The story of Chanel herself has become legend. After growing up in an orphanage, Gabrielle Chanel went on to open her first Paris boutique, selling hats, at 21 Rue Cambon in 1910. She made her name selling clothes that were not just beautiful and stylish, but comfortable, freeing women from tight corsetry through her innovative use of tweed and jersey. She's also widely credited as the originator of 'The Little Black Dress'. Chanel No. 5 was the house's first (and most iconic) perfume launchedl in 1921. The formula for the fragrance was compounded by French-Russian chemist and perfumer, Ernest Beaux. In the intervening years, the house of Chanel has released several blockbuster scents, including Coco Mademoiselle, Chance, and their game-changing cologne Bleu de Chanel.