The Word

to be irreplaceable you must be different

It’s a little sad how excited I’ve been to share this image with you. This is the famous Coco Chanel quote, “To be irreplaceable, you must be different.” I spotted this in the window of the Chanel jewelry store in the Place Vendôme. See the little pieces of curled gold metal? These were attached to a white wall behind the window, and from afar, it looked like some weird, abstract metal art installation. Come a little closer to the display, and you see a light shining just above it. The shadow cast from the light hitting the curved pieces of metal create the quote. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time.

Truly different, totally irreplaceable. I hope this inspires you today!


  1. 6.18.14
    Rachelle said:

    this is awesome.

  2. 6.18.14

    Such a great window and sentiment! Hope it’s a good week, Victoria

  3. 6.18.14

    Oh my gosh that is absolutely amazing! How beautiful.
    What a wonderful find, hope you have a great day Victoria!
    xo Nan

  4. 6.18.14
    Alex said:

    I’ve seen this on Instagram, can’t get over how beautiful and amazingly creative that window display is. Thanks for inspiring my morning!

  5. 6.18.14
    Ella said:

    What a beautiful, simple little display. I love understated prettiness like this. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6.18.14
    jamie said:

    That’s awesome!!!!! I want one for my house!!!

    • 7.25.14
      The Carmen said:

      Let me know if you find it. Tks

  7. 6.18.14
    Alyssa said:

    SO cool! thanks for sharing :)

  8. 6.18.14
    Sara said:

    I LOVE that idea! Especially that it requires you to really pay attention and get close to it to see what it says.

  9. 6.18.14
    Kristina said:

    Kristina does the Internets

  10. 6.18.14

    Love the creativity! Thank you for sharing!!

    xx Katie
    lovely letters

  11. 6.20.14
    Rose said:

    I saw this on instagram recently—it’s amazing!! My sorority in college had shirts that said “in order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”. I’ve always loved those words.

  12. 6.20.14

    Gorgeous capture. And inspiring, to boot!

  13. 7.25.14
    The Carmen said:

    I saw that Chanel dressing window in Sydney. Amazingly beautiful in both the words and the art.
    I am looking for if I can purchase it for my house

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