Founded in 1880, the Maison Lemarié has reigned for decades as the top feather maker in France, working with nothing less than the most prestigious names in Haute Couture – the likes of Givenchy, Dior, Balenciaga, McQueen, YSL, and of course, the House of Chanel. It is now nearly the only one of its kind in the country, thanks to the timeless Parisian brand’s 1996 purchase of the atelier to preserve the art and tradition of hand-making couture appliqués, beaded adornments, and “plumes for garments.”

Enjoy a behind the scenes look of this centuries-old atelier with Lookbooker Laura Hayden, a singer/songwriter for Faro, as she takes us on an exclusive Mademoiselle Privé experience -- from Chanel’s supermarché show to an inside peek of the studio and home of legendary style icon Coco Chanel. Read the full story and see more photos on her blog Hora Confessions.

The journey begins with Mademoiselle Privé.


A “meaty” Chanel bag from the supermarché.


Custom-made Chanel condiments.


Only the best for Karl's guests.


Cut-out tool at the Maison Lemarié.


Future flower appliqués ready to bloom.


Color palettes seen in the SS14 RTW art school collection.


Detail of work from Maison Lemarié.


Coco Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon.


Beautiful trinkets inside 31 Rue Cambon.


A view inside Coco's apartment.


Karl and Chopette!