Sarah Andelman, founder and creative director of Colette, announced today that the concept store will close after 20 years of business.
“All good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year,” writes the store in its statement on Instagram. “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.”
Located on Rue Saint-Honoré, Colette’s three-story space was the backbone for editors and style devotees alike. Since it opened its doors in March 1997, by founder Colette Roussaux and her daughter Sarah Andelman as the face of the company, the store has been a vital destination for bricks-and-mortar shopping.
Described as “the trendiest store in the world” by Forbes, its closure has been interpreted as an “end of an era” by fashion insiders. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette,” the store says in its statement.
Negotiations are under way with Saint Laurent to take over the Rue Saint-Honoré location. “We would be proud to have a brand with such history, with whom we have frequently collaborated, taking over our address,” the store writes. “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.”
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