Parisian concept store and high-end boutique Colette is one of the city's most well-known shopping destinations. Aside from a café, apothecary, bookshop and frequent collaborations with the coolest names in art and music, the retailer -- founded by Sarah Andelman in 1997 -- carries a well-edited selection of high fashion pieces by the likes of Alaïa, Givenchy and Proenza Schouler.
Located on the Rue Saint Honoré, which is home to a number of upscale boutiques, Colette is widely known for its trendy wares, which is why it made international headlines this weekend: On Saturday, two armed, masked robbers broke into the store moments after it opened at 10:00 a.m. local time, and stole €600,000 (or about $825,780) worth of merchandise. The two thieves, who took mostly expensive watches, fled on a scooter after the holdup. While they briefly held seven of the store's employees inside during the heist, Colette took to its Instagram account to ensure the public that no one was hurt -- it was even able to maintain its normal business hours through the weekend.
This is just the latest in a number of high-profile robberies -- $710,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Cartier's Fifth Avenue store in New York in January and armed thieves made off with $1 million in jewelry from the Vacheron Constantin store in Paris in October -- and Colette has seen an outpouring of support from the international fashion community.