Did Hugo Boss Really Make Uniforms for the Nazis?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to fashion and whether they are true or false.

FASHION URBAN LEGEND: Hugo Boss produced uniforms for the Nazis.

Hugo Ferdinand Boss started his first clothing business in the early 1920s, when Boss was in his early 40s.

By 1930, Boss was forced to declare bankruptcy.

In 1931, Boss joined the National Socialist party.
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Did Coco Chanel Really Come Up With Two Famous Comebacks?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to fashion and whether they are true or false.

FASHION URBAN LEGEND: Coco Chanel had two legendary retorts to a marriage proposal by the Duke of Winchester and to a query by Poiret.

If you went looking for the best example of the “cult of personality,” you could do a lot worse than picking Coco Chanel.

An icon of style – the Chanel that Chanel No. 5 is named after, Chanel was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century.

Part of her imposing position on the world stage is that stories tended to be written about Chanel, whether they were true or not.

This was something that Chanel herself fostered, as she was known to come up with some good ones on her own (like dropping ten years from her age or inventing a childhood spent with spinster aunts in a story that sounded like out of Cinderella).

Today, let’s look at two of the more notable quotes attributed to Chanel!
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Did Kenneth Cole Launch His Company By Inventing a Fake Film Company for New York’s Fashion Week?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to fashion and whether they are true or false.

FASHION URBAN LEGEND: Kenneth Cole came up with a rather…enterprising way of getting his product to the masses at Market Week when he began his company.

Kenneth Cole was not yet 30 years old when he formed his company in 1982. Cole had spent a long time (and basically all of his money) in Europe designing and producing shoes and now he had a ton of shoes, a company name, Kenneth Cole Incorporated, and that’s about it.

He had no money for a storefront and no real in road at getting his new shoe company out to the people.

However, upon returning to New York in 1982, he knew that he was going to try to make his splash at Market Week. He just wasn’t sure how. Read on to see the outrageous idea he came up with!
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