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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
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Classic 11.12 Handbag
Classic 11.12 Handbag
Boy Chanel Handbag
Boy Chanel Handbag
2.55 Handbag
2.55 Handbag
Chanel 19 Handbag
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Huge Snow Globe Red Chanel Number 5
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Robert Goossens Rosebush Wall Mirror, Maison De Chanel, 24K Gilded Bronze, Paris
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Rare 1980s Chanel Gripox Collection Necklace
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Vintage early 1980s Chanel Gripox Cross Pendant on a 72cm Necklace. Very rare collection piece for CC-Collectors.
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Chanel Vintage, Timeless Black Quilted Jersey Handbag
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Lovely Chanel timeless handbag in black quilted jersey bought in the early 80s in the Chanel Boutique located 19 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris. Hardware in gilt metal, chain strap in gil...
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Original Vintage Classic Car Advertising Poster Matford V8 Art Deco Stage Design
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Original vintage car advertising poster for Matford V8 Une Nouvelle Vedette sur la Scene du Monde / A New Star on the World Stage featuring a fantastic design showcasing a shiny new ...
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Pair of Chanel Faux Pearl and Goldtone Clover Earclips
By Chanel
Located in Buchanan, MI
A pair of Chanel faux pearl and goldtone clover earclips, 1994, with three faux pearls and textured goldtone hardware. Together with a box. Stamped: Chanel. Measures: 1.75" x ...
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Very Rare Large Retail Advertisement Display with Light for Chanel No. 19
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Wonderful back-lit original wall mounted Chanel display formerly used in the perfume store at the business-jet only airport "Le Bourget", right next to Charles de Gaulle" Airport. Th...
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