5 Vintage Treasures, 5 More Reasons To Love Chanel (& Really Mean It)

Photographed by Fernanda Silva
The quilting, the chain straps, those eponymous Cs — there's just something magical about a vintage Chanel piece. Just ask our favorite Coco enthusiasts, Kody Pangburn and Jade Furtado of fashion blog and vintage mecca VTG Wonderland.
Veritable vintage experts, the ladies spend just as much time culling through fashion archives as they do sourcing ultra-rare designer treasures, so they know their stuff...especially when they've come across something truly special.
So, we asked Pangburn and Furtado to pick out five of their favorite Chanel finds from VTG Wonderland's exclusive R29 sale and give us their expert insider info on each one. Click through to get the scoop on some seriously gorgeous vintage stunners — careful, you might learn something.
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Not only is this 1986 Chanel totally stunning, but it's also extremely rare. Chanel didn't really stray from classic black, white, tan, and navy until the early '90s, making this '80s-born beauty a bit of an anomaly. We don't know about you, but that makes us love it even more. Plus, that bonus back pocket wasn't initially intended for your iPhone — Coco liked to use it to stash her cash for easy access. A woman after our own hearts.

Chanel Pink Flap Bag, $2,500, available at R29 Shops.
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You know we don't like to play favorites, but this caviar-embossed vanity bag makes it really difficult. Not only can it be worn two different ways, but it's made of some of the softest leather we've ever touched. Accessories designer Francis Stein is credited for introducing luxe leathers such as calf- and lambskin, and these buttery materials have become trademarks of Chanel.

Chanel Caviar-Embossed Vanity Bag, $1,750, available at R29 Shops.
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In 1910, Coco Chanel opened her first shop at 31 Rue de Cambon in Paris, and a lot of jewelry from the '80s and '90s pays homage to that shop — like this iconic choker. After World War II, Chanel was forced to close all of her shops except 31 Rue de Cambon, and that boutique is still as she left it when she died in 1971. Each of the coins on this necklace is stamped with the shop's address — pretty special, right?

Chanel Rue de Cambon Coin Choker, $950, available at R29 Shops.
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Perfect size. Perfect color. Perfect bag. The signature quilting is inspired by stable boy coats and Coco Chanel's favorite cushions from her 31 Rue de Cambon apartment. Another interesting fact? Authentic Chanel quilted bags like this beauty have 10-12 stitches per square inch while knockoffs tend to have six to eight — you heard it here.

Chanel Quilted Shoulder Bag, $2,400, available at R29 Shops.
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There are two things that make this Chanel clutch that much more special. The first is that Coco's favorite flower was the camellia — the embossed bloom on one side of the bag. The second fun fact is that this design is lined with the signature burgundy lining that was inspired by the uniforms won in the convent Chanel grew up in. We like to think of this timeless beauty as a little homage to Coco…and one of the most classic accessories you can own.

Chanel Camellia Clutch, $1,350, available at R29 Shops.

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