jakarta's retail landscape has been void of a diversity in quality brands for a long time, lagging far behind many of asia's leaading cities. those who could afford it would hop on a plane to singapore, hong kong or even further away to stock up on the very latest trophy items. but the tide is slowly turning. after a previous upswing in luxury retail, expansion was hampered by global recession in 2008. but indonesia's economy is once again steaming ahead and has seen unprecedented growth rates these past few years. now hailed by experts as southeast asia's biggest luxury goods market to be, foreign brands are eager to open up shop, allowing the indonesian capital to make up for lost time, and in a big, big way. indicative of this trend is the recent galeries lafayette opening, a joint-venture between the famed parisian department store and leading local retailer mitra adiperkasa.
located at pacific place, arguably the city's swankiest mall, the store occupies a multi-storey space of over 12,000 sqm. [134,549 sq.ft.]. the store design is conceptualized around the theme one day in paris, and has obviously taken cues from the iconic dome of the galeries lafayette store in paris and various elements inherent of the french capital. the ground floor presents the store's beauty section with various branded cosmetics and frangrance counters. the selection also includes exclusive niche brands, and there's also a multibrand boutique for men. the first and second floors present a myriad of women's apparel collections, lingerie and once again shoes. on the third floor the men's domain is situated, featuring a great variety of leisure menswear and shoes.
the new galeries lafayette store aims to be a one-stop shop for the city's fashion-savvy community, offering no less than 330 top brands of which quite a few are exclusive to the store. the fashion brand list includes coveted names such as vanessa bruno, stella mccartney, sonia by sonia rykiel, mcq by alexander mcqueen and marc by marc jacobs for women, and façonnable, ben sherman, zadig & voltaire, new balance and brooks brothers for men. complementing the the range of goods are the handy services of an in-house fashion advisor and a tailor. and while you're out there power-shopping, the department store boasts no less than four restaurants, each with a distinct gourmet menu, and where you can recharge on a wide variety of tasty bites and drinks for your next session. location: pacific place, jalan sudirman 52-53, ground floor [senayan].