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The soul of MADEMOISELLE Chanel

A peaceful place after all-night fun

Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz Hotel: A mysterious love story

Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel, located on Place Vendôme, was started construction in 1889 by a group of French architects Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Charles Mewès, and Bernard Gaucherel.

In 1910, Mademoiselle Chanel opened her first boutique at 21 Rue Cambon.

Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz Hotel: A mysterious love story

Coco Chanel photographed at the Ritz Hotel in 1957

In 1935, Mademoiselle Chanel returned to live at the Ritz Hotel.

Three decades of ups and downs

When living at the Ritz Hotel, Mademoiselle Chanel did not stay in a fixed room but changed from time to time.

Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz Hotel: A mysterious love story

Coco Chanel’s room

In 1939, World War II broke out and Paris was occupied by Nazi Germany.

In 1945, after World War II ended, the boutique at 31 Rue Cambon reopened, and Mademoiselle Chanel moved into suites 304 and 305. From her room, she could see

A personal touch at the Ritz

While living at the Ritz Hotel, Mademoiselle Chanel spent a lot of time decorating her personal room with furniture such as lacquer paintings carved with art by Cocteau and Christian Bérard, beige suede sofas, and lamps.

Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz Hotel: A mysterious love story

Coco chanel stood in her suite.

Mademoiselle Chanel and the Ritz Hotel: A mysterious love story

Coco Chanel © 2000 Mark Shaw

The history of the Ritz Hotel and the life of Mademoiselle Chanel always leave intimate marks.

The history of the Ritz Hotel and the life of Mademoiselle Chanel always leave intimate marks.

The history of the Ritz Hotel and the life of Mademoiselle Chanel always leave intimate marks.

The history of the Ritz Hotel and the life of Mademoiselle Chanel always leave intimate marks.

The history of the Ritz Hotel and the life of Mademoiselle Chanel always leave intimate marks.

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