French luxury department store Galeries Lafayette has opened a new store in Shenzhen, as the retailer eyes a total of ten stores in China by 2025.
The store, located in the city’s Futian district inside the Shum Yip UpperHills complex, the new opening will serve as the department store’s first location in southern China.
Spanning 4,500 square metres, the concept-style space carries over one hundred brands, with a mix of French, local and international brands, including collections by Chloé, Marni, J.W. Anderson, MM6 and others.
On the second floor, the ‘Edit by Galeries Lafayette’ features products by Jacquemus, Maison Margiela, Jil Sander, Ami, Courrèges, Balmain and Rabanne, in addition to an area called ‘Edit Gift’, dedicated to a selection of lifestyle products and gifts. The third floor features an area for mixed urban fashion and sneakers, as well as a Café Kitsuné.
“After several months of work, we are delighted to be able to celebrate this third opening in China in person, with this new two-storey department store concept, inspired by French architecture and offering more than one hundred brands, from luxury designers to international and local high-end trendy brands,” said Philippe Pedone, director of international development at Galeries Lafayette.
The opening comes on the back of openings for Galeries Lafayette stores in Beijing in 2013 and Shanghai in 2019, respectively.
In April this year, the Parisian luxury department formed a joint venture with Hopson Group, in a bid to scale up its ambitions for the Chinese market.
The alliance with Hopson Group, a major listed property firm established in south-eastern China, will see Galeries Lafayette rollout across China, stepping up the pace of openings to reach 10 stores by 2025, and strengthening its digital presence as part of an omnichannel approach.
After Shanghai, the retailer is expected to open in Guiyang, in the south-west of the country.