The fashion empire Chanel has re-acquired La Pausa, the luxury villa on the French Riviera built by the legendary designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, at the end of the 1920s
September 30, 1928 was a special day in Gabrielle Chanel’s life, she purchased land in Cap Martin on the French Riviera, to build the only home she ever designed. 87 years later the house of Chanel has acquired the iconic villa to refurbish it in a manner that reflects the luxury brand’s “culture and values.”
It is therefore 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
Built by architect Robert Streitz, villa La Pausa was finished in 1930 and designed to meet Gabrielle Chanel’s preference. Though simple, the interiors were innovative and elegant, yet inspired by Aubazine, the 12th century orphanage where Coco spent her childhood. The designer is said to have made regular trips from Paris to oversee the entire project and to ensure that the colors and ornamentation would be done in neutral-toned way.
While in La Pausa, Gabrielle and her partner, the Duke of Westminster used to be visited by their famous friends such as Salvador Dalí, Pierre Reverdy and Jean Cocteau. When the duke passed away in 1954, Coco sold her fully furnished home to an American writer called Emery Reves. It then became host to guests such as Greta Garbo, Jackie Onassis and Winston Churchill. After Reves died, his wife Wendy kept the home until she passed away in 2007. She was the home’s last owner, until now.
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