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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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2.55 Handbag
2.55 Handbag
Classic 11.12 Handbag
Classic 11.12 Handbag
Boy Chanel Handbag
Boy Chanel Handbag
Chanel 19 Handbag
Chanel 19 Handbag
Vintage Chanel Double Strand Pearl and Bow Station Necklace, 2006
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel double strand faux pearl sautoir necklace with bow and CC logo stations, from Spring/Summer 2006. This classic Chanel necklace features a double strand of faux pearls, one cho...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Chanel

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Pearl, Gold Plate

Vintage Chanel Quilted Cuff Bracelet, 1980s
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Iconic vintage Chanel Matelasse cuff bracelet in gold plate from the 1980s. This collector's item features the signature Chanel quilted pattern all around. Cuff-style bracelet feat...
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1980s Modern Vintage Chanel

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Gold Plate

  • Vintage Chanel Quilted Cuff Bracelet, 1980s
  • Vintage Chanel Quilted Cuff Bracelet, 1980s
  • Vintage Chanel Quilted Cuff Bracelet, 1980s
  • Vintage Chanel Quilted Cuff Bracelet, 1980s
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H 1.5 in. W 2.6 in. D 2 in.
Chanel Première Yellow Gold Diamond Watch
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Chanel Première watch crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. 20mm x 28mm case, 18 karat yellow gold chain bracelet, black lacquered dial, diamond set bezel and onyx cabochon crow...
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2010s Chanel

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Diamond, Yellow Gold

CHANEL CC Stud Earrings in Pale Gilded Metal
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Never worn. CHANEL double C stud earrings in pale gilded metal set with white rhinestones. Dimensions: 1.7x1.3 cm. Stamp on the back of the earrings. Will be delivered in a non ori...
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2010s Chanel

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Gilt Metal

Chanel Matelasse Quilted Articulated Wide Band Ring
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
This vintage ring by Chanel is from their Matelasse Collection and emulates the iconic Chanel quilt in articulated 18ct white gold. Accompanied by a Chanel Box. Our Xupes reference i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Chanel

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White Gold

Chanel Cc Logo Crystal Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Cc Logo Crystal Bracelet Condition: 100% Brand New Accompanied by: This item comes with all accessories Do not hesitate if you have any questions, we will be glad to help....
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Eternal No 5 Diamond Ring in 18K White Gold
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Eternal No 5 Diamond Ring in 18K White Gold PRIMARY DETAILS SKU: 117434 Listing Title: Chanel Eternal No 5 Diamond Ring in 18K White Gold Condition Description: In excellent ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

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Diamond, White Gold

Vintage CHANEL Classic Gold Chain and Leather Bangle Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage CHANEL Classic Gold Chain and Leather Bangle Bracelet Measurements: Height: 0.90 inch (2.3 cm) Inside Circumference: 6.81 inches (17.3 cm) opening included Features: - 100%...
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1980s Vintage Chanel

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Chanel jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Chanel jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While searching for the most stylish antique or vintage Chanel jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you'll find that Chanel diamond jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 142. This collection includes 1,700 pieces, as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and Contemporary are some of the most popular styles of Chanel jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by David Webb, Yves Saint Laurent and Robert Goossens. Prices for Chanel watches and jewelry can vary depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $172 and tops out at $205,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,077 on average.
Questions About Chanel
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 4, 2022
    The Chanel brand is owned by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. The Wertheimer brothers, whose grandfather acquired Chanel with his brother in 1924, are very private, known as the fashion industry’s “quietest billionaires.” The brand’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, saw the purchase by French brothers Pierre and Paul Wertheimer as an opportunity to reach more customers, but she tried unsuccessfully to regain control of the house in 1941. Shop our Chanel collection of vintage and new bags, clothing and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 4, 2022
    Chanel is a luxury French fashion house founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1910. Focused on women’s ready-to-wear clothing and haute couture, Chanel is most famous for the 1921 perfume Chanel No. 5, the 1925 Chanel Suit and the iconic 1926 little black dress, which remains a staple in women’s closets around the world to this day. Shop a collection of vintage and designer Chanel pieces from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 4, 2022
    Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Chanel in France in 1883, was a fashion designer who got her nickname during her short-lived career as a cabaret singer. In 1910, she opened a boutique in Paris to sell her hats, which were beloved by the popular French actresses of the era. Her success with hats led her to open the first Chanel Couture House five years later, where she designed and sold women’s sportswear made of jersey — which until then was used to make men’s underwear. Her revolutionary style catapulted her to fame, and in the decades that followed, Coco Chanel remained on the cutting edge of fashion, creating modern, timeless clothing, perfumes and accessories — and, of course, her iconic bags, which are revered to this day. Shop a collection of Chanel from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can authenticate a Chanel brooch by checking the back for a little oval stamp or embossed mark. It should be noted that some of the oldest jewelry pieces were not marked, but these pieces are extremely rare and do not often come up for sale. Most of the Chanel jewelry and brooches you will find are from the 1980s or later and will include an oval tag, plate, or stamp. Shop expertly vetted Chanel jewelry from some of the world’s top reputable boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Chanel doesn’t make men’s belts and they do not have a menswear line. That said, there are men who do wear Chanel belts and other items from the women’s line to create their own noteworthy style. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Chanel garments and accessories from some of the world’s top boutiques.

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