relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA The world will continue to turn. I have seen hard-core fans camping out overnight for sneaker drops or Apple Watches; sidewalks overtaken by crowds hoping to catch Pharrell Williams or Drake off-duty; window displays transforming from one awesome installation to another over the course of hours every single Sunday. What excites you in fashion right now? With the store’s closing, a certain heartbeat at the center of Paris will cease to exist—and if this sounds overdramatic, it’s a sentiment shared by many of us, no matter whether our interactions have been professional or personal. That will be difficult. But it’s a little crazy that after all the work we’ve put in here, people might forget. But there’s also some relief for many different reasons: to not have this rush to plan the next window, and be ready for the next show in the gallery, and organize the next event. And then I’ll realize what I can really do—where I can be productive or what doesn’t feel inspiring. Not a day goes by when I don’t get a glimpse of the action in passing. I didn’t realize it when we opened, but a few years later, my mother told someone she opened Colette for me, and I realized that was true. What is your sense of the industry at present? It’s true, it’s not just about one more drop. And it’s true that some people were afraid to come in because it looked like a gallery—so clean in design with one object here, one vase there. COLETTE, the cult Parisian boutique, has shocked the fashion world this morning by announcing that it is to close in December. regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. I work so hard to do this mix of brands; I spent so much time in the showrooms, and each of these brands can sell so much more. It was just the middle of nowhere for fashion. And at some point, it can start to feel like a routine, and we’re always against routine. For sure. There was a certain point when we began to realize that 20 years is a good age. If you know it well, you'll know why it's an important pilgrimage to make, and if you don't then you must - it's a right of fashion passage. Even Daft Punk, you know their faces. According to colette's statement, the closure is due to Roussaux stepping down: "Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and colette can not exist without Colette. I don’t want to limit myself. She will spend time with [my son] Woody. Over the past two decades, it’s fair to say that no other retail destination has remained so consistently cool, so desirable, so full of surprise, and so uniquely playful as the boutique run by Colette Roussaux and her daughter, Sarah Andelman, at 213 Rue Saint-Honoré. There were people who said this wouldn’t last for more than six months—that it was impossible. The team understands; they know my mom. be aware that our efforts are ongoing. I think they realize how much she deserves time off. . Because, for example, we never wanted to have a book signing that looked the same every week. It was still like a village. #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. I don’t know for how long, but for now, that’s what counts. No. Please To what extent do you think he understands the family business, now that he’s 5? Paris, too, is not what it used to be 20 years ago. When the wind blows a certain way, the store’s familiar fig-infused scent, Air de Colette, wafts to my door. “As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on Dec 20 of this year,” the store said in a statement on its Instagram account this morning. Before July, there had been rumors. That Colette will not be open for business come December 21 is as inconceivable as it is inevitable. And to fully close Colette will take some time. When anyone asks where I live, it is my point of reference, an easy landmark. It’s not like we’re leaving an empty space; Saint Laurent will bring traffic. Or maybe the question is, are you still excited by fashion? Saint Laurent are said to be currently in talks to take over the covetable 1st arrondisement location. Taking to Instagram, the brand wrote that its doors will close December 20, 20 years after it opened. You can object to the use of your e-mail ", Toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin. I think it’s very much a continuity without doing the buying or having one fixed place. It’s better to be focused on what you want to say, to do things from your heart. © 2020 Condé Nast. You have supported many artists, regularly collaborating with Kevin Lyons, Jean Jullien, Darcel, and Tiffany Cooper, as just a few examples, in addition to featuring well-established artists, such as Nobuyoshi Araki, whose work is on view now. The flip side is questioning how we consume. 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. Alternatively, you can object to We mounted La Vilaine Lulu, Monsieur Saint Laurent’s original illustrations, which we were able to reprint as a book; we worked through the years with Monsieur [Pierre] Bergé; we’ve carried the collections from Stefano Pilati and Tom Ford; of course, there was the Hedi Slimane moment. It’s always a challenge with deliveries [through the season]. There is no other possibility. . We'll get the saddest reason to go to Paris this summer out of the way first: Colette is closing. When we were working on the store project with Sacai a few months ago, I kept saying, “Why don’t you do this or do that?” And then I would say, “It’s just an idea.” And I realized when I was talking to Chitose [Abe, Sacai’s founder] that maybe that could be the name. But in general, we have nothing. With the upper floor of the store taken over by Saint Laurent, where a newly installed stone floor, black walls, and mid-century modern furniture have left little trace of Colette as we know it, the handover feels all too real. People say you deserve time off. There were many more objects than what we have now. So with every brand, you’ve seen more and more collaborations, special capsules. This interview has been condensed and edited. We are so, so bad with archives; we have missed a lot of things. Instead of Theory, there was a bakery. For sure, he will miss coming in and getting a little candy at the register or a little toy. as screen readers and screen magnifiers, and with users with disabilities who use these technologies. However, in the same statement, colette announced that Saint Laurent will be taking over the retail space, prompting rumors that the fashion house may have bought out colette for the prestigious rue Saint Honoré location. People could really follow how we receive new products and what we do each day. I want to take the time to develop projects with a conscience. There are some who come regularly for the beauty or the music. We always look at everything with no à priori; we observe what’s happening and pick to arrive at our cocktail. I kept a few products. It will be called L’Air de 213 Rue Saint-Honoré, and he will do the candle and the room spray. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the Of course, this is not the same as spending 20 years devoted to the store as Roussaux and Andelman have been, joined by a handful of the employees who have worked there from the beginning (from a total of more than 750). It’s a place in Paris where we bring everything we like from fashion, design, beauty—a mix of these things—plus a restaurant downstairs that is open all day long and a gallery space where we change the exhibitions every month. . But it’s okay, I like that people will have their own memories of Colette. These are consumers excited for any kind of merchandise.