Part of the billionaire Bernard Arnault’s LVMH luxury empire, La Samaritaine is set to reopen next April after a renovation that has taken fifteen years. Previously such destinations used to drive retailing – however the retail industry has been struggling for some time as more and more people are shifting to online shopping.

LVMH is hoping that by tempting people with exclusive fashion lines, niche beauty brands and high-end gastronomy restaurants will help bring local clients back to the store to part with their hard earned money.

‘The Samaritaine has no architectural unity, which isn’t to say it doesn’t have personality, it’s fitting that there should be a strong architectural gesture of the 21st century to complete this new incarnation.‘ – LVMH Chief Financial Officer Jean-Jacques Guiony stated.