(Source: Inside Retail Philippines | 18 April 2016)
Blims Lifestyle Group, a leading furniture distributor in the Philippines, has brought French furniture maker Gautier into the country.
Gautier has opened its first store in the Philippines, its second in Asia after South Korea. The store is located in Shangri-La Hotel at BGC in Taguig.
Gautier is the fifth of Blims Lifestyles’ concept stores. Others include ready-to-use and ready-to-deliver furniture grounded in convenience and practicality.
Gautier export manager Herve Soulard said the Philippines is a rising market.
Gautier’s next stops in Asia are Singapore and Indonesia, according to David Soulard, Guatier France CEO, who was in Manila for the launch at BGC.
It took Blims Lifestyle a year to persuade the French furniture maker to open its first store in the Philippines, said Blims’ Gautier Philippines GM Katrina Samantha Lim.
“This is our first time to venture into the high-end market. Blims Lifestyle has a defined customer base and we are very confident that this new concept will have its own following soon,” Lim said.
She noted that more Filipino families are moving into the upper segment of the market, given their rising incomes and better opportunities in an expanding economy.
Gautier, which started as a manufacturer of children’s furniture, was the first French furniture manufacturer to have obtained triple QSE (quality safety and environment) certification. Its pieces range from utilitarian living room ensembles to dining sets and even office staples.