by Amanda Mohar
August 15th, 2013

Weber Shandwick has been named agency of record for French high-fashion department store Galeries Lafayette in China.

A top international department store offering a diverse mix of the world’s best-known fashion brands, Galeries Lafayette will team up with Hong Kong department store I.T. to appeal to the unique fashions and style of Chinese consumers. The store, its first in China and second in Asia, is scheduled to open in September.

Weber Shandwick will provide a full range of services for Galeries Lafayette, including media relations, key opinion leader and stakeholder engagement, social media communications, and a variety of project-based activities both on and offline.

Speaking about the firm’s appointment, Galeries Lafayette (Beijing) marketing director, Venus Chan, said, “Weber Shandwick has a deep understanding of the Chinese market and consumer brands. We believe that with Weber Shandwick’s fashion and commercial experience and strong influencer relationships, Galeries Lafayette will be able to effectively combine the concept of Parisian lifestyle and fashion, authentic French cuisine, and fine wine in its Beijing debut, sharing our belief that ‘fashion belongs to everyone’. ”

“We are honoured to leverage our insights into the China market to provide support to Galeries Lafayette,” said Darren Burns, Weber Shandwick’s managing director in China. “The Galeries Lafayette brand has a long culture of cutting-edge fashion, and we are excited to help them connect with Chinese consumers in a meaningful way.”

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