CHANEL Ivory Sweater | Scottish Cashmere Pullover | 80s Short-sleeve Jumper
Built upon a premise of fierce independence and a powerful celebration of the female form, Chanel was borne from the imaginings of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.
Having opened her first shop in 1909 in Paris, she drew upon her desire to simplify an otherwise overly ornate fashion scene, which was dominated by wealthy men of industry and socialites of the era.
Selling her exquisitely designed hats to those with the means to buy them, Gabrielle soon moved to creating sportswear for the discerning and affluent woman. Meanwhile she utilised the flexibility of jersey in order to allow greater freedom of movement.
Her success later gave rise to a second shop in rue Cambon, Paris, which devoted itself to the sale of dresses, blazers, blouses, sweaters and skirt-suits. These items were again constructed from the seemingly diverse jersey fabric used previously.
This clever cross-design gave birth to the now renowned ‘Chanel Suit’! This philosophy also underpinned Gabrielle’s deeply held ethos that ‘simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance’, a philosophy that remains true even today.
With WWII dismantling the Chanel brand through controversy and Nazi interference, Gabrielle was left fighting for control. This was until eventually in the 1950s, when the company resurfaced with leather bags, perfumes and jewellery.
This further exploration had been developed prior to wartime, yet with an emphasis on masculine fragrances and a continuation of the jersey-based clothing line, so appreciated by the buying public.
After Gabrielle’s death in 1971, Jacques Wertheimer acquired control of the firm and it has remained in his family since then. Particular focus was given to the development of fragrances and cosmetics, along with the introduction of watches, sunglasses and fine jewellery. This, sadly has shown a departure from the simple, yet timeless designs made famous by the late Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.
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Let’s face it, you can never have too many basics. Crafted from the softest cashmere wool, this fabulous short-sleeved jumper from Chanel is a classic piece intended to make your lazy days even easier. Please be mindful that this piece has led a previous life, and may tell its story through minor imperfection. Purchasing this item continues its narrative, so you can be confident that you’re making a positive and conscious choice for the planet.
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Fabric: 100% Pure Scottish Cashmere Wool
Size: Label states ‘M’ – but will fit UK 8 through 12 comfortably
Alterations: None noted
Measured flat without stretching (please double bust, hips, waist, for complete size)
Bust: (at widest point) 18″
Length: (collar to hem) 45″
Sleeve Length: (neck hole to cuff) 17″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The dress was pinned for photography purposes