10 Things You Didn't Know About Chanel

Even the biggest Chanel fans among us might not know all there is know about the fashion house. What really put Coco Chanel on the map when she started out? How many hours does it actually take to construct a haute couture jacket? Why are camellia flowers spotted everywhere from the runway to shopping bags at boutiques? All of these questions and more are answered in a series of short films, called Inside Chanel, which, as the name suggests, provide an inside look at all things Chanel.

The latest film, Gabrielle Goes West, details Coco Chanel’s first visit to the United States. I dove into the new film—but the videos that were released earlier—and walked away learning so many interesting secrets about the French fashion house. Ahead, find out 10 things you didn’t know about Chanel—from where the iconic Chanel N°5 perfume got its name to why black became a hallmark color. I’ve pulled out quotes from the films that go into detail about these little-known facts about Chanel. Scroll to the end of the story to watch the latest installment of the Inside Chanel video series.

“Along with five being her lucky number, Chanel’s first perfume was named Chanel N°5 because the men Chanel liked preferred the fifth sample of perfume presented to them.”

Next, find out about Chanel’s latest It shoe.

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