Galeries Lafayette Doha launches pleasantly quirky ‘Art Of Fashion’ campaign

True to its unbeatable style and ‘fashion-meets-art’ image, Galeries Lafayette Doha has once again outdone itself with the recently launched ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign.

The campaign will be on from October 7 till the end of November 2020 at the Galeries Lafayette Department Store in 21 High st, Katara Cultural Village.

The ‘Art of Fashion’ campaign lets you step into a world inspired by the Memphis movement – an Italian design movement that began in 1981- known for its bold clashing colors, Art Decor geometric shapes and pop-art color-palette with a hint of 1950 kitsch aesthetic. Galeries Lafayette has very aesthetically added its own twist to the idea by introducing elements of humor and surprise, which can be found throughout our store.

The entire store manifests the pleasantly quirky elements of the campaign with irregular movements, which involve intriguing patterns. From the store windows to the masks the staff and mannequins are wearing, the space is a reflection of the creative movement.

In the true Galeries Lafayette style, the campaign allows guests to experience the theme in different forms. Interactive screens located on the second floor of the Department Store resonates the colorful campaign. Visitors can step into the life-size magazine cover box and experience the glamor of being in the spotlight.

The restaurants and cafes inside Galeries Lafayette Doha also reflect the ‘Art Of Fashion’ story in their own delectably creative way. Served on trays inspired by visuals of ‘Art of Fashion’ windows, the special edition dessert has the most exciting splash of colors inspired by the Memphis art style.

Speaking about the exciting, first-of-its-kind campaign, General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha Kevin Gerard Pender said: “The ‘Art Of Fashion’ is a perfect campaign to match Galeries Lafayette’s vision of retailtainment – merging art with fashion. We have highlighted the features of the Memphis movement and intrigued our guests with the uniqueness of the art form. This experience has been woven together with our extensive A/W20 collections and exclusively created cuisines offered by our restaurants. It is a unique concept which our guests will surely enjoy.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrates French National Day in presence of French Ambassador

Celebrating its French heritage, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha commemorated the French National Day in the presence of the Ambassador of France to Qatar, Mr. Franck Gellet.

On July 14, the iconic French Department Store welcomed the Ambassador to celebrate the occasion. Considering the current pandemic situation, Galeries Lafayette Doha kept the event simple this year.

The Ambassador was received by Mr. Kevin Pender, Acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and joined by Mr. Awn Zureikat, COO of ABA Luxury, Mr. Bassel Ammar, General Manager of ABA Hospitality, Ms. Suha Shatila, Group General Manager – Marketing, along with other members of Galeries Lafayette Doha and the Ali Bin Ali Holding team.

Galeries Lafayette Doha is a reflection of France in Qatar and, to enjoy its essence, Mr. Gellet was given a tour of the exquisitely designed retail space to check out the premium French brands in store. It was the ideal setup to relish the spirit of Galeries Lafayette – the ‘French Art of Living’.

Mr. Gellet enjoyed the experience and said, “I am glad to be celebrating French National Day at Galeries Lafayette Doha. The iconic Department Store is an embodiment of France and with all its diversity and splendor, it perfectly reflects the image of France here in Qatar. What strikes me most about Galeries Lafayette Doha is its commitment to deliver the latest and sharpest creations. Every time I visit, I find something new here. It is doing a great job at showcasing the creative geniuses of our times, both global and local.”

Speaking about the success of French brands in Qatar under Ali Bin Ali Holding’s management, the Ambassador said: “The success is directly related to the trust of the very enterprising Ali Bin Ali family. Prestigious French brands are constantly innovating and people in Qatar are very attentive to what’s new. Ali Bin Ali Holding has very intelligently brought these together, catering to the remarkable taste of the locals.”

Thanking the Ambassador for his presence and support, Mr. Pender said: “Galeries Lafayette Doha is proud to represent Paris in Qatar and we make sure to reflect our heritage in everything we do. The French National Day is an important event in French history and we are glad we could celebrate it with Ambassador Mr. Franck Gellet.”

The event was a culmination of a week-long campaign Galeries Lafayette Doha had organized to celebrate French National Day 2020. The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign from July 7 to 14 saw the store highlight the colors of the French flag, creating the perfect ambiance for the occasion.

Thanking Galeries Lafayette Doha for organizing such a muted and elegant Bleu-Blanc-Rouge campaign during a pandemic, Mr. Gellet said: “It is a symbolic end to the confinement and gradual resumption of activities. It is a message of hope that we are moving towards more favorable times.”

Galeries Lafayette Doha showcases FTA winner Andrea Wazen

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Adding to its exclusive collection, Galeries Lafayette Doha in June 2020 showcased the creations of 2020 Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) winner Andrea Wazen. The young Lebanese accessory designer’s class and style organically match the premier French Department Store’s brand.

The spotlight on brand Andrea Wazen was also a part of Galeries Lafayette’s vision to highlight local and regional talents and champion their creations. Working closely with factories and artisans in Lebanon, all Andrea Wazen shoes are handmade and designed in Beirut.

Kevin Pender, acting General Manager of Galeries Lafayette Doha, is excited about this exclusive collection and said: “As part of our continued commitment to introduce new exciting designers, we are proud to bring, to fashion lovers in Qatar, some of the exclusive creations by this talented designer. She is already a Hollywood favorite and her masterpieces are sure to take your breath away. If you love exquisite footwear, then Andrea Wazen’s creations are what you are looking for.”

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young age. To fulfill her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Wazen moved to Paris and specialized at the Istituto Marangoni Italian fashion school where she discovered and was appreciated for her skills in shoe designing.

In 2010, Wazen relocated to London where she was trained under the tutelage of Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin while attending shoe design courses at the renowned Central Saint Martins School of Arts.

Since launching her brand in 2017, Andrea Wazen has quickly garnered a celebrity following and has been spotted on the likes of Kylie Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Ratajkowski and Sienna Miller, to name a few. Most recently, Wazen was honored with the prestigious Fashion Trust Arabia Award, naming her Accessories Designer of the Year.

“It is such an honor for me to have my collection displayed at Galeries Lafayette in Doha. The French department store has always been my go-to place while I was living in Paris, it makes me so happy to have such a beautiful and nicely curated department store in our region,” says Wazen.

“My SS20 collection is inspired by my lifestyle in Beirut during the summer. The colors are from a recollection of beautiful sunsets, the morning sun and the clear blue sea,” she adds. “Beirut is a very diverse city, not just in terms of people but always as a way of life; you have the amazing nights out, the long laid-back dinners, the family lunches in the mountains outside the city and the beach life at your doorstep.”

Henry Jacques launches new collection at Galeries Lafayette Doha

Henry Jacques is one of the niche brands at ABA Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha. In May 2020, the French Haute Parfumerie revived a sense of grandeur and historic rituals with its Royal Cabinet, a meticulously hand-crafted chest designed to house a personal assortment of perfumes.

 

Hand-crafted for one’s personal collection of essences, Royal Cabinet is the latest addition to the most-desired items list at Galeries Lafayette Doha.

 

An immaculate accessory for the collector of fine scents, the Royal Cabinet is a culmination of the Maison’s years of immense know-how – to fill within the cabinet is a real pleasure, allowing one to compose a perfume wardrobe that truly encapsulates ‘you’. 

 

In crafting the Royal Cabinet, several artforms intertwine with French expertise. The Perfumier and Malletier, or trunk-maker, work hand-in-hand to create the masterpiece. Materials are of the finest quality; the outer cabinet made from the finest lamb leather and the inside, filled with magnificent velvet.

 

The Royal Cabinet is a work of art that encapsulates Henry Jacques’s craftsmanship and commitment to excellence not only in the olfactory sense, but also the visual.

Ali Bin Ali Holding Fashion and Galeries Lafayette holds general assembly for staff

With the aim of sharing the vision and strategy for the business in the coming months, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha organized a general assembly session for their staff.

The gathering was held on December 27, 2019 at Em Sheriff Restaurant in Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The assembly focused on sharing the global financial picture and challenges for the division.

Speaking about the event, Head of Retail – Galeries Lafayette Doha Ms. Hadami Magtouf said: “It is very important to make sure that all staff members are aligned with the vision of the business. Only then can we expect them to deliver their best.

“This assembly will not only update them about the future business strategy but also give an overview of the division’s goals.”

The assembly was a part of the employee engagement program of ABA Holding and the opportunity was also used to award the deserving employees of ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette.

Adding a fun element to the event, a musical performance was presented by Ahmed Amri, Ahmed Hadriche and Youssef Ghazaoui. The evening concluded with a scrumptious buffet at Em Sherif.

Dohatna Innovative Distribution hosts exclusive Galaxy Fold event in Qatar

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Dohatna Innovative Distribution, the official partner of Samsung Electronics, organized a special event in Doha on November 27 to offer high-profile guests a first-hand experience of the Galaxy Fold and a chance to discover Samsung’s largest-ever mobile display as well as multiple functionalities.

The exclusive event highlighted how the Galaxy Fold brings together the best of the smartphone and tablet experiences, folding them into one device.

 

Present at the exclusive event, held at Galeries Lafayette Doha’s Wahaj restaurant in 21 High st –Katara, were the Chairman & President of Ali Bin Ali Holding, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali; Vice-Chairman & EVP of Ali Bin Ali Holding, Mr. Nabeel Ali Bin Ali; General Manager of Dohatna Innovative Distribution, Mr. Mohammad Imran; Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Qatar & Kuwait, Mr. JungHeum Shin; and other officials from Dohatna’s Samsung Qatar team.

 

Welcoming everyone, Mr. Adel Ali Bin Ali said: “We are glad to be a part of this new chapter of mobile device history in Qatar. Our relationship with Samsung Electronics is not new and we hope to join hands with them in launching many more innovative products in Qatar.”

 

The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch cover display and, when unfolded, the device reveals the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, offering endless multitasking possibilities. The Galaxy Fold is also equipped with six versatile cameras from cover to cover, allowing you to snap a photo whenever and wherever while offering you flexibility in function as well as form. With a next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM, the Galaxy Fold can achieve powerful performance.

 

Mr. JungHeum Shin said: “Samsung and Dohatna Innovative Distribution share a long-standing partnership and are continually looking for new ways to deliver the best possible mobile experiences to customers in Qatar. The category-defining Galaxy Fold is designed to inspire and unlock new mobile experiences, as evident in today’s event.”

 

The Galaxy Fold comes with 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage in Space Silver and Cosmos Black colors.

Galeries Lafayette Doha launches Qatari luxury Abaya brand Malachite

Celebrating the creations of yet another local talent, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha has launched luxury abaya brand Malachite by Qatari designer Amna Abdulwahab. Founded in 2017 in Doha, Malachite offers elegant handmade couture abaya using the finest silk, the best Swarovski crystals and the most exquisite pearls.

The boutique was ceremoniously launched on November 21, 2019 where the guests enjoyed the first look of Malachite’s Capsule Collection created exclusively for Galeries Lafayette Doha, while sipping on some Arabic coffee. The perfectly set Arabic ambiance reflected the brand’s philosophy that luxury is an experience.

Addressing her audience, Amna Abdulwahab said: “We are glad to be a part of Galeries Lafayette Doha, especially because we share the Parisian Department Store’s vision of bringing together art and culture. This collaboration will introduce a new chapter in the world of abaya fashion. Malachite is all about empowering women as we believe that with the right abaya, you can conquer the world.”

The name Malachite means a stone of balance, abundance, manifestation and intention. It represents personal growth and abundance of spirit. The signature green color of the brand symbolizes the rich and verdant hues of nature in full bloom.

The luxury brand’s vision and interest in details is portrayed in the fine selection of accessories and embellishments and delicate designs that manifest the luxurious experience of abaya couture. Their distinguished work ensures excellence and a touch of finesse and couture in the making of abayas.

ABA Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha opens first MZ Skin boutique in Qatar

As one of the latest addition to the Parisian Department store, Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Galeries Lafayette Doha launched the luxury skincare brand MZ Skin in October 2019.

Founded by Dr. Maryam Zamani, a highly respected Oculoplastic Surgeon & Facial Aesthetics doctor, MZ SKIN is an award-winning skincare brand that performs, with a focus on anti-ageing and skin health.

With her vast experience in surgery and skin rejuvenation, Dr. Zamani is an anti-ageing powerhouse; the launch of her brand three years ago has changed the perception of clinical skincare from purely functional to a sensory experience.

Treasured by A-list and Royal clientele including Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arizona Muse, Selma Blair and Princess Charlene of Monaco, MZ Skin is a perfect addition to the exclusive brand portfolio of Galeries Lafayette Doha.

ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrate successful implementation of FORWARD

After the successful implementation and stabilization of the FORWARD application in the divisions, Ali Bin Ali Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha celebrated the efficient automation of the work process in their divisions on May 23, 2019.

 

The two divisions, which have the same management and a similar workflow, worked on the project together and also went live on the same day. For both the divisions, FORWARD automated the Finance modules and interfaced with the Oracle Retail application.

 

Mr. David Miller, General Manager for both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, was present on the occasion – heading a proud team that did an extraordinary job while implementing the application. The event was also attended by FORWARD project sponsor Mr. Mohamad Ebrik and members of the FORWARD PMO team.

 

“I thank the team for all the efforts you have put in. We were trying to integrate multiple operations during the transition process and the dedication everyone showed without any complaint was really commendable. You worked late on weeknights and also on the weekend to make this possible. Of course, we have some tiny issues and I know we will overcome those over time and reach the level we desire,” Mr. Miller said.

 

Mr. Ebrik explained, “We were very apprehensive when we started implementation of the FORWARD project at Galeries Lafayette Doha, ABA Fashion and 21 High st simultaneously. There was a lot happening at the same time. New businesses were opening, FORWARD was being applied, RetailTech – which is another first-time project for Galeries Lafayette and ABA Fashion, annual budget. But when we gave the go ahead, everybody was focused on making it happen. This is one of the key success areas as we did not drag the project and the objective was to complete it fast, even with so many other things happening in parallel. We received so much positivity from the division – it really helped us.”

 

The occasion was also the perfect stage to bring the FORWARD heroes in the divisions under the spotlight. While the entire team got together and made their contribution to this success, it was a couple of members who played a particularly pivotal role. Dilif Kumar Tripura – Management Accountant of Galeries Lafayette Doha, and Samuel Maina – Accounts Assistant at ABA Fashion, were honored with the FORWARD hero title from the divisions.

 

Depicting the glamorous business of both ABA Fashion and Galeries Lafayette Doha, a huge banner replicating the Hollywood walk of fame was set up. All members from both the divisions who worked on the FORWARD project put their handprint on the stars and signed on it to mark their feat.

 

With the much-anticipated opening of Galleries Lafayette in Qatar and ABA Fashion introducing a couple of new stores, it was an intensive journey for the team to implement the FORWARD application. The shift to the new system marked a watershed in the way the divisions function, adding a lot of automation and producing error-free results.