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CHANEL (FRANCE)

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.

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Chanel Micro Mini Red Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Red Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag Patent leather Red Leather interwoven chain strap Top lid opening with magnetic snap closure Gold tone hardwar...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Organic Rope Woven Quilted Nature Beige Tweed Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel Nature Tote Quilted Tweed, crafted from beige quitled tweed, features diamond quilted top trims, dual woven-in leather chain straps, inverted pleats details, and matte go...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage 2004 CC Pink Caviar Top Handle Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 2004 CC Pink Caviar Top Handle Clutch circa 2004 petal pink caviar leather gold-tone hardware signature interlocking CC stitch internal logo stamp all-around zip fast...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Cruise Yacht Nautical Beach Black Coated Canvas Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Limited Edition Cruise Yacht Nautical Beach Black Coated Canvas Tote Year 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} This gorgeous rare Chanel Cruise Tote is made of black coated canvas, ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage 90's Runway Collector COCO CHANEL Gold Letters Belt Necklace Rare
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 90's Runway Collector COCO CHANEL Gold Letters Belt Necklace Rare Vintage Chanel belt from 1993 featured in gold with black leather intertwined. Belt spells out "COCO...
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Early 1900s Chanel

Chanel Logo Magenta Neon Pink Nylon Mesh CC Waist Fanny Pack Belt Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Soldout Logo Magenta Neon Pink Nylon Mesh CC Waist Fanny Pack Belt Bag From the 2019 Collection. Magenta nylon Chanel waist bag with silver-tone hardware, ad...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel 1991 Ultra Rare Vintage Waist Belt Bag Fanny Pack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel 1991 VERY RARE VINTAGE Waist Belt Bag Fanny Pack Year: 1991 {VINTAGE 30 Years} Gold Hardware Quilted leather Thick chain belt Made in Italy
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Cc Beach Medium Pink Terry Cloth Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This Chanel CC Beach Tote Terry Cloth Medium, crafted in pink Terry cloth, features dual terry cloth handles, printed CC logo, and silver-tone hardware. It opens to a pink terry clot...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Limited Edition Medium Boy Classic Grand Shopping Tote Travel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Medium Boy Classic Grand Shopping Tote Travel Bag Year: 2011 Aged gold-tone hardware Black glazed calfskin leather Chain-link straps with leather pads Boy p...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Tweed Limited Edition Collector’s Novelty Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Tweed Limited Edition Collector’s Novelty Tote This handbag features a wool body, metal handle, silver-tone chain, open top, and interior zip and slip pocket. Featuring two d...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Two Tone Double Flap Mademoiselle Reissue Satchel This stylish clutch is crafted of beige and black lambskin leather. The clutch features a black rolled leather handle ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black Chevron Quilted Calfskin Leather Small Chain Evening Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Calfskin Quilted Small Chain Evening Black Tote This unique evening bag is crafted of soft diamond and chevron quilted calfskin leather in black. The bag, designed in chevro...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Limited Edition Soho Glazed Calfskin Quilted Tweed Flight Travel Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Soho Glazed Calfskin Quilted Tweed Flight Travel Tote Bag This is a limited edition bag with "SOHO 2010" engraved on the special plaque to commemorate the ope...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage 90’s Runway Rhinestone Double Strand CC Diamond Belt
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Multicolor Rhinestone Belt This stunning belt is a creation of small gold link settings each securing a rhinestone with a prism of color. The front of the belt features a do...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Vintage 90’s Runway Rhinestone CC Diamond Belt
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Logo Rhinestone Belt Gold plated brass logo rhinestone belt from Chanel Vintage featuring a logo to the front Made in France
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Flap Navy Vintage Resort Blue White Tweed Nautical Flap Bag Year: 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Gold hardware Two interior pockets Navy blue lambskin lined interior Gold bi...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Triple CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar CC Shoulder Bag Black This stunning classic shoulder bag circa 1996-1997 is crafted of luxurious caviar leather. The bag features six quilted Chanel CC logos at the b...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Jumbo Maxi Lambskin Leather Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel maxi single flap in black lambskin with silver tone hardware. Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Soldout Black Lambskin Pearl Chain Gold Cuff Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Soldout Black Lambskin Pearl Chain Gold Cuff Bracelet This bold and gold tone cuff features faux pearls and black lambskin leather threaded through the chains to form a stunn...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Black Lambskin Quilted Medium 90's Vintage Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black quilted lambskin backpack with interwoven chain straps 1994 {VINTAGE 27 Years} Gold hardware Double CC turnlock closure Small front pocket Interior black lambskin linin...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Nylon Ski Sport Backpack This chic backpack is finely crafted of durable black diamond quilted nylon. The bag features adjustable nylon straps with matte silver hardwa...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Micro Mini Black Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Black Quilted Patent Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag Patent leather Black Leather interwoven chain strap Top lid opening with magnetic snap closure Gold tone har...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Classic Vintage Caviar CC Black Diamond Quilted Timeless Clutch This stylish clutch is beautifully crafted of black diamond quilted caviar leather. The clutch features a poli...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Interwoven Bicolor Two Tone Medium Black & White Flap Bag Chanel Shoulder Bag Black Interwoven Gold-Tone Hardware Chain-Link Shoulder Strap Twill Lining & Dual Interior Pocke...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain Embellished Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Lambskin Chain-Embellished Clutch Flap Bag Black leather Chanel embellished flap bag with gold-tone hardware, dual gathered shoulder strap with knot accent, cha...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Micro Mini Gold Quilted Lambskin Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Micro Mini Gold Quilted Lambskin Leather Jewelry Box Crossbody Bag Lambskin leather Gold Leather interwoven chain strap Top lid opening with magnetic snap closure Gold tone h...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Metallic Gold Egg Minauderè Diamond Quilted Red Carpet Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Lambskin Quilted Tassel Clutch Gold Bag This stylish egg-shaped clutch is crafted of diamond stitched lambskin leather in gold. The clutch features a gold hardware and a hang...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Shopping Shoulder Bag Vintage 90s Small Classic Black Caviar Leather Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Caviar Vintage 1999 Small Classic Shoulder Bag 1999 {22 Years VINTAGE} Gold hardware Classic interwoven chain CC Turnlock logo at front Black caviar leather Zip top closure ...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Timeless Metallic Sequin Drawstring Cc Reversible Large Rare Silver Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Reversible Large Sequin Tote Year: 2010
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Large Work Business CC Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Caviar Large Work Business CC Tote Crafted in Italy from caviar leather, this black large tote bag from Chanel Vintage Bag features top handles, a pyramid body ...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Green Nylon Quilted Coco Cocoon Bowler Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Green Nylon Quilted Coco Cocoon Bowler Tote Diamond quilted nylon in green Facing green leather-trimmed zipper pocket with a Chanel CC logo The top zipper opens to ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Small Texturized Tote Mini Coco Cabas Black Microfiber Nylon Shopping Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Small Texturized Tote Mini Coco Cabas Black Microfiber Nylon Shopping Bag Year: 2010 Silver Hardware Black texturized nylon Patent leather CC stitched logo Classic interwoven...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Jumbo Large CC Reversible Multicolor Lego Two Tone Red Beach Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Jumbo Large CC Reversible Multicolor Lego Two Tone Red Beach Tote white/blue/red cotton textured finish logo print to the front open top two top handles full lining ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Two Tone Black and Ivory Plush Shearling Large Boy Bag Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Two Tone Black and Ivory Plush Shearling Large Boy Bag Shopping Tote 2015 Metiers d'Art Collection Made from black and ivory shearling and calfskin, this Chanel Boy shoulde...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Shopping Classic Flap Cruise Mesh Woven Crochet 2 In 1 Black Patent Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Cruise Mesh Woven Crochet 2 in 1 Large Tote and Classic Flap Bag Year: 2011 Cruise Silver hardware Patent leather Patent leather drawstring cords Remove-able medium sized p...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Timeless Tote Vintage Wood Medium Beige Caviar Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Classic Beige Caviar Wood Medium Tote Bag Gold hardware CC logo at front Beige quilted Caviar leather Classic interwoven chain straps concealed magnetic closure at to...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Quilted Trunk Pearl Limited Edition Rare Home Decor Cosmetic Jewelry Box
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Quilted Trunk Pearl Limited Edition Rare Home Decor Cosmetic Jewelry Box Gold hardware Quilted Lambskin leather CC studded pearl drawer knob Features removable top tray and ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Quilted Enamel Minaudière Micro Mini Gala Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted black Chanel enamel minaudière with hidden interwoven wrist chain and cc logo name plate 2001 {VINTAGE 20 Years} Black lambskin interior lining Antique silver hardware Snap ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Black Velvet Vintage 80's Micro Mini Top Handle Minaudière Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Black Velvet Vintage 80's Micro Mini Top Handle Minaudière Clutch
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Chain Me Around Single Flap Jumbo Maxi Cc Logo Black Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Calfskin Chain Me Jumbo Flap Bag in Black. This single flap shoulder bag is made of calfskin leather - super thick and soft calfskin that is stitched in a diamond quilted we...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Graffiti Creme & Multicolor Mini Square CC Logo Print Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Graffiti Creme & Multicolor Mini Square CC Logo Print Flap Bag From the Spring 2006 Collection. Creme and multicolor CC logo print quilted canvas Chanel Coco Mini Sq...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Chain Rare Vintage 90's Freshwater Pearl Black White Tweed Lambskin Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This LIMITED EDITION Mixed Icons bag was a sample and only made in very small quantities. This bag is made from a combination of tweed and lambskin leather with a patent leather bott...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Flap Vintage with Gold Hardware Red Caviar Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Vintage Red Caviar Classic Flap with Gold Hardware 1994 (VINTAGE 27 Years} Red caviar quilted leather Gold hardware Front flap pocket with CC turnlock closure Main zipper...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Boy Soldout Spring 2016 Fluo Medium Rare Black Neon Lime Nylon Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Limited Edition Spring 2016 RTW Fluo Neon Lime Sport Boy Bag Year: 2016 Spring Ready to Wear Chain-link strap Silver-tone hardware accents. Boy push-lock closure Black nylon ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Gold Mini Diamond Quilted CC Crossbody Bag circa 2012-2013 gold-tone leather square body diamond quilting gold-tone hardware signature interlocking CC turn-lock fastening fol...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Micro Mini Blue Cigarette Necklace Pouch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Crafted in turquoise blue leather and jet black calf hair. Featuring a textured style, gold-tone hardware, an embossed internal logo stamp, an open top design, a chain and leather s...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Red Vintage 90's CC Vanity Case Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Red Vintage 90's CC Vanity Case Crossbody Bag circa 1998 red leather gold-tone hardware padlock detail front zip fastening single flat top handle detachable shoulder strap in...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Flap Giant CC Shiny Vintage Rare Black Crocodile Skin Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small black Chanel crocodile envelope flap with vintage chain 1990 {VINTAGE 31 Years} Vintage gold hardware Interior black leather lining Crocodile detail on chain Zippered center p...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Flap Rare Vintage and Letter Nameplate Black & White Canvas Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Chanel canvas black and white flap with name plate chain 1996 {VINTAGE 25 Years} Silver hardware Interior center zipper pocket Additional center pocket Magnetic closure Mad...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Laser Etched Metallic Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Laser etched metallic leather with silver fold over clasp closure, opens to a three fold wallet. 2007 {VINTAGE 14 Years} Metallic lambskin interior Three large zippered interior poc...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Spring 2007 Limited Edition Charm Rare Black Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Amazing clutch from Chanel 2007 Runway. Has been seen on many celebs including Penelope Cruz and Victoria Beckham. Chanel has come out with several similar pieces this past year how...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Classic Flap White and Black Lambskin Leather Shoulder Bag From the Spring 2011 Collection. White and black leather Chanel Classic Medium Double Flap bag with brushe...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Black and White Cruise Logo Accordion Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Small medium quilted cruise lambskin flap in black with white trim and large CC clasp 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Silver hardware Interior centered zippered pocket Expandable flap Black...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel 2.55 Grey Reissue Canvas Denim Classic Double Flap Maxi Limited Edition
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Multi color large canvas denim quilted flap with reissue turnlock hardware and classic reissue chain Year: 2009 {VINTAGE 12 Years} Gold hardware Classic back pocket Interior ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Small Reissue Charm Paris Icons Mini Flap Bag Limited Edition
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted Chanel black lambskin charmed flap with mademoiselle closure and reissue chain Year: 2012 Antique silver hardware Interior flap zippered pocket Interior flap Interior open p...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Limited Edition Electric Neon Blue Puzzle Patent Grand Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Electric blue patent leather puzzle tote with large hanging CC charm Year: 2009 {VINTAGE 12 Years} Gold hardware Puzzle stitched design detail Double interwoven patent chain strap I...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Red Cruise Crochet Logo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel red braided crochet flap with large CC clasp closure Year: 2014 Silver hardware Thick chain Classic zippered interior pocket Red nylon interior lining Strap Drop 9” 7” H x 10...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Tweed Rare Limited Edition Patchwork Small Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel patchwork small classic flap bag Year: 2006 {VINTAGE 15 Years} Denim and cotton stitched patchwork CC eyelet and floral patch details Gold brushed hardware Classic interwoven...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Timeless Bag Rare Vintage 1990's Limited Edition Lucky Charm Black Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Timeless Bag Rare Vintage 1990's Limited Edition Lucky Charm Black Tote Made in France
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Lambskin Quilted Mini Sequin Rainbow Camera Crossbody Tote
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel lambskin quilted mini sequin rainbow camera crossbody tote Year: 2008 {Vintage 13 Years} Large antique silver CC logo zipper pull Rainbow multi-colored sequins with diamond q...
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Early 2000s Chanel