Though nowadays online-shopping rules the retail world, let’s be real, there is something about offline stores that makes it just can’t be easily replaced. Of course, online-shopping probably is much more convenient for most of the people who are busy or just being lazy to get their butt moved, but with the offline-stores, you can definitely experience much more with those merchandises on the selling-racks, or even the avant-garde décor that they had. That, to be said, a classic department store is one of the places where you can get the real shopping experience.
So here, we are giving you our picks on the best department stores in the world, that are worthy for every of your penny!
1. LE BON MARCHE
The number one Paris shopping experience that we consider the BEST! The department store also considered to be the world’s first modern department store, and has been the chicest place to shop since its very first opening, back in 1852. YES ITS OLD.
The luxury dept-store Harrods – London, offered you for an exclusive shopping experience, with its opulent interiors set the stage. They also claimed that all the visitors should have ‘enjoy an exemplary level of care, outstanding personal service and a brand of magic experience’ that they offered on the store. If it’s not even close to enough for you, Harrods also provided you with 21 dining options from a healthful cafe to a refined afternoon tea parlour and caviar bar.
Did you know? Harry Gordon, Founder of Selfridge was actually a novel marketer! He pioneered the concept of shopping for pleasure, rather than necessity back in the early 1900s when he opened Selfridges for the very first time in London. Today, Selfridges stores are known for their unique architecture and beautiful windows, as well as for their great shopping, and even named the ‘best department store in the world’!
4. ISETAN SHINJUKU
The Japanese famed department store in Japan always offering ‘something new’ for their customer, every day. The store also known to regularly commissions Japanese artists to design the window displays. Based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Isetan has branches throughout Japan and South East Asia, including in Bangkok, Jinan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Shanghai, Singapore and Tianjin, and formerly in Hong Kong, Kaohsiung, London, and Vienna.
5. LA RINASCENTE
La Rinascente is most known for its whimsy and humorous window displays, which comes alive around different campaign points of the year, not least Milan Design Week. The Design Supermarket is a destination in its own right for covetable interior homewares, collectibles and art pieces. The constant arrival of new brands, unique commodities and the latest exclusive products of the retailer also made the store the focal point for the high-end shopping in the city.
6. BERGORF GOODMAN
Many says that Bergdorf Goodman is the Upper East Side shopping experience in New York. It offers you eight floors of designer fashion whilst the dressing rooms boast enviable views of Central Park, completed with a famed Bridal section where consultants are ready to assisting visitors.
7. LANE CRAWFORD
Whilst other department stores have diversified their offerings, Lane Crawford is dedicating theirs to a strong fashion offering, specializing in menswear and womenswear, with a supporting tight edit of gifts and lifestyle items. To this day, the retailer has nine stores across Hong Kong and China.
8. HANKYU MEN’S
From sophisticated styles to high-quality mainstream fashions, Hankyu Men’s stocks a range of the world’s leading brands and is one of the largest men fashion store in Japan. The Japanese department store brand also offers a broader mix of merchandise than its Taiwanese counterparts. Thus, it is also an all-in-one destination for shopping, dining and relaxing.
9. HARVEY NICHOLS
Harvey Nichols is said to be famed for its range of highly tasteful wardrobe edits, home decorations and fragrances. The high-style services available in-store include a modern grooming parlor, a concierge service, a made-to-measure service and a handbag clinic. The department store also provides you a Cafe for alfresco dining or afternoon tea.
10. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
If you seek the ‘all-in-one’ retail and entertainment destination, Saks Fifth Avenue might be the right place for you. The retailer also offers an array of concept projects and retail innovations, such as The Wellery Department, a 360° take on wellness from avocado juice kiosks to in-store group bootcamps and vegan nontoxic nail treatments, and Salt Rooms, a phone-booth sized pods that exude pink salt mist.