Monday, October 11, 2010

Galerie Lafayette

If you're on a whistle stop tour of Paris or with family who just don't want to shop all around Paris, see if they might like to choose a department that suits them at Galerie Lafayette. You can make a beeline to womens wear and take in 100's of designers all under the one roof. It doesn't just provide a stage for couture. Try make up, jewellery, mens, womens, childrens wear. Everything's under one roof, well actually several as they have now bought premises across the road. Its divided into mens store one side of the street and womens the other, with home wares and decor in the adjacent block.

I saw everything from Jean Paul Gaultier Mah Jong sofas to Debeers Diamonds. The basement shoe department for women was to die for. Every quality shoe designer you could think of all vying for your attention, not to mention the womens couture, pret a porter, from evening wear to casual.

Thank goodness for Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn,who in 1893 opened a fashion store in a small haberdasher's shop at the corner of rue La Fayette and the Chaussée d'Antin, Paris. In 1896, the company purchased the entire building at n°1 rue La Fayette and in 1905 the buildings at n°38, 40 et 42, boulevard Haussmann and n°15 rue de la Chaussée d'Antin.

Théophile Bader commissioned Georges Chedanne and then his pupil Ferdinand Chanut to design the layout of the Haussmann location. A glass and steel dome, and Art Nouveau staircases were built in 1912.

Paris flagship store

The flagship store of Galeries Lafayette in Paris is a 10-storey department store. It is located at 40, boulevard Haussmann, in the IXe arrondissement.

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