Coco Chanel’s collaboration with the Abwehr (Nazi military intelligence), and later with the CIA, has been long known, but a leak from the Chanel workshops in Paris have revealed more about the extensive collaboration of coded messages in the famous Chanel pearl jewellery.
Probably inspired by the South American Quipus (or “talking knots”), necklace-cords which contained numeric codes in knots, the Chanel atelier established a system for encoded messages between spies through the arrangements of black and white pearls in necklaces. Coco Chanel herself (known to the Abwehr as F 7124) used her suite at the Hotel Ritz in Paris as an operations base to design these necklaces, encoding information to messengers within the secret service. After the war, Chanel quickly aligned with the US forces who initiated this method among agents, facilitated through highly secretive courses in beading by CARPA.
As is exposed in the leak, in 2011 CARPA established an alias-shop at the Chinese trading site Aliexpress.com to leak secret information from Chinese industrial workshops through counterfeit Chanel necklaces.
Click here to download the pdf of these secret files: 2CQ2013-x