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Who wants to buy Le Printemps department stores?

Who wants to buy Le Printemps department stores?

2006 was an important year for Le Printemps, the french department store. It was the year that PPR group sold the luxury department store. Financial speaking, the trade was pretty complex. Le Printemps was sold for 1.07 billion euros to a financial group based in Luxembourg. A subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, grouping several investors take over 70% of the capital. The other 30% is taken by the Borletti group. This group, also based in Luxembourg gathers several investors: The Borletti…

Damir Doma, Fashion designer of the month

Damir Doma, Fashion designer of the month

If there is one thing exciting about fashion, it is the fact that every year you can discover someone or something new. This month at Luxuryactivist, we welcome Damir Doma. He is our fashion designer of the month. Damir Doma is a fashion designer established in Paris. He was born in Croatia and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. Her mother used to have a clothing atelier, which brought a great influence to his own development. He studied fashion in Munich…

After 45 years, Yves Saint Laurent changes its name!

After 45 years, Yves Saint Laurent changes its name!

That was the news of the week. After 45 years of existence and the explosive arrival of Hedi Slimane to the company as Artistic Director, the company Yves Saint Laurent has decided to change name. It will become simply Saint Laurent Paris. History of fashion showed that creators founded Houses of creation, that became Brands and finally labels. Christian Dior became Dior, Loris Azzaro becomes Azzaro, Cristobal Balenciaga becomes Balenciaga, Nino Cerutti is now Cerutti, Emanuel Ungaro is Ungaro or…

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire, the french fashion Brand is launching in this beginning of the year a new fragrance duo called Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for Her and for Him. I got the opportunity to review the masculine version. The Brand was created in 1995 by Mr. Thierry Gillier, grand-son of André Gillier (co-founder of Lacoste). The Brand name, Zadig & Voltaire, is inspired by the Novel “Zadig, or The Book of Fate” written in 1747 by the…

New Flagship store in Paris for Carl F. Bucherer

New Flagship store in Paris for Carl F. Bucherer

Carl F. Bucherer, the Swiss Watch luxury retailer, will open next year a 2,200 m2 Flagship store in the heart of Paris in France. Their aim: to internationalize their Brand and be visible to international markets. Paris is the most visited capital of the world. Millions of tourists each year come to the french city. Having a Flagship store in Paris is probably one of the best showcases you can imagine for luxury. According to the Brand, the huge flagship…

Ange du Sud, simplicity at its best.

Ange du Sud, simplicity at its best.

This month, LuxuryActivist is introducing Ange du Sud (South Angel in french), a new cosmetic brand, born in the south of France in Marseille. They provide a short yet interesting range of body products. The brand claims a refined, ecological and natural approach of cosmetics. The Brand was born in 2011 in Marseille, France. The french city is known for its beautiful sea line and an annual sunshine. It is also the land of the traditional “Savon de Marseille”. Marseille soap or Savon…

Paco Rabanne, future visions by Le Printemps

Paco Rabanne, future visions by Le Printemps

The french luxury department store Le Printemps presented its vision of the future by inviting the avant-gardist brand Paco Rabanne to a special set at the heart of the parisian shop. In the continuous aim to become one of the edgy references for luxury in Europe, Le Printemps is always reinventing itself by always proposing surprising, original and high-fashion animations. After one of the most glamorous luxury christmas in partnership with Chanel, now it is the moment to get a…

Palais de Tokyo – come back later!

Palais de Tokyo – come back later!

In this beginning of the year, do not try to visit the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. In deed you will most likely find the door closed. In deed the establishment started a full reconstruction. Only the restaurant, Tokyo Eat is open during the rebuilding process. It will last until April 2012. See here the official message found in the official website: If you wish to keep updated on the reopening, just click here for the newsletter. To recap, Palais…

Classical music, too expensive?

Classical music, too expensive?

The music industry evolved much more in the past 10 years than in the past 50 years. In deed Internet changed a lot the way we buy or listen to music. Of course it also developed the piracy around exchanging music illegally. And this would be another subject. If we focus on the “legal”channels, we can see that there are different prices for different sort of music and unfortunately Classical music is much more expensive than other categories. In deed,…

Lubin, making history in Perfumery

Lubin, making history in Perfumery

Perfumery is an Art since the ages of times. Some names are for ever connected to Perfumery history and one of them is Lubin. One of the oldest Perfumery houses in the world, still in activity since 1798. Pierre François Lubin founded the company at the end of the 18th century. Very fast, the Fragrance house became one of the most fashionable brands at that time. In deed, by producing scented ribbons, rice powderballs and masks, Lubin seduced women called at…

Le Printemps celebrates a very Chanel Christmas

Le Printemps celebrates a very Chanel Christmas

It is official, the luxury french department store Le Printemps revealed his Christmas theme. This year, Chanel will thrill you during the Holiday season in France. The inauguration of the Christmas windows is always a great event as it kicks-of the beginning of one of the busiest commercial periods of the year. Le Printemps in Paris has evolved towards one of the top levels in terms of Luxury and lifestyle in Europe. Sak’s Fifth Avenue in NY and Takashimaya in…

Jean-Claude Jitrois is back (bag)

Jean-Claude Jitrois is back (bag)

There are names that we cannot forget. And among all the great fashion designers, definitely we will always remember Jean-Claude Jitrois as the master of Skin. This winter, the iconic Fashion house is launching its first Handbag collection based on their know-how on leather. Jean-Claude Jitrois is our Fashion Designer of the month. Faithful to the Jitrois aesthetic, the Margot adopts three different luxury guises; deep aqua crocodile, pearl grey python and soft grège leather. With sharp and pure lines reminiscent…

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

IOMA Paris, Intelligent Skincare

Last Month we got an invitation to discover a new skincare brand called IOMA PARIS. They describe themselves as the first real “Evidence-based” skincare brand. According to the brand, IOMA debuts a revolutionary and innovative skincare concept with proven and measured results. Take the guesswork out of the effectiveness of your skincare regimen through use of the most advanced imaging and probe-based technology, combined with targeted and customized skincare regimens, for an entirely customizable treatment program with quantifiable, optimized results. The…

Citadium – The temple of StreetStyle in Paris

Citadium – The temple of StreetStyle in Paris

Who already went to Paris and visit Citadium? If you did go to Paris and did not visit Citadium, is because you are not interested in StreetCulture. Because in deed, Citadium IS THE TEMPLE OF STREET in Paris. The first store, or I should say Megastore, opened in 2000 under the creative vision of Printemps Department Sores. A parisian place that mixes the StreetStyle, Skate culture, Rock and sport attitude with a high pitched fashion taste. My friends would say:…

Alexandra Verschueren, Grand Prize at Hyeres Fashion Festival

Alexandra Verschueren, Grand Prize at Hyeres Fashion Festival

Under the presidency of Dries Van Noten, this year the Fashion first prize went to 22 years old fashion designer Alexandra Verschueren thanks to her inspiring collection under the origami theme. A brilliant collection as elegant as original.

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