Commitment to creation

We have served creativity with our convictions and passion for five generations. This engagement is reflected both in our businesses and in our corporate giving.

championing artists
and the creative arts for 120 years

From the outset, Galeries Lafayette group has made commitment to creation in all its form - fashion, applied arts and design - a core value of its identity. It brings together iconic artists, young creators and the public, true to the principle that has always defined it: promoting a singular encunter between creation and retail for all.

Inspired by this legacy, the Group opened a permanent gallery in 2001 inside its flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. Called Galerie des Galeries, it is located on the first floor of the store. Since 2010, the Group has consolidated its support for museums and cultural institutions through its Corporate Giving Division, which selects, discovers, showcases and publicizes emerging artists.

Promoting fashion,
contemporary art and design

Quasi-Pagan Modern, work by Haegue Yang under the dome of the Galeries Lafayette store on Boulevard Haussmann, August-October 2016

Nurturing, sustainable fashion

We made creativity and bringing fashion within reach a corepart of Galeries Lafayette's identity when we opened our own garment shops in the early 20th century. The first to appoint a fashion director in France, we soon demonstrated our ability to bring together young designers and garment makers, opting clearly to open up the lines of communication between art and industry.
Galeries Lafayette has successfully partnered with a host of new talents as well as major fashion names, including Jean Patou, Madeleine Vionnet, Gabrielle Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Cacharel, Azzedine Alaïa, the young winners of the ANDAM fashion and Villa Noailles Fashion Parade awards.

BLEU DE COSTUME, work by Jean-Luc Moulène in collaboration with Objet Sens Fonction, on the occasion of the BHV MARAIS 160th anniversary in 2016 

Supporting
Emerging Talent
in the Contemporary Arts

We directly produce the work of young creators, promote their access to the art market, provide them with a showcase and bring them to public attention. In so doing, we stand behind contemporary creativity in all its forms of expression while supporting the art world’s future direction.

 

Exposition à la villa Noailles pendant le Festival International Design Parade 2014 : Mathieu Peyroulet-Ghilini, lauréat du Grand Prix Design Parade 2013 © Lothaire Hucki

Fostering Applied Arts
and Design

From the production of a Charlotte Perriand design in 1925 as part of the La Maîtrise collections, we have always sponsored young talent, including Serge Mouille, Pierre Paulin, Marc Berthier and his beehive-inspired Ruche shelves, Quasar Khanh and his inflatable furniture and Aarnio Eero and his Pastil Chair. We show our interest in the applied arts today by participating in the Designers’ Days festival.