During my recent trip to Moscow with ‘Moscow Seasons‘ (see posts here and here), I called at TSUM (ЦУМ), Moscow’s most fashionable department store. Located in the Tverskoy District just next to The Bolshoi Theatre, TSUM is managed by the Mercury Group – Russia’s largest luxury goods distributor, with more than 20-years’ experience in fashion retail.
The store has more than 110 years of history to its name and a well-deserved reputation as one the Moscow’s architectural and historic landmarks. It was in fact Russia’s first department store, founded by merchants Andrew Muir and Archibald Mirrielees. After moving from St. Petersburg to Moscow, they bought a building on the Teatralnaya Ploshad, and hired the famous Russian architect R.I. Klein to undertake the new project – the same architect who is behind the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
Then known as ‘Muir & Mirrielees’, it was the first store to house a perfumery department, even ahead of Selfridges. It later become known as TSUM (Central Department Store) during the Soviet period.
The department store covers an area of 70,000 square metres and offers a welcoming environment to global travellers and international shoppers. In fact, TSUM has made a…