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2023 Founder’s Lecture

November 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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When: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm)
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W.
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Culture, Collaboration and Colette: The Creative Journey of Sarah Andelman

Join us for an intimate, in-person discussion and Q&A with curator and brand visionary, Sarah Andelman, co-founder of the revolutionary Parisian concept shop, Colette, as we explore the concepts of collaboration, experimentation, cultural-making, and creative instinct. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the galleries, including our newest exhibition Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s.

Evening Agenda
Doors open at 6:30pm
Discussion begins at 7:00pm


Amber Butchart

After studying Art History at Ecole du Louvre, Sarah Andelman co-founded and curated the iconic high fashion, streetwear, and lifestyle boutique Colette in 1997 alongside her mother Colette Roussaux. Located in Paris, France, the three floor 8,000 square feet concept store contained an exhibition space, bookshop, and an extensive selection of luxury products including fashion and accessories to souvenirs, magazines, and specialty products.

During its 20-year journey, Andelman created a cultural phenomenon with her vision and influence; developing collaborations with brands, like Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, or Balenciaga. The global epicenter for creativity, Colette was the first to showcase new designers, who would later become internationally renowned. It quickly became the place to be. From celebrities to socialites, from riches to wannabes, everybody wanted to be seen at Colette. Acclaimed designer Karl Lagerfeld said, “It’s the only shop where I go because they have things no one else has”, and Forbes magazine called it “The trendiest store in the world”. When Colette closed in 2017, Osman Ahmed of the Business of Fashion called it “the end of an era”.

A year later, Sarah launched JUST AN IDEA, a consulting company building bridges between disciplines with an expertise on collaborations and retail experiences. Since 2021, Sarah Andelman has been publishing limited edition art books highlighting new talents and creative ideas.

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