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Adieu Colette

The end of an era

We couldn’t possibly let this week pass without wishing a fond Parisienne farewell to Colette, the über-cool Parisian boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré, which is closing it’s doors for good after 20 years. It was a temple of style for the kind of things you couldn’t find anywhere else. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have realised they existed unless you had stumbled upon it in there.

Mind you, it was a nightmare to shop in. In the early days it was just about possible to navigate, but soon it became an international attraction, packed from morning til night. It was a place to buy the brilliant and bizarre… music you had never heard before, Banksy’s first book before anyone knew who he was, intensely weird shoes, inexplicable clothes, and then there was the water bar. Madness, but everybody loved it.

“As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year,” the company said in a statement. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.”

A former art student and Purple magazine intern, Andelman established Colette in 1997 alongside her mother Colette Roussaux, after whom the store is named. Andelman and Roussaux lived above the store.

Colette was part of a generation of landmark concept boutiques across the world, such as 10 Corso Como, which opened in Milan in 1990 and is now present in Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing, as well as New York as from next year, and Dover Street Market, which opened in London in 2003, Tokyo in 2006 and New York in 2013.

So goodbye, Colette! We had a lot of fun in your store.

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