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By Fiona Hurrell, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The newest and most extravagant shopping mall in the Cidade Maravilhosa, ‘The Village’ celebrated its grand opening last night amongst key fashion industry figures, business entrepreneurs and selected press. Situated in the city’s nouveaux rich Barra da Tijuca, The Village hosts a number of luxury stores including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Cartier and many more.

For some of these brands, like Gucci, it spells their first appearance as a store in Rio. Urias Tarques Jr. manages the new Gucci store and explains, “The mall is the perfect . . .

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