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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 French Vintage Flap

Chanel Red Cube Quilted Patent Leather Vintage Flap Baguette Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A bag to complement both Chanel lovers and handbag admirers is this one. It is made from patent leather and features a cube quilt on the exterior. The bag is held by slim handles and...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Brown Suede Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This suede Chanel is your new favorite collectors item! This bag will take you through your everyday as it has a roomy interior and can fit a wallet, keys, phone, and other small ite...
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1980s Vintage Flap

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Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Medium Classic Flap With Wallet in very good condition. black lambskin leather with gold hardware. twist lock CC logo closure opens to a maroon interior with 2 slit an...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Vintage Chanel Gold Plated Flap Bag Cufflinks
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel gold-plated rhodium cufflinks with etched flap bag detail. Comes with original pouch. Minor wear.
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1980s Vintage Flap

Vintage Chanel Navy Blue Stripe Quilted Classic Flap
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Navy Blue Stripe Quilted Classic Flap in very good condition. Navy blue lambskin exterior in rare and unique stripe quilted pattern trimmed with embossed gold hardware...
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1980s Vintage Flap

Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Maxi Classic Flap in good condition. Black quilted lambskin exterior trimmed with gold hardware and woven chain and leather shoulder strap. sign...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Pablo Picasso Vintage Bi Color Kelly Flap Bag
By Pablo Picasso
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Vintage Kelly Flap style bag from Pablo Picassi is one of the famed luxury goods house's most coveted and exclusive items. This flap bag is made of black and green leather. Black...
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1980s Vintage Flap

1996 Chanel vintage jumbo snake chain flap bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Excellent vintage condition Minor scratches to interior lambskin flap lining some minor knicks to patent leather Very rarely carried and always stored in dust bag Collectors dream ...
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1990s Vintage Flap

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 French Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Lambskin Mademoiselle XXL Flap Bag (1995)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel XXL flap bag of leather with large flap closer with turn lock closure. Chanel bags with the serial number 3XXXXXX are manufactured from 1994 to 1996. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: C...
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1990s Italian Vintage Flap

Judith Leiber Rare Vintage Alligator Kelly Flap Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Vintage Kelly Flap style Alligator bag from Judith Leiber is one of the famed luxury goods house's most coveted and exclusive items. This flap bag is bathed glazed black glossy a...
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1980s Vintage Flap

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 Vintage Flap

CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4727 Serial Number: 1122046 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: Aut...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4109 Serial Number: 4922767 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card, Ch...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Full Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Full Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4485 Serial Number: 1280499 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Authentici...
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1980s Vintage Flap

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 Vintage Flap

1990s Vintage CHANEL Quilted Khaki Canvas Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
This 1990s vintage CHANEL flap bag is crafted of diamond quilted canvas in khaki and gold toned hardware featuring a gold toned chain interlaced with the same canvas. Front flap snap...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

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 24 Years} Gold-tone hardware Turn-lock in front Classic back pocket Lined in black lambskin leather Interior ...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

Gucci Vintage Brown Suede Enamel Closure Flap Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage shoulder bag. Brown suede with brown leather. Flap with enameled clasp closure. Beige leather lining. 1 side zip pocket and 2 side open pockets inside. Adjustable shoul...
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20th Century Italian Vintage Flap

Gucci Vintage Tom Ford Era Crocodile Constance Flap Bag
By Gucci, Tom Ford for Gucci
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The ultimate in exotic handbag making luxury craftsmanship. The Iconic House of Gucci always provides us with timeless and classic pieces. The extremely rare circa early 1990's bag t...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4657 Serial Number: 1789922 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: A...
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1980s Vintage Flap

CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Square Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4726 Serial Number: 4331682 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Authen...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

Louis Vuitton Vintage Pocket Double Flap Wallet Monogram Canvas
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Rome, Rome
Louis Vuitton Vintage square-shaped wallet with double side flap. Crafted in brown monogram canvas. Tan leather lining. 1 flap coin compartment on a side and a trifold section on the...
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20th Century French Vintage Flap

Fendi Vintage Black Leather Embossed Flap Messenger Crossbody Bag
By Fendi
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Fendi messenger bag crafted in black leather with embossed croc look flap in patent leather. The bag features a front flap with magnetic button closure. Perforated FENDI sign...
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20th Century Vintage Flap

Chanel VIntage Curved Flap Crossbody Beaded Satin Mini Black
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel VIntage Curved Flap Crossbody Beaded Satin Mini Black Condition Details: Missing bead on flap. Indentations underneath flap, minor wear on base corners and in interior, scrat...
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20th Century Vintage Flap

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 French Vintage Flap

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 Vintage Flap

CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL White Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4728 Serial Number: 5882551 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent conditi...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4619 Serial Number: 1059714 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Car...
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1980s Vintage Flap

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 Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4581 Serial Number: 2408174 Age (Circa): 1992 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4494 Serial Number: 53*****(Unreadable) Age (Circa): 1997 Authenticity Details: Authenticity ...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE MEDIUM CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE MEDIUM CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent con...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Vintage Chanel White Quilted Lambskin Classic Flap Tortoiseshell Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel white diamond quilted lambskin single flap shoulder bag with tortoiseshell strap. - Tortoiseshell “CC” hardware turnlock closure. - Back slip pocket. - One ...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4388 Serial Number: 3802705 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Black Small Diana Flap Bag 24k GHW Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage classic Chanel bags are known for their petal-soft lambskin, 24k gold plated hardware and sturdy craftsmanship. This item is pre-owned and vintage, and a fabulous collectib...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4593 Serial Number: 2963242 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authentici...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4601 Serial Number: 3941336 Age (Circa): 1996 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in ...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Paris-Limited Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Paris-Limited Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4330 Serial Number: 0995640 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card...
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1980s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4327 Serial Number: 2831014 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4307 Serial Number: 2002414 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4577 Serial Number: 5892843 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Half Moon Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Beige Quilted Lambskin Vintage Half Moon Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4722 Serial Number: 0605447 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Detail...
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1980s French Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4577 Serial Number: 5892843 Age (Circa): 1999 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4687 Serial Number: 2864633 Age (Circa): 1993 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity ...
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1990s Vintage Flap

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: HB4679 Serial Number: 5157180 Age (Circa): 1997 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity ...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Quilted Leather Timeless Smooth Trim Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Chanel Quilted Double Flap Bag with Two Tone (silver and gold metal) CC - CHANEL closure, from the 1990 collection. Crafted in black quilted lambskin leather with smooth leat...
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20th Century French Vintage Flap

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE MEDIUM CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE MEDIUM CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent co...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Navy Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Navy Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4609 Serial Number: 0587514 Age (Circa): 1987 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity D...
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1980s Vintage Flap

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent cond...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4473 Serial Number: 1515293 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authentic...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK QUILTED LAMBSKIN VINTAGE SMALL CLASSIC DOUBLE FLAP BAG CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with light signs of use. The interior is in excellent cond...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel 1989 Vintage Black Full Flap Bag 24k GHW Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage full flaps come in two styles - one with the snap button pocket and gusseted bottom/sides that ""flatten,"" the other is a more structured flap with a turnlock clasp and flat...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel 1991 Vintage Small Black Geometric Diana Flap Bag Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage classic Chanel bags are known for their petal-soft lambskin, 24k gold plated hardware and sturdy craftsmanship. This item is pre-owned and vintage, and a fabulous collectible...
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1990s Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Black Medium 24k GHW Pocket
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Vintage classic Chanel bags are known for their petal-soft lambskin, 24k gold plated hardware and sturdy craftsmanship. This style with single chain strap and curved front panel, al...
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1990s Vintage Flap

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4481 Serial Number: 3058347 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Det...
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1990s French Vintage Flap

Chanel Vintage Quilted Leather Smooth Trim Timeless Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
This beautiful Bag will come with a Certificate of Authenticity provided by Entrupy. The certificate will be provided at no further cost. Vintage Chanel Quilted Double Flap Bag with...
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Late 20th Century Vintage Flap

CHANEL Red Caviar Leather Vintage XL Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Red Caviar Leather Vintage XL Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4725 Serial Number: 3390577 Age (Circa): 1994 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card Aut...
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1990s Italian Vintage Flap

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Vintage Flap For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary vintage flap you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Beige, Brown, Red and more in stock now. Making the right choice when shopping for a vintage flap 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 20th Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Vintage Flap?

The price for a vintage flap starts at $87 and tops out at $29,920, and on average, selling for $3,145.

Chanel Biography and Important Works

In the years following the opening of her modest millinery shop, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel became 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. Today vintage Chanel handbags, jackets and evening dresses are among the most sought-after clothing and accessories for fashion lovers all over the world.

The first Chanel shop was established 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, Chanel's 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.

But 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 bags, evening dresses, shoes, jewelry and other clothing and accessories 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.