Chanel is a French luxury fashion house founded by couturière Coco Chanel in 1910. It focuses on women's ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and accessories. Gabrielle Chanel lived her life as she intended alone. The trials of childhood as an orphan and the successes of an accomplished businesswoman gave birth to an extraordinary character; daring, free, and ahead of her time. Faithful friendships, passionate love affairs, and a thirst for culture, discovery, and travel helped shape her personality.