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At this point, Colette feels more like a museum than a place where people actually shop. Back in the day, it was the globe’s first concept store, bringing fashion, music, art, accessories (and now, a comprehensive water bar) under one, multi-storied roof. Along with acclaim, the fame brought a lot of hype: While they have a covetable roster of designers (Stella, Alaïa, Givenchy), they also have throngs of people who come to gawk at gold-plated cell phones and Japanese toys. While the early magic is gone, they inarguably land products and collaborations you won’t find anywhere else.

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