In Paris, the city of fashion, the thing you can't miss is shopping. But there are numerous brands and shops which make it hard sometimes to find the item that suits you the most. In this article, we will introduce one of the newest and trendiest shopping spot in Paris: Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, a stylish art deco-style building opened in March 2019 located in the glamorous Champs Elysées.
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées is a space created by incorporating concept store concepts into department stores. You can shop there naturally according to the style you want regardless of the brand. If you are searching for a specific brand, you can easily find the section because the brand names are well specified, and also only the best items are gathered. It is the best place for customers who visit for shopping purposes. It consists of four floors, and you can see many items from various brands, ranging from beauty products to clothes, sneakers, and jewelry.
Unlike other department stores, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées is arranging on the same floor without distinguishing between male and female brands. So it makes easy for anyone to shop for all brands regardless of gender. It is also good for couples to shop together without the inconvenience of not being able to see male and female brands together. Also, there is a unique system to find your size of the product. On top of each hanger, there is a small device that shows the size and price of the products which is hung. If you are looking for another size, you can select it directly on the screen and tap the "go" button so that you can know where is the product in your size.
In addition, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées is a remodeled space from the previous bank, offering both a stylish, classic interior and a trendy, sensual interior. As a special interior, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées also features some photo spots. The entrance of the department store in the form of a tunnel is reminiscent like a scene of a movie, with walls, ceilings and floors all emitting light. Also, the pink-colored fitting room is a very good photo spot for taking Instagram photos, allowing you to get lovely photos in Paris.
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées offers a special custom styling service. As there are many famous brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Moncler, Chloé, Saint Laurent, Loewe, Céline, Off-White, Acne Studios, Jacquemus, Lemaire, Isabel Marant, Maison Margiela, JW Anderson, you may get offer best styles from best brands. This service is available anywhere during store visits or through mobile texting, and you can check detailed information on how to use the service at the bottom of this article.
It is a special service of Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, provided by fashionable personal stylists. They offer styles tailored to your skin tone, your favorite brand, favorite style, price, your personality or atmosphere for only one customer from head to toe, with clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories.
There are many personal styles on each floor when visiting the store, so you can contact them right away and use the service. After trying clothes, Personal Stylist will recommend you to register via the application on their smartphone. Just need to type a few information like name or telephone number, then you receive an automatic message. Please reply to this message so that your personal stylist can keep your number for future questions or visits. Then you got your favorite personal stylist. You can ask them whatever you want about fashion whenever you want.
When you want to use the service from home, if you have already met your personal stylist at the store, you can contact him or her directly via SMS or WhatsApp.
Also, you can keep products that you tried on for 24 hours. So you can decide whether you buy or not later. And there are some Personal Stylists or sellers who speak other langugages. So you don’t need to worry about language. If you don't feel confident with English, your personal stylist can go and look for another colleague who speaks your language.
If you don’t have the chance to come to Paris soon, no worries! you can still enjoy the Personal Stylist service and shop from your own country. Even if you haven’t been to Galeries Lafayettes Champs Elysées before, you can contact them throw their Instagram page (@galerieslafayettechampselysees) or through mail ([email protected]), and they will give you the WhatsApp contact of one of the Personal Stylist that will help you during your online purchases. You can ask the Personal Stylist to send you information about a specific brand or product (if you already know what you want), or just ask for its advice for a product/brand that will suits you according to your style. Based on the kind of clothes you like, they will be able to suggest some brands or items that will fit you the most. It’s a very unique opportunity to enjoy a tailor-made service and to be up to date with new trends.
If you find a product that you really like, you can order it through WhatsApp with your Personal Stylist help, make a secured payment online and the product will be shipped to your country (the shipping cost will be charged, but you will enjoy a 16,67 % immediate tax refund). Once you received your product, if you change your mind or if it does not fit your perfectly, you have 14 days to send it back to Galeries Lafayettes Champs Elysées to get refunded.
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées also has a variety of restaurants and cafes. Cafe Citron and the seafood Restaurant Oursin, both designed by Simon Porte Jacquemus, and on the first basement floor you can see from desserts to various groceries and a food court. Open from 11 a.m to 9 p.m, the food court is the ideal place to grab and try different types of food. It is made of 10 corners from famous French and Fusion Parisian restaurants with set menus starting from just a bit more than 10€. The wide range of food includes Asian food and bubble tea, as well as products from the renowned Maison Verot, Stohrer, and Alain Ducasse.
At Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, the tax refund is available for people staying in EU countries for less than 6 months, and non-EU residents (without long-term residence permission for EU countries). You can get the tax refund everywhere in the store after your purchase. You don't have to wait to benefit from this service: If you want to get the tax refund by cash, you can meet a groom at the tax refund office on the first basement floor. But don't forget to bring your original passport as copies are not accepted.
When you shop from home, the amount of tax will be automatically reduced from the total amount of purchasing, shipping fee, etc. Once you order some products, you will receive a reference for payment with a total amount to pay (already reduced for tax) and a link to a page for secure payment. After that, you will get a shipping number after the expedition by the store so that you can follow your parcel.
If you purchase over than 175.01 euros you can get a 10.8% tax refund immediately in cash at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées or airports, or within three days of credit card or Alipay. Alternatively, you may choose to receive a 12% tax refund via credit card up to three weeks after leaving the EU countries.
The shipping service in Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées is available after contacting the Groom. Shipping is available both to your hotel in Paris or to your house overseas. You can receive the product within two hours of delivery in Paris or the outskirts of Paris and you can choose the receiving time.
In addition to the shipping service, various services are available through the Groom. While doing shopping, you can leave your luggage, such as bags and coats, make reservations for taxis and restaurants in Paris, and ask all questions about department stores and Paris. This is possible not only when visiting the store, but also through Instagram messages or e-mail. Also if you find some problem with your brand product that you bought, you can contact the Grooms. They will be in charge of solving these issues and they are there for the best satisfaction of customers.
After experiencing personal stylist service, we could feel the latest fashion trends that we saw through magazines or media and could enjoy shopping with a friendly personal stylist. If you want to experience stylish fashion in the city of fashion, make sure to use the personal stylist service offered by Galeries Lafayette Champs Elysées.
Author - Jisun Lee
Photographs - Phan Thanh Thủy and Yuka Ishihara
Address: 60 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Transportation: Metro line 1,9 Franklin D. Roosevelt station / Metro line 1 George V station / Metro line 9 Saint-Philippe du-Roule station
Opening hours: Everyday 11:00 - 21:00
Email: [email protected]