Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld died last February at age 85 and the internet was abuzz with the idea that the eccentric man left the majority of his earthly goods as well as .his fortune to his beloved Birman cat, Choupette. The estate administration is still ongoing, so the next question out of fans mouths is "WHERE is Choupette?"
Caroline Lebar, the longtime head of communications for the Karl Lagerfeld brand in Paris, says that the cat is also in Paris with "her nanny," the designer's former housekeeper Françoise Caçote. The fluffy kitty has her own Instagram account, started by the nanny and the cat's agent, Lucas Bérullier, of My Pet Agency. The feline has become a highly marketable asset, even before her owners death, bringing in $3 million in 2015. Chanel collections suddenly included a new shade dubbed “Choupette blue,” and the Karl Lagerfeld brand put out a range of Choupette face handbags.
Lagerfeld and Choupette's last excursion before his death was in December 2018 December 2018 to New York for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, flying there in a private plane and lodging at the Mercer hotel. Choupette was said to have changed the designer's life, making him happy in a way no one thought possible.
See Dana Thomas, What Happened to Choupette?, The New York Times, January 21, 2020.
Special thanks to Andrew Starr (Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, MO) for bringing this article to my attention