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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
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Classic 11.12 Handbag
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Boy Chanel Handbag
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Chanel 19 Handbag
CHANEL Single Flap Maxi Bag Black Caviar with Silver Hardware 2010
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Classic Single Flap Maxi Bag Black Caviar with Silver Hardware 2010. This stunning bag is in pristine condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the hardware is s...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel S/S 1989 campaign runway Grand Hotel print full skirt with matching belt
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Chanel's spring-summer 1989 collection iconic and collectible rare skirt that features the iconic graphic "Grand Hotel" print that appeared on the runway and campaign for that season...
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1980s Chanel

A Chanel Couture Silk Blouse from a Fashion Show Circa 1980
By Chanel
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1980 France Paris Elegant Chanel Haute Couture (attributed to) blouse in navy blue silk crepe dating from the early 1980s. Long sleeves slightly puffed, round collar adorned w...
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1980s Chanel

CHANEL Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Diana Flap Chain Shoulder Bag Crossbody Black Quilted Lamb. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This item is Vintage / Clas...
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1980s Chanel

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap Medium Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This i...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Mademoiselle Lock Accordion Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Med
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior and handle, small mark on front pocket, peeling and loose stitches on handle ropes. Wear in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel White Caviar Maxi Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel excellent condition maxi flap in white caviar leather and silver tone hardware. Collection 15. Shoulder drop 11”/19” Comes with hologram and original box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel BLACK & MULTICOLOUR JEWELED SILK VINTAGE CC SCARF
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Chanel BLACK & MULTICOLOUR JEWELED SILK VINTAGE CC SCARF CONDITION NOTES The exterior is in excellent condition with minimal signs of use. Overall this item is in excellent pre-owne...
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1990s 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 ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Yes, Chanel is one of the most desirable luxury brands in the world. This top-class designer brand creates their products from quality raw materials and high production methods while employing some of the best-known talent in the fashion world. Find many Chanel accessories and apparel on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Chanel doesn't usually make men's clothing. The brand has never offered a full menswear line. However, Chanel does have partnerships with designers that occasionally yield items for men such as suits or neckties.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The latest prices for the Chanel wallet on chain is $3,100. There are many variations of this classic design, with some selling for closer to $2,100.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Chanel recommends storing your boy bags by wrapping the chains or straps in tissue paper and storing them upright in the original pouch. Other sources suggest stuffing the bag with acid-free tissue paper to support its shape and make sure the chain or strap is well-padded so it doesn’t imprint the bag. Shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage and new Chanel bags from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can buy a Chanel Mini Flap bag directly from Chanel’s website or one of Chanel’s boutiques. Additionally, you may find a Chanel Mini Flap bag in one of Chanel’s retail partners’ stores. Shop a collection of authentic Chanel Mini Flap bags from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.

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