Chanel has re-acquired ‘La Pausa’, the luxury villa on the French Riviera built by the label’s legendary founder, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, in the 1920s. Overlooking the sea and dominating Cap-Martin, the villa La Pausa, the only of her houses she had specially designed, built and decorated for her.

Villa 'La Pausa' designed, built and decorated by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1928...

Villa ’La Pausa’ designed, built and decorated by Mademoiselle Chanel in 1928 © Chanel - Photographer: Laurent Meesemaecker

In her property, the famous designer used to entertain figures including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Cocteau and Salvador Dali, before selling it in 1954 following the death of her friend, the Duke of Westminster. The buyer at that time, American writer and publisher Emery Reves, in turn hosted Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo on the premises.

Gabrielle Chanel at her house "La Pausa" in the French Riviera - 1938 ©...

Gabrielle Chanel at her house "La Pausa" in the French Riviera - 1938 © Chanel - Photographer: Roger Schall - Collection Schall

Chanel has announced that it will refurbish the property in it to its original spirit, and will then use it to “radiate the culture and values of Chanel.