Iconic French Boutique Colette to Close This Year

Above: Customers crowd a busy Colette storefront.
Above: Customers crowd a busy Colette storefront.

After twenty years of trend-setting service, the legendary Colette boutique will shutter its doors later this year. The popular Parisian retail destination made the sad announcement earlier today, utilizing their official Instagram account to break the news. It’s an unexpected move from the brand, which has attracted numerous high-profile collaborations over the years.

The legendary clothing store has made a name for itself by offering a wide of variety high fashion goods, as well as teaming up with fashion powers like Raf Simons, Balenciaga, H&M and more. According to store manager and creative head, Sarah Andelman, the decision to close follows the brand’s founder and namesake retiring at the end of the year. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette,” a statement published Wednesday reads.

Since 1997, Colette has catered to fashion lovers around the world. Thankfully, the Paris boutique will remain open throughout the year, and there have already been talks of a company swooping in to take over the iconic space. As of now, it looks like Saint. Laurent is the front-runner for the location on 213 Rue Saint Honoré. That particular rumour was floated around via online publication, Jezebel, but it has yet to be confirmed by company spokespeople.

Another happy note is that Colette isn’t planning to slow down its operation in these final months. “Until our last day, nothing will change,” Andelman says in the aforementioned Instagram post. “Colette will continue to renew itself each week with exclusive collaborations and offerings, also available on our website.” 

You can check out the social media post below, and you can still visit Colette in Paris until its pending close this December 20.

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!

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Aidan D'Aoust

Aidan is a writer from Toronto. His favourite things in the world are music, movies, and mini dachshunds. Give him a follow on Twitter at @aidandaoust, where he’ll also accept your mixtape submissions.

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