Don’t spend time beating on a wall...
hoping to transform it into a door.
- Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was one determined woman.

An entrepreneur, an innovator, a powerhouse in society and even perhaps... a Nazi spy. She built a fashion empire from scratch.

She knew how to pick her battles and when to let a problem remain a problem.

Some challenges are like that. They never go away no matter what you do. There will always be competition and nastiness and obstacles to overcome.

She chose a life of moving forward, no matter what... enemies, threats, and even war. She took it all in stride.

Carl Francis  


GABRIELLE BONHEUR CHANEL (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand.

A prolific fashion and style creator, Chanel brought the world new concepts that remain today: the Chanel suit; the little black dress; Chanel #5; and even sun tanning.

Chanel liberated women from the corseted silhouette and popularized a sporty, casual chic as the feminine style of the post-World War I era.

Known lifelong for her determination, ambition, and energy... she achieved both success as a business woman and social prominence thanks to the connections she made through her work.

However, Chanel also generated controversy, particularly during the German occupation of France in World War II when she was believed to be a Nazi sympathizer and spy.

She is the only fashion designer on Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.