Further reading revealed the story of the young Coco's great love affair with the English polo player Arthur 'boy' Capel who in 1912 presented her with a romantic bouquet of Camellia japonica alba plena in the midst of their affair. It was apparently one of the the defining gestures that would carve the camelia into the heart of Chanel, becoming one of its signature designs. It is said that she considered the flower not only an enormous inspiration and the ideal addition to any outfit but being without scent it would not compete with the inimitable No.5.
We chatted about the affair that Coco Chanel had with Hugh Grosvenor- the then Duke of Westminster in the 1920's. Seemingly, the Duke had become so smitten by Coco Chanel that he ordered as 'a romantic gesture' all the lampposts on his Westminster estate in London be adorned with her interlinked initials painted in gold alongside an ornate W, which was his crest.
Still to this day Westminster city council is frequently asked by the fashion press if the double c's stand for Coco Chanel and they have a rather more pedestrian story to tell. Apparently the W stands for Westminster, the two C’s stand for City Council.
I see the lampposts on a daily basis but never really believed that these logos would be connected to Chanel being in central London but I'm coming round to liking the idea that vintage romance is etched into the city's skin.