The Liberty Shop is a women’s clothing boutique carrying international and Swiss designers. The store is a small temple to minimalism, and carries classic styles along with a few contemporary ones. In addition to clothing, visitors will find carefully collected accessories, and decorative items like posters, journals, and pillows. White walls and light wood dominate the space, while splashes of color come from the pastel color of a shirt or the flower pattern on a throw rug. The store collaborates with local artisans, including some who make leather goods with traditional tanning techniques.
This men’s clothing and accessories boutique store carries brands from all over the world, though it shows a slight favoritism for those from France, Sweden, and Japan. The store is small, but packed with elegant clothing that adheres to its governing philosophy of “sober originality,” which refers to the style of a city gentleman. If you ask the owner, Mr. Alain himself, he will carefully describe each item in his store, and why he has chosen to sell it. An inspired collection of rucksacks and backpacks from local designers make a visit to Mr. Alain worthwhile.
This lovely small street runs through part of central Lausanne with Rue de La Paix on the east and Place Saint-François on the west. One of the city’s premier high-end shopping locations, the street is bustling with cafes, shops, alleyways, charming buildings, and cobblestones. It’s a pleasure to walk through and a nice place to rub arms with locals. Many stores on the street, which is one of the oldest in the city, sells goods from international luxury brands.
The Aubonne Outlet is the largest discount carrier of major international brands in French-speaking western Switzerland, and a place where shopping for name brands can be had guilt-free. Here, more than 50 boutique shops offer collections of fashion items, shoes, accessories, jewelry, sports equipment, and household items at reduced prices. In addition to the shops, the outlet has relaxation spaces, a printing terminal and photo booth, and several restaurants and cafes. The main draw is the line of clothing brands offered at significant discounts.
This gallery calls itself a “cultural concept store” that mixes modern design with contemporary art, and carries an impressive collection of 20th Century furniture, lighting, and vintage design. The gallery is a taste-maker in international design, and often a stopover for collectors. Midcentury designs from Europe and the United States seem to dominate the collections, and the gallery is the perfect place to find an Eames or Barcelona chair, Danish tables, or industrial desk lamps. There are also exclusive pieces from top designers, and licensed recreations of 20th Century design icons.