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Paris’ Most Iconic Boutique Is Closing Its Doors After 20 Years In The Biz

Karl Lagerfeld's go-to boutique is no more.

Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite Paris boutique, Colette, has announced it will sadly close its doors at the end of 2017, after two uber-stylish decades in the game.

Located in the city’s first arrondissement, overlooking the River Seine and the Eiffel Tower, the boutique has forged a reputation for having “things no-one else has”, according to Lagerfeld. It’s responsible for launching the careers of a slew of designer labels like Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou, Simone Rocha and Rodarte, and sells everything from affordable souvenirs and stuffed toys to pricey designer bicycles.

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In a statement posed to the Colette website this week, company representatives said the decision to close follows legendary owner Colette Rossaux’s imminent retirement. Rossaux founded the boutique in 1997 and has been at the helm for much of that time, which her daughter, Sarah Andelman, has run the show for the past few years.

“As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20 of this year,” the statement reads.

“Colette Rossaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.”

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They added that Saint Laurent is in talks to take over the boutique’s prized three-storey Rue Saint-Honore location.

Doors will close on December 20, 2017, so make tracks if a Paris shopping spree is in your plans. If you can’t get there, the boutique’s collaboration with H&M – “H&M Studio x Colette” – will drop on August 21.

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(All photos: Colette Paris / Facebook)