Ladurée’s refined atmosphere, laden with history,
caught the attention of David Holder and his father Francis Holder, founder of the Holder Group.
In 1993, with his father’s help, David Holder bought the mythical Ladurée tea room on rue Royale, waking the sleeping beauty from her long slumber.
Four years later, encouraged by the success of the rue Royale store, the Ladurée tea room and boutique on the Champs-Elysées, decorated by Jacques Garcia, opened its doors in a blaze of glory.
Openings in other prestigious locations came to follow:
in 2002, the rue Bonaparte won over the left bank, in the old gallery of one of the post-war era’s “great ladies” of interior design, Madeleine Castaing.
In 2005, a store in London’s Harrods marked the start of an international adventure.
David Holder’s knack for finding the spots best suited to the spirit of Ladurée, along with an inestimable flair for launching new ventures,
has led to inauguration of over one hundred sales points across the world.
In 2008, the first store launched in Japan, in parallel
with the opening of the first Ladurée Bar in Paris on rue Lincoln ;
a fresh venue that backs on to the Champs-Elysées store, but tells a whole new story.
The fairy tale of Versailles came next, with a store opening in the castle’s Royal Court the following year.
2011 was New York’s Madison Avenue.
2012 was a big year, with a host of of new arrivals ;
in Japan, the cosmetics line Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée (which would be launched in France the following year),
in Switzerland, the opening of a Ladurée manufacture in Enney, and in France, the new chocolate line Marquis De Ladurée launched on rue de Castiglione in Paris.
This year also saw new boutiques in Hong Kong, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Sao Paulo, and Stockholm.
2013 to the present day has seen arrivals in Singapore, Florence, Bucharest, Soho in New York (the first tea room restaurant),
Miami, Bangkok, Brussels, Azerbaijan, Dubai, the Philippines, and Luxembourg.