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Carolina Herrera

Venezuelan, American, b. 1939

Born into a family of wealth and sophistication in Caracas, Venezuela, but without a trace of design education, Carolina Herrera launched her eponymous fashion empire in 1981. Modeling her aesthetic on the principles of refined, simple elegance, she has gone on to defy all expectations.

Style, that elusive je ne sais quoi, is often hard-won, acquired over years of experimentation and missteps. Precious few are born with it. Carolina Herrera may well be one of them. And if she wasn’t born with it, she was most assuredly born into it, raised by wealthy and refined women in the most rarefied of circumstances back in Venezuela. Her mother and her grandmother were both perfectly put together, had their own dressmakers — even a live-in seamstress. Everything within Herrera’s reach at home was of the utmost quality. Hers was a privileged life, and no one appreciates that fact more than she. 

Herrera brought that aesthetic to her first collection of clothing and accessories in 1981, encouraged by éminence grise Diana Vreeland, then the editor in chief of Vogue. Herrera was initially interested in designing textiles (she worked in a publicity role for Emilio Pucci — the iconic clothing and housewares maker — during the 1960s). It was Vreeland who planted the fashion seed. When it took root, Herrera returned to Caracas, and with the help of Guy Mellier, her personal couturier, she came up with a collection she felt was New York–ready. She never studied fashion and didn’t know how to cut or sew. “What I understood was proportion, and I had a good eye.” She knew not only what looked good on her but also on other women, too. 

Herrera unveiled her first collection at the Metropolitan Club on Fifth Avenue. The fashion press was hard on her; “they didn’t have faith,” is how she explains it today. But how about the women in the audience, did they like what they saw? Herrera leans in and says with a smile, “A lot!” The buyers liked the collection, too — enough to place orders. (And they’re still placing orders.)

She quickly became synonymous with sophistication for her glamorous evening dresses, which eventually earned accolades in magazines, prime real estate in Manhattan boutique windows and a heavyweight client roster that included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 

As her business has evolved — in 2010 it reached $1 billion in sales — so has Herrera herself. In the 1970s and before she became a designer, she used to dance until the wee hours at Studio 54, pal around with Calvin Klein, Bianca Jagger, Halston and Andy Warhol. Through all the madness — every bit of which she enjoyed — she remained unscathed. No scandals, no gossip, no whispers. She’s been famously photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe, Arthur Elgort, Norman Parkinson, David Seidner, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and, yes, Ron Galella. (“I’ve never said no to the paparazzi,” she explains. “I smile, let them take the picture and move on.”)

Find a collection of vintage Carolina Herrera shoes, shirts, day dresses, handbags and more on 1stDibs.

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Carolina Herrera Green Silk Beaded Blazer
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Hudson, NY
Carolina Herrera silk beaded blazer, excellent condition. Size 6
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Carolina Herrera

Gold sequin evening gown with beige silk ruffles Carolina Herrera
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Gold sequin evening gown with beige silk ruffles. Longer in the back, zip in the middle back. Brand tag has been cut. Split in the front on the side, lenght = 85 cm Long silk scarf a...
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2010s American Carolina Herrera

Brown suede shirt with gold metallic snaps Carolina Herrera NEW
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Brown suede shirt with gold metallic snaps. Pockets and no lining except inside the pocket ( Cupro) SIZE S
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2010s Indian Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera New York Blue Poplin Fit & Flare Dress Size 10
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Galveston, TX
Simple and classy poplin fit & flare dress by Carolina Herrera. The collar neckline, cuffed short sleeves, covered button-down dress, finished with a sash tie at the waist, and unnot...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Bead Embellished Cotton And Silk Blend Blazer Us 4 Uk 8
By Carolina Herrera
Located in London, GB
Carolina Herrera bead embellished cotton and silk blend blazer. Black. Long sleeve, v-neck. Button fastening at front. 90% Cotton, 10% silk; lining: 100% silk. Size: US 4 (UK 8, FR 3...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Red Wool Textured Coat
By Carolina Herrera
Located in New York, NY
Product Details: Red wool textured double-breasted coat by Carolina Herrera. Pointed collar. Button closures at front. 31" bust, 13" shoulder width, 22" sleeve length, 40" length. C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Venezuelan Carolina Herrera

Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Montreal, Quebec
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20 Condition: Brand New Closure: German hook Color: chocolate deep brown Material: Sobol certified Russian Sa...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Montreal, Quebec
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20 Condition: Brand New Closure: German hook Color: chocolate Material: Sobol certified Russian Sable Garmen...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Montreal, Quebec
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Sobol Russian Sable Jacket size Oversized XL 18-20 Condition: Brand New Closure: German hook Color: Tortora Golden Material: Sobol certified Russian Sable G...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Long Sleeve Knit Sweater Blue Mock Neck Sash Tie Sz M
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Hollywood, FL
GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC CAROLINA HERRERA BLUE MOCK NECK KNIT SWEATER Matching Skirt Is Available For Sale In A Separate Listing Details: - Blue color. - Mock neck with sash tie at bac...
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2010s Carolina Herrera

2000S CAROLINA HERRERA Cranberry Red Silk Jacquard Button Front & Trained Gown
By Carolina Herrera
Located in New York, NY
Tagged a size 12 2000S CAROLINA HERRERA Cranberry Red Silk Jacquard Button Front & Trained Gown With Slit
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Early 2000s Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Black Velvet Blazer Tuxedo
By Carolina Herrera
Located in North Hollywood, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA New York size 10. Vintage black velvet tuxedo blazer . It features a classic, chic finish. Elegant tuxedo blazer from Carolina Herrera for a look that will leave peo...
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1990s Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size 8 Navy Brown Cotton Blend Ombre Sleeveless Dress
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA dress comes in a navy & brown ombre cotton blend featuring an a-line style, belted, pleated, sleeveless, and a front buttoned closure. Made in USA. Very Good Pre-Ow...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size 4 Cream Red Cotton Silk Abstract Short Sleeve Dress
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA dress comes in a cream & red abstract floral cotton featuring a pleated style, short sleeves, and a back zip up closure. Made in Italy. Very Good Pre-Owned Conditi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size 4 Grey, Black & Brown Silk Checkered Pleated Skirt
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA skirt comes in a black, brown and grey checkered silk featuring a pleated style, and a center back invisible zip up closure. Made in USA. Very Good Pre-Owned Condit...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA 2021 red wool crepe floral petal sequins scalloped tank US0 XS
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Hong Kong, NT
CAROLINA HERRERA 2021 red wool crepe floral petal sequins scalloped tank US0 XS Reference: LNKO/A02008 Brand: Carolina Herrera Material: Wool Color: Red Pattern: Solid Made in: Italy...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

Evening coat in black bouclette and gold lamé base Carolina Herrera
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Evening coat in black bouclette and gold lamé base with rhinestone buttons and belt. SIZE 8
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2010s American Carolina Herrera

Black lace and technical fabric cocktail dress Carolina Herrera
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black lace and technical fabric cocktail dress with pocket. Snap in the middle front and cuff. See-through, no lining. SIZE XS on the tag but more likely M NEW WITH TAG
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2010s American Carolina Herrera

Black silk side drape evening gown Carolina Herrera New-York
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black silk side drape evening gown. Padded bra and boned bustier inside the dress. NEW with tag. SIZE 12 US
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2010s American Carolina Herrera

1990s Carolina Herrera Olive Silk Mermaid Skirt
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
1990s Carolina Herrera Olive/brown silk mermaid skirt with multi-tiers down the hem of the skirt. The back has an elongated fishtail from the hip down. The hip is fitted for a flatte...
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1990s Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size L Burgundy Grey Wool Stripe Sheath Dress
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA dress comes in a burgundy & grey knitted stripe wool featuring a sheath style, sleeveless, and a ribbed hem. Made in Italy. New With Tags. Marked: L Original Ret...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size 10 Brown Tan Cotton Geometric Sheath Dress
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA dress comes in a brown & tan geometric print cotton featuring a sheath style, buttoned panel, sleeveless, and a back zip up closure. Made in USA. Very Good Pre-Own...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

CAROLINA HERRERA Size 10 Red Black Cotton Color Block Sheath Dress
By Carolina Herrera
Located in San Francisco, CA
CAROLINA HERRERA dress comes in a red & black color block cotton featuring a sheath style, sleeveless, grosgrain trim, and a back zip up closure. Very Good Pre-Owned Condition. Mar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Magenta Quilted Leather Frame Chain Clutch
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This clutch from CH Carolina Herrera has an appealing design, perfect to complement an evening dress or a day ensemble. Crafted from magenta quilted leather and gold-tone metal, the ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Envelope Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every modern-day wardrobe needs a CH Carolina Herrera bag like this one. Simple and polished with a contemporary edge, this bag stands out with its envelope silhouette. Crafted from ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Black Leather Monogram Embossed Minuetto Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Minuetto bag from the house of Carolina Herrera is something you would go to season after season. It has been crafted from a versatile black Leather body and features a smooth f...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Experience the touch of fine craftsmanship with this bag from CH Carolina Herrera. The black bag is crafted from leather that comes embossed with the brand label and has a zip fasten...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Dark Grey Monogram Embossed Leather Large Andy Boston Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Andy Boston bag by CH Carolina Herrera comes crafted from dark grey monogram leather and is styled with contrast stitching. It features a top zip closure, two handles, and a spa...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Brown Leather Flap Crossbody Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A truly posh and elegant piece to add to your collection. This CH Carolina Herrera bag is crafted from brown leather and features a shoulder strap. The front flap is detailed with CH...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown Leather Chain Flap Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This chic and practical Carolina Herrera bag is ideal for any woman on the go. Crafted from brown leather, it features a logo detail and a shoulder strap. The large fabric-lined inte...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Multicolor Leather Large Andy Boston Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Ideal for daily use, this CH Carolina Herrera Andy Boston bag is easy-to-style. Made from multicolor leather, it features dual handles, a top zipper closure, and a spacious interior....
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown Monogram Embossed Leather Minuetto Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Minuetto bag from the house of Carolina Herrera is something you would go to season after season. It has been crafted from leather into a flap style. It comes with a chain shoul...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Beige Leather Flap Chain Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
You will love flaunting this gorgeous bag from CH Carolina Herrera. It comes made from beige leather and features a slender chain strap. It is equipped with a roomy interior meant to...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Monogram Leather Chain Hobo
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This chain hobo from CH Carolina Herrera is a fabulous piece. The bag comes in a luxurious black exterior made from leather and is accented with a CH engraved lock detail on the fron...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Old Rose Leather Flap Chain Clutch
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The clutch from CH Carolina Herrera goes well with any outfit. The clutch is crafted from quilted leather and comes with a flap opening that opens to a neatly-lined interior. It is c...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown Leather Chain Tassel Crossbody Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This crossbody bag from Carolina Herrera is delightful and will prove functional to you. It is made from brown leather and comes with a logo embellishment on the front. It has gold-t...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Minuetto Flap Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Minuetto flap bag from CH Carolina Herrera is something you would go to season after season. It has been crafted from black leather and features a flap style. It comes with a sh...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Brand new Carolina Herrera Female Black Mink Fur Swing Coat (Size 16-XL)
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Montreal, Quebec
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Brand new Carolina Herrera black mink fur coat with fluted sleeves Stock #ns99 Condition: New Closure: Hooks & Eyes Color: Black Material: Black female op...
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2010s American Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Beige Leather Flap Chain Crossbody Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A timeless design that will last you season after season, the CH Carolina Herrera bag is a wardrobe essential. The cross-body bag is updated with a brand signature on the front flap....
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Red Quilted Leather Flap Chain Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This flap bag by CH Carolina Herrera has a sophisticated look. Crafted from quilted leather, the bag comes with a flap that opens to a spacious interior and it is held by a chain han...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Mini Minuetto Flap Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Minuetto bag from the house of CH Carolina Herrera is something you would go to season after season. It has been crafted from a versatile black leather body and features a smoot...
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2010s Italian Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Monogram Leather Audrey Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Audrey bag from CH Carolina Herrera remains a loved creation from the label. This bag is created using monogram-embossed leather in a spacious size and has gold-toned implements ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Monogram Embossed Leather Chain Hobo
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This CH Carolina Herrera hobo will infuse luxury and sophistication into your outfit. Crafted from the signature monogram embossed leather, it features gold-tone hardware and is held...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Crystal Embellished Lace and Silk Evening Dress Gown Size 4
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Montgomery, TX
Carolina Herrera crystal embellished lace and silk evening dress gown Designer size 4 Color: Nude, 100% Silk, Crystals, sequins and metallic threads embellishment, Boned corset insid...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Red/Burgundy Monogram Leather Chain Tote
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
You're all set to look your stylish best when you step out swinging this fabulous tote from Carolina Herrera. It is crafted from leather and features the signature monogram all over ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Metallic Bronze Embossed Leather Bow Bucket Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Carolina Herrera bag has a bucket shape and it comes in metallic bronze. The bag is created from monogram leather and detailed with a bow, a sliding chain handle, and a spacious...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Black Leather Large Matteo Tote
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Skillfully designed, this Matteo tote from Carolina Herrera is an all-time favorite. It is made from leather and comes in a black shade. The beauty of the bag is enhanced with signat...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Tote
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
A CH Carolina Herrera tote should definitely be a part of your wardrobe. Crafted from black leather, this piece is sure to enhance your casual or work look. It has two handles, the l...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Leather Chain Flap Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Artfully crafted, this bag from the house of CH Carolina Herrera, is a stunner. Pair it with any outfit — formal or casual and watch as it elevates your look entirely. Remain at the ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Multicolor Monogram Coated Canvas And Leather Front Pocket Tote
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Carolina Herrera brings you this lovely tote that has been crafted from monogram coated canvas as well as leather and detailed with a pocket at the front. It has a well-sized fabric ...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Hererra Brown Leather Fringe Chain Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Expertly designed from premium leather, this bag exhibits an eye-catching fringed exterior. The interior is lined with fabulous fabric, making this highly durable and functional. Wel...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Orange Leather Bowler Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This CH Carolina Herrera bowler bag is contemporary and fresh. Crafted from orange leather, it flaunts the brand logo on the front. It can be carried using dual handles. The fabric-l...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown/White Leather Satchel
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Simply sophisticated, this leather bag makes a signature statement. Undisputedly stylish and brilliantly designed, you cannot go wrong with this bag lined with fabric. Simple yet cla...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Beige/Brown Monogram Canvas and Leather Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Bags from CH Carolina Herrera are ideal companions for ample occasions! Here we have a fashion-meets-functionality piece crafted in Monogram canvas and leather. It is equipped with a...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Brown Embossed Leather Bucket Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Structured into a bucket shape, this bag from Carolina Herrera is made from brown leather. The exterior is embossed with the signature CH monogram, and it can be carried with a chain...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown Leather Crossbody Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The house of Carolina Herrera has exclusively designed this elegant bag for you. It has been crafted from brown leather and adds a chic appeal to any ensemble. It has a front flap wi...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Brown Quilted Nylon Chain Tote
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
An absolute delight to carry, this tote is by Carolina Herrera. Crafted from quilted nylon, the bag features two chain-woven handles, front logo detail, and a lined interior sized pe...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Black Patent Leather Chain Top Handle Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
An absolute delight, this bag is a CH Carolina Herrera creation. Crafted from patent leather, the bag features a black shade, a chain handle, and a canvas interior sized perfectly to...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Gold Monogram Embossed Leather Audrey Bow Shoulder Bag
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Audrey bag from Carolina Herrera remains a loved creation from the label. This bag is created using monogram embossed leather on the exterior with an enlarged bow motif and gold-...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

CH Carolina Herrera Multicolor Signature Print Fabric and Leather Chain Hobo
By Carolina Herrera
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This CH Carolina Herrera bag is lined with nylon that allows you to keep your essentials safe. Make a style statement with this stylish signature print fabric and the leather hobo an...
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2010s Spanish Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Carolina Herrera fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, blue, pink and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work appealing and attractive. Find Carolina Herrera, vintage and haute couture fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $75 and tops out at $5,360, while the average work can sell for $505..

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