Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera Inc. will debut its new retail concept in North America with the opening of the Leica Store in Washington, DC, located at 977 F Street, NW, in the heart of downtown Washington’s Penn Quarter.
The store, which will celebrate its official grand opening on May 2 and May 3, will feature the entire Leica photography and sport optics product portfolio. A lifestyle destination, the Leica Store will provide customers the opportunity to discover the art of photography with a retail space, a photography gallery featuring exhibitions shot with the Leica portfolio and a studio set up to demonstrate the Leica S system.
“Perfect for Leica enthusiasts, professional photographers and new customers alike, the Leica Store Washington, DC, creates a completely immersive experience into the world of photography,” said Roland Wolff, director of Corporate Retail at Leica Camera Inc. “Leica Camera has always represented the best in German engineering and the special culture of the picture. We are now able to offer a complete showcase for our products and services as well as a creative setting for our customers, bringing this central mission to life in a new way.”
Keeping in line with Leica Camera’s commitment to increasing the enjoyment of photography and deepening photographic knowledge, the store will also be the setting for the Leica Akademie workshops. In addition, it will be designated as an S2 pro dealership and provide specialized demonstrations, consultations and support for professional photographers utilizing this digital camera system. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of retail and photographic professionals will deliver information and advice. The Leica Store Washington DC will be open seven days a week and customers may schedule private appointments.
To celebrate the grand opening of the Washington, DC, location, Leica Camera will host programming throughout a two-day event May 2-3, which includes workshops highlighting Leica’s product portfolio, a cocktail hour for professional photographers and an official opening ceremony showcasing the new setting to invited guests. The gallery space will feature an exhibition by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Peter Turnley.
As part of a new Leica lecture series, Turnley will present “Peter Turnley: Moments of the Human Condition” on May 2. Attendees will not only view Turnley’s iconic photographs but also hear the stories behind the images that have shaped views of world history from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe to the devastation at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 and most recently, the turning point in the Egyptian Revolution.
Leica Stores are designed to complement its dealer network and to further grow the brand in North America. At present, Leica Camera has confirmed two additional store locations in the United States slated to open later this year, Leica Store New York SoHo and Leica Store Miami. Additionally, the company’s store-in-store concept will continue to expand with the Leica Boutique in Rancho Mirage, California (located at Camera West), and Leica Boutique in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada (located at Broadway Camera). leica-store-dc.com