House of Chanel is a privately-owned company based in France and an authentic Chanel bag should be stamped with the brand name Chanel and Made In France on the interior of the bag. The first Chanel purse was introduced by the designer in 1955.
An authentic Chanel handbag features interlocking Cs with symmetrical stitching. New Chanel handbags come in a black dust bag, while vintage Chanel bags come in a white felt bag. Chanel bags do include an authenticity card but do not have any attached tags. Chanel was founded in 1909 by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and the design house is located in Paris, France with more than 300 Chanel stores worldwide.