Address: 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France
Telephone:+33 1 42 82 34 56
The first Galeries Lafayette store opened in Paris on Boulevard Haussmann in 1912. The iconic French department store was originally founded by Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn whom previously operated a fashion store in a small haberdasher’s shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d’Antin, in Paris since 1896. With an aggressive Brick and Mortar retail strategy at the forefront, the two founders began to expand their retail business by purchasing the entire building at n°1 rue La Fayette in 1896, followed by the later purchase of buildings n°38, 40 and 42 at Boulevard Haussmann, in addition to n°15 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin in 1903. Originally referred to as Aux Galerias Laffeyette, the store was named after the location and its unique internal layout at the time, which encouraged customers to move along the aisles in straight lines.
In 1907, Bader commissioned the architect Georges Chedanne and his pupil Ferdinand Chanut to design the store at the Haussmann location, where a glass and steel dome and the grand Art Nouveau staircase, inspired by the Paris Opera House were finished in 1912. In October of that year, the store’s inauguration took place and the official Galerias Laffeyette was launched, with the concept of creating a “Luxury Bazaar”, with a large assortment of luxury merchandise that would wow crowds.
As the consumer class grew, Galerias Lafayette began to evolve its concept to include a new business model that relied on serving up fashion and innovation along with making fashion accessible for all. During this period Galerias Lafayette began to produce its own label resulting in providing affordable fashion for the masses.
Today the building is iconic for its classic art nouveau architecture. The Neo-Byzantine style stained glass windows along with the marvelous steel dome which provides panoramic views of the city has made Galeries Lafayette a major Parisian tourist attraction. The store has been visited by the whos who of everybody from Prince Charles to former president Bill Clinton, making it the second most visited tourists destination in Paris, after the Eifell tower.
When it comes to great shopping Galerias Lafayette has it all, from ready to wear to haute couture. The 70,000 m2 fashion flagship store is spread across five floors and carries a wide range of brands, available to suit all budgets. Galeries Lafayette has become a staple in Parisian fashion culture, by hosting cultural events such as the store’s free weekly fashion shows along with the store’s contemporary art exhibitions at its first-floor gallery Galerie des Galeries. In fact, the store can be credited with launching the careers of several well-known names in French fashion such as Sonia Rykiel, Pierre Cardin, Cacharel, and Yves Saint-Laurent to name a few.
After five generations in operation, Galeries Lafayette has remained successful by constantly evolving its business practices to meet each generations ever-changing needs. Over the past several decades, the store has expanded to include a wide range of national and internal designers , along with expansive spaces devoted to Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, a whole entire space devoted solely to women’s leather goods, an expansive 400 m2 Beauty space , a Home/Gourmet section, an onsite Restaurant LA MAISON DE LA TRUFFE, along with departments dedicated with preserving the culture and heritage of the store by offering historical tours to its guests free of charge in addition to a department dedicated to activities and events.
Le Bon March’e
Address: 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris, France
Telephone:+33 1 44 39 80 00
Le Bon March’e is located in Paris left bank section at 24 Rue De Sevres. The lovely Parisian Department Store was originally opened in Paris in 1895 which makes it the oldest department store in the world. The store was initially founded by husband and wife Aristide and Marguerite Boucicaut. The original concept of the store was to house unique collections along with beautiful objects from around the world in an elegant space along with with women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, accessories, tableware, and design, but also cultural exhibitions, furniture collections and contemporary works of art.
For over a century Le Bon Marc has served as the epicenter of Parisian chicness. Le Bon Marc is one of the most beautiful department stores in the world. The shop is known for its beautiful art deco style design aesthetic which features beautiful white-tiled escalators designed by Andrée Putman. The store was brought by fashion group LVMH in 1984.
However, the store still sticks to its original concept of offering a variety of Unique designer collections from Famous RTW well known french brands alongside smaller contemporary designer labels. Le Bon Marc offers womenswear, menswear, children’s fashion, accessories, tableware, houseware, and design items. The multilevel department store is known for carrying chic clothing collections which are meticulously selected to reflect the philosophy of the store.
Le Bon March’e works with a variety of artists to create the store’s unique installations. There are one of a kind collections specifically designed for Le Bon March’e as well as a variety of brands both national and international along with an extensive shoe boutique.
When it comes to fine dining, Le Bon Marc has no shortage of options. To shop Parisian specialties stop by La Grande Epicerie, Le Bon Marc’s gourmet supermarket, which also features a specialty wine shop. Le Bon Marc also features several on-site restaurants La Table, La Marée – Rive Gauche, Le Monte Nevado, Maison de la truffe, Le Petit Café, La petite sandwicherie, and Le Comptoir d’ailleurs; all of which provide specialty dining in a sophisticated setting. Le Bon Marc truly epitomizing an elegant shopping experience.
Address: 64, BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN , 75009 PARIS, FRANCE
Telephone:+33 (0) 1 42 82 50 00
Address:99 RUE DE RIVOLI 75001 PARIS , FRANCE
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 76 77 41 00
Printemps first opened its doors in 1865 in the center of Paris, on the famed Boulevard the Haussmann. “Its name refers to the spring season, symbolizing renewal, freshness and the blossoming of dynamic ideas”. The store’s founders Jules Jaluzot and Jean-Alfred Duclos truly revolutionized department store shopping by creating an entirely new concept of luxury and elegance by providing a unique space in which fashion, architecture, and innovation could coexist all under one roof.
Printemps was the first to introduce standardized pricing in favor of the haggling which took place prior to this practice. The iconic French department was the first to introduce electric lighting into its stores along with offering subway access since the beginning of the early 20th century along with being the first to introduce sales and the use of window displays. Printemps is also credited with popularizing the Art Nouveau style, as the building was featured in the 1930’s world fair.
The lovely building in which the department stores resides offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s dynamic architectural past. Its lovely art deco design and iconic panoramic stained glass ceilings are registered as a National Historic Monument in Paris.
Today the lovely Department Store has two locations in Paris. The original flagship store is situated in the heart of central Paris along the famous Boulevard Haussmann and occupies 48 floors and over 4 buildings.
Printemps second location is situated in the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall in the world-famous Louvre museum. Printemps carries Womenswear, Menswear, Accessories, Childrenswear, in addition to a whole space devoted to Beauty, along with Home Collections and an expansive sneaker space. The store features an expansive collection of over 300 RTW brands from around the globe. One can find everything there from upscale collections such as Missoni, YSL, and Chloe to more casual denim brands such as Miss Sixty and J Brand, along with an entire floor dedicated to shoes as well as the largest collection of Beauty products in the world. Printemps recently launched a new space, an entire floor devoted to men’s accessories.
In addition to an impressive shopping selection, Printemps also features an extraordinary gourmet food selection one that can impress even the most discerning of foodies. On your next shopping trip to Printemps look no further than Printemps du Gout, a gourmet food space, spanning 2 floors, featuring some of the biggest names in luxury gastronomy with an emphasis on local artisanal fare. Earlier this year, Printempts launched a new restaurant in the Haussmann location, Café Jules, a traditional French café named after the original founder offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and after work cocktails.
Printemps has taken luxury shopping to a whole new level by offering personal shopping services to customers. In addition to this, the store also has a bilingual staff and accepts multiple currencies as well as onsite tax refunds in order to accommodate a large variety from of shoppers from around the globe.
After almost 200 yrs. of existence, Printemps has still managed to stay relevant by sticking to its original philosophy while constantly reinventing itself to keep current with the times. The iconic department store is still known for its dynamic window displays in which feature collaborations between artists and the most well-known RTW collections. The store regularly hosts pop-up shops featuring the most cutting edge designers of the moment.
Address : 52 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Telephone : +33 9 77 40 14 00
Le BHV Marias L’HommeAddress :36 rue de la Verrerie 75004 PARIS
Telephone :+33 (0)977 401 400
Located in the trendy artistic Marais District of Paris, BHV Marais is located directly across from the famous Hôtel de Ville, of which the shop was previously named after, (Bazar de L’ Hôtel de Ville) and centrally located close to many of the city’s most famous tourist destinations, such as the Pompidou Centre, Notre Dame, the Place de la Bastille, and the Picasso museum. The shops historic Hôtel de Ville location plays an integral role in the story of the shop. Founded in 1865, Le BHV began as a Baazar in front of the famous hotel. At a time when the consumer class was growing and the first department stores were popping up all over Paris, Le BHV took advantage of this opportunity by implementing many cutting edge retail practices such as fixed prices and seasonal sales. As a result, the shop began to expand rather quickly and evolved into the BHV that is known today.
The principal building occupies 8 floors, in addition to four other buildings on the street which function as specialized boutiques. BHV Marais can be easily accessed by public transportation via the Hôtel de Ville metro station. BHV Marais is owned by the famous upmarket department store group Groupe Galerias Lafayette and has several other shops nationally in Lyon, France as well as international shops in Beirut, Lebanon, Dubai, UAE in addition to the chains most recent shop which just opened in Lisboa, Portugal.
Le BHV is known as the Parisians’ favorite department store and is the go-to shop for anything from streetwear to high-end RTW fashion. The hip lifestyle department store carries over 870 brands. Shoppers can find everything there from Moncler to Gucci, along with eclectic American Brands such as Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters, in addition to popular British fast-fashion chains such as Top Shop. Besides the many brands the department store regularly carries, BHV Marais also hosts seasonal pop-up shops to give shoppers a taste of the latest emerging collections. When it comes to fashion BHV Marias has it all, even a vintage section. For vintage lovers such as myself, the next time you are in Paris, just go to the first floor of BHV and check out the new Cultural Vintage section, which features Culture by Eureka, a new section where one can find the cutest in vintage selections made up of recycled items.
One of the great things about BHV Marais is that although it is a large department store, each space is devoted into a series of sections which function as in shop boutiques with each area dedicated to specialized brands and products. The department store has a shop solely devoted to Menswear, Le BHV Marais L’Homme where visitors can shop the latest in Menswear collections. The Menswear store occupies five floors and is divided into a series of individual boutiques such as Moncler, Fendi, Gucci, and Givenchy, as well as a Nike concept shop.
Le BHV Marais also features a Children’s section along with a Beauty section featuring a Nail Bar, along with a section devoted to interiors as well as homeware and a pet shop. BHV MARAIS also has multiple dining options as well. Such as with La Cour Bleue, an exciting new trendy place which consists of 3 concept restaurants.