There is no doubt that Pairs is an extremely important and influential city. Its rich history,

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There is no doubt that Pairs is an extremely important and influential city. Its rich history, beautiful architecture, legendary art museums and world-renowned food combine together to create a lovely place to live in and visit. However, many people do not know about the history of fashion in Paris. Sure, most have heard of famous designers like Chanel or Dior, but cannot say that they know about the history behind those household names. The founders of each company all have an incredible story to tell filled with inspiring tales of harnessing God given talents to rise to the top of the fashion world. One of the most well-known and respected high fashion brands of all time is Chanel. Today, it is worth billions of dollars, but that was…show more content…
It was while she was with him that she began designing hats, first as a hobby, then as a legitimate business. Balsan spoiled Chanel until 1908, when she began her second affair with one of his friends, Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel, a member of the elite English upper class. Their affair lasted nine years, through his marriage to an English aristocrat, but ultimately ended in 1919 when he died in a car accident. Chanel continued to design hats, and by 1910 she was a licensed milliner and had a boutique at 21 rue Cambon in Paris. He was the one to send her to Paris and finance her first shop. By 1912, her hats were beginning to become famous, and Chanel’s business was getting more and more profitable. Before his death, Capel financed another boutique for Chanel. This one, located in the resort town of Deauville, sold luxurious yet casual clothes for leisure and sport made from simple fabrics like jersey that had never been used for women’s clothing before. Today, jersey is one of the most popular fabrics for clothing, regardless of the type of garment or gender of the person its being sold to. Fueled by the success of her Deauville shop, Chanel opened another boutique in 1915 in a town on the Côte Basque called Biarritz. Biarritz’s location was key to her success because it remained neutral through World War I. This allowed it to become an oasis for wealthy exiles and Spanish

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