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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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Chanel Silk Satin Piping Design Straight Flap Turn-lock Mini Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : S
$4,507.32

Chanel Loop Design Flap Turn-lock Plate Shoulder Bag Yellow Ocher

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Yellow, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$2,609.16

1950s Chanel by Goosens Byzantine Cross Pendant Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Label 5 : Just In Condition : Good Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Good
$2,609.16

Chanel Round Cutout CC Mark Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Top diameter 3.2cm Chain total length 59cm
$450.08

Chanel Pearl Cutout CC Mark Necklace

Style Keyword : Necklaces Label 1 : Jewellery > Necklaces,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : Top diameter 1.8cm Chain total length 34cm
$632.72

Chanel Designed Flap CC Mark Plate Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$2,974.44

Chanel Caviar Leather Turn-lock Plate Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$2,700.48

Chanel V Flap Turn-lock Plate Fringe Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$2,974.44

Retro Chanel Blue Velvet Gunmetal Logo Bangle 2013

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Style : Costume Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Good
$906.68

CHANEL Matelasse Quilted Diana Flap Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$1,735.09

Chanel Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Wallets,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 5.9 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 8 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodWallets Decade : 1990-1999 Size : S
$2,369.32

Chanel Small Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 6.3 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 8.6 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 1990-1999 Size : S
$1,544.86

Chanel Black Camellia Embossed WOC Wallet On Chain Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Wallets,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Style : Contemporary Height (inches) : 4.5 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 7.5 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , FairWallets Decade : 2010- Size : S
$1,854.03

Chanel Mini Square Small Chain Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Wallets,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 5.9 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 7.8 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodWallets Decade : 1990-1999 Size : S
$2,369.32

Chanel 2.55 Double Flap 10" Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 6.5 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 10 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
$2,575.45

Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 6.7 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 10 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 1990-1999 Size : M
$1,957.09

90's Vintage Chanel All Black Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 2000-2009 Size : M
$3,470.91

Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Height (inches) : 5.5 Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Width (inches) : 9.3 Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 1990-1999 Size : M
$1,647.92

Chanel Red Tweed and Steel Bangle Bracelet

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Metal : Steel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Excellent
$1,494.35

Chanel Purple Tweed and Steel Bangle Bracelet

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Metal : Steel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Purple, , Excellent
$1,339.76

Chanel Coral Leather Top Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Decade : 2010- Size : M
$3,916.24

Chanel Red Chevron Quilted Lions Head Classic Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$4,328.49

Chanel Black Pleated Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$3,916.24

Chanel Vintage Black Leather Drawstring Bucket Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, GoodShoulder Bags Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
$1,855.06

Chanel Burgundy Caviar Leather Square Quilted Shoulder Bag Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Tote Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, Leather, ExcellentTote Bags Decade : 2000-2009 Size : L
$2,679.54

Chanel Black Leather Pleated Top Flap Classic Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Decade : 2010- Size : M
$2,473.41

Chanel Maroon Leather Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Top Handle Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, Leather, GoodTop Handle Bags Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
$2,473.41

Chanel Grey Black and White Tweed Fur and Ribbon Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Top Handle Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , ExcellentTop Handle Bags Decade : 2010- Size : M
$3,916.24

Chanel Black Patent Leather Quilted CC Logo Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Top Handle Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, GoodTop Handle Bags Size : M
$2,164.24

Chanel Silver CC logo Teardrop Pearl Dangle Earrings

Style Keyword : Earrings Label 1 : Jewellery > Earrings,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Metal : Silver Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, , Excellent
$1,520.12

1997 Spring collection Vintage Chanel Golden Brooch

Style Keyword : Brooches Label 1 : Jewellery > Brooches,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, Gold, Good Decade : 1990-1999
$568.81

Chanel Diana Flap Chain Bag 23cm Pink

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$5,407.48

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$2,791.80

Chanel Paris Limited Round Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Shoulder Bags Size : M
$3,059.24

Blue Quilted Denim & Blue Calfskin Leather Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$3,781.97

Black Heavy Stitch Quilted Calfskin Leather Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$2,607.85

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$2,999.22

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$3,325.37

Black Lambskin Vintage Jumbo XL Timeless Shopping Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Tote Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentTote Bags Size : L
$2,477.39

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$2,868.77

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$2,868.77

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$3,260.14

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Mini Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$2,868.77

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$3,325.37

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : M
$2,999.22

Red Quilted Lambskin Vintage Small Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Shoulder Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Material : Leather Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, Leather, ExcellentShoulder Bags Size : S
$2,999.22

Black & Navy Quilted Lambskin Large Shopping Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Vintage Handbags > Tote Bags,Vintage Handbags > Chanel Handbags Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, , ExcellentTote Bags Size : L
$3,390.60

1980s Vintage Chanel Quilted Medallion Bracelet

Style Keyword : Bracelets Label 1 : Jewellery > Bracelets,Jewellery > Chanel Jewellery Style : Costume Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : N/A
$1,663.34

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