63 years ago, the large, sun-lit building standing tall at the back of a courtyard in Paris’ 7th arrondissement opened as a French theater, the Théâtre de Babylone. However, due to financial difficulties, it soon closed. The Lebanese designer, Rabih Kayrouz, has long called this theater his atelier; and in this same space, he has crafted his clothes. He opens his doors to press and buyers twice a year to show his collections during Paris ready-to-wear week. Now, he will open those doors even wider as a portion of the atelier will present the collections to the public and offer clients with a couture experience while shopping.
Up until now, Maison Rabih Kayrouz has been internationally distributed via retailers like D’NA in KSA and AlOthman in Kuwait; certainly it could have afforded itself the luxury of opening a boutique in Paris years ago. Speaking with Style.com/Arabia, Rabih Kayrouz explained, “After opening our first flagship in Beirut in 2010, it is natural to move forward and open the doors to our beautiful and unique atelier in Paris.” Clients can expect various atmospheres at the boutique, depending on the day, the event, and even the client. “The couture atelier is connected to the store by simple stairs, it will offer the occasion to our clients to experiment and understand the couture process and French know-how,” the designer added.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz, 38 Boulevard Raspail, 75007, Paris