French department store Galeries Lafayette expands to India

PARIS — The famous French department store Galeries Lafayette is setting up in India.

The retailer will open in Mumbai and New Delhi through an exclusive partnership agreement with local fashion group Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., and launch a dedicated website for the country.

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The 86,000 square foot space in the southern city of Mumbai is set to open in 2024. London-based architectural firm Virgil & Partners will spearhead the project, which will be housed inside two century-old buildings in the historic district of Strong. Virgil previously led the redesign of Harrods luxury accessories space, as well as the design of the Andaz hotel in New Delhi.

The store will feature more than 200 local and international brands, with personalized shopping, digital check-in and omnichannel connections to meet the needs of Millennial Luxury customers.

The second location in the Indian capital will open in the upscale DLF Emporio mall in a 60,000 square foot space.

“We are proud to expand our international footprint in such a prestigious and refined market as India, where we believe our brand can benefit from strong potential,” said Nicolas Houzé, Managing Director of Galeries Lafayette and BHV. Marais, in a press release.

“It is a coming of age moment for Indian luxury. India is now home to a generation of young and affluent consumers with global exposure, who are willing to spend on the finer things in life. sees in the growth and dynamism of the luxury market. The partnership with Galeries Lafayette is a resounding recognition of India’s importance as a global luxury market and future growth engine for luxury brands,” said Ashish Dixit, managing director of Aditya Birla.

“Aditya Birla Group’s deep and nuanced understanding of the luxury landscape on the back of our designer brand portfolio, combined with the global experience of Galeries Lafayette, will enable us to create a world-class destination for Indian consumers and global luxury brands,” he said. added.

Aditya Birla operates 3,500 stores across India, with a mix of international and local brands across single-brand and multi-brand retailers, in addition to being the distributor for American Eagle, Fred Perry, Hackett London, Ralph Lauren, Reebok and Ted Baker in the country.

The outposts in India are part of Galeries Lafayette’s plan to open 20 stores outside France by 2025, with a focus on China, Asia and the Middle East.

The group has opened stores in Doha, Qatar; Luxembourg and Shanghai, China, in 2019. Its outposts in Beijing and Shanghai are managed with its partner IT Limited, and Galeries Lafayette has announced new projects in Macau and Chongqing. A store in Shenzhen is planned for early 2023, and the group aims to have 10 stores in China by 2025.

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