June 27, 2008 // Franchising.com // New York City – Gap has commissioned renowned Paris boutique colette to create a special one-month installation in Gap's rotating concept store adjacent to the New York City flagship store at 54th and 5th Avenue. The colette x GAP store will be open from September 6 through October 5, 2008. This exciting endeavor marks the first colette store in the United States, making the brand's sought-after items available to U.S. consumers for the first time ever. Similar to the Parisian store, colette x GAP store will offer a mix of hard-to-find products from around the world and cater to an ever-evolving mix of genres and tastes alike.
colette x GAP is the latest collection to be housed in the Gap concept store. Over the past year, the space has showcased a variety of collaborations, including Gap initiatives with Mulberry, renowned designer Pierre Hardy, and the celebrated white shirt collections completed in partnership with Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Many of these collaborations have also been sold at the original colette store in the past, and now Gap looks forward to welcoming colette, for one month only, with new products every week, just like in Paris. Likewise, Colette in Paris will offer the limited edition colette x GAP products in colette's Paris store for one month beginning August 25th.
Clientele consider colette to be a visionary meeting point, an establishment that accommodates new labels, exclusive limited-edition products and high-quality brands, from both past and present. Replicating colette's Paris store concept, colette x GAP will feature a combination of unique and sought-after colette products, otherwise unavailable in New York City, along with items created especially for colette x GAP. These exclusive products – ranging from stationary to exclusive pieces of art – will be available to customers at a wide range of price points.
Says Marka Hansen, President of Gap North America, "colette's clever, unexpected editing and always exciting in-store presentations make a visit to the store an essential part of every trip to Paris. Our goal at colette x GAP is to celebrate the best in fashion and culture, while surprising and engaging our customers, so the fit is perfect."
Sarah, colette's Buyer and Creative Director, comments "It's a wonderful experience to collaborate with Gap for a temporary shop in uptown New York City, a cult environment for retail. We'll do our best to delight visitors. It's a special challenge for us, happening simultaneously as we re-invent our unique Paris address."
Open from September 6th – October 5th, 2008, products will include (but are not limited to):
This range of colette x GAP products will simultaneously go on sale in colette's newly refurbished Paris store, as part of its re-opening plans, on 25 August, 2008.
Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Piperlime brand names. Fiscal 2007 sales were $15.8 billion. Gap Inc. operates more than 3,100 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland and Japan. In addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements for Gap and Banana Republic in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit gapinc.com.