Born into an impoverished single-parent family in western France in 1883, Coco Chanel certainly didn't seem like a likely candidate to revolutionize the world of fashion. The company spawned by her immense success in menswear and clothing design, Chanel, is one of the world's top brands in fashion. Just how did this massive company develop, and how did Coco lead it to greatness?
After the death of her mother, a teenage Coco was facing a difficult life. Gabrielle, as her family knew her, was living in a state of immense poverty due to the loss of household income from her mother's death. Her two brothers were forced to work on rural farms for a source of income, and Coco was sent to live as part of a Catholic foster home for impoverished youths.