Perspective: Heart of Glass

Chanel No. 5's distinctive, timeless bottle

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Sometime around 1913, a skinny and salacious Coco Chanel took as her lover one Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel. The rich young Englishman’s sartorial tastes included a square-cornered whiskey decanter that impressed the young Coco—her designer’s eye keener by the day—as uniquely modern. Hold that thought for a moment. We’ll come back to it.

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