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Vintage Chanel Lambskin Jumbo Classic Flap Bag XL Black
By Chanel
Located in Hiroshima City, JP
Vintage Chanel jumbo classic flap bag in excellent vintage condition. Biggest classic in 2.55 Family. This vintage Chanel jumbo classic adds effortless cool to any outfit. Thanks to ...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Flap Backpack Leather Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing, wear, discoloration, scuffs and indentations on exterior, straps and underneath flap. Minor wear and small marks in interi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

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 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 Vintage CC Flap Chain Backpack Lambskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs and creasing on exterior and underneath flap. Minor wear in interior, scratches, tarnish and discoloration on hardware. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

CHANEL, Classic Flap Vintage in black leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Classique Vintage - Condition: Good condition. Sign of wear on Leather, Bag dyed - Accessories: None - Measurements: Width: 25cm , Height: 16cm , Depth: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL, Classic Flap Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Classic Flap Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Classic Flap Vintage in black leather
  • CHANEL, Classic Flap Vintage in black leather
H 6.3 in. W 9.85 in. D 2.76 in.
Chanel Vintage Number 5 Denim Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel No. 5 bag is constructed in in navy blue canvas and square quilted silver leather. Featuring a silver toned chain interlaced with red leather, a canvas exterior with 'CC'...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Vintage Medium Double Flap Classic Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Vintage Double Classic Bag. Medium size. Lambskin leather. 24 kt gold plated vintage chain and CC closure. The most classsic Chanel bag. Burgundy leather interior. Guara...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Unused Vintage 90s Chanel Black Caviar Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black caviar leather flap handbag. - Made in France. - Length: 9in I Height: 7.5 I Width: 3 I Strap Height: 8in - Serial No: 5438537. - Include: Authenti...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Tweed Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate wear on flap edges, opening trim and strap, creasing, scuffs and indentations underneath interior flap, minor creasing underneath flap. Minor wear and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this Chanel Maxi Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Maxi Flap Camera Case - Year: 1990s - Code: Half hologram (not entirely readable anymore)...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
  • Chanel Maxi Flap Bag Camera Case Vintage
H 9.85 in. W 4.73 in. L 13.78 in.
Chanel Sand Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel creation is simply excellent. Make an impressive appearance with this stylish bag paired along with an equally trendy outfit. It is unique while carrying the brand's sign...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bag with Top Handle Classic Flap Vintage Logo Nameplate Tweed Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel confetti tweed flap with large CC logo and name plate chain 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Silver hardware Interior center zipper pocket Additional center pocket Interior white lamb...
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1990s Clutches

Collector CHANEL Vintage Timeless Coco Flap Bag in Beige Canvas
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Collector CHANEL Vintage Timeless Coco Flap Bag in Beige Canvas. Collection 2005-2006. This handbag is ideal to wear in spring or summer. It is lined with beige monogram fabric with ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Vintage and Letter Nameplate Black & White Canvas Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel canvas black and white flap with name plate chain 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Silver hardware Interior center zipper pocket Additional center pocket Magnetic closure Mad...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Bag Top Handle Vintage Rare Triple CC Turnlock Convertible Flap Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Year: 1994 {VINTAGE 28 Years} Gold hardware Quilted lambskin leather Three CC turn lock adornments Microfiber beige inside Main interior zippered pocket Main interior slip pocket ...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Jumbo Flap Quilted Wool Leather Backpack Large VIntage CC Gold Logo
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted Chanel jumbo wool leather backpack with large CC hardware 1995 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Gold hardware Patent leather strap with interwoven chain detail Interlocking CC closure Int...
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1990s Backpacks

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 Vintage Rare Black Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Rare Black Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag Structured Leather Top Handle CC Turnlock Closure Interior Zip And Slip Pockets Caviar Leather Leather Lining Gold...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from leather in their quilt design, it bears the signature label on the leat...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Rare Beige Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Rare Beige Caviar Top Handle Classic Kelly Flap Bag Leather Top Handle CC Turnlock Closure Interior Zip And Slip Pockets Caviar Leather Leather Lining Gold Hardware ...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage Lambskin Crossbody Classic Flap Bag 1989 {VINTAGE 33 Years} Gold hardware Black lambskin diamond stitch Red lambskin interior lining Classic interwoven long cha...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Micro Mini Shoulder Flap Bag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Roosendaal, NL
From the collection of SAVINETI we offer this super rare Chanel Micro Flap Bag: - Brand: Chanel - Model: Micro Flap Bag - Year: From 1990 Collection - Code: Half Hologram (1xxxx) - ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel RARE COLLECTORS Black Vintage Quilted Satin Micro Flap Bag Necklace
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Vintage Quilted Satin Micro Flap Bag Necklace Made In: France Year of Production: 1990s Color: Black Hardware: Goldtone Materials: Satin Lining: Leather Closure/Opening...
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1990s Novelty Bags

Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Silver Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Silver Vintage Flap Bag clear silver-tone hardware fold-over top with CC turn-lock fastening two leather and chain link shoulder straps back slip po...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Transparent Naked Classic Gold Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel naked transparent classic flap with gold lambskin piping and signature CC turn lock. Features gold hardware and a classic bag pocket. In very good condition with slight scr...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Logo Flap Messenger Bag Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and heavy scuffs on exterior, strap and underneath flap, indentations on and underneath flap. Discoloration in interior, glue stains...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Top Handle Rare Vintage Black Canvas Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Woven Silk Rope Vintage Mini Classic Kelly Year: 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold Hardware (24k Plated) CC Turn Lock Closure Black Silk Woven Rope Black Leather Interior...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

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

Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag Year: 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bi...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Flap Shoulder Bag Sequin Embellished Satin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Indentations on rear, moderate, wear, marks and scuffs underneath flap, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card Measurements: He...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage Woven Organic Nude Beige Raffia Cloth Blend Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Woven Raffia Organic Classic Flap Bag Year: 1997 {VINTAGE 24 Years} Gold hardware Iconic CC turnlock closure Interwoven long shoulder strap Beige interior lining...
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1990s Tote Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Quilted Classic Double Flap Bag Small (Circa 1997)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel bag is made with lambskin leather in black with signature diamond stitching. The bag features gold tone hardware, a front flap with the interlocking CC turn lock closure,...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Flap Waist Bag Nylon Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior and strap, fraying on exterior trims. Small glue stains on side exterior trims, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements...
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21st Century and Contemporary Belt Bags

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap Black Lamb Leather Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Classic 2.55 Flap Vintage Clear Naked Flap Chanel Transparent Classic Medium Flap Bag with black lambskin piping. Features Chanel interwoven black lambskin chain ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Rare Vintage 90s Red Caviar Executive Briefcase Laptop Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel caviar red vintage briefcase with gold CC clasp 1994 {VINTAGE 28 Years} Gold hardware Interior centered zippered pocket 11" H x 14.75" W x 2.5" D Handle Drop 2" Made in France
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1990s Briefcases and Attachés

Chanel Rare Vintage Caviar CC Flap Executive Briefcase Portfolio Laptop Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel unisex vintage large caviar briefcase with gold CC clasp 1997 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Gold hardware Two main interior compartments Interior centered zippered pocket 4 Bottom Prote...
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1990s Briefcases and Attachés

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 Tan Wicker Gold Picnic Lunch Bucket Shoulder Flap Small Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Vintage Tan Wicker Rattan Gold Picnic Lunch Bucket Shoulder Flap Small Bag Wicker Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in Italy Shoulder strap drop 19" Me...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Tan Wicker Denim Picnic Lunch Bucket Shoulder Flap Small Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Vintage Tan Wicker Denim Picnic Lunch Bucket Shoulder Flap Small Bag Wicker Denim Gold tone hardware Leather lining Date code present Made in Italy Shoulder strap drop 19" M...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Odor in interior. Wear, scuffs, marks, creasing and heavy cracking on exterior and strap, moderate wear, scuffs, creasing and discoloration underneath flap and in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Crescent Flap Bag Horizontal Quilted Velvet Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Moderate balding and marks on exterior and strap, wear underneath flap and in interior, scratches and minor discoloration on hardware. Accessories: No Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Rare Vintage Small Denim Quilted Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Small Denim Quilted Classic Flap Bag 1998 {VINTAGE 23 Years} Gold-tone hardware Turn-lock in front Classic back pocket Lined in black lambskin leather Interior ...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black White Tweed Vintage Interwoven Classic Flap Bag Year: 2004-2005 Black and creme tweed Chanel Small Flap bag with ruthenium hardware, convertible shoulder strap with ch...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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

Chanel Vintage Diamond CC Flap Bag Quilted Suede Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Damaged. Tear on interior pocket side opening. Odor in interior. Wear, scuffs and discoloration on exterior, indentation on rear. Loose thread on strap, ink stains on inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder 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 Beige Lizard Medium Classic Double Flap Vintage Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Beige Lizard Medium Classic Flap is in excellent vintage condition. It has enjoyed a previous life and may have some small imperfections. Lizard is a highly co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Pink Tweed Square Mini Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Chanel Mini Flap Bag is constructed in soft-pink timeless tweed. It’s outfitted with silver tone hardware, a front flap with the signature interlocking CC turn lock clos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Chevron Quilted Black Leather Mini Flap Bag with GHW (circa 1989)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel Vintage Chevron Quilted Black Leather Mini Flap Bag (circa 1989) This vintage Mini Flap bag by Chanel is made with black chevron quilted leather. Featuring gold toned hardwar...
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel In The Classic Flap Vintage Large Business Shoulder Briefcase Black Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel So Black Vintage Caviar Large Business Travel Bag Year: 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold hardware CC turn lock logo at front Crossbody Strap Leather black interior Two main inte...
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1990s Briefcases and Attachés

Chanel Red Lambskin Stripe Diana Medium Vintage Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel red Lady Diana Medium Classic Bag 1993 {VINTAGE 29 Years} Vintage red lambskin leather with gold hardware and classic cc interlocking clasp closure Beige lambskin interior li...
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1990s Structured Shoulder 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 33 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 Vintage Grey Shearling Suede Extra Large Maxi Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Grey Shearling Suede Extra Large Maxi Flap Bag The bag features a leather threaded silver chain link shoulder strap and a silver Chanel CC logo on the front flap. Y...
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Early 2000s 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 Rare 90's Vintage Quilted Light Blue Lambskin Top Handle Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Baby blue Chanel lambskin quilted flap with top handle and classic back pocket 1996 {VINTAGE 26 Years} Silver hardware Classic turn lock CC closure Interior center zippered pocket A...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Pink Quilted Flower Paisley Print Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Pink Quilted Flower Print Classic Flap Shoulder Bag circa 2008 pink canvas floral print diamond quilting signature interlocking CC logo silver-tone hardware fabric an...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage 80's Micro Mini Metallic Gold Quilted Lambskin Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 80's Micro Mini Metallic Gold Quilted Lambskin Flap Bag Chain-link And Leather Strap CC Turnlock Closure Lambskin Leather Leather Lining Gold Hardware Made in France
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1980s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

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Vintage Chanel Flap Purse For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary vintage chanel flap purse you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. Making the right choice when shopping for a vintage chanel flap purse 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 Vintage Chanel Flap Purse?

The price for a vintage chanel flap purse starts at $445 and tops out at $27,000, and on average, selling for $3,148.

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.