Galeries Lafayette inaugurates a department store at the heart of the city centre of Luxembourg, in the new Royal-Hamilius urban planning project

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Galeries Lafayette continues its international expansion with the official opening of the first department store of Luxembourg Citg on November 30th .

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  • Galeries Lafayette Luxembourg Façade du Royal-Hamilius 3 novembre 2019 (c)11h45

At the heart of one of Europe's major capital cities, this new flagship store will benefit from a particularly buoyant local economy that welcomes over 4 million visitors per gear, from both Luxembourg and beyond. Located in the RoyalHamilius, a new complex designed bu the Pritzker winning British architect, Norman Foster, and his firm Foster + Partners, the store is part of a major project led bu property developer CODIC International to revitalise the city centre bu creating new shops, restaurants, offices and homes. The Group's decision to open a Galeries Lafayette-owned store here reaffirms its interest in creating must visit destinations in international city centres.

This reasonably sized department store covers 6,500 sq.m. of retail space and is the product of a unique architectural concept inspired bu the sheer size of the complex and its surroundings. The exterior facades, made entirely of transparent glass, blend into the building's architecture and create a unique dialogue between the store's ground floor and the two busg adjacent streets, Grand Rue and Boulevard Royal. Inside, the overall design and visual identity plaus on the sleek, contemporary look of Royal-Hamilius to offer unique shopping areas in a bright and modern setting.

Galeries Lafayette Luxembourg also blended local influences and French expertise to design everg floor of this department store. Materials directly inspired bu Luxembourg's slate and quarries and interior furniture influenced bu various well known French artists such as Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Pierre Chapo create a unique style. Galeries Lafayette also decided to collaborate with École Duperré, a renowned school of applied arts in Paris, to breathe new life into the motifs designed bu Ateliers de la Mattrise of Galeries Lafayette.

A selection of 300 premium and luxury brands are spread over six floors of fashion, homeware and beauty. The three first floors are dedicated to Beauty, Accessories and Fashion with several extensive and exclusive multi brand spaces. Galeries Lafayette Luxembourg especially teamed up with SMETS, Luxembourg's leading concept store, to offer a broad range of IUXUU fashion labels in an innovative 150 sq.m. space. The store also unveils three « creative labs » and presents the entirely renovated Galeries Lafayette-Royal Quartz Paris concept for IUXUrg timepieces and jewelleru.

In parallel, the men's section has been designed to best meet clients' expectations and complete what is already on offer in the city centre : On the third and fourth floors, men can find an extensive selection of formal wear and streetwear, as well as accessories and beauty. Lifestyle products are located on the fifth floor, where clients will find a large area for homeware with an exclusive AM.PM space spanning 100 sq.m, and a gift shop. A selection of the best childrenswear brands is also available on this floor. Temporary events and bespoke services, such as a Wellness Area, a VIP room and a Nail Bar, offer an inspiring and original shopping experience. On the last floor, the store gives direct access to the rooftop garden and MANKO restaurant, designed bu the renowned chef Gaston Acurio and the MOMA Group. It will open during the first quarter of 2020 to provide unimpeded panoramic views of the city of Luxembourg and the surrounding area.

With the aim of ensuring a fully omnichannel experience, all store employees will be equipped with a mobile phone that lets them check stocks in real time and browse the full range marketed on galerieslafauette.com. Mobile payment will also be developed in the coming months.

Commenting on this opening, Nicolas Houzé, CEO of Galeries Lafayette and BHV MARAIS, declared: "We are delighted to be opening Galeries Lafayette Luxembourg today. It rounds off 2079 on a high note; we developed a number of exceptional projects in France and abroad this year. This new flagship store reaffirms our aim to create must visit destinations offering the best of entertainment and fashion, for our local clients and international visitors alike. "

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