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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.

Iconic Designs from Chanel
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Designer: Chanel
Chanel 1987 Vintage Red Small Classic Double Flap Bag 24k GHW Lambskin 64794
By Chanel
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Store SKU: 64794 The iconic holy grail bag is the Chanel Classic Flap. Coveted for its simplicity and elegance - woven chain double strap that can be worn short or long, turnlock CC ...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Patent Jumbo
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Fair. Moderate wear, marks and scuffs on exterior and in interior, cracking on strap. Creasing, indentations and heavy scuffs underneath flaps, on interior flap and openin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Shoulder Straps
By Chanel
Located in PARIS, FR
Chanel shoulder straps Very good condition show some light signs of use and wear but nothing visible. A beautiful piece to match with your outfit. Packaging: Opulence dust bag Addi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

CHANEL Sneaker Trainer Fabric Suede Grey Beige Lace-Up Low Top Sz 38 22P NEW
By Chanel
Located in Hollywood, FL
GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC CHANEL 22P BEIGE GREY LACE-UP TRAINER SNEAKERS Design: - Beige, light beige and grey fabric and suede uppers. - CC at sides. - Quilted soles at sides. - Fabric ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Iridescent Pink Quilted Calfskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Iridescent Pink Quilted Calfskin Medium Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 119940 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medallion Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Caviar Leather Medallion Tote Xupes Reference: HB4652 Serial Number: 7698952 Age (Circa): 2001 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity Details: Authentic...
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Early 2000s Chanel

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: HB4592 Serial Number: 7056530 Age (Circa): 2002 Accompanied By: Authenticity Card Authenticity D...
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Early 2000s French Chanel

Chanel Orange Tinted Rhinestone Sunglasses
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
These are a 2000s Chanel gem! It doesn't get much better than this. The adorable details of these glasses can't go overlooked as they feature an orange to clear gradient lenses and t...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Slight odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear, scuffs, small marks and indentations on exterior, underneath flap and in interior. Wear on strap, scratches and tar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4686 Serial Number: 2849701 Age (Circa): 1993 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Aut...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Square Classic Flap Bag SKU: 123034 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plastic at som...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Gold Quilted Aged Calfskin Medium Pondicherry Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Gold Quilted Aged Calfskin Medium Pondicherry Flap Bag SKU: 121994 MSRP: 3400.00 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Striped Block Platform Strap Heels Spring2013
By Chanel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Leather Striped Block Platform Strap Heel by Chanel Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear Made in Italy Black and tan stripes "Gladiator" style ankle strap Adjustable leather buckle straps ...
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2010s Italian Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Trapeze Flap Shoulder Bag with Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Chanel Quilted 'Trapeze' Flap Shoulder Bag in black color from 1990 circa. Features a flap with double 'CC' turn lock closure on the front. Gorgeous gold metal strap with int...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Vanity Case Caviar Blush Pink
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel Mini Vanity Case bag in blush pink quilted Caviar leather. The shoulder leather-threaded gold chain has a drop of 22’. The bag closes with a zip and in front is the classic CC...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

90s Chanel Vintage light green silk suit with jacket and skirt
By Chanel
Located in Lugo (RA), IT
Chanel light green silk suit. Open jacket with two patch pockets and decorative logoed button; straight skirt, back closure with zip and hooks and zip. Size: 44 IT Flat measurement...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Light Blue Nylon Canvas New Travel Line Large Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Chanel light blue jacquard nylon tote bag from the 'Travel line' collection. Light blue leather top handles. 1 rear zip pocket. Signature trim on the upper part of the bag. Nylon lin...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Chanel

Chanel Green Alligator Jumbo Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A rare exquisite Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap handbag. The exterior of this Jumbo Classic is in a vivid green shiny alligator leather with gold tone hardware. It features a front flap w...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Chanel

Chanel Chocolate Brown Silk Satin Logo Pocket Blouse
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Chanel chocolate brown silk satin blouse with logo embroidered pocket. Long sleeve button front blouse with dropped shoulder yoke at front and back, wing collar, single left front br...
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1990s Chanel

CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Leather Logo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Leather Logo Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB4616 Serial Number: 2691885 Age (Circa): 1992 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity Ca...
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1990s Chanel

NEW Chanel White Small Flap Bag Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in San Marcos, CA
New Chanel White Small Flap Bag Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag Authenticity Guaranteed DETAILS Brand: Chanel Gender: Women Category: Crossbody bag Condition: Brand new Color: White ...
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2010s Chanel

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 Chanel

NEW Chanel White Small 22S Lambskin Chanel 19 Flap Bag Crossbody Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in San Marcos, CA
New Chanel White Small 22S Lambskin Chanel 19 Flap Bag Crossbody Shoulder Bag Authenticity guaranteed DETAILS Brand: Chanel Condition: Brand New Gender: Women Style: Crossbody bag ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Medium Coco Caviar Quilted Top-Handle Bag
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
SEXY and SLEEK Chanel! From the wonderful and iconic Karl Lagerfeld, this is an authentic CHANEL Caviar Quilted Mini Coco Handle Flap in So Black. This chic tote is crafted of quilte...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Small Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Small Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 119481 MSRP: 8200.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Minor ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Reissue Shopping Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Reissue Shopping Tote SKU: 122167 MSRP: 4000.00 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Con...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Marigold Camellia Velvet Classic Square Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Marigold Camellia Velvet Classic Square Mini Flap Bag SKU: 121559 MSRP: 3900.00 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

2003 Chanel Black Leather Wild Stitch Surpique Bowler Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Designed in 2003 by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, this small Surpique bowler bag would be a wonderful addition to your collection. Supple black leather with beige quilted top stitching....
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Beige Mademoiselle East-West Flap
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Go glam with this gorgeous Chanel Mademoiselle East-West Flap, crafted in beige diamond-quilted lambskin leather with contrast stitching, featuring a silver-tone chain link shoulder ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Paris-Edinburgh Boy Flap Bag Quilted Tweed with Velvet Old Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear on exterior, creasing and bubbling on shoulder pad, moderate wear and scuffs underneath flap. Light wear in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Multicolor Tweed Reissue Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Multicolor Tweed Reissue Flap Bag SKU: 118316 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Light discolorat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, marks, glitter and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, indentations, scuffs and pen mark underneath flap. Wear and discolorati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

1980s Chanel Navy Blue Quilted Leather Large Camera Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Classic is classic, and a Chanel camera bag never goes out of style. This bag dates from pre 1984 which is prior to serial numbers and hologram tags, and is the large version of the ...
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1980s Chanel

CHANEL Beige Caviar Leather Medallion Tote
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Beige Caviar Leather Medallion Tote Xupes Reference: CB715 Serial Number: 11546870 Age (Circa): 2008 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Ma...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Boy Large
By Chanel
Located in Dover, DE
CONDITION: B: Very good condition with signs of use, visual scratches. SET: Nothing, just a bag SIZE: 30/22/10 cm; Chain 106 cm COLOUR: Blue Leather material INSIDE COLOR: Beige INSI...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Metallic Gold Lambskin 19 Wallet On Chain WOC
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This stylish shoulder bag is crafted of diamond-quilted lambskin leather in metallic gold. The refined bag features a Chanel CC embellishment on the flap and a leather threaded aged ...
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2010s Chanel

Vintage 90s Chanel White Lambskin CC Tortoiseshell Sandal Heels
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel white lambskin leather CC logo made in tortoiseshell sandal heels. - Size 38. - Made in Italy
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Iridescent Quilted Lambskin Coco Punk Flap Clutch with Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Iridescent Quilted Lambskin Coco Punk Flap Clutch with Chain SKU: 121430 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Boy Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear, scuffs, marks, glitter and small indentations on exterior and underneath flap, creasing, discoloration and glitter on shoulder pad. Minor wear in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Silver Quilted Leather Camellia Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Silver Quilted Leather Camellia Mini Rectangular Flap Bag SKU: 120115 MSRP: 6300.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Orig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel new foulard bandana
By Chanel
Located in Carnate, IT
Chanel scarf. In silk. Measure 90 cm X 90 cm. Perfect condition, new.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Vintage Diana Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Small
By Chanel
Located in NY, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs, indentations and creasing on exterior and underneath flap, heavy wear on exterior and edges edges. Minor wear and scuffs in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Reissue 2.55 224
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Quilted Aged Calfskin Reissue 2.55 224 SKU: 118587 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. No visible sign...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Hot Pink Quilted Jersey Large Chanel 19 Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Hot Pink Quilted Jersey Large Chanel 19 Flap Bag SKU: 120694 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Light p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

CHANEL Grey Chevron Quilted Lambskin Chain Around Mini Rectangular Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Grey Chevron Quilted Lambskin Chain Around Mini Rectangular Flap Bag Xupes Reference: CB573 Serial Number: 25301129 Age (Circa): 2018 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Box, Au...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Boy 19 Card Holder Sky Blue
By Chanel
Located in Flushing, NY
Chanel Boy 19 Card Holder Sky Blue Condition: Brand New, Never Worn. This item comes with all the accessories.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Pine Green Crushed Velvet Mini Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Pine Green Crushed Velvet Mini Boy Bag SKU: 118996 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Scratches on interior. Brand: Ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Silver Metallic Quilted Caviar Mini Vanity Bag With Chain
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Silver Metallic Quilted Caviar Mini Vanity Bag With Chain SKU: 120755 MSRP: 1700.00 Condition: Pre-owned Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excel...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Yellow Cashmere Cardigan
By Chanel
Located in PARIS, FR
Chanel tweed Cardigan size 39 Very good condition show some light signs of use and wear but nothing visible. This beautiful piece is a must have in your closet ! 100% cashmere cardig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Navy & Black Fall 2007 Metallic Tweed Skirt
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Product Details: Navy and black metallic tweed skirt by Chanel. From the Fall 2007 Collection. Zip closure at center back. Designer size 48. 38" waist, 48" hips, 21" length. Conditi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Pale Pink Canvas Mini Deauville Tote
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Pale Pink Canvas Mini Deauville Tote SKU: 121375 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Minor discolo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

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 Chanel

CHANEL Caviar GST 13" Grand Shopping Tote Chain Shoulder Bag Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Caviar GST 13" Grand Shopping Tote Chain Shoulder Bag Black. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Contemporary....
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2010s Chanel

CHANEL Full Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Quilted Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Full Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Clutch Black Quilted made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is ...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Beige & Black Caviar Quilted Round Filigree Crossbody
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Beige & Black Caviar Quilted Round Filigree Crossbody SKU: 118560 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Never Worn Brand: Chanel Origin Country: Italy ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chanel

Chanel Two Row Black Straps Crystal Waist Belt Vintage 1998
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Chanel vintage belt, from their 1998 Fall Collection, is featured in dark silver gunmetal tone hardware with black crystals throughout the dual belt straps, which connect at base wit...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Black & White Floral Canvas and Calfskin Large 31 Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black & White Floral Canvas and Calfskin Large 31 Bag SKU: 118293 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Mint Condition Comments: Mint Condition. Plasti...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chanel

Chanel Vintage Black and White Silk Camellia Camelia Bow Hair Clip
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Lovely vintage Chanel barrette hair clip. White silk Camellia flower with black silk bow. 'Made in France' engraved on the back of the clip. 'Chanel CC Made in Framce' oval tab on th...
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20th Century Chanel

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