How upscale department stores are reinvigorating themselves

On a recent Sunday, when stores in Paris are usually closed, Le Bon Marché was not only open and jammed with Christmas shoppers, it was teeming with young children riding a merry-go-round and taking in a puppet show.Partly, this jour exceptionnel was a family-friendly culmination to celebrations of the department store’s 160th anniversary. Earlier this fall, there were also special exhibits (including windows designed by star graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi) and events (for example, a film featuring Catherine Deneuve strolling the department store’s Left Bank neighbourhood).

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