Coco Chanel’s Apartment

I have died and gone to Chanel heaven! …. Now I just need to win the lottery, lol.

31 Rue Cambon, one of the most famous addresses in fashion, a place where one of the most influential and intriguing designers in history set up her first shop and eventually called home.

Boy Capel (a wealthy businessman and Coco’s lover for 10 years) helped her acquire the 31 Rue Cambon location in Paris in 1910.  Chanel’s vision was to replace the very opulent, sexy pieces of the early 20th Century with clothing that was simple, comfortable and conveyed casual elegance (we can thank Chanel for freeing the women of the world of corsets).  Chanel remained the company’s Chief Designer from 1909 until her death in 1971 at the age of 87.  Today, Chanel is most famous for creating what we now know as the ‘LBD’ Little Black Dress and is one of the few major fashion houses still privately owned.  Jointly owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, the great-grandsons of the early Chanel partner Pierre Wertheimer.

A guilty voyeuristic pleasure of mine is the website The Coveteur which gives you a behind the scenes sneak peak inside the closets of internationally influential cultural forecasters and shows you what culminates their personal style – one item at a time.  AKA closet and fashion porn!  Since I’m a little OCD I can’t get enough of seeing how people organize their closets.  The Coveteur recently covered Chanel’s entire apartment at 31 Rue Cambon and since my pics won’t do it justice, check out theirs….

The Coveteur Coco Chanel’s Apartment

Here are a few vintage pics and couple from the outside.  Oh and the famous mirrored staircase Coco herself designed so that she could sit on them, unseen by anyone, while her clothes were being shown and watch peoples initial reactions.