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CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Cartier Black Leather Gold 2 in 1 Kelly Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Flap Bag
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Cartier Black Leather Gold 2 in 1 Kelly Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Flap Bag Leather Gold tone hardware Flip lock closure Woven lining Made in Italy Handle drop 4.25" Removable sho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Salvatore Ferragamo Black Leather Envelope 2 in 1 Clutch Flap Shoulder Bag
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in Chicago, IL
Salvatore Ferragamo Black Leather Envelope Gold Charm 2 in 1 Clutch Evening Flap Crossbody Shoulder Bag Leather Metal Gold tone hardware Twill lining Made in Italy Shoulder strap d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Vintage shoulder flap bag with a bulky chain strap for sale. Made from silver leather with silver hardware. A preloved bag for sale in used, very good condition. M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
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H 11.42 in. W 6.3 in. D 2.37 in.
WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Chanel Vintage shoulder flap bag with a leather and chain strap for sale. Made from black patent distressed calfskin leather with gold hardware. A preloved bag for sale i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
  • WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Shoulder Flap Bag
H 9.06 in. W 6.7 in. L 13.78 in.
Vintage 90s Chanel Black Patent Leather Shoulder Flap Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black patent leather shoulder flap bag. - Hardware: Black metal. - Measurements: Length: 28cm. Height: 17cm. Width: 8cm. Strap Drop: 51cm.
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Runway Brasserie Calfskin Gabrielle Shoulder Flap Bag and Clutch, 2015
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Green calfskin and quilted diamond stitch Chanel Menu clutch flap Year: 2015 Gold hardware Classic interlocking cc clasp Interior large pocket Two additional interior pockets Interw...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Clear Gold Leather Trim Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Clear Gold Leather Trim Evening Shoulder Flap Bag PVC Leather Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap dro 15" Measures 11" W x 7" H x 3" D Inclu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tweed Silver Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Gold and Silver tone hardware Woven lining Made in France Measures 10" W x 6.25" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the pre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Wicker Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Red Wicker Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Red wicker exterior trimmed with gold hardware and signature red leather and chain woven shoulder strap. Front top...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel 2019 Venise Biarritz Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
From the 2019 Collection. White and black striped woven Chanel Venise Biarritz bag with silver-tone hardware, white leather trim, chain-link and leather shoulder strap with shoulder ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Clear PVC Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Clear PVC Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Clear PVC trimmed with cream patent leather and gold hardware. Chain and leather shoulder strap can be worn short o...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Gold Leather Evening Micro Mini Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 19" Measures 2.75" W x 2.5" H x 1" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is t...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Fendi Tan Exotic Leather Turquoise Baguette Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather Silver tone hardware Canvas lining Snap closure Shoulder strap drop 7" Measures 10" W x 5" H x 1.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier lu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Yellow Exotic Leather Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Python Silver hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 10" W x 6" H x 3.5" D Includes dust bag and authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Quilted Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16.5" Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Cognac Brown Suede Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Suede Silver-tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 23.5" Measures 11.5" W x 7.5" H x 4" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXUR...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

PRADA red & yellow PRINTED canvas Flap Shoulder Bag
By Prada
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Prada shoulder bag in brown, red, yellow and black floral printed canvas featuring espresso brown trimmings and shoulder-strap. Has two decorative buckles on the back....
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Crystal Leather Small Mini Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Crystal Leather Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 22" Measures 5.5" W x 3.25" H x 1.75" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Crystal Leather Small Mini Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Crystal Leather Gold tone hardware Satin lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 22" Measures 5.5" W x 3.25" H x 1.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUN...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Matelasse Chain Flap Black Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This shoulder bag features a nylon body, silver-tone chain straps, zip around detail, front flap with interlocking CC twist lock closure, top zip closure, exterior slip pocket and in...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Tweed Gunmetal Small Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Tweed Gunmetal hardware Satin lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 17" Measures 7.5" W x 5.5" H x 2" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUX...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Gold Gunmetal Charms Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold and gunmetal hardware Turnlock closure Leather lining Made in France Date code present Measures 10" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card, dust bag and box 100%...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Metallic Leather Chevron Small Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Woven lining Snap closure Made in France Shoulder strap 13" Measures 8.5" W x 5.5" H x 2" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Valentino Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Bag Glamrock Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Valentino Vitello Small Glam Lock Rockstud Flap Bag Glamrock shoulder bag in excellent condition. Blue grey pebbled leather exterior trimmed with centered leather studs along top fla...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Gold Medium Double Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Leather lining Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 15.5" Measures 10" W x 6.75" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Vivienne Westwood Galaxy print cotton and leather shoulder flap bag, c. 1995
By Vivienne Westwood
Located in London, GB
Vivienne Westwood Galaxy print cotton and leather shoulder flap bag c. 1995
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Red Leather Logo Gold Evening Small Single Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Red Leather Logo Gold Evening Small Single Shoulder Flap Bag Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 19.5" Measures 8.2...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Hermes Limited Edition Lizard Leather Envelope Evening Clutch Shoulder Flap Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Hermes Limited Edition Lizard Exotic Leather Envelope Evening Clutch Shoulder Flap Bag Lizard Gunmetal hardware Leather lining Date code Square B Made in France Shoulder strap drop...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Black Sequin Chevron Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Sequin Leather trim Silver tone hardware Satin lining Turnlock closure Shoulder drop 22" Measures 11.5" W x 6.75" H x 3" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Denim Maxi Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Denim Maxi Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Quilted black denim exterior trimmed with gold hardware. Front CC logo twist closure opens via single flap t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 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 Vinta...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 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 Vinta...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Silver Cream Gunmetal Leather Pillow Small Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gunmetal hardware Satin lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 11" W x 6" H x 1.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Black Alligator Exotic Leather Silver Extra Large Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Alligator Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Shoulder strap drop 9.5" Measures 16" W x 9.5" H x 7" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUX...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gray Alligator Exotic Leather Silver Largee Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
The Exotic Chanel You Need to Complement Your Collection. Since announcing the discontinuation of exotic skin handbags, the demand for exotic Chanel has increased tenfold. And the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel NEW Blue Bubble Leather Gunmetal Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Antiqued silver-tone hardware Canvas lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 10" Measures 8.5" W x 4.5" H x 2" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guarantee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Ponyhair Leather CoCo Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Ponyhair Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Made in France Measures 9.75" W x 6" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXUR...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 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 Vinta...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Bronze Snakeskin Exotic Half Moon Small Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Snakeskin Silver-tone hardware Leather lining Flip-lock closure Includes dust bag Shoulder strap drop 16" Height: 8.5" Width: 14" Depth: 4.25" 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Pearl Gold Small Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Faux pearl Gold tone hardware Woven lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap drop 22" Measures 7" W x 4.5" H x 2.25" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guar...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

Chanel Black Patent Leather Mesh Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Patent leather Mesh Silver-tone hardware Canvas lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 15" Measures 10" W x 6" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Blue Python Snakeskin XL Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Blue Python Snakeskin XL Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Matte blue python snakeskin exterior trimmed with silver hardware and woven chain and leather should...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel NEW Antique Gold Leather Silver Gunmetal Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Antiqued silver-tone hardware Woven lining Turn lock closure Shoulder strap drop 16" Measures 11.5" W x 7.25" H x 2" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOU...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Yellow Snakeskin Exotic Silver Leather Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Snakeskin Silver-tone hardware Leather lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 15.75" Measures 10" W x 6" H x 3.75" D Includes dust bag and authenticity card 100% authenticity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Tweed Leather Red White Silver Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Velvet Silver tone hardware Leather lining Made in France Measures 9.75" W x 6.25" H x 2.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier lu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Cartier Burgundy Wine Leather Saddle Top Handle Satchel Shoulder Flap Bag
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Woven lining Made in Italy Adjustable strap drop 9-17.5" Measures 11" W x8.75" H x 2.75" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier lu...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Blue Jean Red White Silver Quilted Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Denim Silver tone hardware Leather lining Turnlock closure Made in Italy Measures 10" W x 5" H x 2.25" D Includes authenticity card and dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOU...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Ultimate Stitch Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Leather Ultimate Stitch Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black calfskin leather exterior trimmed with thick black top stitching and silver hardware. Dou...
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2010s 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

Chanel Beige Leather Chain Stitch Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Beige Leather Gunmetal Chain Quilted Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Soft beige quilted lambskin leather exterior trimmed with gunmetal hardware and delicate...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Black quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 2 separate compartments each w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Hermes Black Leather Gold Small Mini Evening Crossbody Shoulder Flap Bag
By Hermès
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap 18" Measures 6" W x 6" H x 1" D Includes dust bag and box 100% authenticity guaranteed NE...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Mademoiselle Ligne Striped Top Flap Classic Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Mademoiselle Ligne Striped Top Flap Classic Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black lambskin leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware and woven chain and leather doub...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL burgundy quilted wool JERSEY CLASSIC FLAP Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel Vinatge shoulder bag in raisin wool jersey featuring light gold-tone chain strap and CC turn-lock. Lined in burgundy calfskin with on ezipper pocket against the back and one o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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Shoulder Flap Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary shoulder flap bag for your needs in our varied inventory. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Beige and protectString (more). Making the right choice when shopping for a shoulder flap bag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There have been many well-made iterations of this accessory over the years, but those made by Chanel, Christian Dior and Fendi are often thought to be among the most stylish. 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 Shoulder Flap Bag?

Prices for a shoulder flap bag can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $130 and can go as high as $36,420, while, on average they fetch $3,981.

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.