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Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette (French pronunciation: ​[ɡalʁi lafajɛt]) is an upmarket French department store chain. Its flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris but it now operates in a number of other locations in France and other countries. In 2009, Galeries Lafayette recorded earnings of over one billion euros.[2] It is a part of the company Groupe Galeries Lafayette.[3]

Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette logo
Galerie Lafayette Haussmann Dome.jpg
LocationParis, France
Coordinates48°52′24″N 2°19′55″E / 48.87333°N 2.33194°E / 48.87333; 2.33194Coordinates: 48°52′24″N 2°19′55″E / 48.87333°N 2.33194°E / 48.87333; 2.33194
AddressBoulevard Haussmann
Opening date1912[1]
No. of floorsFive (home store),
four (men's store),
ten (main store)
View from the 4th level at Galeries Lafayette in Paris


In 1895, Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher's shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d'Antin, in Paris.[1] In 1896, their company purchased the entire building at 1 rue La Fayette; in 1905 they acquired the buildings at 38, 40 and 42 boulevard Haussmann and 15 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin. 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 Art Nouveau staircases were finished in 1912.

From 1921 Maurice Dufrêne directed the Maîtrise workshop of the Galeries Lafayette. This workshop for decorative art and furniture followed the Primavera of the Printemps store founded in 1912 by René Guilleré, Paul Follot's Pomone of Le Bon Marché, and the Studium of the Grands Magasins du Louvre.[4]


Flagship storeEdit

Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann is located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, near Opera Garnier. It's a 70,000 m2 fashion flagship store.[5] A wide range of brands are available at the store to suit all budgets, from ready to wear to haute couture. The architecture of the store is art nouveau, with a remarkable dome and a panoramic view of Paris that has made it a tourist attraction of the French capital city.[6] Galeries Lafayette in Paris hosts a popular weekly fashion show for visitors.[7]

Overseas stores openedEdit

The Berlin store designed by Jean Nouvel
  • Berlin, Germany - The store in Berlin in Germany was designed by Jean Nouvel and constructed between 1991 and 1995. It is located on Friedrichstraße two blocks south of Unter den Linden at the Französische Straße U-Bahn station and opened in 1996.[8]
  • Jakarta, Indonesia - Galeries Lafayette opened their first store in South East Asia after 21 years in the summer of 2013 at the Pacific Place Mall. The store, occupies four floors, operated in partnership with PT. Mitra Adiperkasa Tbk., who also operated Japanese department stores Sogo and Seibu.
  • Dubai, UAE - A Galeries Lafayette store opened in Dubai Mall on 18 May 2009.[9] 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.[10]
  • Beijing, China - Galeries Lafayette open its first location in Beijing, China in fall 2013 covers a total area of over 47,000 square meters spreading over 6 floors. The store operated as a 50-50 joint venture between the French company and the Hong Kong-based fashion retailer I.T.[11]
  • Istanbul, Turkey - Galeries Lafayette opened its first location in Istanbul's Emaar Square Mall in May 2017, in partnership with DEMSA Group.

Overseas Stores plannedEdit

  • Istanbul, Turkey - Galeries Lafayette will open its second location in Istanbul's Vadistanbul in 2019, in partnership with DEMSA Group.
  • Doha, Qatar - Galeries Lafayette will anchor Doha's Katara Plaza. Opening in 2018, the store covers a total area of over 14,500 square meters, operating in partnership with Ali Bin Ali Group.
  • Shanghai, China - Galeries Lafayette and its partner I.T will open Galeries Lafayette's second flagship store in Shanghai's Pudong Mall in 2019.
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait - Galeries Lafayette will anchor Assima Mall, opening in 2019. The store operates in partnership with Doha's Ali Bin Ali Group.
  • Milan, Italy - On June 2014, Galeries Lafayette has announced that it will open its first location in Italy. The group have reached an agreement with Westfield and Gruppo Stilo - two leading international mall specialists - to open their first and wholly owned 18,000 m2 store in Milan within Westfield Milano, the expected largest mall in Italy.[12]
  • Luxembourg - On January 30, 2018, Galeries Lafayette will open its Luxembourg store in late 2019 in partnership with CODIC, located within the Royal-Halimus urban planning project built by Norman Foster.

Closed storesEdit

  • New York City - A Galleries Lafayette location opened in the building adjacent to Trump Tower in New York City in September 1991. It was unsuccessful, and closed after three years.[13][14]
  • Singapore - A Lafayette location also opened at Singapore at Orchard Road below the Le Méridien Hotel, moved to the Liat Towers, and closed in 1992.
  • Casablanca - In 2008, the store announced a licensing agreement to open a store in Morocco Mall in 2010, before closing its doors in 2016. The Casablanca store in Morocco Mall was designed by Davide Padoa of Design International.The project site coordination was led by Miguel Fernandes and Catia Zizzi. Galeries Lafayette previously operated a store in Casablanca from the 1920s through the early 1970s.[15]

Galeries Lafayette GroupEdit

The Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, Christmas 2004

The Galeries Lafayette Group has its head office in Paris.[16]

The Group owns the following subsidiaries:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "History". Groupe Galeries Lafayette. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  2. ^ « Galeries Lafayette. Dans les coulisses d'une machine à vendre », Le Monde Magazine, 19 December 2009, p. 29
  3. ^ "Galeries Lafayette" (in French). Groupe Galeries Lafayette. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  4. ^ Samoyault-Verlet, Colombe (2015). "DUFRÊNE MAURICE - (1876-1955)". Encyclopædia Universalis [en ligne] (in French). Retrieved 2015-06-23.
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  7. ^ "How to Attend A Fashion Show in Paris at Galeries Lafayette". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  8. ^ Jay Berman (1999). "Galeries Lafayette, Berlin". Galinsky. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  9. ^ "Galeries Lafayette". The Dubai Mall. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  10. ^ "Dubai's first gold ATM unveiled at Galeries Lafayette". Al Arabiya News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
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  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-22. Retrieved 2014-12-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Galeries Lafayette to Close Its Doors". The New York Times. August 31, 1994. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  14. ^ "Galeries Lafayette to Close New York Store" (Press release). The Free Library. August 30, 1994. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  15. ^ Stewart Todd (1 December 2008). "Morocco: Galeries Lafayette set to return to Casablanca". Just-Style. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  16. ^ "Privacy Policy Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine." Groipe Galeries Lafayette. Retrieved on 5 February 2010.

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