Saying Farewell to a Store That Changed Shopping

You also have to remember what a shock it was that they opened on that street at all — not on Faubourg St.-Honoré, where all the established stores were. They were like an island that brought this energy of cool to fashion, and then everybody followed.

Marc Newson, industrial designer I was really shocked to learn about the closure of Colette, and even more cynical about what’s about to replace it. Reminds me of that extraordinarily sad day in Milan several years ago when my favorite shop in the world, G. Lorenzi, closed and a mundane watch brand opened there instead. Via Montenapoleone was a shadow of its former self after that.

Many of my designs were launched and sold at Colette over the years, through collaborations with the likes of Nike, Apple, Pentax, Ikepod, Safilo, G-Star, etc. It was simply the go-to place to showcase new (and hopefully cool) things. Sarah’s sophistication and faith also made it remarkably approachable. It’s almost one less reason to go to Paris. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a trend.

Christopher Peters, a creative director of Creatures of the Wind We’ve always thought of Colette as a cultural nexus point. It represents much more than just fashion; it’s the intersection of music, pop culture and art. As shoppers and as designers, we’ve always appreciated what the store stands for. It’s the sort of space that will explore ideas and concepts that might be challenging for other retailers; our recent project with Colette was met with a level of enthusiasm and support that is rarely found.

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Stefano Tonchi, editor in chief of W magazine I was obsessed by having any magazine I worked on being sold there: I would hand-deliver copies in order to be there at the right time. I suppose that was what we all did to get our products in that window!

Matt Williams, creative director of Alyx When I was growing up in California, Colette was the first store I…

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