Aditya Birla Group Partners with Galeries Lafayette, Open Luxury Department Store
Aditya Birla Group Partners with Galeries Lafayette, Open Luxury Department Store

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) enters into a strategic partnership with Galeries Lafayette, renowned globally for its flagship location at Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, to open luxury department stores and a dedicated e-commerce platform in India. The flagship stores in Mumbai and Delhi will bring more than 200 luxury and designer brands under one roof. 

The 90,000 square feet flagship store in Mumbai is expected to be operational by 2024. It will be housed across two historic buildings that recently heralded their century at the heritage precinct of Fort, the leading commercial and cultural hub of the city. The building is currently being designed by the architectural firm Virgile and Partners, which has worked extensively on storied department stores globally. Pike Preston is the advisor on record for this collaboration.

The 65,000 square feet store in Delhi, expected to be operational in 2025, will be at DLF Emporio, one of India’s largest luxury malls. Galeries Lafayette, Delhi will complement the current offering at the mall with a set of young, exciting designer brands across multiple categories.

Ashish Dikshit, MD, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited said, “This is a coming-of-age moment for Indian luxury. India is now home to a generation of young and affluent consumers with global exposure, who are willing to spend on the finer things in life. This is visible in the boom and dynamism of the luxury market. The partnership with Galeries Lafayette is a ringing endorsement of India’s significance as a global luxury market and a future engine of growth for luxury brands. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail’s deep and nuanced understanding of the Indian landscape on the back of our portfolio of designer brands, combined with Galeries Lafayette’s global experience, will enable us to create a world-class destination for Indian consumers and global luxury brands.

Nicolas Houzé, CEO, Galeries Lafayette, and BHV Marais said, “We are proud to expand our international footprint in such a prestigious and refined market as India, where we believe our brand can benefit from a strong potential. It is also a new illustration of our ambition to reach 20 stores abroad, with a primary focus on China, Asia, and the Middle East by 2025.  We are very pleased to be working with Aditya Birla Group on this project, with whom we share the same values and vision on retail, and are convinced that they are the right partner to enable us to meet the expectations of Indian customers.

Galeries Lafayette’s experience-focused design and proposition around entertainment, technology, and engagement will be brought to life through installations, pop-ups, innovative events, and food and beverage explorations. Backed by personal stylists and Omni-channel-enabled connected shopping, the stores will provide a 360-degree retail experience that speaks directly to customers’ needs. 

 
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[Funding Alert] Salty Bags Rs 5.4 cr from Marquee Investors
[Funding Alert] Salty Bags Rs 5.4 cr from Marquee Investors
 

Salty has successfully raised Rs 5.4 crore in a recent funding round, securing support from marquee investors: Anicut Capital, All in Capital, Suashish Diamonds, JK Group, and other investors.

Founded with a vision to redefine fashion jewelry, Salty has rapidly become a beacon of style, resonating with consumers seeking distinctive and expressive accessories. This recent funding milestone not only highlights the brand's growing popularity but also signifies a new chapter in Salty's journey. The funds will be strategically used to foster team expansion and launch a new product range, as the brand continues its mission to provide high-quality and affordable fashion accessories to consumers.

"We are thrilled to have such experienced consumer space investors as partners. Their support speaks volumes about the potential that is there in this space and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. This is not just a financial milestone; it's a testament to the hard work of our team and the unwavering support of our community. We aim to achieve 40 crore annual revenue run rate in 2024 and expand our design range to include over 3000 products,” said Kanishka Garg, Twishaa Gupta, and Sonaal Goel, Co-Founders of Salty.

We are excited to back Salty's vision of bringing high-quality and affordable accessories to Indian consumers. Salty has shown exceptional efficiency in its one-year journey. We believe that Salty has the potential to become a key player in the e-commerce and jewelry space. We look forward to collaborating closely with the Salty team to achieve their ambitious goals and contribute to their continued success," said Ajay Anand, Partner, Anicut Capital.

Ashish Goenka of the Suashish Group mentioned, "We were impressed by the team and think that this venture is aligned with the emergence of fashion accessories as a category today's generation is in tune with. The team has come up with unique designs which demonstrate that they have a pulse on what younger generations want."

With over a year under its belt, Salty has become one of India's fastest-growing accessories brands, having fulfilled more than one lakh orders. The brand's encouraging history is demonstrated by its approval into the Startup India Seed Fund program and a community of 100K followers on Instagram.

Salty is poised to strategically deploy the raised capital to fuel several key initiatives. These include recruiting for key positions, expanding channels, and fortifying the brand's digital presence with the release of an App, propelling them towards the ambitious milestone of becoming a 100-crore company in the next few years.

 

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