Trafalgar Yesterday

Ever since its formation in 1972, the company has steadily emerged locally as one of the key players in the inspiring realm of luxury retailing.

The very humble start of one store managed by the couple as a secondary business to fuel their passion for watches and jewellery beside their already successful venture in real estate. Yahya and Heidi Al Ansari never expect their one store operation to become their major source of income.

Trafalgar was able to quickly develop a reputation of retailing and catering to the growing elite through periods of many economical highs and fantastic growth for Kuwait. But Trafalgar’s true test came through the many tumultuous periods in which the company was able to not only survive, but emerge in a stronger position.

Trafalgar in 1972

Yahya Zakaria Al Ansari, a successful real estate trader decided with his wife Heidi to go for the watches and jewellery business as it was their passion. They sent out letters to a few brands expressing their interest to open a luxury retail store in Kuwait, and they got positive responses. A location for their first store is chosen in the trendy Salem Mubarak shopping district. By the end of 1972, Trafalgar opened its doors for business. It is an instant success due to the very modern and elegant store design that Kuwait had yet to witness in the field of watches and jewellery.

Trafalgar in 1973

Trafalgar shortly establishes itself as one of the leading luxury shopping destinations in Kuwait, with Chopard becoming its key brand.

Trafalgar in 1977

Happy Diamonds by Chopard is launched and is an instant success among Kuwait’s elite circle.

Trafalgar in 1980

St. Moritz collection by Chopard is launched. The world’s first client for this product is a Kuwaiti.

 

Trafalgar in 1985

Mr. Yahya Zakaria Al Ansari passes away and the business is looked after by his wife Heidi Al Ansari.

Trafalgar in 1990

Invasion of Kuwait. Trafalgar’s collection of watches and jewellery, among them some exclusive and rare pieces, is looted.

Trafalgar in Dec. 1991

Trafalgar reopens.

Trafalgar in 1994

Trafalgar opens its second location, located in Salhiya Complex.

Trafalgar in 1997

The first Chopard boutique opens.

Trafalgar in 1999

Trafalgar’s third locations open in Thuraya Mall, Salmiya.

Trafalgar in 2000

Mrs. Heidi Al Ansari passes away. Trafalgar’s helm is taken over by her son, Amer Al Ansari.

Trafalgar in 2002

The fourth location opens in Fanar Mall, Salmiya.

TAG Heuer joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

de Grisogono boutique opens in Salhiya Complex.

Newly enlarged Chopard boutique opens in Salhiya Complex.

Trafalgar in 2003

Trafalgar Marina Mall opens.

The first TAG Heuer boutique opens in Marina Mall.

Trafalgar in 2004

Gucci watches and jewellery joins Trafalgar’s growing portfolio.

Trafalgar in 2005

Dior and Versace watches joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar Al Kout opens.

 

Trafalgar in 2006

Versace boutique opens in Salhiya Complex, Trafalgar’s first venture into fashion.

GF Ferre watches joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar in 2008

Trafalgar in Phase 2, The Avenues opens.

Versus in Phase 2, The Avenues opens.

Salvatore Ferragamo watches join Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar in 2009

Trafalgar partners in Kuwait Luxury to open Patek Philippe boutique in Salhiya Complex.

Trafalgar 360 Mall open.

Swarovski and Givenchy watches join Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar in 2010

Aigner watches and jewellery join Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar decided to move After- sales department from Salmiya to The Avenues.

Trafalgar in 2011

Montegrappa, one of the world’s most reputable pen maker, joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Trafalgar’s in-house magazine, Lahazaat, is launched.

Trafalgar in 2012

Trafalgar establishes CRM and customer care departments.

The first Aigner boutique in Souq Sharq.

Trafalgar in 2013

Chopard boutique in Prestige, The Avenues.

Versace boutique in Prestige, The Avenues.

Introducing Alma boutique being Trafalgar new benchmark of luxury watch and jewellery retailing in Kuwait.

Trafalgar in 2014

Trafalgar main head office was shifted from Al Bida’a location to Salmiya View Tower.

Abriez Awtad Mall opens.

Charriol Phase 2, The Avenues boutique opens.

Trafalgar Gate Mall opens.

Trafalgar in  2015

Abriez Arabia and Promenade Mall opens.

Aigner 360 Mall opens.

Option Zahra Complex opens.

Ardiya office opens –from where sales support, service center, maintenance and facilities, logistics departments are operated.

Trafalgar in 2016

Abriez Boulevard and Sama Mall opens.

Maurice Lacroix brand joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Our First store opens in Saudi Arabia, Aigner Tahlia Mall.

Our second store opens in Saudi Arabia, Aigner Faisaliya Mall.

Trafalgar in 2017

On 15th November 2017, Dr.Mohammad Maarouf joins Trafalgar.

Fendi brand joins Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Our third Aigner store opens in Saudi Arabia, Red Sea Mall.

Trafalgar expanded it’s business in Bahrain by opening Aigner store in City Center.

Trafalgar expanded it’s business in Dubai by opening Aigner stores in Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates and Outlet Village.

Trafalgar expanded it’s business in Abu Dhabi by opening Aigner stores in Marina Mall and Yas Mall.

Trafalgar in 2018

Abriez Al Kout opens.

Abriez Phase 4, The Avenues opens.

Aigner Phase 4, The Avenues opens.

TOUS Phase 4, The Avenues opens.

Chaumet and TOUS brands join Trafalgar’s portfolio.

Aigner Riyadh Park store opens in Saudi Arabia.

Trafalgar expands it’s business into electronics and opens Gait, the first Apple Premium Reseller in Phase 4, The Avenues.