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 celebrates French National Day in presence of French Ambassador

Celebrating its French heritage, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha commemorated the French National Day in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Qatar, Mr. Franck Gellet.

On July 14, the iconic French Department Store welcomed the Ambassador to celebrate the occasion. Considering the current pandemic situation, Galeries Lafayette Doha kept the event simple this year.

The Ambassador was received by Mr. Kevin Pender, Acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and joined by Mr. Awn Zureikat, COO of ABA Luxury, Mr. Bassel Ammar, General Manager of ABA Hospitality, Ms. Suha Shatila, Group General Manager – Marketing, along with other members of Galeries Lafayette Doha and the Ali Bin Ali Holding team.

Galeries Lafayette Doha is a reflection of France in Qatar and, to enjoy its essence, Mr. Gellet was given a tour of the exquisitely designed retail space to check out the premium French brands in store. It was the ideal setup to relish the spirit of Galeries Lafayette – the ‘French Art of Living’.

Mr. Gellet enjoyed the experience and said, “I am glad to be celebrating French National Day at Galeries Lafayette Doha. The iconic Department Store is an embodiment of France and with all its diversity and splendor, it perfectly reflects the image of France here in Qatar. What strikes me most about Galeries Lafayette Doha is its commitment to deliver the latest and sharpest creations. Every time I visit, I find something new here. It is doing a great job at showcasing the creative geniuses of our times, both global and local.”

Speaking about the success of French brands in Qatar under Ali Bin Ali Holding’s management, the Ambassador said: “The success is directly related to the trust of the very enterprising Ali Bin Ali family. Prestigious French brands are constantly innovating and people in Qatar are very attentive to what’s new. Ali Bin Ali Holding has very intelligently brought these together, catering to the remarkable taste of the locals.”

Thanking the Ambassador for his presence and support, Mr. Pender said: “Galeries Lafayette Doha is proud to represent Paris in Qatar and we make sure to reflect our heritage in everything we do. The French National Day is an important event in French history and we are glad we could celebrate it with Ambassador Mr. Franck Gellet.”

The event was a culmination of a week-long campaign Galeries Lafayette Doha had organized to celebrate French National Day 2020. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign from July 7 to 14 saw the store highlight the colors of the French flag, creating the perfect ambiance for the occasion.

Thanking Galeries Lafayette Doha for organizing such a muted and elegant Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign during a pandemic, Mr. Gellet said: “It is a symbolic end to the confinement and gradual resumption of activities. It is a message of hope that we are moving towards more favorable times.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha showcases FTA winner Andrea Wazen

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Adding to its exclusive collection, Galeries Lafayette Doha in June 2020 showcased the creations of 2020 Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) winner Andrea Wazen. The young Lebanese accessory designer’s class and style organically match the premier French Department Store’s brand.

The spotlight on brand Andrea Wazen was also a part of Galeries Lafayette’s vision to highlight local and regional talents and champion their creations. Working closely with factories and artisans in Lebanon, all Andrea Wazen shoes are handmade and designed in Beirut.

Kevin Pender, acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, is excited about this exclusive collection and said: “As part of our continued commitment to introduce new exciting designers, we are proud to bring, to fashion lovers in Qatar, some of the exclusive creations by this talented designer. She is already a Hollywood favorite and her masterpieces are sure to take your breath away. If you love exquisite footwear, then Andrea Wazen’s creations are what you are looking for.”

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young age. To fulfill her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Wazen moved to Paris and specialized at the Istituto Marangoni Italian fashion school where she discovered and was appreciated for her skills in shoe designing.

In 2010, Wazen relocated to London where she was trained under the tutelage of Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin while attending shoe design courses at the renowned Central Saint Martins School of Arts.

Since launching her brand in 2017, Andrea Wazen has quickly garnered a celebrity following and has been spotted on the likes of Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski and Sienna Miller, to name a few. Most recently, Wazen was honored with the prestigious Fashion Trust Arabia Award, naming her Accessories Designer of the Year.

“It is such an honor for me to have my collection displayed at Galeries Lafayette in Doha. The French department store has always been my go-to place while I was living in Paris, it makes me so happy to have such a beautiful and nicely curated department store in our region,” says Wazen.

“My SS20 collection is inspired by my lifestyle in Beirut during the summer. The colors are from a recollection of beautiful sunsets, the morning sun and the clear blue sea,” she adds. “Beirut is a very diverse city, not just in terms of people but always as a way of life; you have the amazing nights out, the long laid-back dinners, the family lunches in the mountains outside the city and the beach life at your doorstep.”

Henry Jacques launches new collection at Galeries Lafayette Doha

Henry Jacques is one of the niche brands at ABA Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha. In May 2020, the French Haute Parfumerie revived a sense of grandeur and historic rituals with its Royal Cabinet, a meticulously hand-crafted chest designed to house a personal assortment of perfumes.

 

Hand-crafted for one’s personal collection of essences, Royal Cabinet is the latest addition to the most-desired items list at Galeries Lafayette Doha.

 

An immaculate accessory for the collector of fine scents, the Royal Cabinet is a culmination of the Maison’s years of immense know-how – to fill within the cabinet is a real pleasure, allowing one to compose a perfume wardrobe that truly encapsulates ‘you’. 

 

In crafting the Royal Cabinet, several artforms intertwine with French expertise. The Perfumier and Malletier, or trunk-maker, work hand-in-hand to create the masterpiece. Materials are of the finest quality; the outer cabinet made from the finest lamb leather and the inside, filled with magnificent velvet.

 

The Royal Cabinet is a work of art that encapsulates Henry Jacques’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence not only in the olfactory sense, but also the visual.

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.