Flânerie Colbert Abu Dhabi is a Francophile's paradise

The month-long immersive program will see all the big fashion houses bring their best to the region
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Flânerie Colbert Abu Dhabi is a Francophile's paradise

Lovers of French heritage brands are in for a treat this autumn as The Galleria Al Maryah Island has officially launched Flânerie Colbert Abu Dhabi, a series by Comité Colbert in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.

Taking place from 12 November until 14 December, activations at Louvre Abu Dhabi, the House of Artisans, The Galleria Al Maryah Island and at Abu Dhabi Art with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, will promote cross-cultural dialogue between France and the UAE.

The event was inaugurated with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at The Galleria in the presence of HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, Guillaume de Seynes, Chairman of the Board of Comité Colbert, Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes, President & CEO of Comité Colbert and Ali Eid Almheiri, Executive Director of Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure, as well as a delegation of 35 Presidents and CEOs of the French luxury brand members of Comité Colbert.

The programme itself is a celebration of some of the world’s most revered luxury French brands, who are hosting a programme of exquisite events, exclusively at The Galleria.

Cartier and Flammarion Beaux Livres are showcasing a stunning collection of fine jewellery which is being shown publicly for the first time. Louis Vuitton is demonstrating its iconic monogram painting technique. Van Cleef & Arpels is hosting a jewellery workshop, while Chloé and Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique are lifting the veil on house secrets in their project about ‘Colours’. Hermès is focussing on those with a passion for horse-riding by giving them the chance to explore the art of saddle making with a special demonstration.

Guests of Boucheron can discover Ercuis and the Château de Fontainebleau, and admire the garden of the senses created by Bernardaud, Christofle and Guerlain at their special pop-up space.

Baccarat and Christian Dior are honouring 70 years of close collaboration in creating exquisite objects of desire, while the five-house group consisting of Hermès, Parfums Hermès, John Lobb, Puiforcat and Saint Louis will be performing a scenography conceived by a duo of contemporary artists.

Chanel is featuring the Hôtel Ritz Paris and La Monnaie de Paris, expressing the spirit of French Art de Vivre, while Celine is showcasing a new line of perfumes at its designated pop-up, while Hôtel Le Bristol, Christofle and Robert Haviland & C.Parlon also join this prestigious collective.

Speaking about the partnership, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi shared: “Flânerie Colbert Abu Dhabi represents the first time the combined French luxury brands have collaborated on such an endeavour, and as such this is a seminal moment for the emirate and for the region.”

“The building of cultural bridges is a fundamental aspect of DCT Abu Dhabi’s mandate, as we reflect the openness of wider Emirati society, and its enthusiasm for embracing other cultures, and for sharing Emirati culture with the world. In this respect, Flânerie Colbert will bring together artisan skills, contemporary creation and the very best of both Emirati and French cultures,” he added.

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