Parisian Concept Store Colette Closing in December
Fashion's favorite French boutique is coming to an end after 20 years.
Those heading to Paris soon will want to make a pit stop at Parisian boutique Colette, which announced Wednesday that it'll be shutting its doors for good in December.
The retailer announced the news via Instagram, explaining that "[founder] Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette."
The French concept store, a popular destination for showgoers during fashion week, was founded by Roussaux and her daughter, Sarah Andelman, in 1997. Andelman currently serves as the shop's creative director.
Spanning three floors, the 8,000-square-foot space offers an assortment of high fashion and streetwear labels, from both established and emerging designers, beauty products, stationary, home decor and more. The boutique is also known for regularly hosting events. It most recently introduced brand takeovers on its first floor, starting with Balenciaga, which is currently selling its men's and women's fall collection and limited-edition products at the location until Aug. 5.
According to Colette, Saint Laurent is in talks to take over the Rue Saint-Honore location.
"Negotiations are under way with Saint Laurent and we would be proud to have a brand with such a history, with whom we have frequently collaborated, taking over our address," read the caption. "We are happy of the serious interest expressed by Saint Laurent in this project, and it could also represent a very good opportunity for our employees."
However, as Business of Fashion points out, the two businesses haven't always gotten along. When Colette sold "Ain't Laurent Without Yves" parody tees in 2013, Saint Laurent's commercial director demanded that the shirts be removed and its CEO sent a letter that stated the end of their business relationship.
Colette added that "nothing will change" until it closes Dec. 20, stating, "Colette will continue to renew itself each week with exclusive collaborations and offerings, also available on our website colette.fr." It was most recently announced that Colette will be collaborating with H&M on a nine-piece H&M capsule collection, available Aug. 21 before its global release Sept. 14.
Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. Après vingt années exceptionnelles, colette devrait définitivement fermer ses portes le 20 décembre prochain. Colette Roussaux arrive à l'âge où il est temps de prendre son temps ; or, colette ne peut exister sans Colette. Des échanges ont lieu avec Saint Laurent et nous serions fiers qu'une Marque aussi prestigieuse, avec qui nous avons régulièrement collaboré au fil des années, reprenne notre adresse. Nous sommes ravis du grand intérêt que Saint Laurent a montré dans ce projet, ce qui pourrait constituer une très belle opportunité pour nos salariés. Jusqu’au dernier jour, rien ne changera. colette continuera de se renouveler toutes les semaines comme d’habitude, avec une sélection unique et de nombreuses collaborations, également disponibles sur notre site colette.fr Nous vous remercions pour votre confiance, et à bientôt chez colette, jusqu’au 20 décembre! #colette BREAKING NEWS As all good things must come to an end, after twenty wonderful years, colette should be closing its doors on December 20th of this year. Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and colette cannot exist without Colette. Negotiations are under way with Saint Laurent and we would be proud to have a Brand with such a history, with whom we have frequently collaborated, taking over our address. We are happy of the serious interest expressed by Saint Laurent in this project, and it could also represent a very good opportunity for our employees. Until our last day, nothing will change. colette will continue to renew itself each week with exclusive collaborations and offerings, also available on our website colette.fr We thank you for your support and see you soon at colette--until December 20th!