Shopping at Galeries Lafayette can be quite an overwhelming experience; under the 100-year-old glass dome, the 750,000-square-foot building houses 3,500 brands; 20 restaurants including a rooftop café, wine bar, sushi bar, Champagne bar and French tea room; as well as gourmet stores featuring over 10,000 fine food products. With more than 100,000 people flooding this fashion destination each day, there aren’t many places to escape the masses…except for one special, and extremely exclusive spot tucked away on the top floor.
For elite customers seeking a more relaxed, personalized experience, the 4,300-square-foot private shopping sanctuary, La Suite, awaits. Once behind its doors, high above the city, the crowds and noise disappear and you can focus on what’s really important: the fashion. Offering a blend of personal shopping and luxury concierge services, La Suite becomes your own Parisian pied-à-terre, whether for an hour or a full day.
Inspired by the simplistic and sophisticated feel of a contemporary art museum, the space’s clean white walls and muted color palette let the beautiful clothing and accessories be the stars. Renowned architect and interior designer India Mahdavi specifically designed the elegant furniture for La Suite, while artwork accents each room (and can be purchased if desired) thanks to a partnership with Parisian art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin. Even more striking are the framed views of Tuileries Palace, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, Montmartre and Sacré Coeur seen from any given room and the open-air terrace.
A light makeup application for women or hand treatments for men begins the La Suite experience, along with a glass of Champagne and gourmet treats like Hermé macarons and Hévin chocolates. The personal designer will have items already waiting before your arrival and can pull more as the session goes on. Whether looking to build an entire wardrobe, receive styling tips from an expert, learn about the latest trends in Paris, put together an outfit for an important occasion, or just acquire more accessories, the personal designer is there to assist and ensure satisfaction.
To continue the relationship between client and designer, each guest receives a notebook chronicling all purchases made and any styling advice offered during the session. The pair will work together during any future visit and the designer will even make house calls, organizing the client’s closet, selecting outfits for their specific lifestyle and becoming the ultimate resource for all things trendy and exclusive in Paris fashion.
To accommodate guests visiting for business or pleasure, additional services and amenities include beauty and body treatments, alterations, deliveries, tax refunds, taxi calls, catering, wine tastings, seated lunch or dinner for up to 10 and cocktail parties for up to 25, along with an LED screen and free Wi-Fi. A half day of personal pampering at La Suite starts at around USD $4,757 excluding VAT, and a full day from around USD $6,796.
Since graduating from Penn State University, Tara has dabbled in several different realms of the publishing world. From food writing to an opinion column to city guide editorials, her work can be seen in newspapers, luxury lifestyle magazines and various websites. As Associate for JustLuxe, she is busy sharpening her eye for all that is opulent around the world. She is also a freelance writer for ...(Read More)