Inside Coco Chanel’s French Villa

Earlier this fall, Chanel announced that they had acquired Coco Chanel’s villa on the French Riviera, La Pausa. Once the holiday home of Coco Chanel, the home is back in the fashion house’s hands. reports that the land was purchased in September of 1928; from there, Chanel built, designed, and decorated the mansion all on her own terms. Completed just two years later in 1930, the home overlooks the sea and the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton, close to the Italian border.

Chanel apparently fashioned the home after the architecture of Aubazine, the former abbey transformed into an orphanage where she spent her childhood. Throughout the years the home has seen a litany of fabulous guests, the likes of which include Salvador Dali, Serge Lifar, the Duke of Westminster and Misia Sert, Pierre Reverdy, Jean Cocteau, Paul Iribe, and dozens more. After the death of the Duke of Westminster in 1954, Chanel sold the home — fully furnished — to the American writer and publisher Emery Reves. Reves continued to build on the home’s legacy, with guests and notable friends like Greta Garbo, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Winston Churchill, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis all vacationing at the residence.

After the acquisition, representatives from the Chanel camp said, “The villa is an essential testimony to Coco Chanel’s life that has now become part of the heritage of Chanel.”

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