For over 120 years, Galeries Lafayette has been a progressive name in global retail creativity.
One of the most famous and outstanding department stores in the world, Galeries Lafayette‘s remarkable history starts in the 19th century. Modernity and boldness intersperse the path of the youngest of Paris’s grandiose department stores. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is today the second most visited monument in Paris, after the Eiffel Tower.
It all started in 1893, when cousins Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn decided to establish a novelty store in a small notions store in the corner of rue La Fayette and rue de la Chaussée d’Antin. Out of its location, the store was given its first and famous name ‘Aux Galeries Lafayette.’ If the challenge seemed audacious, the store’s location was ideal: the small store benefited from its proximity to Opera Garnier and the Grands Boulevards. Quite close to the famous Saint-Lazare train station, as well, the store benefited from the daily crowd that arrived to Paris in search for the capital’s best stores.