Colette

One of the world’s original concept stores, Colette continues to attract industry figures and fashion fans with its curated edit.

Colette

One of the world’s original concept stores, Colette continues to attract industry figures and fashion fans with its curated edit.

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Colette: The Original Concept Store, now a Fashion Institution

Colette: The Original Concept Store, now a Fashion Institution

PARIS, France — Founded in 1997 by Colette Rousseau and her daughter Sarah Andelman, Parisian store Colette has quickly become part of Paris Fashion Week lore and is now an institution in the city’s fashion retail landscape.  Many have tried to replicate Colette’s original take on fashion and culture in cities around the world (‘The Colette’ of this city or that one), but there is only one original.

In menswear, Colette has made a name for itself through its engaging edit: a mixture of high fashion, of-the-moment streetwear and kitsch lifestyle paraphernalia. One of the few stores capable of breaking an emerging menswear designer on the global scene, Colette has built a reputation for getting behind emerging menswear designers early on, and has acted as a key supporter of Raf Simons, Umit Benan and Sacai.

BoF spoke to creative director Sarah Andelman to learn more.

BoF: How do you approach the Colette buy each season?

SA: Every season we try to bring some new stories. This season we have a lot, with Massimo Piombo, Umit Benan coming back, lots of things, but I think it can touch young 20-year-old guys, or 50-year-old guys. Each item will never be a simple blue pump or simple black jacket; there is always a detail in the pocket, in the lining – voilà.

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