Retail Refugees

Marais, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:43 pm
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T Magazine’s The Moment blog had an interesting look at Paris’s Marais district today exploring some of the interesting shops, restaurants, and other sites.  Take a look if you have any plans to visit the city of lights anytime in the near future.  Definitely a must see for shopping and eating, the retail scene seems to be among the most innovative in the city.

For a long time now, the Haut Marais has attracted indie boutiques and avant-garde designers. More and more, they’re foreign-born. The American modernist Jack Henry made his home at 25, rue Charlot, which is just down the street from Plagg, Barbara Kurdziel’s shop devoted to Scandinavian fashion, which is just down the street from the Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s whimsical atelier. And just around the corner on rue de Vielle du Temple, the New York design collective Surface to Air opened its new flagship featuring edgy-urbane men’s and women’s fashion. Foreign flair is suddenly everywhere, and for a city that’s infamous for resisting change, it’s a welcome infusion.

The latest international arrival is Koko. After years of talking about it, and then a year of red tape and on-the-ground planning, the New Zealand expat Catherine McMahon is opening Paris’s first and only store devoted to Kiwi goods. McMahon was often complimented when she wore clothes designed by her compatriots, but, she says, “I realized not many people know anything about Kiwi fashion.” When her boutique opens on Sept. 17, it will be her mission to familiarize the locals with names like Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Trelise Cooper.

The neighborhood’s worldliness isn’t only the result of boutiques and designers. Merce and the Muse delighted French coffee snobs this summer with its in-house brew, which the American owner went all the way to Denmark’s Coffee Collective to learn. And then there’s Mary Quarta — next door to Merce, both a bread-crumb trail from Koko — an Italian who started scooping up divine cones of Nutella and stracciatella gelato this past season. The French will never lose their taste for espresso at zinc counters and macarons at the salon de thé, but global flavors go down easy, too.

DESCRIPTIONCyrille Weiner The Surface to Air store in Marais.

Inside look at the new Jean Nouvel H&M, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:40 pm
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Images from Arkitip’s Intel blog

Drien van Noten menswear in Paris
September 30, 2010, 10:44 am
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The menswear boutique boom continues to expand—both Ralph Lauren and J. Crew have opened high-profile men’s-only fashion stores in recent months—with Dries Van Noten opening his first men’s shop in Paris. The 1,076 square foot store is furnished with 18th, 19th, and 20th century objets and features the original 1970s rust-colored paneling, reports WWD.

To mark the occasion, Dries Van Noten unveiled his debut evening collection for guys. Sold exclusively at the Paris store, the collection boasts tuxedo jackets and trousers, silky tops and bottoms and a velvet dinner jacket (in a color resembling the shop’s fiery interior). A small one-of-a-kind accessories collection in a similar tone is also on sale.

Ralph Lauren in Paris
April 26, 2010, 11:05 am
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The internet and fashionistas have been buzzing about the new Ralph Lauren boutique in Paris which is home to the entire RL collection from Polo and RRL to Purple and Black Labels to the Home collection.  Even more appetizing is Ralph´s- RL´s first restaurant in Europe with real American cuisine by none other than Danny Meyer (from Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern…).

Here are some pics from Luxist of the new watch section at the RL Paris boutique which houses the brand´s relatively new collection…

This space is all about luxury and service. Feeling anything but a cold and uninviting retail space, the customer sits on a leather stool at a display case viewing the watches. Beautiful wooden tile floors are flanked by a homey environment complete with a mini library and friendly Ralph Lauren “family” pictures. High-end watches below your eyes and a chandelier above your head complete the luxury experience.

Given the nature of the brand, Ralph Lauren watches has found most of its sales occurring in-store at overall Ralph Lauren stores. The new tactic here is to be included in the overall store and Ralph Lauren atmosphere, but to have a slightly separated space given the more complex and intimate nature of selling expensive watches. (Luxist)

“Music Loves You” at Colette
April 22, 2010, 2:09 pm
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A new exhibit kicks off at Colette called “Music Loves You”…   “Discover the films and photos of crowds and fans immortalized by Beck, Drew Carolan, Josh Cheuse, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Zinner, Philip Andelman, Poppy de Villeneuve, Stefano Giovannini. A tribute to all that contribute to make a live concert so special and unforgettable.”   Images below by Karl Hab (via Hypebeast)

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Mona Lisa or iPod?
November 9, 2009, 1:51 pm
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Apple now invading the space below I.M. Pei´s glass pyramid at Paris´s Louvre museum.  On saturday, the first Parisian outpost for Apple opened with great fanfare.

This is Apple’s 277th store, worldwide and is said to be slightly smaller than the one on Oxford Circus in London.  The bilevel store will employ 150 people and you can expect the place to be very crowded as the Louvre concourse is one of the most heavily trafficked places in Paris.  This location links all of the wings of the Louvre, and visitors to the museum have to pass by before entering the museum.

Musée du Louvre - HDR, Museum, Paris

La Compilation de Baron
October 28, 2009, 12:38 pm
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Paris nightspot supreme, La Baron, has just released its first compilation with the signature of approval from club owner, Andre (Saraiva).  “The famous private club in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, the hub of the artistic Parisian elite since 2004, celebrates its first 5 years of existence. Founded by Andre, who naturally signs the artwork of this splendid double CD, and Lionel, a night-prowler of the Capital’s streets, Le Baron has become the lounge where the Parisian initiates can rediscover a way of partying that is both intimate and intense. The CD contains a poster by Andre, available now through colette.”

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(via hypebeast)

New Vans shop in Paris (with Waffles!)
September 11, 2009, 11:35 am
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Yorgo Tloupas from Intersection magazing (via Arkitip) posted some nice pics from the new Vans shop opening in Paris.  I am really digging the waffle sticks… making me hungry…

“mmm what is this new Vans product?


ooh waffles – OK I see the pun (Vans has a famous sole pattern called the waffle)



But who is this manning the waffle stand?? Steve Van Doren! Son of Paul Van Doren, founder of Vans…”


Fashion´s Night Out in Paris and New York
September 9, 2009, 12:38 pm
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Fashion´s Night Out is a program by Vogue Magazine meant to give fashion back to the people, from what I gather.  The big players in the fashion and media industries will be trolling around stores, streets, and wherever else they can get attention in honor of fashion…  Hypebeast has the dirt about the Paris event…

From helping boost consumer confidence to celebrating the notion of fashion itself, the event will see marquee events being highlighted in numerous urban enviroments across the globe. The high-profile event will get a strong push from the legendary Karl Lagerfeld as he will assume the role of shop-keeper alongside French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld at the Chanel flagship store on Avenue Montaigne. For a full run-down of the event which takes place September 10th, 2009, head over to

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld — the peripatetic designer, photographer, publisher and budding filmmaker — will be wearing yet another hat come Thursday night: shopkeeper.

He said he plans to join French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld to mind the Chanel boutique on the Avenue Montaigne in support of the Fashion’s Night Out initiative.

“I have no problem doing that. I’m a shopkeeper anyway since I have a bookshop,” said Lagerfeld, referring to his 7L boutique on the Rue de Lille here.

In fact, the designer relishes the prospect of the event, which will center on the so-called golden triangle shopping area bound by Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne…

DC Shoes X Shoes Up exhibit…
September 9, 2009, 12:23 pm
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French sneaker magazine, Shoes Up, put on a special exhibit for DC Shoes and Six Pack at l´Imprimirie.  Images are as follows (looks like it was a fun party…)

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Other Uniqlo News
September 1, 2009, 11:42 am
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While Colette has the temporary Uniqlo in Paris, SlamXHype has some images of the real Uniqlo flagship opening soon.

“As the final preparations go underway for the new store for Japanese brand Uniqlo in Paris we get to see an inside look at it’s new home venue. Set to be named Paris Opera Store, a reference to the historical Palais Garnier (or commonly known as Paris Opera House) across the street, architect Masamichi Katayama and his firm Wonderwall will completely revamp the interior into a multi-level store, complete with a grand staircase and skylight.  Measured at 23,000 square-feet, the store will be one of the largest existing Uniqlo stores.  Plans for opening are to coincide with the global launch of new Jil Sander for Uniqlo on the 1st of October 2009.

15 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France.”



Uniqlo at Colette, Welcome to Paris
September 1, 2009, 11:39 am
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Uniqlo´s temporary installation in Paris´s Colette is now open through the 26th of September.  Come in and get the limited edition products while they last!

UNIQLO x colette Shop-In-Shop
213 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris, France

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(image via Hypebeast)

Todd James at Colette
August 27, 2009, 10:24 am
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Todd James at Colette opens Tuesday September 1.

The Selby takes on Lanvin
August 7, 2009, 10:53 am
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Lucas Ossendrijver, the menswear designer for Lanvin, was the latest subject for photog Todd “the Selby” Selby who paid a visit the Lanvin studio in Paris.  The collection of images sheds a warmer and gentler light onto the Lanvin brand, in my opinion, with rich colors and fabrics that look inviting rather than exclusive and inaccessible.  Check out the images here and note the dope kicks below.


Uniqlo & Colette… Together at last
August 6, 2009, 11:41 am
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Two of the world´s most innovative retailers and brands, Uniqlo and Colette, have announced that they will be joining forces for a temporary exhibit.  In honor of Uniqlo´s first French outpost which will open this fall, their upcoming collection will be exclusively previewed in the Parisian boutique.

We expect great things from this and will keep you posted…

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Soundshop by Colette
August 4, 2009, 11:05 am
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Paris favorite, Colette, has launched its newest in-store concept called Soundspace which combines the stores love for audio equipment with design products.  (pics via Caperino & Peperone)

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Paul Smith, Paris
July 30, 2009, 11:45 am
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Paul Smith has opened a new concept shop in Paris and Hypebeast had some images to share.  From the words of Smith himself…  “The very exciting point about the Grenelle shop is that it is in premises that have been empty since the 1980’s and is in a very ‘interesting’ state of decay! The walls are unpainted for many years, the floor tiles are the original, 80 year old shelves, everything dates back to the 1930’s when La Tourrette was opened by Monsieur Tourrette as a ‘Bougnat’; the left side of the shop selling coal, the right side selling wine. The business was run by Monsieur Tourrette and continued through the generations, including his daughter and then later other members of the family. In the early 1960’s it was opened as a little cafe and from then until its closure was a famous haunt of many intellectuals including Jacques Prevert and his brother who were regular visitors along with actresses and writers.”

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Counterfeit Museum
July 29, 2009, 11:02 am
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My first experience with counterfeit luxury goods took place during a trip to Spain during high school.  In Madrid we were overwhelmed with fake bags, watches, sunglasses and music.  Later in college, girls toting around fake LV and Gucci bags was a frequent sight around both my university campus as well as the city of Boston in general.  It is a huge industry and Jaunted recently reported about the “cultural center” of the industry which is Paris of all places.

At the Musée de la Contrefaçon, visitors can test their saavy by comparing real vs. fake items from purses, to viagra, to birth control pills.  “The museum was opened in 1951 by a French trade group known as the Union des Fabricants or Unifab to help educate the general public about the scope and costs of the problem. And its displays, which house pieces that date as far back as Greek amphora and are as recent as Microsoft Windows software, highlight some of the telltale details that could help even a novice shopper steer clear of today’s counterfeit goods.”

Cool Cats Pop-up, Paris
July 27, 2009, 11:08 am
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In conjunction with the Livestrong exhibit nearby, the Cool Cats pop-up (was only there for 2 days) was open this past weekend.  Featured within the store will be their second season of t-shirts as well as the official launch of their LIVESTRONG version of the previously released Busy P Air Force 1.

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(via Hypebeast)

Colette X Timberland
July 17, 2009, 11:55 am
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My favorite store in the world, Paris-based Colette just announced a new collaboration with Timberland.  The boots with the blue laces are pretty slick.  No firm details yet, but will keep you updated about pricing, etc.

Armani´s new Home
July 13, 2009, 9:40 am
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Though it may seem a little 2005, extremely expensive fashion and extremely expensive real estate still seem to go hand in hand. No word how 20 Pine, Armani´s other residential project is doing…

Luxist has the scoop, “Designer Giorgio Armani showed his latest Armani Prive line in Paris recently but as usual the permatan Italian has multiple irons on the fire. His Armani/Casa division will be responsible for creating the interior of exclusive apartments in Rome in the Cavour220 project. The project will consist of 62 units in a historical block composed of six linked buildings around a central garden along the Via Cavour which leads to the Coliseum.

Owners will be able to customize the units personal tastes on the basis of layouts and finishes proposed by Armani/Casa, admittedly likely a narrow range. Armani is famous for his minimalist style, a look that was shown to great effect in his designs for a Manhattan high-rise. In a statement published by Reuters, Armani said that the ancient buildings will be transformed into a “prestigious, sophisticated, cutting-edge residential complex.” The apartments will be ready for occupancy next year.”

Est-ce que tu parles Sandwich?
February 10, 2009, 8:04 pm
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It seems that the streets of Paris are no longer paved with paté and fromage. The latest craze according to the Economist is sandwiches!

French people ate 1.3 billion sandwiches last year, a rise of 50 million from 2007. The trend represents the changing tastes of the nation, which have drifted away from the traditional plat du jour at a brasserie to embrace more convenient and affordable alternatives.The proof? Bankruptcies of restaurants and cafes in France are up by a quarter, while new low-priced sandwich chains such as Dailymonop’ – which offers boutique sandwiches with fancy fillings like foie gras – and Goütu, with sandwiches for as little as one euro, have flourished. Sample one-euro sandwich: Pâté de foie with cornichons. Perfect for backpackers.

Underscoring the nation’s newest predilection in food, Paris will host the European Sandwich & Snack Show next month, where the 2009 Sandwich World Cup will draw sandwich chefs from around the world. It’s a rather haughty venue for a humble meal, but leave it to France to elevate the quotidian to an art form.


Retail Event: The Art of Music @ Colette
January 26, 2009, 11:04 am
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SlamxHype has some images of the new “The Art Of Music Exhibition” at Colette .   This is a great new reason to visit the shop that includes original works by the likes of So Me, PAM, Josh Petherick, French, Steven Harrington, Genevieve Gauckler, Stefan Marx and others. The Art of Music,  is an exhibition on display at colette, inspired obviously by music, and its cover art which has played such a big role in inspiring modern graphic art.

See all pics here




A closer look at Colette
November 14, 2008, 10:17 am
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A really great video from the International Herald Tribune was posted two days ago featuring an interview by Suzy Menkes with Sarah Lerfel (creative director and head buyer of Colette in Paris).  It is a really interesting look visually at the store, but provides some good insight into the direction of the influential landmark store.  Sarah discusses the role that streetwear and art have played in the development of the concept shop, and how this was reflected in the re-design by Wonderwall.

Changing Priorities or Economic Pinch?: The Decline of the Brasserie
October 14, 2008, 2:22 pm
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In the Business Week Europe section online, an interesting casualty of the economic crisis was brought to light- the hallowed tradition of the classic French brasserie.  In the first half of 2008 nearly 3,000 restaurants and cafés have gone bankrupt—a 30 percent increase from the same period last year.

Restauranteurs have mixed opinions as to the reason in the slow business.  Some say that the younger generation simply does not care for the traditional French style of eating; “Younger French people today don’t understand or care about food. They are happy to gobble a sandwich or chips, rather than go to a restaurant. They will spend a lot of money going to a nightclub but not to eat a good meal. They have the most sophisticated kinds of mobile telephone but they have no idea what a courgette is. They know all about the Internet but they don’t know where to start to eat a fish.”  Others point to the decline in American tourists who typically fill the white-tablecloths on a regular basis.  Some point the finger at the “strictly” enforced (by French standards) to the smoking ban which was enforced as of February.

The French and foodie blogosphere however, has reacted to this news by accusing restauranteurs of “spitting in their own soup” by taking advantage of another European fact of life—the euro. French restaurant prices had risen out of proportion to inflation, they complain, because owners have exploited the switch from francs to euros.

“With high prices, rude waiters and no cigarettes allowed… people prefer to invite a few friends to eat and drink at home. It’s cheaper and more fun,” one contributor wrote according to Business Week.

Personally, I feel it is a combination of all of these influences.  The fact remains however, that by the time the global economy and dollar are back to their normal levels, consumers will be trained to be careful, and will continue to be careful about their discretionary spending.  As a result these restaurateurs will have to conform to a new dynamic regarding their clients (regular and special).

Retailers should take these statistics and lessons to heart and make decisions now that are sustainable.  Though the first example of this is in restaurants (and not retail fortunately), the bottom line is that consumers are definitely sensitive to the financial changes, and though the last few years have been full of high prices, this will not be the same for the current and upcoming periods.

Pocket Shop: Comme des Garcons
October 2, 2008, 8:54 am
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Comme des Garcons (Rei Kawakubo) recently opened several pop-up shops in Paris that they are calling Pocket shops.  This one, located in Marais, and looks pretty simple and inviting.  I suppose that they are simply miniature versions of the pop-up shops that CdG has become famous for.  No news as to how long they will be open, but definitely stop by for some CdG basics including accessories and items from the Play collection.

Retail Event: Nigo (Bathing Ape) Signing at Colette
October 1, 2008, 7:37 am
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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of A Bathing Ape, the label´s creator, Nigo, will be signing a book commemorating and detailing the brands rise.  The signing will take place this Saturday at everybody´s favorite concept store, Colette at 11am.

Retail Event: Colette & Off Off Bowery
September 30, 2008, 8:14 am
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It seems that Colette is trying to be everything to every-hipster these days, and they are doing a pretty good job considering the level of exhibits, products, and retail concepts that they are developing.  The latest is the just-opened “Off Off Bowery” exhibit at Colette´s shop in Paris.

The show has been curated by Aaron Bondaroff and Jen Brill and highlights some of the emerging and established artists in the downtown New York scene like Ari Marcopoulos, Neck Face, Taylor McKimens, and Terry Richardson among others.  If you will be in Paris between now and November 1, make sure to check out this show at Colette.

New Feature, RETAIL EVENTS: Booking Signing at Colette
September 25, 2008, 12:19 pm
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This Saturday, Patrick Demarchelier will be at Colette from 5 to 6pm for his new book published by SteidlDangin


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