Happy birthday, Coco Chanel! The 8 signatures you can thank her for today

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Today we may know Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel designs through Karl Lagerfeld’s eyes, so we wouldn’t blame you if you confused a Chanel original as a Lagerfeld invention. While Kaiser Karl keeps it relatively true to her designs by drawing inspiring from her travels, the people she meet and her interests, the house of Chanel today is undoubtedly different from what it once was decades ago under her helm. So in honour of the French designer’s birthday today (she would be 132!), we tracked down eight of Coco Chanel’s original designs – from the iconic leather flap bag to the No.5 perfume.

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