7 Things You Didn't Know About Coco Chanel

Most of us have probably looked through the window of their store, looking at the gorgeous handbags and fragrant perfumes, and the lavish clothes on display. You’ve seen pictures of their stone-faced models walking down the ramp at high-end shows around the world. You’ve also probably never been inside their store, but heard about the brand one too many times - Chanel.

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To many, it’s just another luxury brand they can’t even imagine buying from, but when we learn about the founder of Chanel, the brand becomes far more interesting. Over a century ago, in 1909, the brand was founded by Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel). 

Today, she’s the only fashion designer to be listed in Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential People of the 20th Century. An icon, no doubt - and today, on her birthday, we give you 7 things you didn’t know about Coco Chanel. 

Although She Went on to Achieve Great Things, She Came from Humble Beginnings

The world may know her as a revolutionary designer, but Coco Chanel was born into a poor family as an illegitimate child to a laundrywoman named Jeanne Devolle Chanel and street vendor Albert Chanel. She spent her early childhood moving from town to town with her parents and five other siblings, where they resided in ramshackle lodgings. When she was 11 and her mother 32, however, her mother passed away, and she was sent to an orphanage. She Lived in an Orphanage for a Part of Her Childhood