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...Chanel closed her business when she was exiled to Switzerland during World War II, following her affair with a Nazi officer.
She re-invented the Chanel brand throughout the 1950s and into 1960s, working with designer Robert Goossens, producing long, rosary style necklaces, with chains of pearls and beads, and Maltese cross brooches decorated with glass cabochons in her signature colours of red and green.
In the mid 1950s the House of Chanel introduced leather handbags with metal and leather chains, which allowed carrying the handbag from the shoulder or in hand, and later, quilted-leather handbags.
After the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, control of the company passed to the Wertheimer family who had been shareholders and partners in the business since the late 1920s.
In the 1990s the company diversified into other luxury goods, including watches, sunglasses, all types of clutches and bags, and affordable jewellery.
As of the present time, Chanel S.A., known as the House of Chanel, is a French private company, that remains in the ownership of billionaires Gerard and Alain Wertheimer.
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Chanel, East West classic flap shoulder bag, nude quilted lambskin with silver tone hardware, leather and chain link shoulder strap, turn lock closure, leather lining with interior slip compartments, stamped 'Chanel, Made in France', with COA card,
Chanel, pill box clutch bag, ruthenium hardware cage with logo embellishment, push down clasp closure, chain link shoulder strap, aged brown leather interior, labelled 'Chanel, Made in Italy, height 9.5 cm width 14 cm depth 4 cm
Chanel, Mini Sequin flap evening bag, black lambskin with black sequin embellishment, black hardware turn-lock closure and chain link and leather shoulder strap, black satin lining, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy, height 8 cm width 14 cm depth 4.5 cm
Chanel, flap shoulder bag, black quilted calfskin, ruthenium push-lock closure and adjustable chain link shoulder strap, zip pocket to back, burgundy suede leather lining, stamped 'Chanel, Made in France, height 16 cm width 26 cm depth 4 cm
Chanel, 'Chain Around' Hobo shoulder bag, black quilted matelasse lambskin with silver tone hardware, plaited leather and chain link shoulder strap, snap lock closure with fold over flap, grosgrain lining with interior zip pocket, stamped 'Chan
Chanel, Shopper tete bag, navy blue quilted caviar leather, silver tone hardware logo charm, slip pockets to side, leather top handles and adjustable chain link and leather shoulder strap, canvas lining, interior zip pocket, stamped 'Chanel, Made in It
Chanel, classic flap cruise charm bag, limited edition, black quilted lambskin, exterior slip pocket, gold tone hardware with turn lock closure, nautical charms attached to chain link and leather strap, single interior zip pocket, stamped 'Chanel, Made
Chanel, Jumbo classic flap bag, black quilted caviar leather, exterior slip pocket, gold tone hardware with turn lock closure, adjustable chain link and leather strap, black leather lining, internal slip compartments, stamped 'Chanel, Made in Italy, he
Chanel, XXL Airline classic flap bag, spring collection 2016, black quilted aged calfskin, ruthenium hardware with turn lock closure, adjustable chain link and leather strap, exterior slip pocket, black woven mesh lining with zip compartment, stamped '
Pair of 18ct white gold and diamond earrings, Chanel, each of bombe form, pave-set to the centre with brilliant-cut diamonds framed by a Matelasse contour, approximately 12.5mm, signed Chanel, numbered 8J106, clip fittings.
18ct gold, pearl and enamel ring, Chanel, centring three cultured pearls framed by a beaded surround, above a continuous black enamel and gold tapered hoop bordered by a beaded edge, size J, signed Chanel, numbered 1C4613.
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