Colette, Beloved Paris Boutique, To Close After 20 Years

by Helen Murphy

Get a box of tissues ready, fashion lovers.

Heartbroken couture connoisseurs across the world woke up to the unexpected news today that concept fashion store Colette would close in December of this year, owing to the retirement of the store’s founder, Colette Rousseaux. Rousseaux still lives above the shop with her daughter and co-owner, Sarah Andelman. Fans of the store commiserated together over Instagram and Twitter, posting comments with the broken heart emoji and making 'Colette closing' a trending topic earlier this morning. 

This image posted on Colette's Instagram (@colette) is an ode to the store's signature blue and white shopping bags. 

This image posted on Colette's Instagram (@colette) is an ode to the store's signature blue and white shopping bags. 

In a fashion world where consumers are increasingly online, Colette proved to be a successful example of the traditional brick-and-mortar store format. The three-story store first opened in 1997 on the Rue St.-Honoré in Paris and quickly became a place of pilgrimage for fashion designers, editors and lovers alike. Colette has partnered with brands including Balenciaga, IKEA, Hermès, Vespa, and Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent, their last collaboration, is also in talks to buy the retail space.

“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,” read a statement on Colette’s Instagram. “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.” The statement continued, “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.”

To stave off your tears (for now, at least), Flaunt's got you covered. Check out our past coverage of Colette.


Written by: Helen Murphy 

Photo by: Colette (@colette)