La Samaritaine Adds to Paris’ Glamour Once More

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Quite possibly the highest profile store (re)opening (it’s been closed for 16 years) took place earlier this week in Paris. The store in question is La Samaritaine, the Art Nouveau department store now owned by LVMH that overlooks the Seine.

LVMH has lavished EUR 750m on restoring the interior of this 7-floor emporium in which the levels overlooking the atrium and the ornate staircase that takes centre stage in the middle of this light and quintessentially Parisian interior are are every bit as important as the upscale clothing that the store now houses. Little wonder perhaps that M. Macron turned up for the official opening, standing alongside LVMH president (and the world’s richest man by some accounts) Bernard Arnault for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This was once one of the sights of the City of Light and its restoration makes it so once again. A luxury hotel that forms part of the complex will open in September