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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

Chanel Vintage Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear, discoloration and scuffs on exterior, strap and in interior, indentations on rear pocket and flap, heavy scuffs underneath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Loose closure hardware. Creasing, heavy scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap, small indentation on flap. Moderate discoloration and wear on flap corners, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Burgundy Quilted Leather Vintage CC Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Light up your outfits with this glamorous vintage flap shoulder bag from Chanel. The bag is crafted from leather and features an iconic quilted pattern. The front flap has the CC log...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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: HB3923 Serial Number: 1655811 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial Sti...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Tassel Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear, discoloration, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, glue stains on flap opening corners, scratches and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL pale nude quilted leather VINTAGE Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
Chanel Vintage quilted flap handbag in pale salmon lambskin. Opens with a gold-tone turn look to a calfskin leather interior with one zipper pocket and one open pocket against the ba...
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20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Heavy wear, discoloration, scuffs, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, moderate wear and discoloration on strap. Minor bubbl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior, underneath flap and in interior, peeling, splitting and wear on strap. Indentations on exteri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor scuffs on exterior, indentations, scuffs, oil slick discoloration and wear underneath flap. Moderate wear in interior, scratches on hard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage ID Bracelet Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear and discoloration on base corners and flap edges, creasing, wear and moderate scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Small stains on front, light scuffs ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Vintage CC Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing, scuffs, indentations and wear on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on base and flap corners. Wear on strap and in interio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Minor wear, scuffs and small marks on exterior, strap and in interior, creasing, heavy scuffs, discoloration and indentations underneath flap, scratches on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, wear and marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measurements: Handle Drop 13.5", Height 8.5",...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Diamond CC Flap Bag Quilted Suede Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Minor wear on exterior and in interior, creasing underneath flap, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Authenticity Card, Dust Bag Measurements: Ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage CC Chain Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Large
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing and discoloration on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on exterior, flap edges and strap. Scuffs underneath flap, peeling and stains in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap and in interior. Small crack on closure snap hardware, scuffs in interior, scratches...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Scuffs, wear, creasing, indentations and minor discoloration on exterior and underneath flaps, wear and discoloration on strap. Heavy indentations on interior flap, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy oil slick discoloration underneath flap. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, wear on strap. Wear and scuffs in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate, wear, scuffs, oil slick discoloration and small indentations on exterior, strap and underneath flap. Minor wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accesso...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Wear, scuffs, creasing and indentations on exterior, underneath flaps and in interior pockets, discoloration on exterior. Stain on rear, wear on strap, scratches on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Double Sided Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing, scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flaps, wear on handles and in interior. Discoloration on flap edges, indentations and light marks in in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, scuffs, creasing, and discoloration on exterior, underneath flap, interior flap and in interior. Oil slick discoloration on rear, strap and underneath fl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing, discoloration and wear on exterior and strap, small crack on closure snap button. Scuffs and indentations underneath flap, on interior flap and in front po...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, discoloration, creasing and scuffs on exterior, strap, and underneath flaps. Indentations on interior flap, scuffs, wear and stains in interior, scratche...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Covered CC Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate wear, scuffs, creasing and discoloration on exterior, strap and underneath flap, wear and scuffs in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accesso...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder 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

Chanel 1997 Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB306 Serial Number: 4348488 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Card...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

2005 Chanel Peach Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Peach Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB294 Serial Number: 9615720 Age (Circa): 2005 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Card,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger 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 Classic Top Handle Flap Bag Quilted Caviar Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Loss of shape on exterior. Scuffs on flap, discoloration and wear on handle, creasing underneath flap, peeling in rear pocket, scratches on hardware. Accessories: Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Jersey Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Light wear on exterior and underneath flap, discoloration, scuffs and marks in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111044 MSRP: USD 6,800.00 Handbag Condition: Good Condition Comments: Good Condition. Scuffing to corners. ...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Mademoiselle Flap Bag Quilted Canvas with Patent Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Scuffs and marks on exterior, creasing, moderate scuffs, and marks underneath flap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurements: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Diamond CC Tassel Flap Clutch Quilted Leather Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, oil slick discoloration, moderate scuffs and wear on exterior and underneath flap. Wear and discoloration on tassel, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Quilted Crinkled Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Creasing on exterior and underneath flap, darkening and marks underneath flap near strap bases, indentations in rear pocket and in interior, scratches on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 Vintage Pink Quilted Flower 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 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

1989 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Timeless Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3976 Serial Number: 1150056 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details...
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1980s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Navy Blue Quilted Fabric CC Cruise Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Navy Blue quilted fabric Chanel Vintage CC Cruise flap bag with silver-tone hardware, beige woven lining, dual interior pockets; one zip closure and overall flap with CC folding clo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather Vintage Jumbo Single Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This bag from Chanel is stunning from every angle. The exterior is crafted from quilted leather and the bag features a leather-lined interior sized to house your necessities. It has ...
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2010s 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 Vintage Beige CC Flap Waist Bag Quilted Caviar Small Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Beige CC Flap Waist Bag Quilted Caviar Small Bag Color: Brown Material: Leather Hardware Color: Gold 5.5"W x 5.5"H x 1.5"D
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1990s Belt Bags

Chanel Double Classic Flap Vintage 2001 Logomania Coco Quilted Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 2000 Logomania Peach Orange Coco Quilted Classic Flap Bag 2001 {VINTAGE 20 Years} Gold hardware Classic interwoven leather chain CC Turnlock closure Double flap with...
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Early 2000s 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

1999 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3906 Serial Number: 566653 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box Authentici...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Camellia Diamond CC Flap Crossbody Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate wear on base corners, creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy glue stains on opening trim, flap edge and strap appliques. Wear on flap edges and str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Mustard Yellow Quilted Textured Leather 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 textured leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

2000 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3907 Serial Number: 6043495 Age (Circa): 2000 Accompanied By: Care Booklet Authenticity Deta...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3927 Serial Number: 2604733 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenti...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3931 Serial Number: 2536427 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authent...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Square Stitch Kiss Lock Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, scuffs and indentations on exterior and underneath flap, minor wear on strap and in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measureme...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

1987 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Studded Envelope Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Studded Envelope Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3410 Serial Number: 0601684 Age (Circa): 1987 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made i...
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1980s 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 Vintage Timeless Flap Bag in Black and Grey Quilted Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Collector. Vintage Chanel Timeless handbag in semi-patent leather in black and gray quilted leather. This bag is in very good condition. under the flap there is a trace of pen (pictu...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage 90's Metallic Lambskin Mini Quilted Flap Gold Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Metallic Lambskin Mini Quilted Flap Gold Cross Body Bag This chic classic model, circa 1991-1994, is finely composed of luxuriously supple diamond quilted lambski...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3898 Serial Number: 1884270 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Box Authenticit...
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1990s 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

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Classic Single Full Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Vintage Classic Single Full Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3901 Serial Number: 1587113 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Au...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Vintage Chanel Quilted Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary vintage chanel quilted flap you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Beige, Gray and more. If you’re looking for a vintage chanel quilted flap from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. Finding a vintage chanel quilted flap for sale for women should be easy, but there are 1398 pieces available to browse for men as well.

How Much is a Vintage Chanel Quilted Flap?

The price for a vintage chanel quilted flap starts at $445 and tops out at $14,920, and on average, selling for $3,154.

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.