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A Classic Revisited

On my recent retail safari I dropped into Samaritaine in Paris.

Shuttered in 2005, it was acquired and restored by LVMH and re-opened last year. Now a bastion of luxury, the old, Pont Neuf, side has been lovingly restored and the Rue de Rivoli side makes a 21st century design statement with its undulating glass facade.

It's extremely upmarket and jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Who said the department store was dead?


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