Colette has asserted itself as "the" Paris concept store thanks to offering an eclectic and edgy mix of designer brands, cutting-edge home and design products, and even temporary art exhibits. This is one of the rare places in the city where you'll see the bling-bling set perusing the racks next to surly hipsters with wide-rimmed glasses.
Locals, tourists and the global glitterati all flock to Colette to soak up and take part in the latest trends in men and women's fashion, electronics and design, books and music, and high-end beauty products.
Whether you're simply indulging in "lèche-vitrines" ( literally "window-licking", but this in fact means "window shopping") or you're in the market for new items, a trip to this temple of cool in Paris is highly recommended if you're even nominally interested in fashion.
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Main Departments at the Shop:
Men's and Women's Fashion: Located on the second floor, the fashion department at Colette features a painstakingly curated selection of the latest looks from big-name and up-and-coming designers. The department offers a selection of both prêt à porter (ready to wear) and couture pieces from sought-after, well-known designers including Comme des Garcons, Marc Jacobs, Nina Ricca, Alexander Wang, Burberry, Lanvin and Givenchy, in addition to creations from fresh young talent.
Up-and-coming designers and brands who have graced the racks here in recent years include Mira Mikati, Sacai, Shrimps, and JW Anderson.
High-end beauty products: High-end beauty brands grace the back wall. Skincare, makeup, and fragrance lines from Apotheke, Farmacie, Baxter of California, Vilhelm Parfumerie and many more will regale those with a taste for luxury beauty products.
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Electronics, Jewelry, Music and Books: On the ground floor, design enthusiasts will find prized new items in electronics, jewelry, small design items, accessories and footwear for men and women. There's also a large selection of books, magazines and music. If you're in the market for trendy zines or artists' books, tomes on graphic design, fashion, or architecture, new releases in music, or special gifts for a discerning someone, this is definitely a good collection to browse.
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The Restaurant and Water Bar:
In the basement, a restaurant and "water bar" offers a spot for fashionable feet to rest and look fetching. Simple dishes such as tuna salad, ratatouille crumble with parmesan, zucchini gratin or club sandwich are around 17 Euros/$20. The windowless space is admittedly not the best place for a spring or summer hang-out session, but it offers an ideal place to cozy up over tea or a light lunch in the winter months, before or after a shopping trip in the area.
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Colette also boasts a small exhibition space on the top floor, showing off works of photography, painting or sculpture from promising young artists.
The exhibits are free, too.