The Galeries Lafayette store on Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Elysées has been many years in the planning. The company’s founder, Theophile Bader, bought the property in 1927, but the economic crash of 1929 bought his plans to a halt. Now, 92 years later, they have been made a reality.
Spanning four floors and 70,000 square feet, the new Galeries Lafayette was conceived by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. The 1930s art deco design has been maintained, including the original staircase, while modern interventions have been made to enhance the shopping experience inside the concept store.
Nicolas Houzé, CEO of Galeries Lafayette, told Vogue Paris, ‘The idea behind the new store is that it is a “laboratoire de commerce”, changing the relationship between our label and its clients, partners and collaborators.’