A new Chanel fragrance and beauty boutique has opened at 58 Main St., a location previously occupied by a Peloton store. / Photo by Gretchen Webster

By Gretchen Webster

WESTPORT — A fragrance and beauty boutique has been opened on Main Street by Chanel, one of the world’s most iconic fashion, accessories and beauty products brands.

The Chanel shop, its first stand-alone boutique in Connecticut, opened last week at 58 Main St. after a year-long renovation project.

Chanel’s plans for the site, previously occupied by a Peloton store, were revealed when its application was reviewed in March 2023 by the the Architectural Review Board and Historic District Commission. The property is owned by a commercial real estate firm, Benjamin Birnbaum of Newmark, and is leased to Chanel, which is headquartered in London, England.

Chanel, known for haute couture, offers fragrance, cosmetics, skincare products, eyeglass wear and other luxury merchandise in the Westport fragrance and beauty store.

The boutique includes an “immersive makeup and skincare area including collections from the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio, skincare from the Chanel Research and Technology laboratory in Pantin, France, and fragrances from Chanel In-House Perfumer Creator Olivier Polge,” according to a Chanel press release announcing the store opening.

The Chanel brand, founded in 1921 by French designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, became a symbol of luxury for celebrities, particularly the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume and the Chanel jacket, according to the Chanel website. The website features a series of videos about the history of Coco Chanel and the Chanel brand.

Other Westport retailers sell Chanel products, including eyewear at Specs of Westport, 115 Post Road East, and fragrance and beauty products at Ulta Beauty, 1365 Post Road East, according to the Chanel website.

Chanel’s Westport fragrance and beauty boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 475-471-4948.

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Freelance writer Gretchen Webster, a Fairfield County journalist for many years, was editor of the Fairfield Minuteman and has taught journalism at New York and Southern Connecticut State universities.