Alphonse Chanel: Facts about Coco Chanel’s brother.

Alphonse Chanel

Who is Alphonse Chanel?

Alphonse Chanel is the brother of Coco Chanel. Alphonse Chanel’s sister Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style.

Alphonse Chanel: Bio Summary

Full NameAlphonse Chanel
famous as brother of Coco Chanel
Age 67 years old at the time of his death
Date of BirthMarch 15, 1885
Place of BirthPuy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Date of birthFebruary 22, 1953
Place of deathGard, Languedoc, France
Zodiac signGemini
Siblings  Julia Chanel, Augustin Chanel, 
Lucien Chanel, Antoinette Chanel, Coco Chanel
Parents Henri Albert Chanel and Eugénie Jeanne Devolle

Alphonse Chanel Died at the age of 67

Coco Channel’s brother, Alphonse Chanel was born on March 15, 1885, in Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France. He died on 22 February 1953 in Valleraugue-Villeraugue 30330, Gard, France. He was 67 years old. 

Alphonse Chanel is the son of Henri Albert Chanel and Eugénie Jeanne Devolle. His father was 28 years while his mother was 21 years old when he was born. His parents were not married when they gave birth to Alphonse and his siblings. Alphonse has 4 siblings; Julia Berthe Chanel, Gabrielle Chanel, Julia Antoinette Chanel Fleming, and Lucien Albert Chanel. 

Alphonse and his siblings were abandoned by their father when their mother died of bronchitis on 6 February 1895.  He sent the girls to the convent of Aubazine in Central France while he sent Alphonse and the other boys to a farm as laborers.  

Alphonse Chanel got married to Marie Boursarie Madeleine Chanel at a location unknown, the two got divorced. Alphonse then married another; Jeanne Causse and they had three children; Antoinette Chanel, Yvan Chanel and Gabrielle Chanel. There is also no news about how he met his wife.  

Alphonse did not attend school nor did any of his siblings because their mother died and they got abandoned. He worked as a farm laborer.

Alphonse Chanel is a popular Fashion Designer and Personality

Alphonse Chanel gained public recognition through his sister Coco Chanel. Her sister Gabrielle Bouheur Chanel, professionally known as Coco Chanel, was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She was born on 10 February 1971 in Saumur, France. She was the founder of the fashion brand “Chanel”. She was the first to see style as both classic and casual.

Their parents are Eugénie Jeanne Devolle Chanel, a laundry woman, in the charity hospital run by the Sisters of Providence in Seumur, Maine-et-Loire and Albert Chanel, a street vendor who peddled work clothes and undergarments. She is the second child of her parents. 

Coco and her sisters were sent to Aubazine, an orphanage. That is where she learned how to sew. Having learned to sew during her six years stay at Aubazine, Coco was employed as a seamstress. She loved to sing, so when she is not sewing, she is singing. She usually sang in a cabaret frequented by cavalry officers. 

Alphonse’s sister made her debut singing at a Cafe-concert in Moulins pavilion, La Rotonde. She performed to entertain the crowd between star turns. She got the name ‘coco’ when she spent her nights singing in the cabaret, she often sang the song ‘Who Has Seen Coco’, which she says was a nickname given to her by her father. 

ALSO, READ; Alden Lovelace: Facts about the wife of Emeril Lagasse.

Coco also worked in the spa resort town of Vichy in 1906. She performed at many concert halls, theatres, and cafés hoping to achieve success as a performer. She auditioned but failed because her singing voice was marginal so she could not find stage work. She found a job at  Grande Grille where she worked as a donneuse d’eau. She returned to Moulins when Vichy Season was over where she realized a serious stage career is not part of her future endeavours. 

Coco became the mistress of Étienne Balsan a young French ex-cavalry officer and a textile heir at the age of twenty-three. She also had an affair with Balsan’s friend, Captain Arthur Edward. He was not faithful to Coco even though they spent a lot of time together. They continued their affair even when he got married. He died in a car accident on 22 December 1919. 

Her personal life was full of controversies. According to the biography ‘Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life’ Andre Palasse, the only child of her sister Julia who had committed suicide was actually Chanel’s child with Balsan. 

ALSO, READ; Eve Elba: Everything About The Mother of Idris Elba.

Alphonse’s sister also had a romantic affair with an aristocrat Grand Duke Dmitri Palvovich of Russia. 

On 10 January 1971, Coco died at Hotel Ritz where she has lived for 30 years. Her funeral was held at Eglise de la Madeleine. Her grave is located in the Bois-de-Vaux Cemetery, Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *