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About IGDS

IGDS is the largest Association for Department Stores worldwide, providing support to more than 40 leading Department Stores in the world.
The Group was founded in 1946 in Switzerland by eight European Department Stores, willing to develop common synergies.
IGDS is a non-profit organization and the co-operation between members is based on voluntary partnership, mutual interest and mutual trust.

This co-operation works at international level and Paolo De Cesare, Chairman & CEO, Printemps and IGDS President found the right words to describe it:

"The Department Store offers a unique human and sensory expertise based on great brands, animation and services. Our mission is to meet and exceed a customer's desire for quality, surprise, discovery and pleasure.I am convinced that our commitment to provide a unique and entertaining shopping experience is more relevant than ever in the current environment".