Gabrielle Chanel

Imani Montgomery


Gabrielle Chanel on August 19, 1883, in Saumur, France. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father, She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew.

Starting out

Around the age 18 Chanel began a singer. She performed in night clubs, bars, etc.. This is where she got the nick name Coco from. the age of 20, Chanel had an relationship with Etienne Balsan who offered to help her start a millinery business in Paris. Soon she left him for one of his friends, that had a fashion venture.


Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she fashioned out of an old jersey on a chilly day. In response to the many people who asked about where she got the dress, she offered to make one for them. In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which was the first to feature a designer’s name. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion.

Success traits

"Stick to your mission"