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Visit this cult fashion hot spot in Paris before it closes its doors forever

Paris is an uncontested top destination for fashion-lovers around the world and one consistent stop for travellers is the cult boutique colette.

Colette, the famous concept store in Paris, will shut down in December.
colette, the famous concept store in Paris, will shut down in December. Image by Pierre Suu/Getty Images

The concept store is known for selling designer fashion, streetwear, art books, music and lifestyle items that are coveted by fashionable people everywhere. But despite maintaining its reputation as one of Paris’ trendiest spots, the shop on Rue Saint-Honoré is preparing to end its 20-year run.

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The store, founded by Colette Roussaux, has been up and running since 1997. But on 20th December, it will close its doors for good. The move was announced on Instagram, with a post expanding that “Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and colette cannot exist without Colette”.

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However, the post goes on to explain that there are negotiations in the works with Saint Laurent to take over the shop’s 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”.

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However, if you’ve procrastinated over taking a journey to the see the shop, take solace in the fact that you can still get there until the end of the year. They’ve promised that nothing will change until the last day of operation, with new offerings and collaborations available each week in store. The store is located in the first arrondissement, only about a ten minute walk from the Louvre, and 15 minutes from the Champs-Élysées. It is also well-known for featuring the Water Bar, where you can stop for a meal and even pair it with one of the dozens of different bottled waters that it offers.

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And if you have no plans for a trip, then you can always get a bit of that Parisian style on the store’s website.