Paris’s Colette – ‘the trendiest store in the world’ – set to close

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The concept boutique known for unexpected collaborations and being the only shop that Karl Lagerfeld claims to frequent will shut up shop in December

Colette, the influential Parisian boutique described as “the trendiest store in the world” by Forbes, has announced it will close its doors in December. The news has been interpreted by fashion insiders as the “end of an era”, and a discouraging sign for bricks-and-mortar shopping.

The store on Rue Saint-Honoré has been at the centre of fashion since it opened its doors in March 1997. Founded by Colette Rousseaux, who still lives above the shop, with her daughter Sarah Andelman as its public face, it is a concept store, a place to hang out and a site of pilgrimage for the fashion crowd. It is flocked to by editors and buyers during show season. Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, said last year that it’s the only shop he frequents “because they have things no one else has”.

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