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CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

1990s Chanel Black Leather Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1990s black quilted leather vintage Chanel classic mini flap bag with gold-tone hardware, single chain-link and leather shoulder strap, CC gold-tone turn-lock closure at front flap. ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Lambskin Quilted Leather Medium 19 Flap Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This Chanel handbag is made with supple lambskin quilted leather in black. The bag features signature diamond stitching, gold and sliver tone hardware, a front flap with the signatu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Leather Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Lambskin Vintage Double Flap Bag. 24 kt gold plated hardware. Coveted vintage Chanel with burgundy color leather interior. Great condition for vintage. Hard to find 9" w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
Chanel Mini Flap made of black fabric with golden hardware. Closure with CC hook, internally not very large. Equipped with a leather and chain shoulder strap. It seems in perfect con...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Fabbric Mini Flap Bag
H 5.12 in. D 2.37 in. L 7.09 in.
Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This single flap bag from Chanel comes in super soft lambskin leather. In the front the double CC logo is attached and it has the classic chains which have shoulder drop of 9 inches....
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
  • Chanel Soft Black Jumbo Flap Bag
H 8 in. W 4.5 in. L 11.5 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel classic maxi flap bag with signature oversize "CC" logo. Turn lock closure. Black quilted lambskin and goldtone hardware. Very good condition. Strap, 25"L - 14"L. Comes with h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Lambskin Maxi Flap Bag
H 9 in. W 4 in. L 13 in.
Chanel Black Classic Flap with Wallet Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Flap Bag with Wallet. Black lambskin leather bag with wallet that can be attached inside with a snap. Medium size bag. Vintage bag with 24 kt gold plating on hardware an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This Chanel Reissue is a buy that is worth every bit of your splurge. Exquisitely crafted from black velvet into an adorable shape, it carries the iconic Mademoiselle lock on the fla...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
  • Chanel Black Velvet Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
H 5.52 in. W 1.19 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Black Leather Bucket Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Leather Bucket Flap Shoulder Bag in excellent condition. Black leather lambskin exterior trimmed with silver hardware and woven chain and leather shoulder strap. Unique ...
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2010s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Black Fabric Full Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Black Leather Fabric Full Flap Shoulder Bag with gold-tone hardware, interior zip pockets, nylon lining, chain-link shoulder strap, and flap closure. Please note: Vintage snap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Flat Stitched Leather Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Flat Stitched Leather Flap Bag is in very good condition. A variation of the Classic Flap, this versatile medium sized bag has flat stitching and a three...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Flap Shoulder Bag with gold-tone hardware, interchangeable chain-link and leather shoulder strap, tonal leather lining, interior flap pockets at snap cl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Tweed Swarovsky Crystal Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Grey Tweed Swarovsky Crystal Detailed Bag. Flap bag with gorgeous crystals. Silver hardware. Stunning evening bag or can be worn everyday. Can be worn crossbody or doubl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
  • Chanel Classic Black Double Flap 10"Bag
H 6 in. W 2.5 in. L 10 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Mademoiselle Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Black Quilted Leather Flap Bag- EXCELLENT PLUS Condition Elegant and timeless, this medium sized shoulder bag is a smart addition for any polished wardrobe. Black leather is q...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Reissue Gold Jumbo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel jumbo reissue double-flap bag. Black distressed leather and gold tone hardware metal. Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop: 11"/20"L. Hardware a little bit faded. Comes with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Quilted Leather Medium Boy Flap Bag
H 5.52 in. W 3.15 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Black Velvet Giant Reissue Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
All of Chanel's designs are made with high attention to style and craftsmanship. This Reissue flap bag has been created with the same spirit from velvet then strung by shoulder strap...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Running Chain Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Running Chain Flap Bag SKU: 111178 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Minimal scratching to buckle. Small marks to i...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Smooth Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Smooth Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Smooth Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Smooth Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
  • Chanel Black Smooth Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
H 8.67 in. W 2.76 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Supermodel Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Supermodel Flap Bag SKU: 111184 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Marks to inside flap. Small dimple to paten...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

1996 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3958 Serial Number: 3428839 Age (Circa): 1996 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker ...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Matelasse Chain Flap Black Nylon Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
This shoulder bag features a nylon body, silver-tone chain straps, zip around detail, front flap with interlocking CC twist lock closure, top zip closure, exterior slip pocket and in...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3923 Serial Number: 1655811 Age (Circa): 1990 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial Sti...
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1990s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Double Flap Shoulder Bag with gold-tone hardware, interchangeable chain-link and leather shoulder strap, tonal leather lining, interior flap pockets at ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Lambskin Pleated Leather Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Black Lambskin Pleated Leather Single Flap Bag One of the most desirable bags in the world the Chanel flap style is a super versatile design that can be worn with any look an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Medium Classic Flap is in pristine condition. A truly timeless classic, the medium flap bag easily transitions from day to evening and is ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel flap bag in black quilted lambskin leather. Silver metal hardware. CC clasp in silver metal and black enamel with snap. Light gray silk inner lining with three flat pockets in...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
  • CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Quilted Lambskin Leather
H 8.86 in. D 4.14 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Reissue Accordion Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Irvine, CA
Black lambskin leather Chanel Reissue Accordion Flap Bag with silver-tone and gold-tone hardware, convertible chain-link with leather shoulder straps, beige woven lining, zip pocket ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Black Leather Flap Bag with Tassel
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Chanel black leather flap bag with tassel. - Featuring a "CC" stitching logo in front. A knot on the top of the strap. - Made in Italy. - Height: 8 inches. Length...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Pleated Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Chanel black leather classic flap shoulder bag in excellent condition. Pleated black leather upon top flap with diamond quilted leather throughout. gold chain shoulder stra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy and Black Sequins Evening Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black and blue sequins quilted design evening single flap with silver tone hardware.Can be worn cross body. Shoulder drop 12"/22". Collection 2014. Comes with hologram and ori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Chanel Black Crinkled Calfskin En Vogue Rope Flap Bag SKU: 106958 MSRP: USD 4,800.00 From the 2019 Collection, the unique En Vogue is crafted in Crinkled Calfskin wit...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

CHANEL Flap Bag in Black Smooth and Quilted Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL flap bag in black smooth and quilted leather. This CHANEL flap bag is in smooth lambskin. The topstitching is black. The hardware is in silver metal. It has a Mademoiselle cl...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Airlines Black Quilted Lambskin XXL Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Airlines Black Quilted Lambskin XXL Single Flap Bag SKU: 111180 Handbag Condition: Excellent Condition Comments: Excellent Condition. Hairline scratches to hardware. No other...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Leather New Medium Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as they carry irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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 Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Beige/Black Quilted Leather Large Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
The Boy flap bag is an icon of Chanel's. This here is a version in beige and black leather. It brings the signature label within the fabric interior and the iconic CC push lock on th...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Chevron Calfskin Rock The Corner Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Chevron Calfskin Rock The Corner Flap Bag is in excellent condition. An edgy sister to the classic flap style, it is updated with quilted gold metal acce...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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

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

CHANEL Mini Flap Bag in Black Patent Braided Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
CHANEL Mini Flap Bag in Black Patent Braided Leather. It is in patent leather braided in superposition on a smooth black leather. It is embroidered with a beige cord thread. The hard...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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

1991 Chanel Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag Xupes Reference: HB3956 Serial Number: 1498982 Age (Circa): 1991 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag Authenticity Details: Serial St...
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1990s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Flap Bag Medium Madison Chain Me Black Lambskin Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned Chanel black lambskin leather Madison Chain Me flap bag from 2008. Supple lambskin leather exterior with silver hardware. Interior lined in quilted fabric with 1 ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Patent Leather Double Flap Envelope Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black Patent Leather Double Envelope Bag is in excellent vintage condition from the late 1980's- early 1990's. The elegant silhouette is a true classic and a g...
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Late 20th Century Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel 9" Black Classic Double Flap Bag with Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double-flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: Shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Black Patent Leather 2 way Classic Flap Shoulder Bag in very good condition. Black quilted patent leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware. 2 separate compartments each w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Classic Flap Quilted Black Lambskin Leather Cross Body Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel black lambskin quilted flap Year: 2013 Antique gold hardware CC turnlock closure Classic interwoven chain Lambskin Burgundy interior lining Interior rear open back pocket Int...
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2010s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel 2.55 Reissue Transparent Classic Flap Black Lamb Leather Vintage Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Transparent Classic 2.55 Flap Vintage Clear Naked Flap Chanel Transparent Classic Medium Flap Bag with black lambskin piping. Features Chanel interwoven black lambskin chain ...
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Early 2000s Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage Black Quilted Patent Leather Reissue Flap Bag XL Shoulder Bag Spacious carry-all version of the classic Chanel Reissue Flap Bag featured in the XL size, rendered in b...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from caviar leather in a quilted design, it bears the signature label on the...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

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 Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Maxi Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from Caviar leather in their quilt design, it bears their signature label on...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black Quilted Patent Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag SKU: 111175 MSRP: USD 7,400.00 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Faint marks an...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Navy Blue/Black Leather New Medium Boy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Every Chanel creation deserves to be etched with honor in the history of fashion as it carries irreplaceable style. Like this stunner of a Boy Flap that has been exquisitely crafted ...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black & White Jersey and Houndstooth Boucle Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Black & White Jersey and Houndstooth Boucle Single Flap Bag SKU: 110336 Handbag Condition: Very Good Condition Comments: Very Good Condition. Scratching to hardware. Light m...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

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Chanel Black Flap Bag For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary chanel black flap bag you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Beige, Brown and more options on these pages. If you’re looking for a chanel black flap bag from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 18th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is a Chanel Black Flap Bag?

The price for a chanel black flap bag starts at $403 and tops out at $49,995, and on average, selling for $3,323.

chanel Biography and Important Works

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.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Shoulder Bags for You

Ever since we’ve needed an accessory to carry our personal items when we’re on the go, shoulder bags have proven indispensable. Today, vintage and designer shoulder bags are such a treasured part of fashion history that they even get their own museum exhibitions.

Prior to bags becoming an essential piece of any ensemble for any gender, women wore pockets strung on ribbons as garments that were separate from their gowns, accessible by openings in the fabric. Small handbags and handheld purses were developed before the accessory gained importance as functional and fashionable. Most had more in common with wallets than anything else.

While the bags of the 16th century warranted ornament, such as exteriors embroidered with silver-gilt thread and beads, it wasn’t until the late 18th century and early 19th century that the design and craft of bags had really broadened. Handheld purses were finished with details that were meant to garner attention, and bags were fitted with shoulder straps. A stylish shoulder bag meant that women could tote jewelry, cash and perhaps a decorative snuff box full of tobacco to an evening ball across town.

The early 1900s saw the introduction of gold and silver minaudières. The patenting of these compact bejeweled clutches has been attributed to revered French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, and today they remain a fashion favorite. One of Judith Leiber’s innovative minaudières even earned a role in the movie Sex and the City.

A luxury shoulder bag is a work of art with a long, fascinating origin story, and entire brands and fashion lines have emerged around creating the perfect versions of shoulder bags and top-handle bags. For example, the iconic Hermès Kelly bag, which was popularized by actress Grace Kelly, is a widely coveted, collected and often faked entry from the handbag hall of fame. And while vintage Gucci tote bags have their own dedicated fan base, collectors and lovers of luxury are likely familiar with the Dionysus, a pared-down Gucci shoulder bag that manages to make a substantial statement anyway.

Embrace a classic look with a vintage shoulder bag designed by Chanel, Givenchy or Fendi — find yours on 1stDibs today.