26 Things You Probably Never Knew About Chanel

2016-8-24 fashion Jewelry & Watches

There's no confusing those interlocking Cs; the iconic Chanel logo is one we've all seen (and craved). But before the brand became a lust-worthy label, it was just a modest millinery shop in Paris. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, whom we know as Coco, changed the course of fashion history when she began her business in 1909. She first rose to popularity during the turn of the century, but shoppers still go wild for the quilted bags and two-toned shoes imagined so long ago.

So how did Chanel grow to become the powerhouse it is today? We looked back on the brand's longstanding history to find out exactly what makes it so special. Because as Coco once said: "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Read on for a mini history lesson on the brand that transformed women's fashion forever.

The iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume was created in 1921.

Coco reportedly wanted "a woman's perfume with a woman's scent." The iconic bottle's diamond stopper was inspired by Paris's Place Vendome.

She also popularized her eponymous two-toned shoes and gold-chained handbags.

Her accessories, especially handbags, became popular during the brand's resurgence in the 1950s. The quilted bag debuted in February 1955.

And while the classic accessories will continue to rule . . .

You could also invest in a Chanel Hula-Hoop bag from the Spring 2013 collection (which will only set you back $2,400).

The brand continues to expand.

Most recently, it launched jewelry on popular shopping site Net-a-Porter.com, which you canshop now.

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