Lush Pastures New: More than Merely Cosmetic

Simply as a concept Lush began its life as one of the most innovative and exciting brands ever conceived. In a world of copycats and unsubtle insurgents it’s easy to forget that the idea of tasty toiletries dressed up as fresh fayre, chalk-boards championing cosmetic concoctions and bath-bombs transforming every aquatic adventure all came first from the land of Lush.

 

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If the familiar concept is more akin to a delicatessen of delights then the new flagship store on London’s Regent Street has evolved … Continue reading

Hackett’s Special Place: Popular by Demand

Join me on a trip through Hackett’s worldwide flagship store…


Hackett’s new home is where the heart is.

Moving 200 yards along Regent Street has taken the lifestyle retailer a million miles to a three level elegant emporium combining space to breathe with intimate corners and surprises around every eloquent elevation. Flagship brand distinction, engagement on an emotional level is the name of the Hackett game; and it plays to win.

A selection of seductive services supply the brand soul, from the Beefeater Gin Bar, quenching the dry thirst, to the tailoring shop, and personalised monogram bar, wetting the appetite for that unique purchase. From top to bottom, a basement boutique for “young Britons” furnished with an ornamental tree whose live branches mark the seasons, a second floor Saturday shoe shining experience, the store pulls out the stops as it starts to create the very British buzz that is Hackett.

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Furla Lining: Looking inside the Bag

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Story Linings.

Furla bring their world alive, communicating to a wider audience, with different tones and different tongues. The new “hero” Candy takes an oriental tour to the fashion capitols of the Far East, finding fame and fortune on the arms of the Candy converted.

WonderFurla takes to the streets to explore the looks that complement the totes, the satchels the clutches and the duffels. UGC takes a walk through the Furla fashion possibilities. And behind the formal facade the fashion foundation inspiring young designers to work their magic is exposed and explored adding value and integrity to this most discerning of accessories brands. And the brand played on.

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UnFurling the Flagship: The Pavement Statement

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A classic Italian expansion settles gently in the fashion streets of the world.

Furla is an old hand in the new world of brand flagships as it eases its way onto some of the most elegantly desirable shopping streets of the world. The new stores reflect perfectly its timeless obsession with quality, luxury and effortless style.

Behind the scenes the social slack is taken up by a carefully constructed brand calendar, bringing to life the virtues of the company’s heritage, dedication to design and increasingly frequent forays into the more frantic fashion arenas. Throughout all Furla remains loyal and consistent to timeless values propelling the proposition firmly into the future.

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Cutting Straight to the Customer: Stylish Stories & More

Join me on a stroll through a unique store experience…

& More Stories is a tale of creative product collections that breaks the mould of traditional fashion story grouping.

Fashion powerhouse H&M plays a strong hand in a format where the assortment is bought and displayed around personality and “style” and not fashion and trend. The retailer cuts straight to the customer with collections such as “Poetic & Dandy” and “Sophisticated & Architectural,” and whilst the desciption may not role off the tongue the stories are tight and focused combining fashion with accessories, jewellery with lingerie, beauty with boots. All is housed in an eco-friendly non-committal environment where every story tells a picture.

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Brit Tops: Exemplorary Contemporary

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Combining classic and contemporary thinking,

… is what Burberry Brit is all about. In boutique basements explore the icons from bygones that helped make Burberry the powerhouse brand of today. Traditional Trench with a twist, cool and customisable by button and breast, by colour and collar, lining and length to suit the coolest trend or trend the classic suit.

Intimate space supported by omni-present, every-channel ipads, at the service of the modern consumer in search of the style of yesteryear, stepping out into tomorrow’s brave new Burberry world.

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…how well do you blend the heritage of your past with the brave new world?

Crew’s Control: Red Hot BluePrint for International Expansion

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After the tantalising teaser of mens and womens only stores,

… the fully fledged J Crew opened with fun and fanfares, and stars & stripes, in London’s Regent Street. The template taken from major US cities sits comfortably amongst the mid-level and high level brands of one of the UKs most prestigious addresses.

However, of more significance than bricks and mortar, furniture & fixtures, tops and trousers is the expansion strategy combining both the landing of identikit stores to identified customer segments throughout the globe, in combination with the entry of exclusive niche fashion destinations, assortment and experience elite, located in select sites, destinations for the well-heeled.

Fashion flagships and exclusive emporiums suit the wider objective of creating a worldwide brand, which is both in-reach yet out-of-reach. Exclusivity with Economics.

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…are you being smart & sophisticated when it comes to your international expansion, format development, customer segmentation…location strategy

 

Sporting Chances: Home Advantage for Hackett

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Sporting actions speak louder than words,

…whilst spectacular sporting success speaks sales volumes as Hackett allies its image to some of the most prestigious sporting brands and successful social scenes. The upper echelons add desirability to polos, sweats and t-shirts adorned with the insignia and paraphernalia of exclusive sports clubs.

Hackett cleverly combines its reputation with elite collections, recommended ranges for taking the refined air of polo, classic racing and rowing occasions whilst explaining to the aspirational hoy-polloy the complexities of classic cool for successful sporting socialites.

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…is there an unexplored sporting avenue for your brand to exploit?

Happy Landings: Home is where the Hackett Heart is

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No discount diva.

The doyen of satirical style drives traffic through its doors with its usual combination of charm and whimsical wit. Street theatre adds drama to a significant sojourn into the world of flagship stores.

Social media combine with physical presence to drive anticipation, promote celebration and invite the world to a star studded premier party. The store takes centre stage, with personal facebook page and micro-site heralding Saturday Shoe Shining, Beefeater Gin Bars, Monogrammed magic and personal shopping. Where better than to put up your feet, than in the frenzied world of fun-loving Hackett.

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Hackett’s Special Place: Popular by Demand

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Hackett’s new home is where the heart is.

Moving 200 yards along Regent Street has taken the lifestyle retailer a million miles to a three level elegant emporium combining space to breathe with intimate corners and surprises around every eloquent elevation.

Flagship brand distinction, engagement on an emotional level is the name of the Hackett game; and it plays to win. A selection of seductive services supply the brand soul, from the Beefeater Gin Bar, quenching the dry thirst, to the tailoring shop, and personalised monogram bar, wetting the appetite for that unique purchase.

From top to bottom, a basement boutique for “young Britons” furnished with an ornamental tree whose live branches mark the seasons, a second floor Saturday shoe shining experience, the store pulls out the stops as it starts to create the very British buzz that is Hackett.

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