Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel opened a Parisian millinery shop in the early 1900s. By the 1920s she was revolutionizing the world of women's fashion. The interlocking double-C logo is synonymous with elegance and high French style. Under the creative leadership of Karl Lagerfeld since 1983, the House of Chanel continues to set the standard for designer quality and desirability. The star of the Cruise 2008 collection, the Melrose embodies many classic Chanel components yet is very unique being crafted in degrade crinkle patent vinyl.