The retailer will open its doors in Mumbai and New Delhi through an exclusive partnership agreement with local fashion group Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., and will launch a dedicated website for the country. The 86,000 sq ft (8.000m2) space in the southern city of Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2024. Virgile & Partners will helm the project, which will be housed inside two century-old buildings in the historic Fort district. The store will carry more than 200 local and international brands, with personalized shopping, digital check-in and omnichannel connections to cater to the ‘Millennial luxury’ customer.
The second location in India’s capital will open in the upscale DLF Emporio shopping centre in a 60,000 sq ft (5.400m2) space there. Aditya Birla operates 3,500 stores across India, with a mix of international and local brands in single and multibrand retailers, as well as being the distributor of American Eagle, Fred Perry, Hackett London, Ralph Lauren, Reebok and Ted Baker in the country. The India outposts are part of Galeries Lafayette’s plan to open 20 stores outside of France by 2025, with a focus on China, Asia and the Middle East.