7 Things You Might Not Know About Chanel

Mike de Dulmen (1957), CHANEL Collection Paris / culture.chanel.com

Mike de Dulmen (1957), CHANEL Collection Paris / culture.chanel.com

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. 

1. Stars

Chanel's use of stars was inspired by pavements in Aubazine, a monastery in France where Coco grew up as an orphan. 

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2. CC

Similarly, the iconic interlocking Cs came from stained glass windows in an Aubazine chapel.

3. Coco

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?". 

Anonymous (1878), Photo by Édouard Deransart, Bibliothèque nationale de France Collection, Paris / culture.chanel.com

Anonymous (1878), Photo by Édouard Deransart, Bibliothèque nationale de France Collection, Paris / culture.chanel.com

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Douglas Kirkland / inside.chanel.com

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. 

Willy Rizzo (1960) / culture.chanel.com

Willy Rizzo (1960) / culture.chanel.com

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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". 

Didier Roy (2014) / Chanel

Didier Roy (2014) / Chanel

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Bob Beerman/REDUX / inside.chanel.com

6. Hats

Chanel's first Paris shop didn't sell couture and instead sold hats, which was what Coco was first known for. 

Léon Fauret (1913), Photo by Suzanne Nagy, Bibliothéque des Arts Décoratifs / culture.chanel.com

Léon Fauret (1913), Photo by Suzanne Nagy, Bibliothéque des Arts Décoratifs / culture.chanel.com

7. Two-Tone

Her beige-black shoes aim to make feet look smaller and legs longer. 

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