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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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Vintage Chanel Regal Crown Logo Coin Medallion Brooch
By Chanel
Located in Austin, TX
Coveted Chanel Brooch from the mid 1980's and 90's. High Polish. Collection 26. Karl Largerfeld was appointed as head designer (1983) and he sought consciously to evoke the style ...
Category

Late 20th Century French Chanel

Materials

Gold Plate

Chanel Vintage 1980s Gold Chain Link Belt with Pearls Beaded Tassel Swag
By Chanel
Located in Dayton, OH
Circa 1988 Chanel gold toned chain link and alternating faux pearl swag belt. Features an eye catching tassel dangle with miniature pearls. Adjustable with hook closure. Collection 2...
Category

1980s Modern Vintage Chanel

Materials

Gold

Stamped Chanel Black Onyx and 18-Karat Gold Camellia Cocktail Ring
By Chanel
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed and stamped 18-karat late 20th century (1999) Chanel black onyx and 18-karat yellow gold "Camellia" cocktail ring from Chanel's "Camellia Collection." The ring is...
Category

Late 20th Century French Modern Chanel

Materials

Onyx, Gold

Chanel Quilted Blush Pink Lamskin Wallet
By Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Iconic quilted diamond pattern wallet in a blush pink lambskin with miniature Chanel charms on front. 2 compartments with a center zippered pocket. New never carried, comes with box ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chanel

Materials

Lambskin

Original Vintage Classic Car Advertising Poster Matford V8 Art Deco Stage Design
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
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 ...
Category

1930s French Art Deco Vintage Chanel

Materials

Paper

Very Rare Large Retail Advertisement Display with Light for Chanel No. 19
By Chanel
Located in Amsterdam, NL
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...
Category

1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chanel

Materials

Acrylic

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 ...
Category

20th Century European Chanel

Chanel Hand Flippers
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
Pair of hand flippers by Chanel. Black and white rubber. The absolute chic way to swim!
Category

Late 20th Century French Chanel

Materials

Rubber

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Chanel Quilted Leather Purse
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Black lambskin leather flap bag purse. Square quilting, gold tone metal. CC turn latch. Leather interior lining. 2 slide pockets and lipstick pocket. Authenticity card and dust ...
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Late 20th Century French Chanel

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Chanel Pearl Hoop Earrings by Victoire de Castellane
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A wonderful pair of hoop earrings with faux pearl by Victoire de Castellane for Chanel.
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Chanel Logo Cuff
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Vintage Chanel Brown and Gold Scarf
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1950s Queen Anne-Style White Lacquer Upholstered Bench
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Chanel "Camilla" Swarovski Crystal and Lucite Cuff
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This authentic black Chanel cuff is studded with crystals encased in black resin. Underside tag engraved with 03 A, "Made in France". 1.5 height, .25" depth, 3" diameter.
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Authentic Chanel Black Sunglasses with Gold Tone Double C's
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Chanel 18-Karat Gold Camellia Hoop Earrings
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Black and Gold Chanel Sunglasses
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Chanel Paris Black and White Mother of Pearl "CC" Logo Sunglasses
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Chanel Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Chanel Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of gold and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Chanel Furniture collection, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Chanel were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style. Many customers also consider Furniture by Pierre Balmain Furniture, S. T. Dupont Furniture and Yves Saint Laurent Furniture. Prices for Chanel furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $650 and tops out at $5,867, while pieces like these can sell for $1,650 on average..