Chanel acquires Coco Chanel's home
The fashion house is set to redecorate, refurnish and restore the villa
Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco Chanel's home on the French Riviera has been purchased by the fashion house she founded. Known as 'La Pausa', the villa was built in 1930 and designed as well as decorated to Gabrielle's preference. WWD reports that the interiors were "new, simple and modern".
Built by architect Robert Streitz, the home overlooks the Mediterranean and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Its design was also inspired by Aubazine, the 12th century orphanage where Gabrielle spent her childhood.
Gabrielle and her partner, the Duke of Westminster used to host their famous friends such as Salvador Dalí, Pierre Reverdy and Jean Cocteau. When the duke passed away in 1954, Coco sold her home; furniture and all to an American writer called Emery Reves. The villa has been empty since Emery and his wife Wendy Reves's passing in 1981 and 2007 respectively.
"It is thus an essential testimony to Gabrielle Chanel's life that has now become part of the heritage of Chanel. After renovations to restore it to its original spirit, La Pausa will take on a new lease of life and radiate the culture and values of Chanel," the brand said in a released statement.
We're sure Karl Lagerfeld has a few tricks up his sleeve for the grand home; we'll just have to wait and see.