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.
Launched in 1987, Maniak is a cavernous clothing store that carries mostly trendy workwear and costumes and costume accessories. There’s an alternative rock hipster vibe to the place, and it’s just as likely to stock work wear as it is to carry band t–shirts and leather jackets. Think Carhartt and Schott jackets, Dickie’s jeans and shirts, and Freitag shoulder bags. Several rooms are dedicated to costumes, where visitors can find masks, feather boas, faux leather, angels wings, and pretty much anything one would want to create any kind of costume.
Manor is one of the main department stores in the center of town. You can find everything here, from clothes to stationary and electronic goods. There is also a general bookshop. In the basement, a supermarket offers a wide range of fresh produce (fish, meat and vegetables), together with all the usual products. There is also a desk called the Ticket Corner, which sells tickets for various shows throughout Switzerland.
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.
Lausanne sometimes seems over-run with department stores, but this one is a bit more upmarket than the rest. Like Globus, the building itself is not particularly appealing, but once you enter, though, you feel right at home. While not as extravagant as Harrods or Harvey Nichols, you still feel like you have walked into someone's flat. The store's elegance is subtle and understated yet there are enough enticing displays to remind you that you are there to shop. With designers such as Max Mara and Armani every age range is catered to. The BG Cafe is located on the third floor where customers love to relax after an evening of shopping.
Charles-Emile Moinat is an antique dealer and interior design store that has been a family business for several generations. The store, which is inside a pretty building near the waterfront of Lac Lèman, has an impressive collection of antiques including beds, clocks, outdoor furniture, lighting, paintings, mirrors, and many one-of–a-kind items. There a sort of regal elegance to the shop and the aesthetics of the furniture. Visitors are more likely to find a sophisticated 19th Century former family heirloom than a mid-century gem. The store draws antique hunters and designers form Lausanne and abroad, and also offers interior design, carpet and curtain installation, and picture hanging services.
As "the" department store in Lausanne to visit, Globus boasts six floors of goods from fashion to sports equipment, hi-fi's to perfume. Much of what is on offer is what you would expect, but the food section is somewhat better than the rest. Food stalls at every entrance entice you off the streets and once through the dull facade, the interiors are well laid out and spacious. The store's stationary department mixes fun and practicality, and their array of shoes is fantastic. One could spend hours in here.
Soda is a hidden gem of a vintage clothing and jewelry boutique. To venture inside means to wander into a curiosity shop with impressive collections of retro clothing and accessories. Rails and shelves are loaded with mid-century dresses, patterned blouses, leather jackets, unique purses, striking hats, and patent leather shoes. The styles run the gamut from 1950s movie diva to 1970s jean queen, complete with sun-sized sunglasses and belts. Everything about the store is stylized, from the herringbone wooden floors, to the brocade patterns on the wall and plush furniture. Soda seems a little out of step with Lausanne, which prefers subdued styles, but it’s a good thing it exists.