Industry vet and Colette founder Colette Steckel spent the majority of the past year making some big moves—one of those being especially literal. In July, the jewelry designer officially opened up shop in Brentwood after spending five years offering her globally-inspired treasures in her Melrose Place storefront. As many small business owners have been forced to learn in these times, adaption is the key to success, and Steckel knew that the relocation would be an exciting way to continue the evolution of her brand.
The move comes just in time for Colette's 25th anniversary, so there's even more reason to celebrate its new flagship, which you can find just across from the shopping hub that is Brentwood Country Mart. The recently opened brick-and-mortar boasts more room than the brand's previous one, which Steckel says will not only allow it to function as both a storefront and showroom, but now she has the opportunity to feature even more beautifully designed goods by designers from France and Mexico City.
"Moving to a larger space was an exciting opportunity to create a place that isn't only home to my brand but also an homage my French-Mexican culture," she explains. "The Brentwood store is a celebration of the unique design and craftsmanship of both countries, highlighting the work of artists I admire. Whenever I come back to LA from Paris or Mexico City, friends ask me where I got my new housewares or what I'm wearing, and I'm happy to finally have a chance to share my favorite pieces at the store."
In addition to pieces from Colette's own line, shoppers can expect to find accessories, home goods, and even gourmand selections including François Pralus chocolates, Hector Saxe backgammon sets, NDA belts, Baní bags, BE hoodies, and art by Benjamin Pietri. Steckel, whose own collection is inspired by her French-Mexican roots, chose these items carefully for the shop with the intention of both complementing her jewelry's wanderlusty spirit, and creating a little piece of home here in Los Angeles.
Speaking of her culturally rich jewelry collection, it should be known to those unfamiliar with it that these are not pieces designed with subtlety in mind: Picture charm necklaces and signet rings with imagery of spiritual icons and symbols, or glamorous crowns and headpieces—all set off with sparkling conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. Prices for Colette's often colorful, always statement-making jewels range from $200 to $50,000, but there are many gems (pun intended) to be found under $1,000.
Acknowledging the fact that people have had to change their shopping habits over the pandemic, Steckel is hopeful that her new Brentwood flagship will offer customers a more specialized experience. To explore and interact with her fine jewelry, as well as other carefully curated global treasures, is an integral part of that, and one the founder is happy to return to.
Below, find the new store's address, contact, and hours.
Colette, 250 26th St., Santa Monica, CA; Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (424) 268-4159