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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This beautiful little vintage evening bag is in black jersey. The jewelry is in golden metal, its chain can be worn in single or double. The bag has two storage bellows with a zipped...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Jersey Bag
H 6.7 in. D 2.37 in. L 10.63 in.
Chanel Black Diana Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Diana Vintage Bag. Vintage lambskin leather. 24 kt gold plating on hardware and chain. Classic bag by Chanel. Invest in the classics. Includes authenticity card. Guarant...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Vintage Black Toiletry Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Very convenient. CHANEL toiletry bag in smooth black quilted leather. In very good condition, it is embroidered "CC" on each side. The jewelry is in aged gold metal. The interior is ...
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1980s Cosmetic Bags

  • CHANEL Vintage Black Toiletry Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Toiletry Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Toiletry Bag
  • CHANEL Vintage Black Toiletry Bag
H 5.12 in. D 3.55 in. L 9.06 in.
Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Vintage Shopper crafted in black leather with golden hardware. Equipped with double leather handle and chain, to wear it comfortably on the shoulder. Without closure, very lar...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 11.82 in. D 4.34 in. L 16.15 in.
Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black vintage 80s shoulder bag in quilted lambskin. Hardware is discolored throughout the bag, please refer to photos for actual condition. Shoulder drop 13.5. Collection 1988...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel 80s Black Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 9.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel signature mini bag, made of black satin with golden hardware. Equipped with a magnetic button closure, internally lined in black leather, roomy for the essentials. Equipped wi...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
  • Chanel Black Leather Mini Vintage Bag
H 4.34 in. W 6.7 in. D 1.97 in.
Chanel Black Leather Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Lambskin Vintage Double Flap Bag. 24 kt gold plated hardware. Coveted vintage Chanel with burgundy color leather interior. Great condition for vintage. Hard to find 9" w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Vintage Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Lambskin Camera Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the 1980's. A truly classic piece, it is a must have for any collection. Black structured case in ...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Vintage Speedy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Leather Vintage Speedy Bag is in excellent condition. A timeless piece from the early 1990’s, it has maintained its status as a true classic. Black lea...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Black Chevron Leather Vintage Day Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Chevron Leather Day Bag is in excellent vintage condition, circa 1989-1991. Timeless and sophisticated, this classic Chanel is the perfect way to elevate...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather CC Vintage Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Leather CC Vintage Crossbody Bag is in very good condition. It is a highly collectible vintage piece that has enjoyed a previous life. Small black leat...
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Late 20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1990's Chanel Vintage Black Leather Unisex Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel 90's unisex butter lambskin small black weekender bag. Handle drop 5.5". Shoulder drop 15.25". Comes with hologram, id card and original dust cover.
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Satin & Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Black Satin & Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag in good condition. Black quilted satin exterior trimmed with black leather and a woven chain and leather shoulder strap. Qu...
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1980s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Vintage Chanel Large Camera Bag Black Exotic Ostrich Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Chanel Large Camera bag in black exotic ostrich with gold hardware. Two slip pockets outside, main zip compartment lined in leather with one zip pocket i...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vintage Beaded Mini Box Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Beaded Mini Box Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1990's. A rare and stunning evening bag for any collection. Black mini box bag is b...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel 80s Black Vintage Leather Shoulder Chain Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent vintage black shoulder bag, partially quilted. Gold tone hardware. Collection 1986/1988. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel 90s Black Large Vintage Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel authentic 90s very large black shoulder bag with gold tone hardware. Collection 1996. Front outer pocket and two zipped interior compartments. Shoulder drop 13". Comes with ho...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

1990'S Vintage Chanel Black Patent Small Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel vintage small shoulder bag in classic black patent leather with gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop 15". Collection 1991/1994. Comes with hologram and original box.
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Leather Flap Bag with Tassel
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black leather flap bag with tassel. - Featuring a "CC" stitching logo in front. A knot on the top of the strap. - Made in Italy. - Height: 8 inches. Length...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain Embellished Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain-Embellished Clutch Flap Bag Black leather Chanel embellished flap bag with gold-tone hardware, dual gathered shoulder strap with knot accent, cha...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Medium Bowling Bag Measurements: 13.5" Width x 10" Height x 3.5" Depth This bag is done in black quilted lambskin leather with gold ha...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Caviar Perforated CC Black Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar Perforated CC Black Tote Bag Year: 1998 This is a distinctively structured tote that is beautifully crafted of stylish black caviar leather. The bag also features two t...
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1990s Tote Bags

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3956 Serial Number: 1498982 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial St...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1996 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Belt Bag Xupes Reference: HB3015 Serial Number: 3827043 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: Seri...
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1990s Belt Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Patent Leather Double Flap Envelope Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Double Envelope Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1980's- early 1990's. The elegant silhouette is a true classic and a g...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag Spacious carry-all version of the classic Chanel Reissue Flap Bag featured in the XL size, rendered in b...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag SKU: 112670 MSRP: USD 4,200.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Very Good Con...
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2010s Hobo Bags

1999 Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Vintage SO Black Classic Single Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Patent Leather Vintage SO Black Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CWAHF-HB002 Serial Number: 5141799 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel 1980s Two Tone Black and White Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Two Tone Black and White Vintage Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 32 Years} Lamsbkin leather Classic back pocket Gold hardware Interwoven classic chain Red lambskin interior lining CC ...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Full Flap Vintage Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Vintage 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...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lambskin Waist Belt Bag Fanny Pack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lambskin Waist Belt Bag Fanny Pack Black leather 2002 quilted belt bag featuring a fold-over top with snap closure a signature interlocking CC logo gold...
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Early 2000s Belt Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin East West Baguette Bag (circa 2009)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This shoulder bag is made with diamond quilted black lambskin leather. The extra-wide bag features sliver-tone hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocking CC turn lock clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Small Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111181 MSRP: USD 6,200.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light scratc...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Bucket Bag in Black Leather with Golden Hardware
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Bucket bag signed Chanel, made of black leather with golden hardware. Equipped with a lace closure, internally lined in burgundy leather, quite roomy. Equipped with a leather and cha...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black CC Perforated Caviar Leather Vintage Timeless Bucket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black CC Perforated Caviar Leather Vintage Timeless Bucket Bag Xupes Reference: HB3741 Serial Number: 318**** (Hard to read) Age (Circa): 1993 Accompanied By: Interior Pouc...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Fringe Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Fringe Camera Bag Xupes Reference: HB3909 Serial Number: 1732164 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Vertical Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3799 Serial Number: 2570385 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authentici...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage CHANEL Clutch Bag in Black Lambskin Leather and Pearl
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
70's! Vintage CHANEL clutch bag in black lambskin leather. The jewelry is in gild metal with a clasp closure set with a half pearl. On the side a tassel of 12 rows of pearls and rhin...
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1970s Clutches

1986 Chanel Black Patent Leather Vintage Round Fringe Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Patent Leather Vintage Round Fringe Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: HB3401 Serial Number: 0406230 Age (Circa): 1986 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Caviar Leather East West Baguette Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This shoulder bag is made in a luxuriously textured diamond quilted black caviar leather. This extra-wide bag features gold toned hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocki...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

RARE Chanel Vintage Black Silk Chain Cage Evening Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE Chanel Vintage Black Silk Chain Cage Evening Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black silk inner pouch style inside a woven gold chain and leather square cage. Embroidered CC ...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel '90s Vintage Black Patent Leather Quilted Zip Around Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Vintage Black Patent Zip Around Bag Made In: France Year of Production: 1994-1996 Color: Black Hardware: Goldtone Materials: Patent Leather Lining: Leather Closure/Opening: Z...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Classic Flap Bag Gold Hardware Medium
By Chanel, Chanel Boutique
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Featuring gold tone hardware, a front flap with the signature Mademoiselle interlocking CC turn lock closure, a gold toned chain strap interlaced with leather, a rear flat pocket, an...
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Early 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The accessory to invest in this season is this creation by Chanel. Fashioned using chevron-quilted suede, the brown shoulder bag has a compact size with a well-lined interior. A leat...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Brown Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 6.89 in. W 1.97 in. L 7.49 in.
Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Crossbody Waist Bag black/white adjustable shoulder strap logo patch to the front zip-fastening pocket Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
  • Chanel Vintage Tie Dye Messenger Bag
H 10.6 in. W 11.8 in. L 20.8 in.
Chanel Vintage Quilted Lambskin XL Weekend Travel Overnight Business Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Lambskin XL Weekend Travel Overnight Business Bag Black This ultra-chic vintage travel tote is crafted of luxury lambskin. The bag features leather shoulder s...
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1990s Tote Bags

Vintage Chanel Blue Leather Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel branded belt bag, made of blue quilted leather with golden hardware. Equipped with a zip closure, internally lined in blue leather, roomy for the essentials. Equipped with a...
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1990s Belt Bags

  • Vintage Chanel Blue Leather Belt Bag
  • Vintage Chanel Blue Leather Belt Bag
  • Vintage Chanel Blue Leather Belt Bag
  • Vintage Chanel Blue Leather Belt Bag
H 3.55 in. W 7.09 in. D 2.37 in.
Chanel Vintage Quilted Top Handle Black Cosmetic & Jewelry Hand Bag Vanity
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Quilted Top Handle Black Cosmetic & Jewelry Hand Bag Vanity This gorgeous hand bag was crafted from diamond quilted black leather. This vanity also features a round t...
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1990s Top Handle 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 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 So Black Vintage Rare Waist Bum Belt Bag Fanny Pack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel So Black Rare Vintage Waist Belt Bum Bag Fanny Pack Calfskin Year: 2003 {VINTAGE 18 Years} So Black hardware Black calfskin leather Nylon lining Top zippered pocket Interior ...
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Early 2000s Belt 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 30 Years} Gold hardware Classic Interwoven top handle Detachable classic interwoven chain strap Patent leather...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Vintage 90s Chanel Black Patent Leather Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for 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 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 Tortoise Resin Vintage Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Tortoise Resin Evening Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the early 2000’s. Very rare, this unique minaudiere is certain to be the centerpiece of any c...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Tortoise Resin Vintage Evening Bag
  • Chanel Tortoise Resin Vintage Evening Bag
  • Chanel Tortoise Resin Vintage Evening Bag
  • Chanel Tortoise Resin Vintage Evening Bag
H 3.5 in. W 5.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Chanel Vintage 1997 Name Plate Black Patent Leather Top Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 1997 Name Plate Black Patent Leather Top Handle Bag Year 1997 Chanel handbag crafted in black quilted patent leather, featuring interlocking 'CC' on front flap and ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Camellia Flap Bag Satin
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Indentations on rear and underneath flap, scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: Height 5", Width 6", Depth 2", Str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Caviar Black Leather Timeless Shopping Tote Bag (1990's) ICONIC
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Vintage Leather Triple Coco Shopping Bag Tote from the 1990’s is crafted in black leather. Featuring a triple interlocking CC logo embroidered on the front, a gold toned chain i...
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1990s Tote Bags

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Vintage Chanel Bag Black For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate vintage or contemporary vintage chanel bag black for your needs in our varied inventory. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Gray, Blue and more. Finding the perfect vintage chanel bag black may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. 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 Vintage Chanel Bag Black?

On average, a vintage chanel bag black on 1stDibs sells for $3,077, while they’re typically $390 on the low end and $129,920 for the highest priced versions of this item.

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.