La Samaritaine closed its doors in 2005 following fire safety concerns but after undergoing a bold and innovative renovation project, the iconic LVMH-owned department store is finally reopening this June 19, 2021.
The transformation of the mythic department store was spearheaded by a dream team consisting of Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese firm Sanaa, French architect Édouard François, American designer Peter Marino and heritage specialist Jean-François Lagneau.
Originally founded in 1870 by Ernest Coagnacq and Louise Jaÿ as a small family boutique, it then transformed into a shopping destination that revolutionised traditional distribution. Thanks to its ideal location, situated between the Louvre and Notre Dame, it became an architectural masterpiece with its blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Now, following an LVMH-backed almost US$1 billion renovation project, La Samaritaine is set to become one of the most expensive department stores in the world, catering to the crazy rich.