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Parisian Shop Colette Is Closing After 20 Years

The famed Parisian boutique will be replaced by Saint Laurent.
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Famed Parisian boutique Colette will close after 20 years. Its founder, Colette Roussaux, wants to leave and the store "can't exist" without her.

"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, as reported by the Business of Fashion. "Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time, and Colette cannot exist without Colette."

Over the past few years, the shop has been run by Roussaux's daughter, Sarah Andelman.

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

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The store is known not only for its unusual and artful edit of new and established brands (Colette was among the first to stock Rodarte and Proenza Schouler), but also for its more obscure products from books and independent magazines to watches, cameras, toys, and kitchenware. Karl Lagerfeld said only last year that it was the only shop that he goes to.

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"They have things no one else has," he told the Business of Fashion. "I buy watches, telephones, jewelry there — everything really! They have invented a formula that you can't copy easily, because there is only one Colette and her and Sarah are 200 percent involved."

The store on Rue Saint-Honoré will be replaced by Yves Saint Laurent.

"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," the statement read. "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."

From: Harper's BAZAAR UK

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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