Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette (1933-2019, German)

Choupette and Karl LagerfeldKarl Lagerfeld (1933-2019, German) was an eccentric fashion designer and creative director at Fendi and Chanel, where he created the interlocked CC brand logo.  At the beginning of his fashion career, he was unsuccessful, creating clothing that was unpopular with the conservative views of the time. Even though he uses fake fur for his creations, and does not eat meat, he is still a supporter of the use of ‘real’ fur in fashion.  He has come under fire from PETA for doing so.  He is also known for making derogatory comments about the singer Adele and even Pippa Middleton.

Lagerfeld received Choupette, a red point Birman cat (b. 2011) as a gift. Choupette is cared for by two devoted maids Françoise, whom Choupette is said to prefer and Marjorie. 


Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette on plane

With over 58,000 social media followers, Lagerfeld  noticed that  “People are stunned by her … Soon people will talk more about Choupette than about me!” Lagerfeld announced that he wished to marry Choupette. He said in an interview with CNN, “There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.”  Lagerfeld felt that Choupette made him a better person.

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette


Even though Choupette has appeared in photoshoots, Lagerfeld was not keen on her modeling unless it was for him, stating “I’m commercial; she’s not.” So, don’t wait to see her in a cat food commercial, as Lagerfeld proclaimed that she’s “too sophisticated for that.” And don’t expect to see her dressed in clothing either, as Lagerfeld believed that to be “circuslike”.


Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette

Perhaps mirroring her owner’s demanding and eccentric personality, she is said to hate children and other animals and must have attention 24/7. “She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food,” Lagerfeld said. “She doesn’t touch my food.”

Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette


Lagerfeld remarked, “She is the center of the world. If you saw her, you would understand. She is a kind of Greta Garbo. There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She’s an inspiration for elegance. For attitude.”


Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette

 Lagerfeld said when asked if he’d ever write a book about her, “Colette had written a lot about cats. I am not Colette, but I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary,” and he did Choupette, the High Flying Cat was published in 2016 and outlines her life.

Upon his death Lagerfeld left his beloved Choupette a large portion of his wealth, so that she can live on in the style of which she has become accustomed. Read more about her here. 


Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette


Choupette in Mourning


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  1. Mohamed Chalabi says

    Always cheers me up to know of people with profound relationships with their cats. I understand. And I appreciate your sharing this information with the rest of us cat lovers.
    Thank you.

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