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One size does not fit all: how Design4Retail’s holistic approach is changing store design

Creating an engaging retail store is a difficult business. But retail design agency Design4Retail has a solid track record when it comes to ideas that succeed. Its holistic approach means it can work with retailers from initial brainstorming to final installation. It’s an approach that’s paid off for brands from Adidas to Toms to Lacoste…

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How Net-a-Porter is rethinking retail

Net-a-Porter is quite possibly the future of luxury retail. When it launched in 2000, ecommerce and luxury weren’t exactly obvious bedfellows. The high prices, questions around authenticity and the traditional high-touch in-store luxury service were among the reasons that people said customers wouldn’t buy luxury online.   Service-focused Net-a-Porter proved otherwise. Its carefully curated selection…

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Why Salon 64 had to go back to 1664 for inspiration for its industry-changing salon-not-salon

Forget everything you think you know about hair salons. Described by owner, and celebrity hairdresser, Ricky Walters as “the Soho House of the hair and beauty world”, Salon 64 has moved the needle for the entire hairdressing industry since it opened last year. The space deliberately doesn’t look like a typical hair salon, but something…

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How do you reimagine a brand like L’Occitane?

You can’t hear the name L’Occitane en Provence, or L’Occitane, without thinking of the south of France. That’s how closely this beauty brand’s heritage is tied to its identity. Many of the natural ingredients used in its products are still sourced from its Provence home. With tradition such an important part of its brand story,…

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Inside the magical retail design world of Gentle Monster

Image credit: Gentle Monster   We bloody love Gentle Monster. The South Korean company sells eyewear like no other brand. We’re not talking about its interesting and unusual frame designs, or its cool collaborations. It’s its stores that makes Gentle Monster stand-out. Each store is completely different to all the others in its network, but…

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Love it or hate it you can’t ignore it: Dalziel & Pow on designing a high street presence for Missguided

With headlines dominated by retail store closures, you might think that any successful online brand will be breathing a sigh of relief regarding their own business strategy. And yet Missguided is one of many brands that is translating its online success to the high street and providing a much-needed breath of ‘retail’ fresh air in…

The role of measurement within Experiential… one size does not fit all

The importance of experience within retail is well-known, but how do you measure its success? Paul Stanway, Creative Director of brand experience agency XYZ, explains how it’s a matter of context:   Why do brands continue to invest multimillion-pound budgets into flagship stores and retail sites when respected e-commerce surveys and forecasts suggest double digit…

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What can you learn from Lush's retail strategy?

UK-born natural cosmetics brand Lush Cosmetics inhabits two worlds – the fun and the serious. On the one hand the company has managed to make buying, and using, relatively dull, essential items like soap and shampoo fun. On the other it’s a serious campaigner for major ethical issues, from animal testing to the environment, and…

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International logistics for under $5.00? Say Hello to a new way of doing things

Is it time to say hello to a new online shopping concept? The folks behind ‘work-smarter’ office furniture manufacturer Autonomous seem to think so. Its new set-up, Hello, claims to offer high quality products at reasonable prices with one simple delivery option. The company calls it the ‘sweet spot of internet shopping’. So what exactly…

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Top 40 On Demand & 3D Printed Products in Retail

Photo studio: Zuza Gronowicz and Barbara Motylińska   Developments in rapid prototyping and short-run production mean on demand and custom-made options for consumers are faster, more personalised and more cost-effective than ever. 3D printing is one-such rapid prototyping technology, re-thinking commonplace products as we know them from jelly candies to bicycle frames. Create-on-demand boasts impressive…

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30 things you didn’t know about Burberry

British heritage brand Burberry has disrupted the luxury industry, rewriting the rulebook across every traditional channel from runway to seasonal ad campaigns, e-commerce to in-store experience. It’s helped set ‘best practice’ for luxury brands navigating new territories across digital and social media, whilst retaining a prestige service. We’ve pulled together 30 of the best ideas…

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32 things you didn’t know about Apple

Apple’s continuing evolution sees a move away from retail norms. As a company its retail spaces are shifting towards the experiential. Apple is striving to bring together local communities and offer spaces that are both breathtakingly beautiful, with enviable design and magnificent engineering, but also a wealth of educational resource. Is there any better way…

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Formula for success – How F3G is using tech to create the retail set-up of the future

F3G were one of the most exciting companies at this year’s NRF. Their omnichannel-enabling digital technology is firmly focused on the retail store of the future. Making firm use of cloud technologies, the company has already proven its worth in helping True Religion take its online business to $50 million.   We spoke to CEO…

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50 Best Concept Stores Worldwide – 2017 Update

We continue to be surprised and inspired by new iterations of the concept store. Whilst a well-worn term, retailers worldwide are constantly rethinking the format. There are five storey department stores with ‘secret’ stockrooms for those in-the-know. There are gallery-stores that refresh with the seasons. Flower shops operate under the guise of a cafe. For…

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The store where nothing is for sale – why The Inutilious Retailer gave everything away for free

When it comes to unusual retail models, a store that takes no money and gives away its stock is up there. The Inutilious Retailer was the brainchild of Adrian Wilson – part art project, part retail experiment, part retirement plan. With the store having closed its doors last year, we spoke to Wilson about the…

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Home shopping: inside the secret shoppable living space of Bless Berlin

Bless is the ultimate ‘in-the-know’ brand. You’re more likely to hear about it from a friend then a big ad campaign. And if you want to visit its Berlin store then be prepared to first book an appointment, and second find it. Because the Bless Home is no ordinary store, but a fully functional apartment…

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Well designed: Global agency Sheridan&Co on the secrets of top retail design

As one of the world’s leading retail design agencies, Sheridan&Co has worked on projects for more than 150 top brands. Covering all aspects of retail design, from brand identity to stores, alongside its own engineering and production facilities, the company is in a unique position to provide 360 degree services to its clients.   Chairman…

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Top 50 retail initiatives of 2016

While 2016 may have thrown some unexpected curveballs, both in retail and wider world issues, it was also a year of exciting new ideas. From fantastic pop-ups to incredible new tech and some amazing store openings, we’ve rounded-up our 50 favourite retail initiatives in 2016. With each chosen for its influential or inspiring properties, how…

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The Retailers Reinventing What A Store Looks Like

Chez Moi – Image credit: Cate Trotter   Online shopping has changed the world of retail a lot. While it’s easy to focus on the negatives when it comes to the impact on physical stores, e-commerce has actually given retailers the opportunity to reinvent what these spaces are. This is because online is very good…

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Top 50 Innovations in Retail

Pop-up stores. Magic mirrors. Digital price tags. Are you keeping up with the latest tech trends? Shoppers have access to more information, available at their fingertips 24 hours a day, than ever before. It’s important for you to embrace the digital revolution. You can stay ahead of the game by empowering your customers. Giving them…

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Hussein Chalayan on his new flagship store, brand values and the importance of offline space

Chalayan is one of the most exciting and innovative contemporary luxury fashion brands. Since his Central Saint Martins graduation collection, which was buried with iron fillings in his garden to create an instant archaeological fashion site, Hussein Chalayan has been known for his theatrical use of technology and design. His Spring/Summer 2016 show featured a shower that…

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Retail Innovation Factfile: Made.com

Retail innovation factfile: What is it? Made.com is an online-only furniture retailer that launched in 2010. The company sells high-end furniture from independent designers for up to 70% less than its competitors. It cuts costs by shipping items direct from the manufacturer to customer and selling online. Items are only manufactured once enough orders build…

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Insider Trends: The Best of June

Here’s what you may have missed on the Insider Trends blog this June. Image credit: Ted Baker blog We did a round-up of recent retail openings showcasing London’s retail trends, including permanent ventures such as Pop Brixton and Ted Baker’s lifestyle and accessorises &Moore store, as well as pop-ups including We Built This City and The Basics Store. Our round-up…

Made.Com Charing Cross Road the Ultimate in Retail Design

Made.com are known for how they’ve shaken-up the traditional British furniture market. Although the online retail company previously restricted their physical presence to a tucked-way showroom, they’ve made a bold statement with an opening of a flagship store on London’s Charing Cross Road,a short walk from Tottenham Court Road (the heart of capital’s furniture district).…

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Brand Focus: Braun’s legacy

In the retail enterprise, design maybe be more relevant today than it ever was. Huge global brands like Apple, MUJI and IKEA, to name a few, are known for making design a mantra in their brand’s ethos – it seems to be working beautifully. However, it’s not something new, but an adaption of older principles…