Chanel and Fendi’s Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld’s cat ‘named in his will’

February 21, 2019
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The German designer, Karl Lagerfeld who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, died in Paris on Tuesday.

And it has emerged that the late fashion designer has left some of his $200m (£153m) fortune to his cat, Choupette.

He became a devoted cat owner and lavished attention on his pet after Choupette was given to him in 2012.

In the French magazine Numero interview last year, he said Choupette was in his will, “among others”. But he added: “Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.”

Choupette has made a name for herself and made a fortune  having earned $3m (£2.3m) doing adverts for a German car firm and a Japanese cosmetics brand with Lagerfeld.

He also made Choupette a social media sensation, with her own Twitter and Instagram accounts that have a combined following of about 200,000.

Lagerfeld also revealed that he employed two maids to look after the pampered animal who, he said, has “four different dishes prepared for her” each day “served in fabulous bowls”.

She also has her own book:  The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, which includes recipes for her favourite meals prepared by some of the best restaurants in Paris.

One typically lavish meal is a mixture of king crab, smoked salmon and caviar.

Choupette also plays a role in persuading Lagerfeld to make some decisions and adopt ideas.

French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot wrote her a letter in 2015 asking her to “purr in the ear” of her owner so he would “stop using fur in his collections”.

Chanel duly became the first major fashion house to go fur-free.

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