Colette was founded in 1997 by Colette Roussaux. It has recently been led by her daughter Sarah Andelman who, famed for her quirky mix of lifestyle and fashion edits, turned the store into one of the premiere fashion destinations in Paris.
‘It’s the only shop where I go because they have things no one else has,’ Karl Lagerfeld recently said. ‘I buy watches, telephones, jewellery there ‒ everything really. They have invented a formula that you can’t copy easily because there is only one Colette and she and Sarah are 200% involved.’
On the store’s Instagram page Colette says in French that all good things must come to an end. After 20 wonderful years, the page continues, Colette will be closing its doors forever on 20 December this year. Colette Roussaux, it explains, has reached the time when she would like to take her own time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.
The page adds that until its last day, nothing will change. Colette will continue to offer new items and exclusive collaborations each week and these will also be available on the website colette.fr. The page thanks customers for their support and hopes to see them soon at Colette ‒ until 20 December.
Negotiations are currently under way with Saint Laurent, which aims to take over the store.
Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 5535 3390