A lot of hype around this concept store. Worth a cool walk through as you feel the items here are curated, unique and some hard to find. I liked that idea.
Bloody packed during the holidays though. I almost wished they had some crowd control. Very close to the Tuileries metro stop.
Upstairs is clothing, downstairs includes beauty (nothing that blew my mind or that I didn't think I could find in the US, such as Bumble & Bumble hair)
It's one of my favorite stores in the world. Highly curated. Fashion, music, literature. My taste.
I've always wanted to go to colette. to peruse the hip items that I've heard of for so long and I was absolutely not disappointed. I picked up a Les Artistes pullover (Margiela) and a couple of postcards but budget permitting I would not have stopped there. Incredibly well curated; like a gallery sectioned off into clothing, candles, beauty, magazines, music, gadgets etc. I could have spent hours peeking around at all of their choices. Excellently hip staff, fabulously interesting displays and concepts and an interesting artistic vision. Further, the shop never felt inaccessible or distant despite its ridiculous level of "cool". I can't wait to come back and wish I could visit every day to check out their new music and magazines which are just as relevant as their clothing.
Trendy shop with all kinds of hipster stuff. You can feel that this shop is a trendsetting spot also because of the visitors from all around the world. Here you will definitely find something very interesting whether it's CD's, books or clothes.
I MISS PARIS!!
This place is so cool. Cool little things, and so many things to look at. The store is pricey, but you're in Paris, how can you not spend?! The workers are all really helpful and attentive and for some reason, I thought they were all pretty good looking and dressed really well. It IS Paris...
There is graffiti on the outside, and their window displays are amazing! The restroom is really cool too, haha. The restaurant downstairs is packed too!
I'm definitely coming back here when I'm in Paris again!
Some people follow trends, Colette makes them.
Colette is known around the world as one of the top taste maker shops in Europe.
You'll find a collection of the best of the best! Not necessarily the most expensive, but unique tasteful items from around the world. They filter at Colette, it's an exclusive boutique that is extremely critical in what they choose to showcase at their boutique. Famous clientele include Karl Lagerfeld.
Whether you are looking for a candle, electronics, shoes, street wear, fashion, cd's, candy, you'll devour everything at Colette's. Don't forget to stop by at the cafe downstairs for coffee, or to pick your limited edition Karl Lagerfeld, Coke Lite!
Colette is a cultural museum. You can't leave Paris without coming here.
A friend of mine sent me a tip to check out Colette while in Paris. This friend is a fellow of impeccable taste so I, indeed, was sure to visit. The descriptions in the reviews here...design, fashion, culture...are all accurate. This was essentially a group of several types of shops rolled into one. One part design items, another part books and media, another a gallery, another men's clothing, one part women's clothing. There was also a "street" clothing section and downstairs a restaurant. Most of it was OK but the real win here was the women's clothing section. I've never seen a clothing store so well curated...with such taste. It blew me away. The prices were astronomical but you get what you pay for. The items here were not trendy but would make anything else at a club look stale. They were not screaming "look at me" but in public you couldn't help but stare. Just awesome.
If you're looking for interesting cultural artifacts you may find them here. They do mashups with other brands and some of that may be interesting but it's the women's clothing that is, without question, the most arresting aspect of the shop. If you are a woman who appreciates style more than fashion, this is your place. Pack your plastic and breathe deep.
this place is awesome and so fun. really high energy high fashion concept store with amazing designs, brands, and other fun stuff.
beware, the store is always packed. can't do any real shopping really but the prices are pretty steep anyways.
definitely deserves a stop if youre in paris to enjoy great fashion design :)
As far as boutiques go this is the best. If you've never been, think Urban outfitters if UO sold designer brands. There are constant collaborations with designers and labels and tons of special limited items that are only available at Colette. If you have a few extra Euros to blow, this is a pretty solid spot to do it.
Fashion, Shoes, Books, Music and fun little gadgets.
Came here from the States to look for the Simone Rocha lucite brogues in the perfect color. But probably sold out long before we got there. Oh well, we had a lot of fun shopping at Alaia in Le Marais, and elsewhere.
Selection was often wonderful, whimsical and creative but still seemed a little forced at times, though I don't think I'm in the best position to judge since I haven't visited the store more than once. Perhaps the concepts have a kind of long-term reference that I couldn't see from one visit. I expected a much bigger store with more creative styling by mixing more designers on the mannequins.
Terrific jewelry collection. As for shoes, I suggest leaving the Nicholas Kirkwoods there.
Perhaps it was Xmas time, or I was tired or the fact you could barely walk around but Colette left me uninspired. The place was jam packed. I get the shop's concept and there were lots of interesting things to look at, but nothing I felt I hadn't seen before. Everything seemed overpriced but that's Paris and it is on Saint Honore.
Loved the Xmas windows with the floating bubble displays. Maybe I enjoy going through a bin of old junk in a flea market more than looking through glass cases at pricey fashionable trinkets and racks of expensive tshirts.
One of the "coolest boutiques" in the world, on an average day, it's average. When I was here last summer, it was quite lackluster. But they're constantly collaborating with designers, artists and other persons of note for exhibits, which include special limited edition items only sold at Colette. There is an online shop where you can purchase said items.
If you have money to blow, you will need to come here. A lot of dope merchandise - books, shoes, clothing, helmets [!margiela!] that can't be found anywhere else. Colette was the first shop to have the new Margiela perfume [the last project he was personally involved in before his departure from the Maison]. That's the kind of exclusives Colette deals with. CDG also had a guerilla shop in Colette. Tons of CDG sold here on the regular. Kaiser Karl's done at least 2 projects with Colette that I know of.
First floor has little kitschy trinkets, makeup, jewelry, the best magazines, and really hot salesmen. Second floor has your mix of uber high end couture items for sale but displayed as if they're on exhibit, and, lots of Jimmy Choo handbags for some reason. Aside from the Jimmy Choo, Sarah Colette's editing is impeccable. There's a little alcove on the second floor dedicated to the boys who love sneakers and streetwear. Basement is a cafe.
It's on one of the richest streets in Paris, blocks away from Place de Vendome. AWESOME people watching.
I had high expectations for Colette, but it was whatever. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Colette, only stop by if you're already on St. Honoré. I get that it's a concept store but it was filled with ultra trendy, pricey, and mostly useless things. To be fair, they did have very nice shoes and candles.
I don't know.....maybe it's because I come from the land of Kitson and Fred Segal...but Colette is just whatever to me. Totally PACKED with people mostly just looking. The merchandise is more American than Parisian. I mostly come by just to see the cool kids but I never buy anything.
If you want to get a pulse on what's trending, from high end watches to art toyz, stop by Colette. Sarah and her team will be sure to have something that'll impress you. And stop by their water bar below for a bite.
I always stop by for inspiration and a moment to drool over objets I don't need but want...feels like high school again!
More fun for looking than buying... the first floor is like a comic book version of the Museum of Modern Art's gift stores in NYC. The clothes and shoes, while fun to look at, are pricey for what they are... $750 shirts and $1,200 shoes abound. Best experienced during Les Soldes (the twice-annual government-imposed sales), Colette also has a neat restaurant downstairs. P.S., don't get here close to closing time, as you likely will be kept out by security. This is a bit of a mob scene, but it is a fun stop to make while making your way along Saint-Honoré.
I used to come here after school every single day just to check out the magazines, CDs and cool gadget.
downstairs is affordable, upstairs its too pricey - unless you are Paris HIlton.
If you've got the big bucks, this is certainly a stylish place to spend them.
Great selection of designer duds upstairs, more affordable goods downstairs. Nice selection of art books, note pads, candles and music. Not a bad place to buy a cutting-edge gift for that special trendoid in your life.
But don't forget to don your slickest before you go. This is not just a shop, it's a place to see and be seen.
LOOKING FOR TOMORROW'S TRENDS ? HEAD TO COLETTE
Colette is one of the hottest concept stores in the world, period.
But do you know that they also display a weekly refreshed selection of music? From electro-pop to Japanese minimal or indie-rock, there is no limitation but one single and strong mandate : it has to be hip and fresh! This, plus Colette's team great talent and the shop unique creative atmosphere, make this shop one of the best record shops in France and a great music experience.
The CD selection is limited to, maybe, 100 cds, but it can please any music geek. It is constantly refreshed and enriched by the dozens of scouts that search the world and the web to find new offerings for the goddess Colette.
Colette is a big ecosystem embracing various ecosystems, music is one of them. Firstly, there is the store in the merry heart of Paris. It offers an edgy selection of CDs and the possibility to listen to every track through i-pad devices; there is also a tiny selection of vinyls orientated towards clubbing. Secondly, you can find a different selection in the Eshop with Cds, vinyls and Downloads. I advise that you subscribe to Colette's podcast which has been instigated and produced by Clement, who also originated the music corner rue Saint Honore. He will tell you all about his favorite tunes, new beats to listen to and will also share previews -actually pre"heards"- and releases to come, all available on the eshop. Lastly, you can also listen to Colette Mixes on the website- 'These mixes are coming from all around the world with no specific styles, just the good sound' ; buy Colette compilations and experience live concert in the Water Bar with the Colette Music Box.
I've heard this was the best urban street boutique in Paris. Boy was i right. They carry all the major japanese brands commes, bape, supreme, neighborhood. This is more like a department store. Every brand has its own department, I mean bape has its own sign in the corner, Original fake has its own section along the wall. They have rare medicom bearbricks and even sell Monster beats by dre headphones. This is a must see and is right down the street from the Louvre.
this store is just absolutely rubbish. i went there and the service is just horrible.
the people working there behave like they're on some kind of premenstrual pill that makes them all sullen.
dont expect any service there because the people working there are rude, bitchy, rude, bitchy, rude and bitchy.
This place is rather ridiculous. There is a water bar on the bottom floor...kind of dark in there and crowded. Middle floor is tennis shoes and kitsch stuff. Third floor is very expensive clothes that most people have absolutely no place to go in. Occasionally have good sales, once I scored a very nice Fendi dress for 1/3 of the original price. But like I said, I've worn it once and can't imagine finding another occasion to sport it. Regardless, it's a fun place to go and look around.
One of my favorite shops in Paris. Very fashion forward with handpicked goods from different designers. Such a treat overall from their fashion picks to their fig candles, wall decals, to the books and other trinkets that make for great gifts. A must stop in Paris
Do not miss Collette when shopping! We stopped here for a bite to eat after the Louvre, and turns out that have such a great shopping area. I could not stop buying things here, so many cool little trinkets and fashion finds. I highly encourage you to check the store out when in the area! I will be back!
Collete is clothing, art, music, design, beauty, culture and lifestyle. It has everything from the latest Jean-Paul Gaultier collection to Tattoo Brite body lotion (it provides long-term anti-fading, anti-inflammatory protection for the tattooed). This is THE shopping experience of a lifetime.
OMG so want everything. And books and video...and what you can eat here too? Damn ok I've been to the cafe downstairs...no so bad. No seriously its good.
Love this spendy/trendy boutique. The best in contemporary young designers, some avant-garde designers. Fun books, arty trinkets and stylish tech gadgets.
One of the very few places I remember during my trip to Paris and one of the very few boutiques I remember from all of my traveling experiences. I absolutely love this urban meets couture boutique. They have several unique selections in each of their divisions ranging from home+fun books+tech+music to street wear to high end women's clothing. Their women's clothing section literally looks like a museum. Minimalistic space with mannequins draped in $$$$ worth of clothing pieces. I spent about a good hour here with my best friend and purchased a couple of things for friends from the main floor where all the cool gadgets and music selections were. We also had lunch at the cafe downstairs. It's cute but forgettable. Save your money and get a bite at other yummy places like Buddah Bar or Kong.
This is still the fashion and design temple of Paris. If you want to buy or at least know what is hot and trendy currently, then this is the right address. Maybe not affordable for everybody but at least you will have fun window shopping. Here you will find the traditional fashion labels like Prada, Helmut Lang, etc but also labels of young, unknown, up-and-coming designers.
This was a must see spot for a collector of things like myself. It's like a pilgrimage you make when in Paris. My first time here blew me away. I expected the store to be on a much smaller scale. The space is huge, i believe 3 stories total. Lot's of helpful employees to answer questions and a line at the register that moves fast. You really can't bring enough money here if you're looking for cool stuff. They also have a grab bag for 20 Euro that i took advantage of. No pictures on the inside allowed which is a bummer. Overall a great experience. You get pulled in every direction because there is something interesting in every corner of the store.
Fear not English speaking comrades, the staff speaks English. It is the place to go for high end clothing AND gadgets. Parisians love NYC so the clothing had a very hip New Yorker vibe. The music bar was my personal favorite stop since they had a well edited lounge, house and dance dj or Collette label mixes (cd or electronic download). My husband loved all the cool Japanese gadgets. My teenage niece loved the fashion books and magazines. My child loved the wind up toys and gadgets. I enjoyed the top floor styling but most likely I would not spend thousands of euros for a jacket, etc. if you are still feeling flush but not thousands flush pop downstairs for some cute updates. The staff were helpful and not with lots of attitude.
Colette is without a doubt the best shop in Paris. It is always immaculate looking and is very impressive. It has a range of clothes, trainers cd's, dvd's, books gadgets and toys. The clothes are very fashionable and funky and it always has the latest trends in such as the icecream brand and bape; one of the reasons it is so popular with celebrities. The toys are fantastic (with plush moustaches! You don't understand until you've seen them) and well worth a look. This shop is a must-visit if you are in Paris, even if you're not spending any money you could spend hours at a time in there.
The clothes are boring and typical of anyone else that is walking around on the street in Paris. It seems like everyone that works here dresses like clones but think they are very unique and cool. Some more interesting and edgy choices need to be made here, both with the staff and the buying. No one that works there looks particularly cool or imaginative. A real lack of style. Every time i come in f find its a bit like an upscale urban outfitters when I always hope for something a bit out of the box and generally cooler. What is most appalling is the lack of customer service and general rudeness of the staff. They think that because they work in a high fashion boutique, that they are suddenly elevated and have to condescend to help anyone. They still work in retail and need to be retrained by management. I would just like these people to help me find garments in my size without any attitude. It's very silly when you work in the capital of fashion to be rude to people that come in, because you really don't know you are going to offend. The experience coming to a shop, especially one that I was planning on spending a lot of money in, should be nothing less than pleasurable. One shouldn't leave feeling offended. I will not recommend this place to my associates in the fashion industry.
see the up and coming trends before anyone else does - onlythe most unique interesting items of everything. just plain cool. big markup
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