Thom Browne’s collaboration with the storied Parisian boutique is a tribute to a very special relationship
Words by Ryan Thompson, Photography by Paul McLean, Styling by Tony Cook.
Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Henry Miller: when American creatives take to Paris, something magical happens. A new city, a new perspective, a new burst of inspired creation. Enter, Thom Browne, who in partnership with the iconic French boutique colette, is releasing over 200 exclusive men’s and women’s pieces, ranging from collectible and unique runway pieces to reimagined bestsellers.
‘I’ll always remember the first time I met Thom in his Meatpacking District studio more than 10 years ago. I remember the way he welcomed me with a glass of morning champagne and the way his small shirt collection was just perfect. His vision for menswear was crystal clear.’
Sarah Andelman, creative director of the store and daughter of Colette Roussaux
The capsule is rich with the motifs that have made Browne a force in global fashion: his signature grey colour palette and rich mid-century design elements; the precise contemporary tailoring juxtaposed with playful impressions of his dachshund Hector. With colette soon to close its doors at 213 rue Saint-Honoré, this collection is Browne’s way of celebrating two decades of innovation. He says, ‘I remember meeting Sarah when I first started and I was overwhelmed by her acceptance of my then small, sophomoric collection. Since that time, she has always been so supportive in providing both a creative and commercial point of view. She is a merchant with a singular, steadfast vision – a trait that is quite rare in today’s industry. I’m honored to be a part of colette history – we will all miss colette.’
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