125 years ago today, in a small town in rural France, Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born to unmarried peasants. Her mother died when she was 12, and her vagabond father was unable to support his five children. Gabrielle was sent with her sister to an orphanage, where she larned to sew. Eventually, around 1910, when she was in her late 20’s, with financial backing from her wealthy lover, she opened a hat shop on Rue Cambon in Paris. And the rest is history.