As one of the world's most desired companies to work for and certainly one of the most iconic, Chanel has had a longstanding history since its inception by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel in 1909. We've summed up seven interesting things that you might not know about the brand and Coco herself.
Chanel's use of stars was inspired by pavements in Aubazine, a monastery in France where Coco grew up as an orphan.
Similarly, the iconic interlocking Cs came from stained glass windows in an Aubazine chapel.
Chanel first started off as a singer in the Moulins. She was named "la petite Coco" after two songs from her repertoire: “Ko-Ko-Ri-Ko” and “Qui qu’a vu Coco?".
4. THE LION
The lion motif was inspired by her trip to Venice in 1920. While the lion is a symbol of Saint Mark the apostle and the emblem of the city, it's also her star sign Leo.
5. NO. 5
Chanel's No. 5 is the best-selling perfume of all time. Each bottle is sealed by hand with a baudruchage, pearl cotton thread and hot wax stamped with the double Cs. No. 5 was launched in Chanel's Paris boutique on the 5th of May in 1921. In a 1954 interview, when asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe famously said "5 drops of Chanel No. 5".
Chanel's first Paris shop didn't sell couture and instead sold hats, which was what Coco was first known for.
Her beige-black shoes aim to make feet look smaller and legs longer.