January 16, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Travel Season: Women’s paradise is called Galeries Lafayette

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There was a line just for going inside the Chanel store! You absolutely have to try the Pierre Hermé macaroons!! The shopping is good in its own right, but I can’t have enough of the stunning architecture and the view of Paris from their rooftop…

Galeries Lafayette’s visitors’ feedback is full of precise details… I think, a real sign of shopping soul mates having found each other: when people can give you accurate insight into what and why they love about their favourite super-boutique!

A fascinating fulfilling experience, since tourists all over come to Lafayette not just for shopping, but also to visit, take photos, feel the perfumed air and admire the opulent interior of the most famous shopping place in the whole wide world!

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glGaleries Lafayette became a symbol of French “art de vivre” and there was no chance for missing it from the fashion map of my Travel Season with Mercedes-Benz GLA & Tiriac Auto. Because Mercedes-Benz’s GLA line offers real “art de vivre” as well. As, through its services,  Tiriac Auto also provides new layers of “art de vivre”…

Also among the adorable and adored features of Galeries Lafayette is, of course, its store selection: Parisian excellence – Cartier, international high fashion – from Alexander Wang all the way to Burberry, accessories, gastronomy, interior design and a generous selection of beauty & make up: à la espagnol – Balenciaga, à la italiana – Gucci, à la française – Cacharel, Chloé, Givenchy, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, even à la haute joaillerie – Van Cleef & Arpels!

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Then there are the formidable things Galeries Lafayette allows you to do with its products. Find out about and buy them in preferential conditions (previews, private sales, customised recommendations, free of charge fittings and many more), thanks to the Galeries Lafayette fidelity card. Take them home over the sales period!

Get others to buy them for you – in the conditions of their choice – as a wedding gift or with any other occasion that you choose to put up a gifts list at the Galeries! So, when did you say is your birthday? A gift list at Lafayette will definitely save you of tons of unwanted surprise presents and tons of time & thoughts for your guest. A classic win-win situation!

An the brilliant part of all this impressive business is that you can get to see a selection of fashion pieces on the podium in one of their twice a week fashion shows! Isn’t that brilliant? Any person in this world can come and see a fashion show! This is the place where all the dreams come true for any  fashion lover! And it gets even better with all the rumors saying that, starting with 2018,  the newest Galeries Lafayette location will be on Champs-Elysées!!!

I remember that the first fashion show I had been invited was Karl Lagerfeld’s eponymous brand, but the first fashion show I  attended was actually a runway show at Lafayette.

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There will be 9 000 m2 of iconic fashion on an iconic boulevard. And this is, if we can put it like this, Galeries Lafayette’s future history. Its actual history started in 1895, when Théophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened, at the crossroad between rue La Fayette and Chaussée d’Antin a store dedicated to the “trade of novelty goods, batiste cloth, haberdashery and hosiery”. In 1905 they were acquiring what would become today’s flagship store in boulevard Haussmann. And in 1912 adding to the building its famous stained glass dome, as well as the store’s Art Nouveau interior decorations.

In 1916 their first store outside Paris would open in Nice. In 1920, the first outside France, on London’s Regent Street. In 1962 the first in-store point of sale dedicated to a sole fashion brand: Sonia Rykiel. And in 2013, Galeries Lafayette Jakarta and Galeries Lafayette Beijing. To, in 2014 and much fashion later, see the Galeries Lafayette’s 120th anniversary celebrations. Stores were opened in Casabalanca, Dubai, Berlin and the plan to launch it in Milan as well.

It all sounds extraordinary. Extraordinary and extraordinarily early positioned on an unshakable trajectory to success. It is, as a matter of fact, a sentiment similar to the one given by having an éclair à la vanille Bourbon at Angélina, the teahouse on the first floor of the Dome. By the purchasing of your very first S.T. Dupont pen or foie gras. Even by driving – preferable a Mercedes-Benz GLA from Ţiriac Auto – towards the elegant boulevard Haussmann, at number 40: that of the simple joy you’re about to become one of the 1 million visitors the 250 stores in Galeries Lafayette round up to every day…

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And that of the excitement of having arrived, literally, in the one and only true women’s paradise!

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