The French department store, visited by millions of buyers (this is the second most visited place in Paris after the Eiffel Tower) offers both luxury goods and items available for every budget. The Lafayette Gallery was opened on the corner of Rue la Fayette in the ninth arrondissement. in 1894 by two cousins: Théophile Bader and Alphonse Kahn. The store was supposed to look like a huge, luxurious bazaar and quickly became a symbol of a place where you can buy even the most extraordinary goods. Over time, the store consumed neighboring tenements, and today occupies the area of three buildings. The most beautiful spot of the Lafayette Gallery is the nouveau cupola, the colorful stained glass created in 1912 by Jacques Grüber. Around the center of the building there are 10 pillars which are decorated with coats of arms of the largest cities - textile producers. The first floor is a place for leading brands and a specially designed laboratory where the projects of rising fashion stars are shown. In addition to shops, the gallery features restaurants, hairdressers and spas, and the upper terrace offers a great view of ParisThe gallery is not only worth visiting due to great shops, but also thanks to events, such as landing of the famous pilot on the roof. The gallery makes one of the obligatory points for tourists visiting the capital of France, offering over 2.5 thousand. stores with women's and men's clothing, drugstores and stores with interior decoration.
KaDeWe, short form for Kaufhaus des Westens, Department Store of the West, is a shopping center in Berlin (60,000 square meters), the second largest in Europe after Harrods, an iconic part of the architectural and shopping landscape. Every day, it is visited by almost 50,000 people. Built in 1907 by Adolf Jandorf, it experienced the ups and downs of European history. During WWII, it was destroyed by bombing, and completely rebuilt only in the 1950s. Today the KaDeWe building consists of eight floors, each of which is occupied by a different industry: from luxury fashion brands to restaurants and stores offering food from every corner of the world. The food department is the largest here in Europe. The last floor is a restaurant offering stunning views of Wittenbergplatz. The store offers high-end goods (there are 380,000 articles for sale in the store) and is a synonym of luxury. The shop was a witness to the history, including the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, so it was decided to place in the front of the store a sign with the words "Places of terror that we will never allow to forget" and a list of Nazi concentration camps, commemorating their victims
Harrods is a luxury department store in Knightsbridge, London. was founded in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod, and today, in addition to a commercial function, it also fulfills the role of one of the most important symbols of London, although its origins were rather modest. It all started with a single room and three employees involved in the sale of tea and groceries. After moving the store to a better neighborhood and expanding the building according to the plans of the architect Charles William Stephens after a fire, Harrods took its current shape. Today, it has seven floors with countless stores. This place has always been the driving force of progress - the first elevators were installed in Harrods, and on the top floor the employed staff offered brands and salts sobering the upset customers.
The motto of Harrods is "All things for all people, everywhere", which means that you can buy everything here, from jewelry to animals. Interestingly, the history of Harrods is closely related to animals. A cobra kept watch here on an extremely expensive pair of shoes, and the writer A. A. Milne bought a teddy bear that became the prototype of Winnie the Pooh. There was also a zoo. The store has now over 330 departments, offering goods from every possible industry. Every day, the store is visited by 100,000. buyers, and in the period of increased shopping seasons, these numbers can reach 300,000. In Harrods you can find clothes, electronics, jewelry, toys, food and drinks, furniture and much more. When it comes to services, you can enjoy restaurants, personal shopping-assistants, tailors, beauty salons, spas, and many more. Over 5,000 employees from over 50 countries work at Harrods. The store has two famous statues commemorating Lady Di and Dodi Fayed, the son of the previous owner of Harrods.