskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Measurements: Handle Dr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Airbrushed exterior and underneath flap. Wear on base and flap corners, glue stains on shoulder pad base and flap opening corner, scratches on hardware. Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Chevron Nubuck Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, discoloration and marks on exterior, strap and underneath flap, light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Aut...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Shopping Tote Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior and strap. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap, wear in interior, scratches and heavy d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Metallic Bubble Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior corners and in interior, creasing and moderate scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Small indentations on front underneath flap, scrat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Christian Dior Dio(r)evolution Flap Bag Leather Medium
By Christian Dior
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Great. Marks and wear underneath flap and in interior, slight creasing on strap, scratches on hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Braided Sheepskin New Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base and flap corners, creasing, scuffs and oil slick discoloration underneath flap. Minor wear in interior, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Ac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Fendi Vintage FF Flap Shoulder Bag Nylon Medium
By Fendi
Located in New York, NY
These are professional pictures of the actual item offered by Rebag. Condition: Very good. Minor wear, marks and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, scuffs, creasing and sligh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Repainted exterior. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, splitting and peeling on interior serial tag. Discoloration, wear and mark...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from tweed, this Dior flap bag features a grand exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a Dior lock that open...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Beige Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2.56 in. L 10.24 in.
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

Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Flap bags like this Miss Dior will never go out of style. Crafted from tweed, this Dior bag features a black Cannage exterior and a chain strap. The front flap has a gold-tone lock t...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
  • Dior Black Tweed Medium Miss Dior Flap Bag
H 6.5 in. W 2.56 in. L 10.24 in.
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Medium Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary medium flap you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. 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 medium 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 18th Century while another version may have been 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, Christian Dior and Gucci are consistently popular. 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 Medium Flap?

The price for a medium flap starts at $220 and tops out at $69,900, and on average, selling for $3,110.

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.