coco chanel was a nazi
i say this with no hyperbole whatsoever
she literally worked for the nazis and benefitted from jewish shareholders in chanel being sent off to concentration camps when their share came into her possession
parisian consumers actually refused to buy a lot from her own ranges after 1940 because she was an infamous collaborator but british and american consumers kept on buying them and continue to glorify her
I’m not entirely sure what OP is talking about with the third paragraph - I could be wrong and there’s something else that occured I’m not aware of (Chanel’s wartime dealings are a dark and murky business), but it sounds like what happened between her and the Wertheimer family in WWII. Pierre Wertheimer had backed Chanel’s entry into the perfume business back in the 20s and retained 70% of the profits, which infuriated Chanel…so when the Nazis occupied Paris, she tried to take advantage of the laws that prohibited Jewish property ownership. However, the Wertheimers had outsmarted her - they saw the writing on the wall, and before seeking safety overseas for the duration of the war, they had temporarily signed over their stake in Parfums Chanel to a Christian proxy. They survived the war and returned to reclaim their stake in the business - and continued to work in partnership with Chanel for many years.
While Chanel had many Jewish clients and associates, she also had a close relationship with the virulently nationalistic and anti-Jewish Paul Iribe in the 1930s up to his death. As for her Nazi sympathies - she undoubtedly collaborated with them. The most recent writer on the subject who worked to expose a lot of her dealings with them said she wasn’t so much a spy as a facilitator. She certainly cozied up to the Nazis when they were in power in Paris.
There are many other reasons as well while I’m not a personal fan of Chanel, however remarkable her accomplishments in escaping her own impoverished background and creating beautiful things (her labor relations, for example, were shocking compared to someone like fellow couturier Madeleine Vionnet - having made it to the top herself, she had no interest in easing the way for anyone else by, for example, paying a decent wage).
She closed her business in 1939, so there were no new Chanel gowns to buy during the war (it has been conjectured this was one her ways of getting back at her workers who had gone on strike for better pay and conditions a few years before). In 1944, after the occupation ended, there were moves to investigate her as a collaborator, but it is probably due to the intervention of her old friend Winston Churchill that she escaped further scrutiny. She moved to Switzerland in 1945 and did not stage a comeback and start working again until she returned to Paris in 1954 (although the perfume side of the business continued and provided her with ongoing income). Her first collection was a failure, but more because of her being stylistically unpopular than because of her Nazi associations. Although she never did quite escape the whiff of suspected collaboration in France, she eventually successfully reestablished herself and lived and worked there until her death.