Thursday, November 13, 2014

Paris - Galeries Lafayette

Date of visit/shopping: 17th April 2014

Galaries Lafayette is famous among the tourist due to a special design of a glass and steel dome and Art Nouveau staircases of their mall building. The glass on the steel dome was the main reason why I chose this place as part of our itinerary and a place for Ane to grab her longchamp bags. Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company founded in paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. The company is owned and managed by the family. The brand is present in all over the world through more than 236 boutiques and a total more of  than 1,800 stores world wide. 

We were heading straight to Galeries Lafayette metro station, "
Chaussee d'Antin - La Fayette " which is seated on Line 7 and Line 9 of the Paris Metro. The station was opened on 5 November 1910. The Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store located on Boulevard Haussman in the 9th arrondisement of Paris. In 2009, Galeries Lafayette recorded earnings of over one billion euro. It is a part of the company Groupe Galeries Lafayette.

In 1895, the 2 cousins, Theophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chausee dÁntin. A year later their company grew so well which enable them to purchase the entire building at no. 1 rue La Fayette. Later in 1905 they acquired 4 more buildings at no. 38, 40 and 42 in boulevard Haussman and no. 15 rue de la Chaussee d'Antin. They commissioned the architect, Georges Chedanne and his assistant, Ferdinand Chanut to design the store at the Haussmann, where a maginificent glass and steel dome and Art Nouveau staircases were finished in 1912. We've been to only 1 of the mall building, the rest are recorded in 2 below photos.

Beside Paris, there are 5 other store presently open in the following cities, should you wish to pay a visit:-

  1. Berlin store - located on FriedrichstraBe two blocks south of Unter den Linden at the Franzosische StraBe U-Bahn station, opened in 1996. The store was designed by Jean Nouvel and constructed between 1991 and 1995.
  2. Casablanca store - In 2008, the store announced a licensing agreement to open a store in Morocco Mall in 2010. The Casablanca store in Morocco Mall was designed by Davide Padoa of Design International. Galeries Lafayette was previously operated a store in Casablanca from the 1920s through the early 1970s.
  3. Dubai store - A Galeries Lafayette store opened in Dubai Mall on 18 May 2009. In February 2011, the store unveiled Dubai's first gold ATM. Shoppers can insert cash and receive a corresponding amount of gold nuggets or coins.
  4. Jakarta store - Galeries Lafayette opened their first store in South East Asia in the summer of 2013 at the Pacific Place Mall. The store occupies more than four floors.
  5. Beijing store - Galeries Lafayette has announced that it will open its first location in China by the end of 2014. The Beijing store will be operated as a 50-50 joint venture between the French company and the Hong Kong-based fashion retailer I.T.

Lonely Planet has rated Galeries Lafayette in top 10, a must visit place when in Paris. It was said that the grandeur department store Galeries Lafayette is spread across the main store (whose magnificent stained-glass dome is over a century old), men’s store and homewares store which includes a gourmet emporium. A visitor is advice to  catch a modern art in the gallery, or partake in a fashion show for free, windswept rooftop panorama; or a break at one of its 19 restaurants and cafes available in the store while in the place.

Part of the steel dome structure and Roof top viewing gallery
Roof top panorama, Eiffel Tower is visible from afar

Whilst a visitor who left a review in the Trip Advisor website has commented that this place are for a high end shopping where bargains are not allowed. The place is really crowded as there are plenty of quality merchandise in this mega department store. I cant' agreed less, it's a shopaholics centre for ladies out there. Make sure, you plan well what to buy and spent wisely before you come. Do not get tricks by low offer as it sometimes make you buy unnecessary thing.

Longchamp boutique on the ground floor

As for me, I would say that I'm very satisfied with time well spent at this place s the dome and the building are far more beautiful than I could imagine. I enjoyed having recorded the details of it in my camera. Though I did not shop much but looking at 3 happy faces of my companions suffice to make me happy. We ended the shopping list and the photo shooting coffee and macaroons. 

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