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One of my favorite stores' websites is that of Colette, whose physical store has been located at 213 Rue Saint Honoré since opening in march of 1997. The french cyber home to Cap and Pep (Capperino and Peperone, the two adorable dog 'mascots' created by designers Kuntzel + Deygas) and all things cool when it comes to art, fashion, style, music and design.
The site design is a delight, an engaging interface accompanied by hip music you can opt to turn off, down or up. And the site is very deep, you can spend hours on it.
Because the site is all flash, several surfers have missed out on Colette because it doesn't show up when you 'google' something.
They have so many wonderful projects in the works, images to see, exhibitions to attend, I wish I could tell you about them all, but instead I've chosen to focus on some of their recent collaborations between artists and designers. So, be sure to settle in when you have some time and surf their site: http://www.colette.fr
Never a stranger to collaboration, Colette has premiered many limited editions of fabulous items in conjunction with Medicom's Be@rbricks, Kid Robot's Dunny Series, Absolut Vokda, Disney, and Goyard to name but a few. Go to their site and look at archived issues of their newsletter or look under their 'design' section and you'll find a million things to write home about.
But today I'm talking about four of their most recent collaborations.
1. Famous japanese label Comme des Garçons meets artist KAWS for a series of limited edition products: leather wallets, men & women t-shirts, wool bags & fragrance sets. This amazing collaboration should make many people happy. Starting November 15th at colette and on colette.fr, then from November 24th at Comme des Garçons, Dover Street Market, OriginalFake.
Buy the Comme Des Garcons and Kaws Products here.
2.Longchamp and Paris DJ Michel Gaubert have collaborated to come up with the MG collection. A mini-collection that address creative, practical and technical needs. From ipod cases to high tech bags. Below are some pieces from the collection:
Buy the MG collection here.
3.Sexy & scorching hot, the colette Sex candle (they named it, I didn't) is back in a Purple magazine's Olivier Zahm designed box, with Terry Richardson pictures (the photographer who shot the controversial Tom Ford Cologne ads I blogged about) & an unseen print from artist André.
Buy the SEX candle here.
4.In 2005 Finé Japon decided to launch it's project for new bottle designs. Finé Japon plans to make people more aware of the connection between aesthetics and functionality of products. For its first new bottle design, Finé asked Karim Rashid to collaborate after having admired his bottle and packaging designs for clients such as Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Shiseido and Prada. After 2 years of work with Karim, Finé is pleased to be able to finally offer you its new, limited edition bottle "that captures the fluidity and purity of thermal artesian water". Worldwide premiere at Colette.
the current bottle:
Karim's New Bottle for 2008:
Finé Japon Water