Gabrielle Chanel cultivated the art of paradox. The woman behind an understated, pared-down style that revolutionized women’s fashion was equally fond of the baroque, which inspired the decor of her apartment on rue Cambon and her Byzantine jewelry collections. The COCO fragrance, true to her nickname, reveals the whimsical, radiant facet of her intense personality in a mysterious, provocative scent.
Designed in 1921, The Classic Bottle is striking in its simplicity. The chiseled stopper was inspired by the geometry of Paris’s Place Vendôme, which Mademoiselle could gaze at from the balcony of her room at the Ritz.
Since then, CHANEL has practiced the art of baudruchage to seal bottles of Parfum. Performed entirely by hand, the technique consists of placing a fine membrane over the neck of the bottle and holding it in place with 2 rows of pearl-cotton thread. It is then closed with a black wax stamp.