Europe has a new destination for prestige shopping, culture and entertainment in Venice. DFS Group, one of the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, opened its doors at T Fondaco dei Tedeschi in the historic heart of the city within a landmark building once famed as a center of commerce between East and West.

Located on the Grand Canal, a few steps away from the Rialto Bridge, the new store occupies one of the city’s most venerated buildings, the 800-year old Fondaco dei Tedeschi, which began its life as a place of exchange for northern merchants and was used for centuries to trade spices, silk and other goods between the Orient and Europe. The renovation of the building was entrusted to architect Rem Koolhaas who, with his architectural firm OMA, has meticulously restored and transformed it into a grand trading emporium spanning four stories.

Inside, a sumptuous interior design by architect Jamie Fobert celebrates the traditional elements, textures and shapes of Venice to produce a truly spectacular store bridging tradition and modernity.

In 1960, Americans Robert Miller and Charles Feeney founded Tourists International, which later became Duty Free Shoppers (DFS), in Hong Kong. For over 55 years, DFS, which is privately held and majority owned by the world’s largest luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), has provided global travellers with luxurious and inspiring shopping experiences around the world.

DFS offers curated collections across three pillars of luxury: beauty, fragrances and well-being, and fashion, watches, jewelry and accessories. The third pillar consists of spirits, wine, tobacco, food and gifts.