A Destination for Fashion and Lifestyle in Oslo

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Paleet Shopping Center on Oslo’s main street,  Karl Johansgate, reopened on Wednesday of this week.

Artisans have labored strenuously since June of last year building space for almost 30 fashion and lifestyle stores and ten restaurants, showcasing real lifestyle in Oslo. 

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Get ready to shop “til you drop” as you are guaranteed to find delights that you have never seen nor tasted before and will want to see and taste again and again.

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Even with a multitude of temptations,  Paleet feels like an intimate shopping centre and is set to change the way Oslo citizens and visitors shop,  bringing several high-end retailers who will be making their first appearance in the center.

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“This is a totally new shopping experience for Oslo”, says Oystein Aurlien, centre manager of Paleet. “Paleet is a destination for fashion and lifestyle with handpicked shops, products, bars, eateries and restaurants. Central Oslo has been missing good lunch offerings, but that’s history now. I think we may revitalize Central Oslo. The center is going to be a great destination for customers to come to. What we wanted to put here was something that was indicative of the latest styles, the latest fashions and the things that people want”.  Aurlien has been in charge of planning and rebuilding for two and half years.

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Oystein Aurlien, centre manager of KLP Properties’ Paleet, inside the new center in Oslo’s high street.

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In addition to a bookstore, hair salon, pharmacy, and other service providers Paleet will feature stores such as Aphru, by TIMo,  Enzo Poli,  Follestad,  Ilse Jacobsen,  JohnnyLove, Kiman Woman,  Lara, Paleet Pop Up Shop,  Phase Eight, Riccovero, Svean, Timberland, Trent & Trent and Yme.

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The center also features several interesting new cafeterias and restaurants.

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Chef Carlos Portela at El Godo Bodega is busy, preparing a delicious dish.

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Paleet focuses on exclusive materials – even in the interior, which includes wooden walls and leather- and copper-covered pillars.

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The beautifully manicured Follestad Young Men’s Fashion Shop, adorned in wood and new Finnish wooden floors  without formaldehyde, the first in the world, is designed to give visitors a British castle library feeling.

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Store manager William Follestad poses on the floor of the new 500 square meters’ Follestad Store. Follestad operates eight (soon nine) stores in the Oslo area.

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Among the celebrities and artists visiting Paleet on its opening day was artist Petar Tale from the Tale Art Museum. Petar Tale was born in Montevideo but has since 1977 lived and worked in Norway.

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Text and photos: Tor Kjolberg