In 1928, September 30, Gabrielle Chanel bought a land where she built the villa La Pausa in the south of France – the only one of her homes that she entirely imagined and decorated. That was something very special, as Madame Chanel was known for living 37 year at the Hotel Ritz in Paris in a three-room suite with a view on the Place Vendôme. Now nearly 90 years later Chanel announced that it has purchased the famous mansion Coco Chanel has built.
It was during the Twenties, when the designer had visited the area with the Duke of Westminster. She decided to build a home overlooking the Mediterranean and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
The house’s architecture was inspired by Aubazine, the orphanage where Chanel spent her adolesence. The furnishings were minimalistic and modern, creating a relaxed, informal and calm atmosphere. At La Pausa she used to host all her friends like the Duke of Westminster or Misia Sert, artists and writers like Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí and Paul Iribe.
Following the death of the Duke of Westminster in 1954, Chanel sold La Pausa and its interieur to Emery Reves, the American author and editor, who welcomed friends such as Winston Churchill, Jacqueline Onassis and Greta Garbo there.
After a renovation, the company is planning to restore the villa’s original spirit and to radiate back to life the cultural heritage and values of Chanel.