Ultimately, Coco Chanel opened her first store, Chanel Modes, the place she offered hats. Whereas the store was, in some ways, an thrilling first step into the world of vogue, it was additionally clouded by her difficult love life, which was, from the start, intertwined together with her skilled life.
Round this time, Chanel had not one however two lovers — Etienne Balsan, a French officer, and Boy Capel, an Englishman. When Chanel tried to go away Balsan to be with Capel, a dramatic scene ensued. “We lunched and dined collectively, Etienne, Boy, and I,” Chanel later recalled. “Often Etienne talked about killing himself, and I wept. I wept so! ‘You are not going to let Etienne kill himself,’ I stated to myself. ‘You may set them each free. Go throw your self into the Seine!'” (by way of The Telegraph).
Regardless of all of the drama and anguish, the 2 males finally joined collectively to assist Chanel open her store. “That historical past was additionally one thing that she was all the time very delicate to and that made it particularly troublesome for her, as a result of she was not fairly respected as a girl,” stated Tilar Mazzeo, writer of “The Secret of Chanel No. 5” on the “Innovation Hub” podcast.