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

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.


Leica Hires New Head of Marketing

Oliver Kaltner (45) has been elected to the Leica Camera AG Board of Directors, as head of Marketing, Sales and Retail. Most recently he was General Manager at Microsoft Germany GmbH, and also worked for Sky AG, Sony Germany GmbH, Electronic Arts Inc. and Nike GmbH. Read more below for the press release.


Leica Store San Francisco Grand Opening

We were the first to bring you news of the Leica Store San Francisco to Open and kept you updated on the progress... Well, that exciting time has come - and the grand opening is upon us! Leica Store San Francisco is the largest Leica store on the west coast and in partnership with Camera West of Walnut Creek and Rancho Mirage there will be events on August 15th-17th. The store is located in San Francisco's historical district at 463 Bush Street, across the street from the Chinatown Gate. Read more below for the press release and details!