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Chanel Vintage Collection

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 vertical quilted black shoulder bag

Vintage Chanel vertical quilted black shoulder bag
£1,754.50

Chanel Tunic Dress Black White Zebra Pattern Sequin Trim

Great condition - gently used
£760.00

Chanel Lilac Leather Classic Flap Shoulder Bag

Chanel lilac classic flap in excellent condition.
£2,823.91

Chanel 1985 Vintage Pearl Gripoix Brooch

Love this CHANEL brooch made in 1985 ! Adorned with CHANEL pearls, top class crystals that catch the light and twinkle like the brightest star and topping it all off gorgeous amethyst and citrine coloured poured glass, by the House of Gripoix.
£585.00

Beige Chanel Camellia No. 5 Tote bag in Beige

Beige quilted canvas Camellia
£800.00 £1,435.00

Chanel Cotton Matelasse quilted Chain Shoulder Bag

Chanel Cotton Matelasse quilted Chain Shoulder Bag
£755.00

Chanel Chevron Stitch W-Chain Shoulder Bag

Chanel Chevron Stitch W-Chain Shoulder Bag
£2,265.00

Chanel Paris Map Canvas Hand Bag

Chanel Paris Map Canvas Hand Bag>
£445.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Tassel Chain Shoulder Bag

Chanel Caviar Skin Tassel Chain Shoulder Bag
£1,595.00

Chanel Vintage Gripoix Green Xl Gold Logo Clip On Earrings

Chanel Vintage Gripoix Green Xl Gold Logo Clip On Earrings
£230.00

Chanel Vintage Xl Pearl Camellia Earrings

Chanel Vintage Xl Pearl Camellia Earrings
£230.00

Chanel Gold Tone CC Logo Oval Shaped Earrings

Authentic Chanel gold tone earrings.
£185.00

Chanel Gold Tone CC Logo Flower Motif Earrings

Authentic Chanel gold tone earrings.
£155.00

Chanel Multicolor Quilted Cotton Jersey Reissue Silver Hardware Shoulder Bag

Really nice Chanel multicolor bag in quilted cotton.
£1,117.12

Chanel Grey Double CC Tote Bag in Cotton and Leather

Really nice Chanel Tote Bag in cotton style towel and leather wiith fringes.
£1,331.61

Chanel Tweed Camelia Messenger Bag. Seen in 2005 Catwalk Look 21

Really nice Chanel Messenger bag in Tweed and leather with Camelia.
£1,769.52

Chanel Red Limited Edition Shoulder Bag

Chanel Red Limited Edition Shoulder Bag
£2,275.00

Chanel Boucle Ladies jacket

Colour : beige, Condition: Excellent, Size : 40
£935.00

Chanel Black Linen High Waist Chain Wild Legs Pants

Vintage Chanel black linen waist silver hardware chain pants from 1998 pre-collection
£593.02

Chanel Pink Classic Flap Chain Bag 23cm

Chanel CF Chain Bag 23cm Baby Pink
£2,530.00

Chanel Black Denim Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm

Chanel Black Denim Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm
£3,130.00

Chanel Black Crocodile Double Flap CC Turn-lock Chain Bag

Chanel Black Crocodile Double Flap CC Turn-lock Chain Bag
£5,065.00

Chanel Black Lizard Turn-Lock Mini Chain Shoulder Bag

Chanel Lizard Turn-Lock Mini Chain Bag Black
£5,195.00 £5,570.00

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