Learn about Chanel, Coco

Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1909 and went on to launch her own couture houses in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz. From humble origins, she became one of the greatest icons of fashion in the 20th century.

The creator of the little black dress and Chanel No. 5, Chanel pioneered a new style of women’s clothes, combining simplicity and comfort with elegance, to create an unmistakable style which had a great influence over the fashions of the 1920s and 30s.

Her innovations in costume jewellery were introduced through her Paris salon, where she opened a boutique specializing in accessories and jewellery.

Instead of copying the style of fine jewellery, her costume jewellery was designed specifically to reflect the elegant simplicity of her clothes and to compliment and ‘finish’ an outfit.

The simple but effective use of multiple strings of faux pearls with a black pullover epitomises this style. Other key pieces for Chanel include gold tone chains, pate-de-verre jewellery from Maison Gripoix and classic Maltese cross cuffs designed by Verdura. more...

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A handbag by Chanel, styled in fuschia quilted tweed fabric with silver metal hardware and woven chain shoulder strap, 25, 16 x 6 cm, boxed

A coin purse by Chanel, in quilted black leather, boxed

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black textured leather with conforming handle and gold metal hardware, having a stitched 'CC' monogram, 26 x 32 x 6 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with gold metal hardware and woven leather chain strap, 19428898, authenticity card included, 23 x 14 x 6 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with faux pearl 'CC' monogram clasp, having a multi-strand gold metal and faux pearl handle, 15 x 26 x 6 cm, boxed

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather with gold metal hardware and monogram 'CC' clasp, 32 x 29 x 12 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in quilted black caviar leather with woven leather chain metal strap and silver metal hardware, authenticity card included 11651309, 16 x 13 x 7 cm, boxed

Chanel, Mini 2.55 flap bag charm, black quilted lambskin, gold tone hardware with single leather and chainlink strap, exterior slip pocket, button closure, red leather lining, stamped 'Chanel, made in France, height 8 cm width 9 cm

A vintage 2005 Chanel futuristic hard case handbag, premier edition, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, black lamb skin, silver metal flat chain section strap. With Certificate card 5686540, the bag with same number.

A handbag by Chanel, styled in denim with quilted red leather trim, having woven reed leather and chain shoulder straps and gold metal hardware, 1737641, 31 x 26 x 10 cm

A 2.55 handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather, with woven leather chain metal strap and gold metal hardware, style number 3558778, 25.5 x 16 x 7 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in cream quilted leather, with black leather trim, woven leather chain metal strap and white metal hardware, trim with authenticity card, 19037123, 22 x 14 x 7 cm

A vintage handbag by Chanel, styled in black leather with raised 'CC' monogram, having woven leather and chain shoulder straps and gold metal hardware, 21 x 19 x 11 cm

Chanel classic beige quilted hand bag gold tone chain straps interwoven with beige leather, Chanel hardware to clasp, with original dust bag

A handbag by Chanel, styled in tan leather, with resin and leather straps, 5502110, 31 x 23 x 10 cm.

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black patent leather, with brushed silver and leather strap, and brushed silver hardware, 17873634, 20 x 13 x 6 cm.

A 2.55 handbag by Chanel, styled in beige leather, with a gold metal chain strap, and gold metal hardware, 17592233, 28 x 18 x 9 cm, as found.

A silk scarf by Chanel, styled with red Mademoiselle and quilted Chanel handbags, on a black background, 85 cm square, with envelope.

A Cubed Pochette by Chanel, styled in black quilted lambskin with a pressed cube pattern, finished with short shoulder strap, authenticity card included, 8050136, 20 x 10 x 6.5 cm.

A handbag by Chanel, styled in blue jean and quilted red leather, with gold metal chain and woven red leather straps, and gold metal hardware, 1737641, 31 x 26 x 10 cm.

A handbag by Chanel, the single flap bag styled in black perforated leather, with cream leather rope shoulder straps, and gold metal hardware, 6484345, 25 x 15 x 6 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in suede and shearling, with conforming shoulder strap and silver metal hardware, 6163825, 22 x 15 x 8 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather, with gold metal and leather straps, and gold metal hardware, authenticity card included 11721370, 25 x 25 x 9 cm, with box

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted leather, with silver metal and black leather strap, and silver metal hardware, 37 x 21 x 17 cm

A waist belt bag by Chanel, styled in navy quilted leather, with gold metal hardware, 17 x 11 cm, belt length 82 cm

A satchel by Chanel, styled in black patent quilted leather with silver metal hardware and strap, 13035150, 46 x 28 x 13 cm

A handbag by Chanel, styled in black quilted caviar leather, with black leather and gold metal chain straps, and gold metal hardware, authenticity card included, 40566266, 30 x 23 x 10 cm

A handbag by Chanel, the double flap handbag styled in peach quilted patent leather, with a silver metal and patent leather strap, and silver metal hardware, 36552211, 25 x 15 x 6.5 cm

A handbag by Chanel, the circular handbag styled in navy quilted leather, with leather tassel, gold metal chain and leather strap, with box, diameter 17 cm

A quilted lambskin double flap handbag, Chanel. Gold hardware, interwoven lambskin strap. Width 20cm. Height 15cm. Depth 6.5cm.

A black quilted caviar handbag, Chanel. Gold hardware, chain leather strap. Height 11cm. Width 22cm. Depth 6.5cm.

A gold lambskin leather mini classic flap handbag and coin purse, Chanel. Gold hardware and strap. Width 19cm. Height 12cm. Depth 5cm.

Chanel, black quilted leather bag, c. 1980, zip around closure with two exterior slip pockets, internal zip pocket, gold tone hardware, chain link and leather shoulder straps, stamped 'Chanel', with COA card, height 19 cm width 35 cm depth 5 cm

Chanel, boy flap clutch bag, black diamante embellishment within quilted pattern, black leather lining and interior slip pocket, silver tone hardware, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA card and dustbag, height 13 cm width 26 cm depth 5 cm

Chanel, Sequin embroidered flap bag, Cruise collection 2015, with brown satin lining and interior pocket with zip closure, gold tone hardware, adjustable gold chain link and leather strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA card and dustbag, height

Chanel, large classic double flap bag, black quilted lambskin, exterior ticket pocket, internal slip compartments, gold tone hardware, adjustable gold tone chain link and leather strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA card and box, minor wear to

Chanel, 5 x 5 = CHANEL' canvas shopping tete bag, spring/Summer collection 2015, with black leather strap handles, black grosgrain piping and whistle accessory, burgundy fabric lining, two interior slip pockets, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA ca

Chanel, tweedboy flap bag, pre-spring collection 2015, calfskin and multicoloured tweed, internal slip pocket, silver tone hardware, adjustable silver tone chain link and leather strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in France', with COA card and dustbag, height 14

Chanel, flower power' boy flap bag, spring/Summer collection 2015, printed graffiti design on quilted lambskin, internal slip pocket, silver tone hardware, adjustable silver tone chain link and leather strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA card,

Chanel, small boy flap bag, bubble gum rose pink quilted velvet and lambskin, internal slip pocket, ruthenium hardware, adjustable ruthenium chain link and leather strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy', with COA card, height 12.5 cm width 20 cm depth 7 cm

Chanel, python double flap bag, brown metallic finish, exterior ticket pocket, brown leather lining, internal slip compartments, antiqued gold tone hardware, adjustable gold tone chain link and python strap, stamped 'Chanel, Made in France', with COA card

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