Christmas is just around the corner and I’m pretty sure you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. To be a little help for you, we’d like to announce the Top 5 department stores in the US and France. So, if you happen to live or be in New York or Paris, you need to stop by at one of the stores. Good luck in finding the right gifts for your beloved ones.
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1_Barneys New York
Barneys New York, chain of luxury department stores, founded by Barney Pressman in 1923. The company’s headquarters is located in Manhattan, New York but can also be found in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and other locations across the US. Amongst others, Barneys carries brands such as Giorgio Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Prada and Fendi, only to name a few.
2_Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, luxury American department store, founded by Andrew Saks in 1867. Based in New York, the upscale retailer offers ready-to-wear for men and women, accessories, fragrances, and furniture. Its competitors are Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman-Marcus, among others.
3_Le Bon Marché
Le Bon Marché, French retailer, founded by Aristide Boucicaut. Boucicaut first built a small store with his wife with the intention to offer the shopper a wider selection to browse through. Prices were fixed, there were low margins, and Boucicaut was one of the first to offer home delivery, mail orders and sales. This led to much popularity and Le Bon Marché expanded into a bigger building designed in part by Gustave Eiffel and offered an even bigger selection of luxury men’s women’s and children’s wear, furniture and food. It is now one of the 3 best-known department stores in Paris along with Galleries Lafayette and Printemps and is known as a space for living and shopping. The LVMH group bought the brand in 1984 and is now re-branding the store with the intention to make it the most exclusive store in Paris.
Bergdorf Goodman, luxurious department store, founded by Herman Bergdorf in 1899. Located in the heart of Manhattan, New York, the retail house was owned by Edwin Goodman who eventually passed the business over to his son Andrew. Today, Bergdorf Goodman is part of the Neiman Marcus realm.
Galleries Lafayette, French retailer, founded in 1895 by Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn. Starting off under the name ‘Aux Galleries Lafayette’ the department store used to be a small haberdashery selling sewing articles close to the Opera in Paris. The location on La Fayette Street, near the Opera and train station accounted for their early success. The brand hires architects to redesign the store and make it a real department store, known for it’s colorful dome glass roof. They also start producing and selling their own fashion and later jewelry, accessories, home furnishing and beauty products, which attracts the working women, who would go shopping during their lunch breaks. The Galleries Lafayette attracted high society women and working class women equally and developed to be a Paris fashion institution, that later branched out internationally but is keeping its flagship store in Paris.
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