NRF 2020 – Best of New York retail store safari. Book your slot now!

Looking for real retail insights at NRF 2020?   Theory is great. But nothing beats seeing the latest retail trends in action for yourself. Our guided Best of New York retail store safari will take you into the stores that are leading the way so you can experience the latest retail trends first-hand and understand…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…