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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 Black Caviar Quilted Snap Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Excellent condition. Quilted black caviar leather with gold CC logo along front. Snap flap closure opens to maroon nylon interior with enough space for cards/ids. No stains smells or...
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2010s Chanel

1995 Rare Chanel Pink Boston Bowling Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
1995 Chanel pink quilted BOSTON bowling tote bag featuring a pink chevron quilted, front black leather logo, top handles. Circa 1995. Please note that vintage items are not new and...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Spring 2007 Dogtooth Jacket
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
From the Chanel collection of spring 2007, comes this unique black and white dogtooth jacket. The bodice is loose fitting and cut on the bias, to give the two fronts of the jacket a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel 2018 Coco Neige Shearling Trimmed Quilted Suede Backpack
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Made in Italy, this beautiful 2018 Chanel ‘Coco Neige’ backpack has been made from cream shearling trimmed quilted tan suede exterior and matching interior with one zip leather pouch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Patent Leather & Aged Calfskin Small Gabrielle Hobo
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Blue Ombré Quilted Patent Leather & Aged Calfskin Small Gabrielle Hobo SKU: 112458 MSRP: USD 5,000.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: Handbag Condition: Ve...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Multicolor Leather, Denim and Raffia Patchwork Medium Single Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This beautifully fashioned bag will surely be a favorite in your closet. Crafted in a patchwork style using denim, raffia, and leather, this piece has a woven chain link and an ideal...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Beige Quilted Leather And Leather Jumbo Easy Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Chanel's Flap Bags are famous around the world and easily revered as classics in the realm of handbags. The Easy Flap bag is from that fabulous lot and it comes flaunting their signa...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Timeless Medium double flap Shoulder bag in beige quilted leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful Chanel Timeless/Classique handbag with double flap in beige quilted lambskin leather, gold-tone metal hardware, a gold-tone metal chain handle intertwined with beige leathe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel 19 Round Clutch on Chain with purse
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
This is an exquisite piece the Chanel 19 round clutch with 2 chains in pink tweed leather with a small coin purse attached. Two purses for the price of one.! A preloved, used bag in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

WOMENS DESIGNE Chanel Runway Transparent Flap bag Blue
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel’s creation of a transparent single flap bag which is rain and scratch resistant. This flap bag will protect your expensive small leather goods inside during rain and snow seas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Jumbo Yellow Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Yellow Jumbo Bag. Caviar bright canary yellow color. Silver hardware. Excellent condition. Rare color. Guaranteed authentic.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Coco Cuba Libre Dress
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Coco Cuba Libre Dress Sz.38 Black/White color Very good condition.
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Black Acetate 5331 Polarized Butterfly Sunglasses 51/20 140mm
By Chanel
Located in Rome, Rome
Chanel butterfly sunglasses mod. 5331 - c.501/S8. They feature black acetate frame with scratches effect. Ssilver metal CC logo on the arms. Polarized gradient grey lenses. Mod & ref...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

New Chanel Black Symbols Iconic Logo Cashmere Shawl
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brand new 65% cashmere 35% silk black and white iconic symbols square oversize shawl. Comes with original tag.
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Coco Neige Quilted Goose Down Black Jacket US 8
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Coco Neige Quilted Goose Down Black Jacket - Coco Neige Goose down jacket - Mid Length - CC button - Coco Neige badge on the back - Featuring black and white wool around...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
"CHANEL Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Mini Boston Xupes Reference: CB415 Serial Number: 8689349 Age (Circa): 2003 Authenticity Details: Serial Sticker (Made in Italy) Gender: Ladies ...
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Early 2000s Chanel

NWT Chanel Cruise 2004 Size 40 Grey Silk Jersey Grecian Style Halter Gown C04
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful vintage new w/ tags CHANEL by KARL LAGERFELD Cruise silk jersey gray halter gown ! Features a ruched bodice with CC logo at right waist. Sexy open back reveals just the rig...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Silver Leather And Tweed Fabric CC Block Heel Slingback Sandals Size 39.5
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Your elegant feet deserve the best and what better than these sandals from Chanel. The regal sandals are crafted from tweed fabric and come with complementing silver-hued leather cap...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Button Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Chanel Vintage Resin earrings, button model with clip closure. CC logo in gold-plated brass.The product has already had a previous life, it may have small imperfections that tell its...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Chanel

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Gold Plate, Base Metal, Brass

Chanel Multicolor Floral Watercolor Print Ruffle Cotton Blouse
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Perfect for spring summer and easy to dress up and down through the day, this Chanel long sleeve blouse is a must have feminine fashion piece. Designed in multicoloured floral water...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Timeless Medium double flap Shoulder bag in beige quilted leather, GHW
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
Beautiful Chanel Timeless Medium handbag with double flap in beige quilted lambskin leather, gold metal trim, a golden metal chain handle intertwined with beige leather allowing a ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

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

Chanel Beige Quilted Caviar Leather Reissue Tote
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
When it’s Chanel, you know it’s classic! This versatile beige bag by Chanel made of caviar leather is subtle yet super stylish with its gold finish turn lock and braided chain handle...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Black White Block Heels Pearls Boots
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel black white block heels pearls boots. Very rare item. Sz.39. Condition is very good. No original packaging.
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2010s Chanel

Vintage Chanel Clip Circa 1970s
By Chanel
Located in Virginia Beach, VA
Oxidized gold with braided motif adorned with CC Chanel signature. Clip earrings with pate de verre cabochons in teal blue. Stamped CHANEL in the back with the mark used in the 60s-70s
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1960s Art Deco Vintage Chanel

Chanel White Leather Pointy Toe Faux Pearl Pumps (37 EU)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
These Chanel pumps feature white and black leather with a faux-pearl fixed at the heel. CC logos The heel is finished with CC logos that on the heel. The shoes have a leather lined u...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Calfskin Pearl Crystal Queen of France CC Belt (32/80)
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This elegant belt features a Chanel CC gold buckle that is trimmed with crystals and has an inlay of small faux pearls and a calfskin black belt. Year, 2020. COLOR: Black MATERIAL: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Runway Button Metal Logo Large Dangle Drop Statement Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This stunning and classic Chanel earrings feature large CC with an gold tone metal engraved with "Chanel Paris." Sold out in stores. COLOR/MATERIAL: Gold toned metal MEASURES: H 4....
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Gold CC Brooch 2018
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Chanel CC Gold Brooch, from the 2018 collection. Intricate design on the logo, featuring a pin on the back, all in very good condition. COLOR: Gold MATERIAL: Metal ITEM CODE: B18 8 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Black Resin and Crystal CC Wide Cuff Bracelet 2013
By Chanel
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This lacquered cuff statement piece by Chanel features gold tone metal details, shiny pink crystals encrusted in a large CC center logo and a hinge and push clasp closures. From the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

2000s CHANEL Silver Toned Rhinestone CC Charm Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Bangkok, TH
This year 2000 Chanel silver toned necklace features a rhinestone encrusted CC pendant. Measures 43cm Charm 3.2cm. Stamped 00A made in France. Comes with box. Condition - Minor sign...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Chanel Black Silk Layered Sleeveless Dress - US 00
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Chanel Black Silk Layered Sleeveless Dress - Round neckline - Concealed zip closure at the back - Layered asymmetric details to the skirt - Fully lined Materials: 100% Silk Made ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Vintage Enamel and Pearl Necklace
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Chanel Vintage Enamel and Pearl Necklace in very good condition. pearl and gunmetal beads on silver chain with enamel stone accents and crystal details. Can be worn doubled or triple...
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Early 2000s Chanel

CHANEL black wool SHEER HIGH WAISTED WIDE LEG Pants 36 XS
By Chanel
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Chanel sheer high-waisted pants in black wool (88%) and nylon (12%9. With one decorative CC button on the front side in black and pewter, and two pleats on the front. ...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Haute Couture Vintage 2pc Purple Wool Jacket & Skirt Suit W Braided Belt
By Chanel
Located in Portland, OR
This outstanding vintage celebrity owned Chanel Couture jacket top and skirt suit is in a sublime magenta and plum purple chevron lightweight wool challis with a braided leather bel...
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1980s Chanel

Chanel Red Gripoix Vintage Bracelet
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Red Gripoix Bracelet is in exceptionally good vintage condition. It is a very early Chanel piece from the 1954-1971 era. Deep red Gripoix glass stones set in g...
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20th Century Chanel

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Medium Flap Bag With Top Handle
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Just stunning.! This sleek Classic Top Handle is crafted fromchevron quilted aged calfskin leather in pink. The bag features a fuchsia lizard top handle A preloved bag in excellent c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Sage & Multicolor Tweed Jacket & Vest Set
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage sage, black, and white tweed jacket and vest set by Chanel. Circa 2002. Jacket features peaked lapel, dual welt pockets, and a button closure. Vest features ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Vintage 1990s Green/Amber Stone Brooch/ Pendant
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel 1997 Vintage Green/Amber Stone Brooch/Pendant w. Faux Pearls. This piece can be worn as a brooch, or the back hook can be attached and used as a pendant on a necklace. Mad...
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1990s Chanel

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Square Mini Flap
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Just stunning.! This Chanel Square Mini Flap bag is timeless and classic which can be worn as a cross-body or a shoulder bag. This bag is preloved and in very condition. The rutheniu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

WOMENS DESIGNER Chanel Timeless Clutch
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
The Chanel Timeless Classic Clutch Bag is what the celebrities are coveting. This popular Chanel style features a sleek design with a silvertone CC logo clasp reveals a spacious inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel CC Floral Crystal Silver Tone Drop Earrings
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
These earrings from Chanel are so pretty, you'll love flaunting them for your most special outings! Crafted from silver-tone metal, these hoop earrings have a floral-shaped drop that...
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2010s Contemporary Chanel

A Chanel Vintage Silk Foulard
By Chanel
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A Chanel foulard made in Italy, it's in perfect conditions.
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Vintage Full Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Mini
By Chanel
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This is a chic shoulder bag that is finely crafted of diamond quilted lambskin leather. The bag features a gold chain link and leather shoulder strap and a flap that opens to a leath...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel, Vintage Timeless in navy blue
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Timeless vintage marine - Condition: Very good condition. Sign of wear on Leather, Minor scuff at the back of the bag, Minor sign of wear on base corners ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Red Leather Coin Purse
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Red Leather Coin Purse is in excellent vintage condition. Bright lipstick red leather purse with large interlocking CC stitched on the front. Zippered top wit...
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Late 20th Century Chanel

CHANEL 2.55 Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black Purse Lambskin
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL 2.55 Classic Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black made of black Lambskin Purse. The color is Black. The outside material is Leather. The pattern is Solid. This...
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1980s Chanel

Chanel Limited edition 1995 Football
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
A limited edition 100% leather Chanel black and white football. Features the iconic interlocking CC. Just for kicks. Colour: Black/ White Composition: 100% Leather Measurements: C...
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1990s Chanel

Chanel Cruise Canvas Patchwork Shopper Tote
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Canvas Patchwork Shopper Tote from Cruise Collection. Unique khaki green chevron pattern tote bag. Rare and limited collection. Gold hardware. Big collector's piece. Includes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Rare Vintage Chanel Runway PVC Wide Brimmed Hat
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The ultimate in accessories making luxury craftsmanship. The Iconic House of Chanel always provides us with timeless and classic pieces. This beautiful hat takes timeless creation to...
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Early 2000s Chanel

Vintage CHANEL Cornucopia Pearl Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage CHANEL Cornucopia Pearl Brooch Symbol of abundance. Measurements: Height: 2.75 inches (7 cm) Width: 3.74 inches (9.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authentic CHANEL. - Double cornuco...
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1980s Vintage Chanel

Chanel Baby Blue Identification Cotton Biker Jacket
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage baby blue cotton biker jacket by Chanel Identification. Circa 2002. Pointed collar. Silver-tone hardware. Dual hip pockets. Zip closure at front. Designer si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel, Diana in black leather
By Chanel
Located in Clichy, FR
- Designer: CHANEL - Model: Diana - Condition: Good condition. Minor sign of wear on Leather, Minor sign of wear on base corners - Accessories: Authenticity Card, Strap (Non Removabl...
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2010s Chanel

1990s Chanel Black Leather Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Vintage Black Leather Tote Bag. Soft lambskin leather bag with gold hardware. Good condition. 24 kt gold plating on hardware. From the 90's. Beautiful bag. Nice longer straps....
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

CHANEL Cambon Long Wallet Black and Silver Calfskin with Silver Hardware 2012
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
CHANEL Quilted Cambon Long Wallet Black and Silver Calfskin with Silver Hardware 2012. This stunning Cambon wallet is in very good condition, the wallet still holds its original sha...
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2010s Chanel

Chanel Women Sandals Blue Leather EU 36
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Product Description: Shoe, leather, solid color, side logo, buckle fastening, gold-tone hardware, open toe, low and flat heel Includes: - Box - Product care - Dust bag Product Cond...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Mini with Pearls Crossbody Bag
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black with Pearls Mini Bag. Crossbody bag. Gold hardware. New from 2020 collection. Never worn. Beautiful bag. Pricing for Chanel keeps increasing. Add this to your collection...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Maxi Black Caviar GHW Double Flap
By Chanel
Located in Athens, GA
Chanel Black Maxi Caviar leather with gold hardware. Pristine mint condition. Black caviar leather is very durable and highly sought after. This is the largest size of the Classics. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel Women Pumps Black Leather EU 37.5
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
Product Description: Pumps, leather, solid color, suede, gold-tone hardware, square toe, branded insole, branded sole, tapered heel, mid heel, flowers application Includes: - Dust ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Chanel

Chanel J12 Pink Blush Quartz Movement Ladies Watch H6755
By Chanel
Located in Wilmington, DE
Materials White ceramic Steel Case White highly resistant ceramic and steel case Bezel Steel unidirectional rotating bezel with white varnish and powder pink indicators Dial White-la...
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2010s Chanel

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  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 5, 2021
    A cap toe is a type of shoe that has horizontal stitching on the toe box that runs from the welt on one side to the other forming a cap shape on the toe box, hence the name cap toe. Cap-toe shoes are dressy and common business wear. They are mostly lace-up shoes (Derby or Oxford) but cap toes are also seen on loafers and monk strap shoes. On 1stDibs, you can find a range of modern and designer cap-toe shoe styles to choose from.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Since Chanel offers a variety of perfumes, the best Chanel perfume really comes down to preference. Arguably the world's most iconic perfume, however is Chanel No. 5.
  • House of CarverApril 3, 2021
    Vintage Chanel bags can vary in price and at times be worth more than new production Chanel bags. It all depends on the model, condition, age, and rarity of the bag. A vintage Chanel bag in good condition can start at $2,000 and go up to $30,000.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A body chain is an accessory made of metal that is meant to be worn around the body. Typically, body chains are worn across one's chest, back or around one's hips.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Chanel is so expensive because it is a top-class designer brand which creates their products from quality raw materials and high production methods while employing some of the top talent in the fashion world. The brand's innovative designs along with its creative marketing strategy make Chanel a highly coveted brand.