Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Spotlight on.....Colette

Photographs courtesy of and copyright Colette.
This Parisien boutique is unique in every sense of the word. Stretched over three floors of minimalist design, it stocks a variety of goods, from clothes and accessories to cosmetics, jewellery, books, CDs, DVDs, collectibles and electronic goods (IPods and other MP3 players in particular). The emphasis of the shop is very much on contemporary design. Most of the books cover different facets of this topic. The clothes, mainly by high end designers, are all displayed on mannequins, not on hangers and rails, making it seem more like an art gallery for clothes than a shop. The jewellery stocked ranges in price from the fairly expensive to the really expensive. However, you won't find items in many other shops.
On the lower ground floor there is the water bar, stocking delicious snacks. The shop is also renowned for the wide variety of its customers.
Some of the collectibles on the ground floor feature Cap and Pep, two little cartoon dogs exclusive to Colette - the diaries are particularly stunning this season.
Whether you have something specific in mind, or whether you just want to browse, you are sure to find something to buy in Colette. Indeed, even if you can't visit Paris, the website and its eShop are well worth a visit. Truly, it is one of the most innovative shop websites I have ever seen.
Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honore, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01 55 35 33 90. www.colette.fr

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