$5.1 billion (est.)
$2.8 billion (est.)
Alain Wertheimer and Gerard Wertheimer, co-owners; Alain Wertheimer, global chief executive officer; Christine Dagousset, president, fragrance and beauty; John Galantic, president, U.S. and chief operating officer; Barbara Menarguez, executive vice president, fragrance and beauty.
Chanel No. 5, Allure, Allure Homme, Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Chance, No.19, Cristalle, Pour Monsieur, Antaeus, Egoïste, Les Exclusifs, Bleu de Chanel; Sublimage, Ultra Correction Lift and Line Repair, Hydramax + Active, White Essentiel, Le Blanc, Hydra-Beauty; Rouge Allure, Rouge Coco, Le Vernis, Inimitable, Inimitable Intense, Les 4 Ombres, Vitalumière, Joues Contrastes.
Chanel No. 5 L’eau, Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum; Les Beiges Color Collection; Mist It Anti-Fatigue Mist; Hydra Beauty Micro Serum; Hydra Beauty Micro Crème
The name Coco Chanel has long been synonymous with style. Revered as the original fashion icon, it was her own brand of chic that catalyzed the house of Chanel empire. This year Chanel paid homage to its founder by creating a new franchise around Coco’s alter-ego: Gabrielle, the woman who would became Coco.
The Gabrielle campaign is fronted by actress Kristen Stewart, who introduced the world to Gabrielle Chanel women’s perfume. Created by Olivier Polge in Chanel’s fragrance and creation laboratory, the scent is described as an “abstract floral” and was rolled out to 10,000 global fragrance venues. The perfume is one component of the Gabrielle brand franchise, which also includes handbags, jewelry and watches. Gabrielle is Chanel’s fifth “pillar” fragrance and joins No. 5, Coco and Chance.
The year also brought a refresh of No. 5, a scent targeting Millennials. The launch reportedly boosted the overall fragrance business. Chanel No. 5 L’Eau, also created by Olivier Polge, contains top notes of lemon, mandarin, orange, neroli and aldehydes; middle notes of rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine; and a drydown of cedar and white musk.
News of Note in 2017
This March, Chanel launched Hydra Beauty Micro Crème with camellia micro-droplets, hailed as an innovation by Chanel Research because it features a new “microfluid” form of emulsion for cosmetics with great potential for future applications. The emulsion droplets are structured in a way that protects fat-soluble active ingredients until application, instantly bursting upon application to moisturize the skin.
Chanel Research developed Hydra Beauty Micro Crème in partnership with the French start-up Capsum to specifically create a user experience that delivers a “sensory cascade” beginning with a “fresh feeling of water” followed by the richness of oil.
Because the formula was so delicate, the company devised a new manufacturing process and custom designed production lines that blended the droplets into the cream without splitting them, to ensure homogenous distribution.