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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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What’s happening in Mumbai’s retail scene?

With only 2-3% of people shopping online, the focus in India has always been on a bricks-and-mortar retail approach. But the way retailers are using their spaces is changing. Stores are moving away from the traditional hard-sell of their products to create a more meaningful shopping experience where customers can browse, discover and explore the…

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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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How did retail service platform b8ta unexpectedly become globally known for its stores?

When we talk about discovery and experience in retail, we talk about b8ta. The company’s stores let shoppers discover, experience and buy all of the most innovative new products from creators all over the world. It’s like being plugged into all of the best start-ups, Kickstarters and innovators and getting to play with all their…

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Flying high: Dalziel & Pow talk designing ‘the best store in London’ for The Shop at Bluebird

Part of the Jigsaw group, The Shop at Bluebird is one of London’s best semi-secret retail experiences – a must-go for those in the know. Offering a careful edit of high-end artwork, design, premium fashion and beauty, the space has been a draw on King’s Road for 12 years. Now though, The Shop at Bluebird…

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Top 50 retail design agencies

We love a well-designed store. Spaces that inspire and amaze and, of course, sell. And for every beautiful, well-functioning, experiential wonderland there is a team of people behind it. This is the retail design agency. Sometimes they work alone, sometimes in partnership, sometimes with the brand. Always they are reinventing the concept of the store…

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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…

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50 best retail initiatives of 2017

Sometimes when looking forward it’s good to take a peek over your shoulder as well. There’s a lot that can be learnt from what’s come before, whether it’s triumphs, mistakes, or hints of what might be the next big thing. With that in mind we’ve rounded-up our 50 favourite retail initiatives of 2017 to set…

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50 Best Luxury Retail Stores

Image credit: Hedonism Wines   We’ve turned our attention to the world’s most luxurious retail spaces for best-in-class examples of premium store design, and exemplary customer service. From household labels (Louis Vuitton, Dior) to disruptive young upstarts (Shinola Detroit, Mast Brothers) these retail spaces are redefining what it means to create a ‘luxury’ customer experience.…

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Stop fighting progress: Sergio Mannino on why stores need to stop seeing the internet as the enemy

  Prada, Jessica Simpson, Lexus, Miu Miu – it’s a varied client list, but one that perfectly fits Sergio Mannino Studio’s approach. In founder Sergio Mannino’s own words – ‘a successful design is greater than the sum of its parts’. The New York-based multidisciplinary design firm creates retail spaces, interiors, and even furniture. With more…

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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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50 best uses of visual merchandising in retail

Whilst retail design sets the stage, visual merchandising is the key to engaging the customer with great product. It’s an art and science that combines ergonomics, lighting, spatial awareness and styling to inspire product handling and upselling. From window displays to in-store set-ups, here’s our edit of 50 best-in-class examples (in no particular order) of…

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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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Taking stock – Nedap explain how retail is waking up to RFID

Radio-frequency identification or RFID is not a new technology. But it is a powerful one. As more and more retailers wake up to its capabilities, the potential for inventory control and omnichannel grows. Leading the field is Nedap who has helped major names like River Island harness the benefits of RFID. Director of global sales…

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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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Bright future: Lights of Soho sheds light on its multi-purpose space model

It’s a thriving specialist retail space, art gallery and private member’s club. With its focus on light art, Lights of Soho is somewhat unique among London’s retail offerings, while the multi-purpose nature of its space has given rise to a model that blends art appreciation with creation.   We spoke to Alexa Pearson, Exhibitions Co-ordinator…

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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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Green Room – Mike Roberts creates a case for design with a purpose

  Never underestimate the important role design plays in the retail experience. Green Room Design is an award-winning consultancy that helps brands create compelling physical spaces that resonate with customers. We talked to Mike Roberts, Chief Creative Officer of Green Room, about the importance of the customer journey and how technology in design doesn’t have…

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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…

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).…

How Retailers are meeting the demands of ‘connected consumers’ with Assistive Consumer Technology

Image Credit: Mya Gallery Wanting to get your head around the new generation of digital retail technology? To help simplify, it can be broken down into three categories: 1. Assistive Consumer Technology (ACT): helping customers to shop smarter. 2. Assistive Retailer technology (ART): helping retailers to sell smarter. 3. Retailtainment: technology to enhance the instore experience.…

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The New Craftsmen

Situated in upscale Mayfair, The New Craftsmen boutique is a delight for design enthusiasts and décor connoisseurs alike. Diversifying the retail landscape of this upmarket neighborhood, mainly known for its ultra-luxurious designer boutiques, the bright and airy gallery-like space opened in July and is the first permanent retail destination from the UK design champions. After two…