Assouline and Chanel are offering a very special limited edition — a hand-made slipcase in the fashion house’s iconic tweed for the publisher’s three-book set on Chanel fashion, jewelry and perfumes. Only 30 tweed slipcovers will be available, and the exclusivity comes at a price. Each is priced at $2,500 and sold at Assouline as well as Neiman Marcus.
To commemorate Coco Chanel and the release of these books, I have put together a list of facts about her, that maybe you never heard before:
- She was born in France in 1883 and was part of a big family, as one of five children.
- When Coco was 12, her mother passed away from tuberculosis and her father left the family; she spent the next six years in an orphanage.
- She became a licensed hat-maker and owned her first shop in 1910.
- She is credited with popularizing the concept of “costume jewelry” in the 1920s, creating seasonal jewelry that mixed fake pearls with real stones.
- After a fortune-teller told her that 5 was her lucky number, she named her perfume Chanel No. 5, and it made her millions.
- She invented the “Little Black Dress” in 1926.
- She died in 1971 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris at the age of 88.
- She was a Leo and collected lions.
- Whenever she went to her apartment on Rue Cambon, there were orders to spray Chanel No. 5 around the stairway so her signature scent would greet her.
- She was the first designer to put her own name on a fragrance.
- She was bisexual.
- Her German lover, Hans Günther von Dincklage, was a spy for the Nazis.