For the truest fashion fans, there are some shopping destinations that constantly show up on their bucket lists: for starters, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Dover Street Market in Tokyo, and definitely Colette in Paris. But if you haven’t been to the latter yet, it’s time to book a ticket to Paris ASAP, as the iconic store has just announced it's closing its door for good.
Posted on the Colette Instagram account, the store will be shuttering operations come December 20 this year. “Colette Roussaux [the store’s founder] has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and colette cannot exist without Colette,” the post read. And as promised, the store who’s behind so many exciting fashion collaborations—including everyone from Balenciaga to McDonalds—won’t be resting on its laurels between now and the end of the year. “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'll take that as a hint that there's a lot more amazing work to be debuted.
While this is certainly a disappointment—especially for those who've never visited the Rue Saint-Honoré shop—consider this yet another reason to set an airfare alert for affordable Paris flights. And if you don't make it there this year, there's still reason to visit as "negotiations are under way with Saint Laurent" to take over the now-iconic space.
Scroll down to read Colette's statement in full.
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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