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The Improbable Return of Coco Chanel


“Finally…a first-hand peek into an untold chapter of Coco Chanel’s amazing life.”


“Richard Parker’s recollections of his time as the assistant to the fashion industry icon, chronicles the untold challenges encountered in opening a new showroom for Chanel Perfumes in New York; the hand-to-hand corporate infighting between Gregory Thomas, the powerful Chairman of Chanel America, and Tom Lee, its legendary designer; and the ultimate resurrection of Coco Chanel’s reputation and legend.

Parker’s insights and comfortable writing style bring this industry-defining event and its era to life in page-turning fashion.”


Archie J. Thornton, President and CEO, The Thornton Works, Inc., formerly Managing Director, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide




“Coco Chanel’s effervescent and strong personality is clearly delineated in this lively story of the launch of the Chanel Perfume Showroom in New York. After years of exile, her return to fame, as personally witnessed by her assistant, Richard Parker, was the second act in the astounding career of this fashion icon. Parker brings a sharp eye and dry humor to his first-hand account of working with Coco on the project which revived her career and made her a fashion star again.”


Holley Flagg, noted New York artist





"...Parker provides an interesting take on a turning point in Chanel's life..."


















" entertaining illumination of an episode in Chanel’s later career."

Richard Parker

Richard Paker ended his career as one of the Mad Men of the New York advertising world, having worked as an artist, account executive, sports and movie promoter, textile executive, and fashion authority. Of all of the rewarding positions he has held, says Parker, "the time I served as Mademoiselle’s assistant was beyond comparison."



Richard Parker on WPRI TV 12 -

The Rhode Show with Co-host  Meaghan Mooney

Richard Parker on Coco Chanel

His Book Talk - at the Narragansett Library