Leica stores (standalone) and boutiques (within a camera store).

Leica Acquires Rahn AG, Foto & Fine Art

In a not entirely surprising move, Leica Camera AG, through their newly create subsidiary Leica Camera Frankfurt GmbH - has acquired Rahn AG Foto & Fine Art located in Frankfurt. The business activities of Rahn AG will continue as before and its directors Qaiser R. Malik and Nicolas Uhl, the grandson of the company founder Georg Rahn, now hold slightly more than 25 per cent of Leica Camera Frankfurt GmbH - and have been appointed its managing directors. Leica Camera AG thus holds almost 75 per cent of the company’s shares. All parties have agreed that no financial details will be disclosed. More or less the exact same deal was done when Leica Acquired Majority Stake in Leica Shop/Westlicht in Austria back in July. Read more below for details.

New Leica Store in Jakarta Opens

Leica has opened its latest store in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is located in the Plaza Senayan Lantai 3 #324B (Jalan Asia Afrika No.8), Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 10270, Indonesia. Their phone number is +62 21 57906066. It is the 8th location in Asia after China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Read more below for details!


Leica M ($750) and Lenses ($250) Off in US/CA

The Leica M (Type 240) is now $750 off and many M lenses $250 off in the U.S.A. and Canada! Adorama has the prices posted for the M in silver and black, B&H in silver and black and Leica Store Miami in silver and black. The special runs from November 15, 2014 through January 31, 2015! Expect more to follow suit. Read more below for details and links on these deals, as well as an important update!

UK-Based Jessops Becomes Leica Dealer

The UK-based retailer Jessops (with stores across the UK) is now an official Leica dealer, as announced by Leica Camera UK. Read more below for full details.


German Luxury Brands Flirt with Japan

It should come as no surprise to La Vida Leica regulars that Leica Camera AG has a growing (if not popular) presence in Japan. In fact, the most recent and ambitious (if not coolest) Leica Store resides in Kyoto. An article over on Wirtschafts Woche ("Business Weekly") examines the growing trend across multiple German luxury brands to establish a foothold there. Due, in part, to the falling demand in China (not because of the products, but rather the environment there). Check out the article, "German luxury manufacturers flirt with Japan" (in German). Read more below for translated excerpt!

Leica Store Kyoto - A Report

Our Twitter friend Jeremiah Rogers was traveling to Kyoto, Japan - so of course we suggested that he check out Leica Store Kyoto. Turns out it was a great experience and one he truly enjoyed. Check out some more info on those olive limited edition MP and X2 cameras.
Other than the insanely expensive cameras the internal architecture of the Kyoto Leica store is fascinating. Just you might imagine an Apple store could be if it had lower volume. The upstairs is literally a gallery showing photography made with Leica cameras.

The Gardens Mall Leica Boutique Opens

Leica has opened their latest boutique; this time in The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur. The new outlet is owned and operated by Keat Camera, who also run the Starhill Gallery outlet. Keat Camera has its photography and camera roots dating back to 1980 when ardent photography fan Tan Chor Kiak aka Ah Keat started repairing Leica cameras as a mainstay. Tan’s son, Raymond has taken over the helm and continues to impart knowledge and share the unique Leica experience with fans and enthusiasts alike. Tan has the expert assistance of Woo Kien Ping, also better known as Leicawoo in the local photography scene. With imaging experience of over 40 years, the veteran is regarded as an expert in Leica cameras and sports optics.