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In the words of Coco Chanel herself, "a girl should be two things: classy & fabulous". Chanel vintage pieces, be they a classic 2.55 bag, a pair of statement earrings or a little black dress demonstrate how true this statement can be to achieve when you wear them. The legend of Coco ‘Gabrielle’ Chanel came from humble beginnings.

Born in Saumur in 1883, she spent a her teenage years in a convent where she learnt to sew. It is perhaps this frugal and austere start in life which would later influence the understated quality of her later designs. She began in fashion as a milliner but quickly moved into womenswear when her own mode of dress became widely admired in Paris as part of the fashion, with designers such as Jean Patou, to move away from fussy clothes and into wearable, fresh and simple clothes. Her designs of the 1920’s suited the modern woman and were, above all, intended to be comfortable with jersey, light silks and cotton. She said: ‘Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury.’ In this time she took inspiration from a variety of sources including Breton fishermen and the sports style of the English gentleman which she encountered when on holiday in Scotland with her lover, the Duke of Westminster. Soon she was incorporating wide legged trousers, striped tops, argyle knits and Scottish tweed into her designs.

Chanel held the belief that fashion was designed not to last but that style was timeless. Her designs and innovations have proved this to be true. It is as though, with everything she created, Chanel intended them to become classics and they are what has maintained the brand to this day. From her early career these include the CC logo in 1925 to her draped strings of pearls, the LBD to Chanel No. 5, so named as it was the 5th scent she was presented with by perfumer to the Tsars, Ernest Beaux. However, it was the second phase of her career, following the relaunch of the Chanel brand in 1954, that the most recognisable elements of Chanel were truly born, all of which were based on Chanel’s own style and wardrobe. These were the Chanel suit, the 2.55 bag and Chanel costume jewellery. Chanel had previously designed tweed suits for her customers but it was in the 1950’s and 1960’s that the classic shape and style took hold. The simple lines of the square jackets and pencil skirts (A-Line skirts in the 60’s) exactly suited the style of the day and were worn by notable women including Jackie Kennedy at the inauguration of President John F Kennedy in 1961.

The vintage 2.55 bag is possibly the most coveted piece in any Chanel vintage collector’s wardrobe. Based on a bag owned and designed by Chanel in the 1920’s, with its double flap, innovative chain strap and quilted exterior it is also one of the most widely recognised and imitated bags in handbag history. It was an instant success when it was launched in February 1955 (hence the name). These early examples in black, navy blue or brown leather or jersey with grosgrain or leather interiors are highly sought after. However, later incarnations are equally loved with Karl Lagerfeld’s CC turnlock clasp introduced in the 1980’s. The 1980’s was also a wonderful decade for Chanel jewellery with large earrings, necklaces and bracelets suiting the style of the day and they remain timeless works of art. From the smallest Chanel vintage ring to a Chanel suit or dress, from the vintage 2.55 bag to a vintage Chanel WOC, discover your own piece of Chanel style history in the Open for Vintage Chanel Collection.

 

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Vintage Chanel Red Quilted Cotton x Leather Purse Handbag

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
£500.00

Chanel Black Calfskin Leather Multi Compartment & Pocket Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£775.00

Chanel Caviar Leather V Stitch CC Mark Plate Shoulder Bag Brown

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£1,605.00

Chanel V Stitch CC Mark Shoulder Bag Brown

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£2,225.00

Chanel Tweed Classic Flap Handbag Lavender

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Purple, , Size : M
£3,710.00

Chanel Flower Motif Stone CC Mark Earrings White

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : H 3m x W 3.3cm
£250.00

Chanel Round CC Mark Brooch

Style Keyword : Brooches Label 1 : Jewellery > Brooches,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Diameter 4cm
£250.00

Chanel Edge Design Round Pearl CC Mark Earrings

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Diameter 4cm
£270.00

Chanel Round Cutout CC Mark Earrings

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Diameter 3cm
£225.00

Chanel Rhinestone CC Mark Round Earrings Neon Orange

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Orange Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Neon, , Size : Diameter 3cm
£270.00

Chanel Full Flap CC Mark Plate Mini Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,360.00

Chanel Crocodile Turn-lock Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£4,705.00

Chanel Caviar Leather CC Mark Stitch Multi Case Fuchsia pink

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Pink ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Multi ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Pink, , ,Size : L ,
£860.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Diana Flap Chain Bag 25cm White

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : M
£2,475.00

Chanel Caviar Leather 6 CC Mark Plate Backpack with Pouch Red

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Red ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Red, , ,Size : L ,
£3,280.00

Chanel Straight Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,040.00

Chanel Pearl Rhine Stone CC Mark Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : Top H 1.3cm × W 3cm Chain total length 43cm
£495.00

Chanel Gripoix Stone Logo Brooch Green/Red

Style Keyword : Brooches Label 1 : Jewellery > Brooches,Jewellery > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : H 6cm x W 6.5cm
£310.00

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,549.00

Dark Red Chevron Quilted Aged Calfskin Leather 2.55 Reissue 226 Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Red, , Size : M
£3,499.00

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : S
£2,549.00

Black Lizard & Quilted Lambskin Medium Perfect Edge Classic Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£3,799.00

Beige Chevron Quilted Caviar Leather Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£1,399.00

Black Caviar Leather Vintage Timeless Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,299.00

Chanel Black Lambskin CC Backpack

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£3,500.00

Chanel Brown Medium Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£2,800.00

Chanel Blue Caviar Wallet On Chain

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : S
£2,000.00

2002 Chanel Letter Charm Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Chanel Style : Costume Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : N/A
£1,295.00

1980s Vintage Statement Chanel Quilted Brooch

Style Keyword : Brooches Label 1 : Jewellery > Brooches,Jewellery > Chanel Style : Costume Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : N/A
£625.00

Chanel Vintage Pearl & Raspberry Red Pâte de Verre Earrings by Maison Gripoix 1980s

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Style : Costume Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Red, ,
£495.00

Chanel Gold-Plated Quilted Bracelet Embellished With Crystals - 1986

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, ,
£750.00

Chanel Gold-Plated Round Logo Earrings - 1980's

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : 2.3cm x 2.3cm / 0.9'' x 0.9''
£350.00

Chanel Gold-Plated 'Straw' Round Logo Earrings - 1994

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : 2.3cm x 2.3cm / 0.9'' x 0.9'' (approximately)
£325.00

Chanel Unworn Runway Look Cream Dress with Gold Thread Trim - 2010

Style Keyword : Dresses Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : 44 (France) - 16 (UK) / 12 (US)
£1,350.00

Chanel Cream Wool Skirt With Knitted Side Stripe - 1980's

Style Keyword : Skirts Label 1 : Womens > Skirts,Womens > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : 40 (France) - 12 (UK) / 8 (US)
£350.00

Chanel Unworn Runway Cream Jacket With Gold Thread Trim - 2010

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens > Jackets & Blazers,Womens > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : 44 (France) - 16 (UK) / 12 (US)
£1,350.00

CHANEL Matelasse W Flaps Chain Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,330.00

Chanel Gold Medallion Caviar Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : M
£1,115.00

Blue Chanel Wool Jacket

Style Keyword : Jackets & Blazers Label 1 : Womens > Jackets & Blazers,Womens > Chanel Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Blue, ,
£535.00

White Chanel Logo PVC Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : White, ,
£1,105.00

Black Chanel Square Sunglasses

Style Keyword : Sunglasses Label 1 : Accessories > Sunglasses,Accessories > Chanel Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, ,
£235.00

Black Chanel Patent Leather Belt

Style Keyword : Belts Label 1 : Accessories > Belts,Accessories > Chanel Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Colour : White Gender : Female specification : White, ,
£335.00

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote (GST) Beige Clair Caviar Gold Hardware 2013

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£2,070.00

Chanel Flower Motif Stone CC Mark Earrings Emerald Green

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : H 2cm x W 2cm
£375.00

Chanel Caviar Leather Diana Flap Chain Bag 28cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,970.00

Chanel Diana Flap Chain Bag 23cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,165.00

Chanel Design Flap Big CC Mark Plate Chain Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£1,855.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Logo Charm Drawstring Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£2,475.00

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