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Chanel Caramel Flat Quilted Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel caramel flat quilted shoulder bag with turncock clasp. Collection 2009. Shoulder drop 9". Hologram, booklet and generic dust cover. Very good Condition, Minor mark at lining.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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H 11.5 in. W 2 in. L 17.5 in.
Bonwit Teller "Chanel" style black quilted shoulder bag
By Bonwit Teller & Co., BONWIT TELLER
Located in New York, NY
Bonwit Teller Black butter-soft quilted lambskin leather "Chanel" style shoulder bag is detailed with gold hardware shoulder straps entwined with butter-soft black lambskin leather. ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Beige Lambskin Quilted Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag is sure to draw anyone’s attention because of its vintage look. This tote is crafted from leather. The golden chain woven into beige leather strap adds to its charm. Golden ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Burgundy Caviar Leather Square Quilted Shoulder Bag Tote
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL Chanel quilted burgundy caviar leather shoulder bag tote in excellent condition. Square quilted burgundy caviar leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware and 2 large e...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Marc Jacobs Black Calfskin Quilted with Gold Hardware Shoulder Bag
By Marc Jacobs
Located in New York, NY
Marc Jacobs black calfskin quilted shoulder bag is accented with gilded gold hardware. The shoulder bag has a attached leather "name tag" on the exterior which measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

HERMES black leather Band Collar Quilted Shoulder BIKER Jacket 38 S
By Hermès
Located in Zürich, CH
Hermès band-collar biker jacket in midnight blue lambskin with knit waistband on the back in midnight blue viscose (75%) and nylon (25%). Features a quilted storm flap on the left sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jackets

DOLCE & GABBANA black quilted leather MISS KATE Flap Shoulder Bag
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Dolce & Gabbana Miss Kate quilted shoulder flap bag in espresso brown soft lambskin. Opens with two magnetic buttons under the flap to a beige and brown leopard print ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel shoulder bag black quilted lambskin, 2 handle chains, 1995s
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Stuttgart, DE
Vintage quilted shoulder bag with two handles. The pocket opening consists of a 25 cm long zip with a Chanel pendant. Inside one side pocket with zipper and one without. It is a very...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black quilted Miniature Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel miniature black lambskin quilted leather shoulder bag measures 5 1/2" in height, 7 1/4" in length, 2 1/2 in width. Leather straps measures 20 1/2" in height. The exterior ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

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H 5.50 in. W 2.50 in. L 7.25 in.
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Crossbody Quilted Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Vanity Shoulder Bag 1991 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Double Chain Shoulder Bag circa 2006 black patent leather leather and chain-link shoulder strap quilted finish foldover top signature interlocking CC turn-loc...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lax Shoulder Bag Vertical Quilted Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and light scuffs on exterior and shoulder pad, wear and darkening on base and opening corners, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Box, Dust Bag Measur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga BB Souvenir Chain Round Shoulder Bag Quilted
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Minor indentations on rear, creasing underneath flap, small tear on flap opening corner. Scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurement...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Lax Shoulder Bag Vertical Quilted Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and heavy scuffs on exterior and shoulder pads, moderate wear on opening corners and shoulder pad bases, nick on rear shoulder pad. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Lanvin Black Quilted Gold Link Chain Shoulder Bag
By Lanvin Paris
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Black, Leather, Shoulder Bag w/ Gold Hardware - 14” length, 6.5” depth, 9” height
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Valentino Rockstud Spike Flap Shoulder Bag Quilted Leather Small
By Valentino
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and small indentations on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, loose stitching on side near base, minor cracking on rear pocket...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Fendi DotCom Click Shoulder Bag Quilted Printed Leather Small
By Fendi
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, scuffs and small indentations on base, minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, Pochette Measurements: Handle Dro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Slit Pocket Shoulder Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on base corners, opening corners and handles, creasing, scuffs and small indentations on exterior. Wear and small marks in interior, small glue stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Saint Laurent Vicky Small Quilted Patent Leather Shoulder Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in London, GB
This 'Vicky' bag by Saint Laurent is made in Italy from shiny red patent-leather, this quilted accessory is decorated with the iconic 'YSL' plaque in gold to match the sliding chain ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Square CC Charm Shoulder Bag Quilted Nylon Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Marks and wear on exterior, moderate wear and discoloration on base corners, scuffs and creasing on base. Light wear in interior, scratches and tar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Chain Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Chain Shoulder Bag Shopping Tote Black Quilted. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The y...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Slit Pocket Shoulder Bag Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs, marks, loss of luster and creasing on exterior and handles. Scuffs, indentations and wear in interior, scratches and tarnish...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL ivory quilted leather MINI SQUARE FLAP Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel Vintage Square Mini Flap bag in off-white quilted lambskin featuring silver-tone hardware. Opens with a CC turn-lock and is lined in off-white leather and grosg...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Balenciaga BB Chain Round Shoulder Bag Quilted Velvet Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor balding on base and flap corners, wear on exterior. Creasing and small indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Caviar Bowling Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar Bowling Silver Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary. The ...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vertical Stripe Quilted Reissue Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Vertical Stripe Quilted Classic Flap Reissue in excellent condition. Beautiful metallic champagne gold leather exterior in unique vertical stripe quilted pattern with matte go...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

SAINT LAURENT beige quilted leather BABYLONE MEDIUM Shoulder Bag
By Saint Laurent
Located in Zürich, CH
Saint Laurent "Sac Babylone" shoulder bag in light beige diagonally quilted calfskin leather. Features a bold geometric link bijoux gold chain shoulder strap. Magnet snap button unde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Diana Flap Navy Chain Shoulder Bag Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Diana Flap Navy Chain Shoulder Bag Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Navy. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHRISTIAN DIOR Miss Dior Pink Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag
By Christian Dior
Located in Geneva, CH
Lovely and timeless Christian Dior bag in perfect condition. Cannage stitching signature on the leather. It comes with a gorgeous silver-tone metal chain shoulder strap or cross-body...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Microfiber Acqua Blue Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Soft Chanel microfiber acqua flap Year: 2012 Silver hardware Interwoven chain Interlocking CC clasp Interior zipper closure Interior center zippered pocket Strap drop: Single 19" Do...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in Red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Very original and bright Chanel Classic handbag in red quilted lambskin , gold metal hardware, a flat snake chain handle in gold metal allowing a hand or shoulder support Closure wi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Navy Flap Quilted Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Navy Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Navy. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is V...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Balenciaga BB Chain Round Shoulder Bag Quilted Embroidered Leather Small
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Light wear on exterior edges, creasing and small indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Height 5.5", Width 8.5", D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Kate Shoulder Bag Quilted Vitello Soft Medium
By Dolce & Gabbana
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing and minor wear on exterior, scuffs underneath flap. Fraying on exterior edges, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 1...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in Red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Chanel Classique shoulder bag with red quilted leather flap, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle intertwined with red leather for shoulder support . CC ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Double Faces W Sided Chain Shoulder Bag Black Flap Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Double Faces W Sided Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Flap. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Double Faces W Sided Chain Shoulder Bag Black Flap Quilted
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Double Faces W Sided Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Flap. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

CHANEL Black Lambskin Quilted Leather Kisslock Closure Evening Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition From 1997 Collection Lambskin Leather Gold Tone Hardware Leather Lining Measures 10" W x 8" H x 3.5" D Shoulder Strap Drop 19.5" 100% Authenticity Guarant...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap shoulder bag in grey quilted leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Lovely Chanel Classique flap bag in grey quilted leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain for a hand or shoulder. Closure by flap. Lining in black printed canvas, 2 interna...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Small Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted Flap made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Flap Quilted Lamb
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Vintage Classic Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Flap Lamb. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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15th Century and Earlier Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Black Suede Diamond Quilted Jumbo Business Affinity Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel classic is made with black suede with leather finishes. Featuring a sturdy black leather top handle, black leather trim, a signature interlocking CC clasp closure, a gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Jumbo Classic Flap 2.55 Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Chanel 'Jumbo' Timeless Classic Flap 2.55 Bag in black quilted leather. Period/Era: 1994-1996. It features double 'CC' turn lock closure and interwoven chain/leather straps; ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap shoulder bag in Black quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Chanel Classique Flap bag shoulder bag in black quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle intertwined with black leather for shoulde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Single Flap shoulder bag in Red quilted lambskin, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid Chanel Classique shoulder bag with red quilted leather flap, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle intertwined with red leather for shoulder support . CC ...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 30 Years} Gold hardware CC Turnlock Closure Texturized stud hardware Classic flap back pocket Quilted Leathe...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic double flap shoulder bag in brown quilted suede, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Beautiful Chanel Medium Classic double flap bag shoulder bag in brown suede, chain handle Mademoiselle in gold metal allowing a hand or shoulder support CC closure by flap with gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic shoulder bag in Navy blue quilted lambskin leather, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid and Rare Chanel Classic 25cm in navy blue quilted lambskin leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain interwoven with navy blue leather Flap closure, silver CC symbo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Maxi Flap shoulder bag in blue quilted lambskin, SHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
Rare Chanel Classic Maxi Flap bag in blue quilted lambskin leather, silver metal hardware, silver metal chain Flap closure, silver CC logo clasp 2-compartment canvas lining, 1 zipped...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Braid Quilted Small Black Distressed Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Lady Braid Quilted Distressed Quilted Lambskin Small Classic Flap Bag 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Silver hardware Soft diamond quilted distressed lambskin leather Top handle is ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cambon Quilted Lambskin Camellia No. 5 Flap Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
CC Chanel Camelia 5 Black on Black Lambskin Flap 2005 {VINTAGE 17 Years} Silver hardware Magnetic tab flap closure Patent leather piping and CC logo detail Black camelia flower Inte...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Quilted Shoulder For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary quilted shoulder you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a quilted shoulder may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 18th 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 Quilted Shoulder?

The price for a quilted shoulder starts at $106 and tops out at $19,920, and on average, selling for $3,021.

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.