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CHANEL (FRANCE)

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.


Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.


However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a collarless jacket and fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed.


Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.


After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.


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Stamped Chanel Black Onyx and 18-Karat Gold Camellia Cocktail Ring
By Chanel
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed and stamped 18-karat late 20th century (1999) Chanel black onyx and 18-karat yellow gold "Camellia" cocktail ring from Chanel's "Camellia Collection." The ring is...
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Late 20th Century French Modern Chanel

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Rare Large Retail Advertisement Display with Light for Chanel No. 5
By Chanel
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful back-lit original wall-mounted Chanel advertisement display formerly used in the perfume stores at the business jet-only airport "Le Bourget", right next to Charles de Gaul...
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1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chanel

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Acrylic

Original Vintage Classic Car Advertising Poster Matford V8 Art Deco Stage Design
By Chanel
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Original vintage car advertising poster for Matford V8 Une Nouvelle Vedette sur la Scene du Monde / A New Star on the World Stage featuring a fantastic design showcasing a shiny new ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Chanel

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Very Rare Large Retail Advertisement Display with Light for Chanel No. 19
By Chanel
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Wonderful back-lit original wall mounted Chanel display formerly used in the perfume store at the business-jet only airport "Le Bourget", right next to Charles de Gaulle" Airport. Th...
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1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Chanel

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Pair of Chanel Faux Pearl and Goldtone Clover Earclips
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A pair of Chanel faux pearl and goldtone clover earclips, 1994, with three faux pearls and textured goldtone hardware. Together with a box. Stamped: Chanel. Measures: 1.75" x ...
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20th Century European Chanel

Chanel Hand Flippers
By Chanel
Located in Geneva, CH
Pair of hand flippers by Chanel. Black and white rubber. The absolute chic way to swim!
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Late 20th Century French Chanel

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Red Quilted Chanel Handbag / Purse Serial 11642905
By Chanel
Located in Stamford, CT
This fine condition barely used Chanel purse is a beautiful example of this iconic design. This red like new quilted Chanel handbag or purse is no longer being made. It has extra roo...
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1990s Italian Modern Chanel

Chanel Beige Ostrich Jumbo Classic-Pristine
By Chanel
Located in Stamford, CT
This exotic Chanel is in a luxurious rich beige ostrich skin. Ostrich skin is unmistakable in appearance. It requires a very specialized production process making it quite a bit more...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Chanel

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Ostrich Leather

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