Colette epitomizes the artists that left their indelible imprints shaping the area as we know it today. In a top floor atelier overlooking Nolita, are the hands of fine craftswomen creating little works of art with the fluency of having translated tens of thousands of Colette’s designs since 1987. This is the hotbed of creativity that started with a hair accessory and today includes jewelry with the same poetic impulses. Creating artistic elegance to bring out a women’s individual style, Colette has spread her influence across the world with 25 stores in Japan, China and South Korea.
Colette was born into a Lebanese family, who settled in New York at the turn of the century. Her grandfather was a pioneer who brought the caftan to the US in the 1920’s and launched ‘Perfect Negligee’, a luxurious line of eveningwear. As a young girl, Colette often spent weekends at her grandparents’ home where she discovered “Grama’s attic”; a room filled with couture accessories, reminiscent of a time of opulence and sublime taste. This was the seed of inspiration that she mixed with her “downtown pop-art” upbringing that lead to her individual expression. ￼
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in communications, Colette took on a brief position at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, which served as a model for her next endeavor. During this time, while designing headpieces for a friend's fashion show, Colette created the iconic 1980’s accessory, the “Malouf Pouf.” A year later, at the age of 25, she sold 100,000 units, taking over the counters of the retailers known as the B’s in New York: Bergdorf’s, Barneys, Bendel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Bonwit Teller.
This was the first of many novelty hits for Colette, who became known for creating hair accessories that melded fashion, practicality and eureka-style solutions. In 1990, as a young designer, she was a finalist for the Accessory Council’s “Accessory Designer of the Year,” and later for The Fashion Group’s “Rising Star” award. As a CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) member since 1993, Colette is an industry veteran and has collaborated with fellow designers as well as creating runway pieces for Michael Kors, Derek Lam and Peter Som.
With a mission to empower women through fashion, Colette serves on the board of an NGO called Studio Samuel, which supports adolescent girls by providing an after school and weekend program to ensure girls go to college for equal opportunities. Colette also produces a collection of intricately hand crocheted wire and crystals that is created with a fair trade collective of women that are empowered to be financially independent.
A dynamic team of expert stylists and beauty advisors artfully style customers in Japan, China and South Korea “the CM way” in the Colette Malouf stores and corners. Their passion and creativity is reflected in the women who express their individual style…with artistic elegance.
We launched our brand in Japan in 1995, in Korea in in 2004 and in China in 2007 and today we celebrate 26 stores and shop-in-shops in the regions and continue to grow and expand each year.