Friday, November 08, 2013
There is no telling where a few strands of dreams and a cupful of determination can take you. For Coco Chanel, it led to a highly diversified fashion empire that continued to expand even well after her lifetime. Chanel had started out in the early 1900’s on Boulevard Malesherbes, the first items were delicate high fashion hats handmade personally by Coco. And as a woman with high hopes, she determined and dreamed for greater things. The “little black dress” of Chanel started a fashion revolution among the working class, post-war women who thought it was a much better choice to wear Chanel’s fashion as their primary preoccupation started to shift from just home to home and day job. Until now, the brand is still associated with woman empowerment and modernity. Now a multinational label, Chanel’s collections also includes luxury jewelry, perfumes, jewelry watches, high fashion outfits and other little things that remind today’s woman of being empowered.
Check out Chanel at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Black is the color of authority and power. The color black is often seen as a color of sophistication, as in 'the little black dress', or 'the black tie event'. Affluent and success orientated women often choose black as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication and confidence. Black clothes can attract those who love to be with an authoritative person. By wearing black often in the presence of those people they may start to admire you. Black could make you appear thinner and that’s why it's a good choice if you think that you are overweight. Black can also indicate that you are independent. Believing that Black is indeed and still is, beautiful, Chanel offers those who adore the color black and what it represents, the J12 GMT Matte Black, the watch that is made from high-tech ceramic, with self-winding mechanical movement. It has hours, minutes, seconds, date and second time zone functions, 42-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to 100 meters – all, for the traveler in you.
Get your own black now at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Horology is a man’s world – for the most part. But this does not keep excellent female-oriented brands such as Chanel from making their contributions to this predominantly male-driven industry. The Chanel J12 is the famous fashion brand’s take on haute horlogerie. The timepiece was designed as a sports-chick device that nevertheless look charming and elegant with formal wear, a duality that role-joggling women could never seem to get over. Chanel achieved this perfectly with a dainty case and bracelet made of ceramic that glimmer with high polish in black, white or bluish gray hues. Feminine and sophisticated, the watch runs on Swiss Made automatic caliber featuring a 42-hour power reserve. In totality, the J12 is a comfortable and functional device that deserves a place in the male-dominated watch market and a fashionable companion for the modern woman.
Find J12 and other Chanel watches at Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto – authorized retailer for Chanel.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury.” Nevertheless, “A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.” Even forty years after her demise, Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s words ring true in the designs and concepts of her world-famous fashion company. Chanel stands for everything a modern woman wants – comfortable style in glamorous fashion. Since 1926 when Coco first designed it, Chanel’s iconic “Little Black Dress” has been a must-have in every woman’s closet. What first came out as a long-sleeved black dress with dropped waist crêpe de chin that was featured in Vogue now embraces as many styles and cuts as there are girls and differing personalities – capped sleeves, long sleeves or none at all; elegant high necklines or daringly low like Princess Diana’s; nipped waist, sheath, A-lined or one-shouldered. Chanel’s slimming and elegant black dress shows off the dazzle of jewelry and perfectly goes for any occasion, all there is left to do is add a dash of confidence and smile.
Check out Chanel at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon – an authorized retailer for Chanel.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Mademoiselle Privé, Chanel’s sophisticated ladies’ watch, tells something more than the time – it tells a story. The high-precision quartz timepiece flaunts the time in an onyx dial that is decorated with a camellia in mother of pearl marquetry and brilliant-cut diamond indicators. Mademoiselle Chanel had always loved the camellia for its delicate elegance, a trait that has been attached to the brand since the first decade of the 1900’s at Gabrielle Chanel’s studio on Rue Cambron in Paris. Like the Mademoiselle Privé that sits grandly on the wrist with its expertly crafted 18k white gold case, beautifully cut stones and painstaking mother of pearl intricacy, Chanel’s world-renown was also carved from one woman’s passion and hardwork. Mademoiselle Privé’s story is not just about Chanel but about every fashionable modern woman who thrives and makes a beautiful life the way only a woman can. Let the story unfold for you from Chanel’s timelessly lovely treasures.
Check them out at Shreve & Co. in Portland Oregon – authorized dealer for Chanel.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
When you are looking at a lovely bangle and a functional timepiece and can't decide which to wear when you go out tonight, it's time to check out Chanel's jewelry watch collection. A modern woman who has to joggle all-too-many aspects of life needs a reliable timepiece that fuses elegant aesthetics and contemporary functionality in one. Coco Chanel's unbridled creativity is forever embedded in the pieces of the world-renowned designer brand which she started in the early 1900's. Her timepieces are an extension of her desire to bring exactly what every woman wants in a watch - fashionability and functionality. Chanel jewelry watches are powered by high precision quartz movement that are glammed-up by exquisite designs made of opals, sapphires, 18k white gold and Coco's personal favorite - diamonds. So now you can flaunt your style while keeping in time with your fast-paced life.
Chanel jewelry timepieces are available at Shreve & Co. at Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Chanel.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Chanel is the epitome of elegance for a fashionable modern woman. This world recongnized fashion icon is most famous for its functional and flattering designer suits, bags, jewelries and watches. Since after the World War I, Chanel has been a symbol of the empowered, productive and sophisticated woman. Even the brand's horlogerie bears this mark of distinction. The J12 Chromatic watch is an exceptional Chanel timepiece that belongs to the dainty wrist of a working lady in skirt and suit. The collection offers four models to choose from, ranging from simple and classic designs to more glamorous, diamond-studded ones. J12 Chromatic Function model has a self-winding mechanical movement that powers its hours, minutes and seconds functions, along with a date indicator at 5 o'clock. A second time zone (GMT) is displayed on the dial and read by the GMT hand. Chanel couples this functionality with an enduring 42 hour power reserve and 100-meter water resistance. The slim case and straps of the watch are highly scratch resistant thanks to their ingenius titanium ceramic composition and diamond powder polishing, and the satin finish on the watch's bezel and dial exudes elegance over the robust functionality of the timepiece. For trustworthy timepieces clothed in timeless sophistication, visit Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco and find your very own Chanel.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Who says functionality and elegance in a woman’s watch have to be mutually exclusive? Everyone who has laid eyes on Chanel’s fine jewelry timepieces is sure to disagree. The iconic brand has been in the business of designing exquisite jewels since 1932. In its long experience in the art of crafting sophisticated gems, it has also mastered the trade of putting together elegant watches with the highest class. The top-quality movements by the best watch makers of Chanel are matched by the most intricate jewelled designs from its diamond and gem experts. The diamond studded floral and feminine designs on 18k white gold and 950 platinum on black satin straps live the double lives of a handy timekeeping device and a fashionable gem accessory rolled in one. Chanel’s fine timepiece is a perfect embodiment of a modern socialite. As an authorized dealer, Shreve & Co. Jewelers in Palo Alto carries a wide selection of elegant Chanel watches, so check it out.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Chanel is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. This French castle of high fashion specialized in haute couture, ready-to-wear clothes, luxury items and accessories. But this highbrow brand had a humble start – a beginning that is alien to many. Gabrielle Chanel started out selling hats to fashion conscious mistresses. After a few years, she set up shop in other locations and started selling ready to wear sports clothes for women. This started out the storied history of the woman and the brand that started diversifying and ultimately stood as the flag-bearer for independent and sophisticated women around the world. In the 1980s, through the leadership of Karl Lagerfield, Chanel was able to strike a deal with watchmakers. And in this era, the first Chanel watch debuted and by the end of the decade, the brand moved their headquarters to New York. Now, Chanel is something that every woman aspires to; a brand that most women can connect with; a brand that brings out the best of every woman. For more of Chanel watches, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Chanel.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
It’s not about just wearing a dress, a coat, a necklace – it’s all about wearing Chanel. With the simple elegance of Chanel products that range from perfumes, dresses, trousers, jewelry and many more, Chanel veers away from the constricting “elegance” of the over-designed clothes and accessories of 19th Century fashion. In the 1920s, Chanel’s made popular the simple-line design of the “flat-chested” fashions. This was to resist the hourglass-figure – the fashion of the times. Many more innovations and trends were set by Chanel, most notably in the fragrance industry in the 1990s. Having diversified, from first selling hats to mistresses, Chanel is now famous for their clothes, fragrances, handbags and wristwatches. But one star emerges from the lines and anyone can guess is right. It’s of course Chanel No. 5—reportedly purchase in some part of the world once in every six seconds. This and many other products have built the House of Chanel that has been the subject of praise, admiration and desire since 1909. Shreve & Co. is an authorized dealer for Chanel.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Wearing a Chanel is more than just wearing fashionable jewelries or designer clothes. It is wearing fashion and celebrating style, not in grandeur, but in simple yet self-assured poise. She becomes a Chanel lady who wears one, declaring to the world her confidence in stylish yet simple flair. She becomes yet another link to the Chanel saga, the brand whose haute-couture and jewelry fashion trace their roots on a youthful girl in provincial France. Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel built her signature around simple yet elegant dresses, accentuated by streamlined jewelry that contradicted the overtly dressed and opulent 19th century. Her graceful confident approach to taste is evident in Chanel’s top signatures, notably its little black dresses, perfume No. 5 de Chanel, and the Chanel Suit that would build the House of Chanel as of one of the world’s most admired fashion icons. Top models and celebrities, who exude their own self-assured aura, found it natural to absorb the Chanel elegant confidence, with personalities including Marilyn Monroe, Anna Mouglalis, Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Paradis, and Audrey Tautou among Chanel admirers. Today, whether it is in accessories, designer clothes, ready-to-wear, jewels, eyewear, and more, a Chanel inspires. No less.
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Chanel.
Image: Chanel transparent plexiglass cuff