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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 family, several italian fortunes and companies like Dassault, Allianz..   Basically, all the profits of the parisian department store ended up in Luxembourg in the past 6 years. Now, the breaking news is the strong possibility for Le Printemps to be sold again. And again, things look very “dark”. Officially, the Bortelli group does not wish to sell its participation, at the contrary. They even made a proposition of 650…

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 and in Berlin. After his studies, he moved to Antwerp in Belgium and started working within Raf Simons. He started his own label in 2006 and today, he is considered as the most important German fashion designer after Karl Lagerfeld and Jil Sander (source: BILD). His style could be described as a personal search of balance between style, cut and texture. The designer himself cites Issey Miyake as one of…

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 Gianni Versace is simply Versace. We could also add Thierry Mugler that now is Mugler. It is interesting to see that basically we skip the first names of the creators as a strong symbol to dissociate the person and the Brand. By using the last name, the Brand becomes a label, like Puma or Nike or Apple. On one side we skip history and a creator, in another side we…

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 french philosopher Voltaire. The main character of the novel inspired Mr. Gillier because of his charisma, modernity and bravery. The fashion Brand has products for women but also for men and even a children line. Zadig & Voltaire is well known for its cachemire with rock skulls in brodery, their tshirts and the mythic Touly bag. The creative universe of the Brand is quite broad as they have a Music…

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 store will be located in the exact location of Old England store (they have already closed down). It is situated on the 9th district between Opera and La Madeleine at Boulevard des Capuccines n.120. It is in the true heart of the high touristic area, close by the parisian department stores like Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, Garnier Opera, Vendôme Place, etc… It will be finally a swiss story as…

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 de Marseille is a traditional soap made from vegetable oils that has been made around Marseille, France, for about 600 years. The first documented soapmaker in the area was recorded in about 1370. Traditionally, the soap is made by mixing sea water from the Mediterranean Sea, olive oil, and the alkaline chemicals soda ash (sodium carbonate) andlye (sodium hydroxide) together in a large cauldron. This mixture is then heated for several days, stirred constantly. The mixture is then allowed to sit and, once ready, it is…

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 hint of the future with Paco Rabanne. I must say that since the end of the Mr.Rabanne era, the Brand Paco Rabanne was more focusing on Fragrances than Fashion. Now, with a new Artistic Director and this new beautiful operation, we feel that the brand’s heritage is still its force. In deed, Paco Rabanne has a new Artistic Director. It’s name: Manish Arora. He is indian and has followed 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 de Tokyo is probably one of the most interesting places in Europe for Contemporary art. Building on its years of success, in 2012 the Palais de Tokyo will become one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe. It will now extend down to the Seine, and its surface area will expand from 8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. The public will be able to explore new ways…

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, if you compare for example different kind of music in the iTunes store, we can see that classic music is much more expensive in general than Pop, Rock, Folk or even than world music. A good classical album can cost between 15$ up to 50$ depending on the artist and the orchestra. At the contrary, a Pop album will cost between 7$ up to 20$. So this makes things hard…

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 that time “Les Merveilleuses”, “the wonders” in French. Les Merveilleuses were part of a trend in France characterized by a certain dissipation and extravagance, in response to the Terror period. They were the trendsetters of the time and Lubin their preferred brand. The fragrance won over the Imperial Court, and was worn by the likes of Josephine and Pauline Bonaparte. When the Bourbons were restored, Lubin dedicated his fragrances to Queen Marie-Amelie. Eventually, Lubin’s perfumes were…

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 Tokyo have now a real competitor in the world. This year, they really placed the level of Christmas very high. They have a global partnership with Chanel for an amazing christmas theme. Not only the luxury french brand has the “commercial windows” but Karl Lagerfeld designed the famous animated windows that thousands of Children and families visit in the animated Haussmann boulevard in winter. For the PR event, Mr Lagerfeld…

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 of the structured style of the 1950s, the Margot bag is crafted entirely in France and stands as a testimony to the unique savoir-faire of the French ateliers. Particular care has been taken in its unique composition with both sides of the outer shell forming an elegant casing, enveloping the interior. The handle, stitched by hand at its base on a leather mount with loops of polished steel, is the…

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 pioneering project of an inspired visionary, Jean Michel Karam, Phd, IOMA ’s evidence-based approach to skincare diagnoses complexion imperfections, constructs customized regimens for care of the skin and measures and quantifies the effectiveness of its protocols. The brand was born via the amazing meeting of Hightech experts and Beauty professionals. Different know hows that would bring to life an amazingly simple concept: Beauty by the evidence. The skincare business is…

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: “this is dynamite honey”. The first store gathers more than 250 brands in a huge 20,000 square feet store! You need to see. In time Citadium become one of the important references in fashion and life style with a huge street influence. Basically: “Be there or be square”. 10 years after the first opening, and in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary, Citadium revealed its new store concept and opened…

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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