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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.

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Iconic Designs from Chanel
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2.55 Handbag
2.55 Handbag
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Classic 11.12 Handbag
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Boy Chanel Handbag
Chanel 19 Handbag
Chanel 19 Handbag
1990s Chanel White and Green Leather Camellia Pin
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Lovely 1990s Chanel camellia pin in white and green leather. This iconic style pin can be attached to coats and sweaters as well as handbags and scarves. In very good condition, with...
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1990s Chanel

CHANEL Navy & Turquoise Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Navy & Turquoise Quilted Lambskin Medium Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4513 Serial Number: 23754630 Age (Circa): 2017 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Care ...
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2010s Chanel

CHANEL 22 RUNWAY HEART BAG Lambskin Coral Pink
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Brand New 100% authentic guaranteed Chanel . CHANEL Pink Lambskin Gold-Tone Heart Handbag NEW With Tags Largest size in this style . Please check measurements . Approx. dimensions 6....
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2010s Chanel

CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Medallion Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Vintage Medallion Tote Xupes Reference: HB4549 Serial Number: 7925508 Age (Circa): 2002 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Card, Care ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4526 Serial Number: 3560533 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Chanel Box Authenticity Details: S...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Rare Handbag Clutch Exotic Tote & Metallic Bronze Hobo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Metallic Bronze Python Shoulder Bag Brown & Metallic Python Interlocking CC Logo Silver-Tone Hardware Chain-Link Handle Satin Lining & Three Interior Pockets Turn-Lock Closur...
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Early 2000s Chanel

CHANEL Electric Blue Quilted Lambskin Vintage XL Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Electric Blue Quilted Lambskin Vintage XL Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4529 Serial Number: 1055559 Age (Circa): 1989 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Authenticity Ca...
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1980s Chanel

Chanel Dress and Bolero - Karl Lagerfeld Spring Summer 2013 Collection
By Chanel
Located in Toulon, FR
Spring Summer 2013 Collection France Dress and bolero set in wide white fishnet from the ready-to-wear 2013 collection of the designer House Chanel - Karl Lagerfeld. Retro bolero wi...
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2010s Chanel

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Chanel fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Chanel 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 purple, red, pink and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Gucci appealing. Find Chanel haute couture, vintage and designer fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at US$315 and tops out at US$13,216, while the average work can sell for US$2,320.
Questions About Chanel
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Chanel is owned by Alain Wertheimer and Gérard Wertheimer. They are the grandsons of Pierre Wertheimer, the business partner of Coco Chanel, who founded the luxury fashion house in 1909. Shop a wide range of Chanel apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Chanel does not make bedding for your home, but they have great vintage home decor such as cushions, blankets and portraits. Find a collection of antique and vintage pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How to clean white Chanel bags as they are susceptible to light and can turn yellow if exposed for too long by polishing the leather gently with a natural-coloured soft woollen cloth or pat with a fine woollen cloth when wet. Shop a range of authentic Chanel bags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Bergdorf Goodman carries Chanel handbags, shoes and accessories. These items can only be purchased in Bergdorf Goodman’s two physical locations in New York City. You'll find a large selection of vintage and modern Chanel pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Chanel is so expensive because it is a top-class designer brand which creates their products from quality raw materials and high production methods while employing some of the top talent in the fashion world. The brand's innovative designs along with its creative marketing strategy make Chanel a highly coveted brand.

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