Legendary Parisian fashion house Chanel has long had a connection with the sea. From Coco Chanel opening her first fashion boutique in Deauville, France and taking inspiration from the surrounding sailors to current creative director Karl Lagerfeld hosting a #CruiseWithKarl dinner aboard a yacht in New York, the ocean has always held a special place at the heart of this coveted brand. Click through to see a history of Chanel and the sea…
On September 30, 1928, Mademoiselle Chanel purchased land overlooking the Med at Cap-Martin on which she would build her stunning La Pausa villa. Eighty-seven years later to the day, the brand announced it had reacquired the villa and would begin renovations to restore it in the original spirit of Coco Chanel.
Being the only of Chanel’s properties built to the designer’s exact specifications, the villa is of particular significance thanks to the guests who stayed there. Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Paul Iribe frequently visited Chanel and the Duke of Westminster at the home while celebrity yacht fans including Winston Churchill, Jackie Onassis and Greta Garbo stopped by when it was later sold to Emery Reves.