Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrates iconic Smiley’s 50th anniversary

Joining Galeries Lafayette stores the world over, Galeries Lafayette Doha is taking part in the international ‘Happy Birthday Smiley’ campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of iconic French brand Smiley. The celebrations, held with the tagline ‘Take the time to Smile’, started on February 21, 2022, and will continue until March 16.

Smiley was created in 1972 by French journalist Franklin Loufrani for a French newspaper to highlight good news stories. Five decades later, Smiley has become more than just an icon, a brand and a lifestyle: it is now a mindset and a philosophy, reminding people just how powerful a smile can be.

Fifty years after its début, Smiley is taking over Galeries Lafayette to celebrate its anniversary in a fabulous festive style. Smiley and Galeries Lafayette have joined hands to create some exciting in-store entertainment guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

Nicolas Loufrani, CEO of The Smiley Company, said: “After the past two difficult years, what better way to come out of this period than this campaign, which aims to reverse the global smile deficit, spread positivity and fill the world with smiles in 2022?”

Celebrating the 50th anniversary, the Galeries Lafayette Doha store, windows and interiors have been tastefully decorated with smiley elements. Playful installations, in collaboration with world-famous graffiti artist André Saraiva and inspired by the Smiley’s 50th anniversary logo have been set-up to mark the occasion.

The international iconic brands available at Galeries Lafayette Doha are offering their own distinctive take on the Smiley universe. These brands have designed unique versions of their flagship products that blend in the inimitable visual identity of the Smiley 50th anniversary logo.

The merchandise is delivered in limited edition Galeries Lafayette and Smiley co-branded tote bags. The collector products designed by Smiley’s brand partners are available exclusively at the “50 for 50” pop-up on the ground floor of the Galeries Lafayette Doha store.

Elevating the Smiley experience to the next level, Galeries Lafayette Doha, in association with Beauty Hive Salon, has set up an exclusive ‘smiley nail art station’. Located on the ground floor next to the smiley pop-up kiosk, it gives customers a chance to personalize their nails in any fun way they wish and celebrate the world of Smiley.

A special kids’ activity corner has been set up on the first floor in the kidswear section, inviting children to take a creative break by coloring and enjoying fun smiley activity sheets.

To mark the icon’s 50th anniversary, Galeries Lafayette Doha’s cafes and restaurants have created limited edition Smiley inspired takeaway packaging that capture the spirit of the happy world  of Smiley. Inspired by the colors of the Smiley campaign, customers can purchase Café Pouchkine’s yellow yuzu macaroons offered in a limited edition box and have their coffees to go in a fun coffee cup sleeve.

Excited about Smiley’s 50th anniversary, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The collaboration of Smiley and Galeries Lafayette is most organic. Both are French iconic brands that have been loved and embraced by people around the world. Galeries Lafayette Doha is glad to be a part of this celebration and happy to offer a ‘time to Smile’ to our clients.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha proudly celebrates Qatar National Day 2021

Commemorating the greatness of the nation, Galeries Lafayette Doha is all set to celebrate Qatar National Day (QND) in its own unique style. On December 1, the Department Store inaugurated specially dressed windows that emanates the pride that Qatar National Day entails.

For this special occasion, Galeries Lafayette Doha once again collaborated with local Qatari artists Fahad Al Maadheed and Nasser Al Kubaisi to create some exclusive visuals to adorn the store. The artists created exclusive lines of artwork to offer a unique and captivating experience for visitors at Galeries Lafayette Doha, setting the right tone for the celebrations.

While artist Fahad Al Maadheed is already well-known for his art and also for his paintings on leather goods such as handbags, wallets and phone covers, Nasser Al Kubaisi is a new star on the horizon. An interior designer and a digital artist, Nasser has received a lot of attention and his works can be found in different public spaces and the National Museum Gift Shop.

Fahad’s art installations aim to strengthen the national identity by going back to the past. His work embodies those who built and defended the land since historical times. The window takes us back in time and the spirit of the past and present converges through art.

The main inspiration of Nasser’s art is, if Van Gogh was in Qatar, how he would admire the beauty of the Galleries Lafayette Doha building. The concept of his window revolves round an exclusive live artwork that you can experience as you watch it moving and becoming alive. It is an eclectic combination of art and technology that creates an illusion of movement and live painting.

Fahad, who has exhibited his art in Galeries Lafayette Doha before, said: “It is indeed a pleasure to be part of Galeries Lafayette Doha’s Qatar National Day celebrations. This is a perfect platform to display my special QND art that depicts the richness of Qatari heritage and my passion for it.”

Speaking about his presence at Galeries Lafayette Doha, Nasser said: “Just as Van Gogh himself said, ‘I dream my painting and I paint my dream’, my art is my dream. I am humbled by the opportunity to be able to present my art to the clientele of Galeries Lafayette Doha on the auspicious occasion of Qatar National Day. It is my tribute to my nation and its people.”

The theme of the celebrations is also reflected in exclusive dishes created for the occasion at the restaurants and cafes in Galeries Lafayette Doha. Limited-edition desserts and a savory item have been carefully designed to celebrate the occasion. Each dish is a gastronomical delight and equally satisfying for the eye and soul.

The General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, Kevin Gerard Pender said: “Celebrating Qatar National Day every year is a part of the Department Store’s tradition. It is also a perfect stage to highlight the unparalleled talent of the local artists and merge together patriotism and art with retail.”

Italian brand Del Core makes exclusive debut at Galeries Lafayette Doha

Introducing yet another exclusive gem from the world of fashion, Galeries Lafayette Doha unveiled the newly established Italian fashion brand, Del Core, for the first time in the Middle East on November 17, 2021. The brand was showcased in Qatar at an exclusive dinner gathering in the presence of the founder and the brand’s creative director Daniel Del Core.

Del Core is a fashion house founded in Milan by Daniel Del Core. Counting on an international staff of talents and craftsmen, Del Core started operations in the spring of 2020 and debuted with the first collection at the beginning of 2021.

The designer, who has worked for prominent Italian fashion houses taking care of a special clientele of actresses, artists, and musicians, is a creator of multifaceted collections that include one-of-a-kind couture pieces – a selection of which has been showcased during the dinner. Only 33, Del Core is the herald of an imaginative, glamorously provocative vision that represents a new spark in the Italian fashion panorama.

The Del Core collection that was presented at the gathering in Galeries Lafayette Doha’s penthouse, La Suite, is a selection of haute creations from the brand’s debut and sophomore shows. It evoked a sense of classical beauty and a love for nature expressed through a surprising, ever-evolving fantasy of mutant glamour, painstakingly brought to life in the Milanese atelier of Del Core with exceptional manual skills.

The presentation was followed by a private dinner at La Suite’s Terrace where exclusive guests were treated to an equally elegant Italian dinner.

On November 18 and 19, VIP clientele enjoyed one-to-one appointments and private fittings with Daniel Del Core. The individual encounters unveiled the magic that happens when the creator and client meet. The sessions offered a golden opportunity to customize creations according to individual measurements and wishes.

Speaking about the brand’s debut at Galeries Lafayette Doha, Daniel Del Core said: “I am grateful to Galeries Lafayette for this opportunity, which allows me to show my couture creations in front of an exclusive audience. Working one-on-one with the clients is one of the guiding principles of the house I founded, and I am happy I was able to do it in Doha”

Speaking about the collaboration, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “We are excited to welcome a young, emerging brand to the Galeries Lafayette Doha family. The elegance and fluid aesthetic vision of the brand matches the creative freedom that Galeries Lafayette stands for.”

 

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches new ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign

Reflecting the brand’s innovation and creativity, Galeries Lafayette Doha has launched the inspiring ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign. Introduced with the tagline, the ‘Line that connects us’, the campaign will continue until September 30, 2021.

The visual campaign is based on the idea of ‘Line art’ or Line drawing’ that consists of distinct straight or curved lines placed against a background to represent two-dimensional or three-dimensional objects.

As the tagline suggests, the campaign revolves around the use of single line drawings and the reflection of lines that connect us. The abstract lines in our subconscious mind interact with our surroundings and acquire a more definite form to take a more concrete shape. This in a way, it designs our lives and emotions. Different variations, colors, methods, with the artist’s own specific characteristicshelp create lines around our thoughts and eventually become a line that connects us all.

In true Galeries Lafayette style, the key message of the campaign reflects in every aspect of the Department Store, integrating shopping with the wider experience of the ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign. 3D faces structures interacting with the mannequins and original painting design on accessories windows are just some elements to look out for.

Rounding up the experience, Galeries Lafayette Doha’s food and beverage outlets are offering some special-edition ‘linear-inspired’ dishes. These exclusive desserts and savory dish are simply ‘Art on a plate’.

Speaking about the campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Mr. Kevin Gerard Pender said: “Fashion is not just what meets the eyes, and through the ‘Lines of Abstraction’ campaign, we have tried to highlight the non-obvious. The linear elements in a way simplify the complex world around us and give a new perspective to fashion. It is our way of creating a connection with our clients and staff through fashion, accessories and gastronomy.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha proudly celebrates Qatar National Day 2020

Commemorating the greatness of the nation, Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated Qatar National Day (QND) from December 1 to 18, 2020.  The Department Store was all dressed up in the Qatari colors, emanating the pride that the day entails.

The highlight of the celebrations were the store windows designed exclusively in collaboration with Qatari artist Aisha Al-Thani. A lover of traditional Arabic calligraphy, Aisha loves presenting culture through her designs. Her exclusive calligraphy for Galeries Lafayette Doha, in striking gold and maroon, depicted the QND slogans through the years.

The calligraphy art merged all the words into one larger artwork representing the artist’s vision of the unity of people in Qatar. Through her creativity, Aisha told a wonderful story of the founding fathers and how their everlasting principles and values still resonate to this day.

Speaking about the exhibit, Aisha said: “This art of mine represents my love for my country, Qatar. It’s about family, home and solidarity. I think Galeries Lafayette Doha has done a beautiful job in portraying the emotions this day involves. From the choice of colors, which are culturally relevant, to the idea of the QND slogans timeline – were all very well thought through. It was the perfect theme to depict my art.

“It is very gratifying to know that I have done it to celebrate my country. Also, it is interesting and fun seeing my ‘classical’ form of calligraphy merged as an art form with fashion.”

The theme of the celebrations was also reflected in exclusive dishes created for the occasion at the restaurants and cafes in Galeries Lafayette Doha. Limited-edition desserts and a savory item was carefully designed and include traditional ingredients from Qatar and the region.

This fusion of the right, delectable ingredients was reflective of the vibrant Qatari culture. Each dish was a gastronomical delight and equally satisfying for the eye and soul.

As part of the celebrations, on December 16, Galeries Lafayette Doha hosted the exclusive launch of a new fragrance from the brand of Qatari influencer Abdulla Al-Abdulla. The fragrance was created especially for Qatar National Day and added to the spirit of the occasion.

Kevin Gerard Pender, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, said: “We have always taken pride in the Qatari heritage and Qatar National Day is one of the most celebrated occasions in our store. Our celebrations reflect our pride in our identity and embody the nation’s values. Our store, windows and special items at our F&B outlets have all been planned and designed to celebrate this great nation. The collaboration with Aisha Al-Thani and Abdulla Al-Abdulla not only reinforce Galeries Lafayette’s commitment to support and highlight local talents but also creates a unique experience – which is intrinsically Qatari – for our clients.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches pleasantly quirky ‘Art Of Fashion’ campaign

True to its unbeatable style and ‘fashion-meets-art’ image, Galeries Lafayette Doha has once again outdone itself with the recently launched ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign.

The campaign will be on from October 7 till the end of November 2020 at the Galeries Lafayette Department Store in 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village.

The ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign lets you step into a world inspired by the Memphis movement – an Italian design movement that began in 1981- known for its bold clashing colors, Art Decor geometric shapes and pop-art color-palette with a hint of 1950 kitsch aesthetic. Galeries Lafayette has very aesthetically added its own twist to the idea by introducing elements of humor and surprise, which can be found throughout our store.

The entire store manifests the pleasantly quirky elements of the campaign with irregular movements, which involve intriguing patterns. From the store windows to the masks the staff and mannequins are wearing, the space is a reflection of the creative movement.

In the true Galeries Lafayette style, the campaign allows guests to experience the theme in different forms. Interactive screens located on the second floor of the Department Store resonates the colorful campaign. Visitors can step into the life-size magazine cover box and experience the glamor of being in the spotlight.

The restaurants and cafes inside Galeries Lafayette Doha also reflect the ‘Art Of Fashion’ story in their own delectably creative way. Served on trays inspired by visuals of ‘Art of Fashion’ windows, the special edition dessert has the most exciting splash of colors inspired by the Memphis art style.

Speaking about the exciting, first-of-its-kind campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The ‘Art Of Fashion’ is a perfect campaign to match Galeries Lafayette’s vision of retailtainment – merging art with fashion. We have highlighted the features of the Memphis movement and intrigued our guests with the uniqueness of the art form. This experience has been woven together with our extensive A/W20 collections and exclusively created cuisines offered by our restaurants. It is a unique concept which our guests will surely enjoy.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha unveils ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign in association with international paper artist Zoe Bradley

Adding to the bloom to spring 2020, Galeries Lafayette Doha launched the unique ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign on February 22, 2020. The theme not only celebrates the advent of spring but also paved the way for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations in the Middle East on March 21. The stars of this campaign were the creative floral designs by world-famous British paper artist Zoe Bradley.

 

To support the campaign, Zoe was herself present at the launch event of the campaign where the local media and social media influencers got a rare chance to interact with her. The paper artist, whose work combines sculpture, fashion and theatre, conceptualized and created some exclusive pieces to adorn the Parisian Department Store for the ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign.

 

Speaking about her creations, Zoe said: “I work with paper just as a designer works with fabric, folding, curling, scoring and stitching the paper. My challenge is always to create something unexpected from its original 2D sheet form into a magical 3D sculpture. I am excited to present my contemporary paper art installation and it’s very rewarding to see my paper sculptures fit into different environments and cultures.”

 

Apart from the four floral headpieces featured in the store, it is the pastel pink paper floral dress that will leave everyone spellbound. This is the first time the dress has been displayed to the public and the discerning customers of Galleries Lafayette.

 

Symbolizing the awakening of a new season and in celebration of Mother’s Day, the dress featured prominently at the entrance to Galeries Lafayette Doha, offering an inspirational welcome on a monumental scale.

 

The dress took three weeks to make by highly skilled members of Zoe’s team. It’s adorned with over 1,500 hand-cut flowers, including a typically English variety of roses, cherry blossom, delphinium, daisies and butterflies. Each individual flower was applied by hand, creating the pattern and texture of the gown. The final creation was led by Zoe’s own instinctive eye – which makes every dress of hers truly unique.

 

Thanking Zoe for her support and contribution to the ‘Mother Blossom’ campaign, Creative & Store Design Director of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “It is an honor to have Zoe Bradley’s art displayed in our store. The way she conceptualized and created the unique works to art to merge with our campaign is truly awe inspiring. Zoe’s paper sculpture will create an unforgettable experience for our clients.”

 

Zoe draws upon her skills as a former fashion designer, working like a tailor while also applying her artistry using the paper form. Today, her clients include worldwide luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Tiffany & co., Graff, Christian Louboutin, Sotheby’s and Harrods.

Ali Bin Ali Holding Fashion and Galeries Lafayette holds general assembly for staff

With the aim of sharing the vision and strategy for the business in the coming months, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha organized a general assembly session for their staff.

The gathering was held on December 27, 2019 at Em Sheriff Restaurant in Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The assembly focused on sharing the global financial picture and challenges for the division.

Speaking about the event, Head of Retail – Galeries Lafayette Doha Ms. Hadami Magtouf said: “It is very important to make sure that all staff members are aligned with the vision of the business. Only then can we expect them to deliver their best.

“This assembly will not only update them about the future business strategy but also give an overview of the division’s goals.”

The assembly was a part of the employee engagement program of ABA Holding and the opportunity was also used to award the deserving employees of ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette.

Adding a fun element to the event, a musical performance was presented by Ahmed Amri, Ahmed Hadriche and Youssef Ghazaoui. The evening concluded with a scrumptious buffet at Em Sherif.

ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, ABA Luxury fight it out at The Kick-Off Football League

On December 20, 2019 Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Fashion, Luxury and Galeries Lafayette organized an inter-division football match. The Kick-Off Football League witnessed stiff competition between ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, and ABA Luxury.

At 7am, the team members and organizers gathered at Markhiya Stadium and were all set for an exciting game. There were a total of 70 participants and eight teams. Apart from the members of the divisions, who were there to cheer the teams, also present at the event to lend support was ABA Holding’s General Manager – Administration, Mr. Moataz Ahmed Eid.

After an exciting tournament, The Painters Team from Galeries Lafayette Doha led by Mathias Mamodbay emerged victorious and the Ultras/Mont Blanc Team were the runners-up. Mr. Moataz gave away the trophies and medals for the winners.

The Kick-Off Football League, a part of ABA HR’S employee engagement program, was a great opportunity for team-building and fun outside the work environment.

First French Haute Parfumerie Henry Jacques opens boutique in Qatar at Galeries Lafayette Doha

French Haute Parfumier Henry Jacques in September 2019 officially opened the doors of its boutique in Galeries Lafayette Doha at 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village. Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha is already the home to some of the most luxurious brands from around the world and the Maison is delighted to bring to life its savoir-faire and make the Parisian landmark in Doha, its home.

 

The boutique houses the entire range of fragrances in a home-from-home setting where visitors will also be able to marvel the Masterpieces of the Maison.

 

The unique style of the new boutique embodies Henry Jacques’ attention to detail and its visionary spirit. Designed by Christophe Tollemer, esteemed architect and Henry Jacques’ Artistic Director, the space is inspired by an 18th century French castle, gracefully blending the illustriousness of the past with modern-day elegance and charm.

 

Hadami Magtouf, Head of Retail at Galeries Lafayette Doha, added, “We pride ourselves on bringing the world’s best to Qatar, and Henry Jacques is one of our most valued partners. The esteemed Maison will now have an exclusive boutique in Qatar’s very own Parisian Department Store, and certainly elevate the Galeries Lafayette “French Art of Living” experience for our customers.