Saturday, March 2, 2024

Saint Laurent Unveils New Laboratory-Style Retail Concept In Former Colette Store

Cult Parisian boutique Colette closed its doors in December 2017, but now Number 213 Rue Saint Honoré is reopening as an entirely new concept courtesy of Saint Laurent. Described by the house as “a creative and cultural destination,” the new store will launch in line with a sister retail space on Los Angeles’s Rodeo Drive.

Dubbed “Saint Laurent Rive Droite”, the brainchild of Anthony Vaccarello is a departure from the minimalist stores of the brand’s past. In addition to the women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, it will sell a range of limited-edition, hand-picked collectibles, including furniture, books, vinyl and art, plus novelty items, such as skateboards, yoga mats, stationery, lighters and phone cases. Saint Laurent condom, anyone?

A wall of shoes on the first foor of the Saint Laurent Rive Droite store.

“We want to be more immersive for the consumer, and possibly reach some people who wouldn’t necessarily come to Saint Laurent, but who could – through this boutique – better understand the universe I’m trying to create,” Vaccarello told WWD of the thought process behind the space. “Without imitating Colette, the idea was to have collaborations with brands that I love, and also make it a place for cultural events like film screenings and concerts.”

The name of the store, which also hopes to lure a new set of customers in via its coffee counter, is a twist on the “Saint Laurent Rive Gauche”, the first ready-to-wear boutique opened by a couturier in 1966. “My heart is on the Left Bank, but I think the Right Bank is more plugged into real life,” mused Vaccarello. “It’s where young people hang out – it’s cooler.”

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