Mademoiselle Chanel frequently enjoyed staying on the French Riveria during the 1920s. She would often be in the company of the Duke of Westminster, upon her love of the French Riveria she decided to built a villa to her wxquiste taste. She has bought land there overlooking the sea and dominating Cap-Martin.
Completed by January 1930,La Pausa is rich in its many references to the architecture of Aubazine, the former abbey transformed into an orphanage where Mademoiselle Chanel spent her adolescence. She furnished the villa in a new, simple and modern style.
In a relaxed and informal atmosphere Gabrielle Chanel would receive all her friends there, among them the Duke of Westminster and Misia Sert, along with artists and writers like Jean Cocteau, Paul Iribe, Serge Lifar, Pierre Reverdy and Salvador Dali.
In 1954 following the Duke of Westminster’s death, Mademoiselle Chanel sold La Pausa fully furnished to Emery Reves, an American writer and publisher who brought a new burst of life back to the villa by receiving his friends Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo, Jackie Onassis at this residence.
The villa is testimony to Gabrielle Chanel’s life that has now become part of the heritage of CHANEL. After renovations to restore it to its original spirit, La Pausa will take on a new lease of life and radiate the culture and values of CHANEL.
©CHANEL Photographer: Laurent Meesemaecker
©CHANEL Photographer: Roger SCHALL – Collection Schall