|The grand dame.. Coco|
Chanel was born to an unwed mother, Jeanne Devolle, a laundrywoman, in a facility for the indigent in Saumur, France. This was Devolle's second daughter. The father, Albert Chanel was an itinerant street peddler who with horse and cart lived a nomadic life, traveling to and from market towns, the family residing in rundown lodgings. .
Having learned the sewing arts during her six years at Aubazine, Chanel was able to find employment as a seamstress. When not plying her trade with a needle, she sang in a cabaret frequented by cavalry officers. It was at this time that Gabrielle acquired the name “Coco,” a name possibly derived from a popular song she sang, or an allusion to the French word for kept woman: cocotte.
|Another Classique dame.. Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.. still oozes her charm after all these years.. Dupois 1901 and still going strong!|
|Kept in pristine condition.. well done team Sofitel Metropole..|
|A pleasure to meet you.. can't wait to be back!|