Did you know…Coco Chanel loved horses? Probably you do, but…what’s even more interesting, she has got her inspiration of the famous Chanel “matelassé” pattern out of the printed vests of a jockey.White Chanel Jacket Chanel high heels and Grey Chanel Classic Flap Bag Horseracing, we already wrote a blogpost of the Kentucky Derby in 2015 (read here) and fashion was all over the place, so I am not really surprised this was the setting were Mademoiselle Coco has got her inspiration.Horseracing Jockey on Horse Kentucky DerbyYou recognise the quilted Chanel pattern in every piece of the French fashion house. The stitching technique ensures that the pattern had some sort of diamond pads in it. Chanel quilted patternAround 1920, Coco (we may say Coco, right) adapted the technique for the first time on her pillows in her apartment in Rue Cambon, Paris. Every since, the quilted pattern has become the signature style for the famous handbags, clothes, shoes and jewelry. Coco Chanel and Boy Chapel Polo Player Fashion InspirationOn the picture, you’ll see Coco Chanel with Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel, a British polo player and muse of the fashion designer.

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Paris Fashion Week. It is that time of the year when fashionistas from all over the world gather in Paris to attend the new F/W17 collection shown by the famous fashion houses.  This week, Karl Largerfeld presented the Chanel Pre-Fall/Winter 2016-2017 collection at the Grand Palais. In one way or another, we”ll see some equestrian influences in the collection. Let’s take a look.Equestrian Lifestyle Blog The hat reminds me of a safety cap. Check out the make-up by Tom Pecheux, who created the arty make up for the Chanel show, using a quilted eyeshadow motif, inspired by the house’s iconic double C-stamped bags.Equestrian Lifestyle BlogEquestrian Lifestyle Blog Who doesn’t want those boots?Equestrian Lifestyle Blog The bobbin bag with its golden threads is a playful nod to the world of couture as well as an ode to the highly skilled artisans so essential to a Parisian house, who are behind the elaborate collections on the catwalk. Don’t we just see thread to start braiding in gold? Equestrian Lifestyle BlogHow classy and stylish would you be at competition with a shirt like this?Equestrian Lifestyle Blog Equestrian Lifestyle Blog What do we ‘equestrians‘ think when we see this belt? …Tie the horse!Equestrian Lifestyle BlogPerfect for your smartphone #WeLoveChanelEquestrian Lifestyle Blog Pictures by Vogue/ChanelEquestrian Lifestyle Blog

2013 was the year the French fashion empire Chanel launched a few equestrian accessoires and although our love for Chanel is infinite, the branded wips and helmets cannot tempt us.

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But did you know there’s also a saddler and luxury-leather goods maker called Chanel? French designer and restorer Guy Chanel gained his experience at the Hermès house in Paris and opened his own atelier in 1989.  There is no connection with the dubble CC brand, but you can see the fashion influences in his creations. We love this chestnut alligator jumping saddle!

Equestrian Lifestyle Chanel Hermes The dressage saddle represents pure craftmanship, elegance and luxury with materials like smooth cowhide, slate ostrich skin and skate-fish skin.

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The hand-made saddles and leather goods are on individual order. If you are looking for something special, let your imagination guide you and plan a visit to Guy Chanel’s atelier.

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All info and photo credits:

www.chanel-saddler.com