Colette, cult Paris fashion store, to close after 20 ‘exceptional years’

A favourite of Hollywood stars and the fashion crowd, including Karl Lagerfeld – ‘they have things no one else has’, he said – mother-and-daughter boutique that’s ridden the trends since 1997 will pull down its shutters at end of this year

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 July, 2017, 9:47am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 July, 2017, 9:47am

The cult Paris concept store Colette – a regular haunt of Hollywood stars and fashion lovers – will close its doors in December.

“All good things come to an end. After 20 exceptional years Colette is closing its doors,” the boutique’s founders, mother and daughter Colette Roussaux and Sarah Andelman, said. “Colette Roussaux has reached an age when it’s time for her to take her time, and Colette cannot exist without Colette.”

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The three-storey shop on the fashionable Rue Saint Honoré that sells an eclectic mix of luxury lifestyle products and cutting-edge fashion was declared “the coolest shop in town” by fashion critic Suzy Menkes.

It is a regular haunt of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld. “It’s the only shop where I go because they have things no one else has,” he said last year.

Instagram reacts to news of Colette’s closure

The shop promised that it would remain true to its spirit until the day its closes, “changing every week with numerous new collaborations”.

Its premises will be taken over by Saint Laurent, which famously threatened to sue Colette four years ago when the store ran a line of parody T-shirts bearing the legend “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” after the death of the label’s founder, Yves Saint Laurent.

Colette’s Instagram post about the closure

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! #coletteforever #colette20ans #colette

A post shared by colette (@colette) on Jul 12, 2017 at 2:13am PDT

News of the store’s closure has been greeted with surprise and sadness on social media. Users on Instagram posted an image of two white bubbles, one reading 1997 the other 2017, on a blue background, paying homage to the shade of the store’s carrier bags.