The Shop at Bluebird: A Playground of Wonders

One of the pleasures of shopping in the physical world is the joy of discovery. However it’s not often that you stumble upon a completely new concept store in central London, especially not a 1,500 sqm one. Welcome to “The Shop at Bluebird” nestled in Floral Street, a stone’s throw from Covent Garden Piazza. Described by its creators Dalziel & Pow as a ‘playground of wonders’ it certainly creates a huge statement in an area rediscovering itself as a “jewel” in London’s retail crown.     If the name itself sounds familiar it’s no surprise as the Bluebird was an…

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House of Hackney: passionate people producing amazing experiences

To step from Shoreditch High Street into the House of Hackney is a journey into such a wonderful world of sumptuous colour and texture that a visit to Narnia itself would be no more astounding. And that is not to sleight Shoreditch but to extoll the voluptuous virtues of this home emporium that it so appropriately houses.   House of Hackney is a print-based lifestyle brand, founded in London in 2010 as an interiors label by husband and wife team Javvy M Royle and Frieda Gormley. Its origins unsurprisingly are in Hackney but it has now serenely settled both its…

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Sustainable Selfridges: Natural Partner for a Material World

Time never stands still for Selfridges. The dawn of every day is reason enough to energise the store with new messages, products and brands to perpetuate its reputation as one of the world’s most exciting retail experiences.   When seasonality subsides for a second Selfridges fills the void with self-generated events bringing every aspect of its considerable assortment to the attention of its captive customers – amidst its Spring activities for Easter and Mother’s Day there was still ample time for a powerful collaboration with major fashion brands based around sustainable materials in fashionwear. “Material World – What on earth…

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Packing the Hackett Punch: Attending to Vending Detail

Value is not a reality of price alone but the perception of benefit over price. Perception in itself can be the clear communication of reality or the addition of emotional attributes that ultimately constitute brand value.   For a retailer like Hackett in a competitive swell of quality menswear brands using every available tool to enhance the value of the brand heritage, leveraging every luxury thread to add value and quality, working with every breath of quiet customer care is an essential to converting every precious customer into a loyal and regular devotee. The Hackett process of presenting and packaging…

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Fashion, Fusion & Follies: Selfridges Studio Experience

Building excitement and new physical experiences is transforming the third floor of Selfridges London into a must-see destination as it unveils a series of lifestyle studios to entice & enthral its adrenaline driven customers.   The Design studio is the latest area to be unveiled and at over 1000sqm presents itself a home for innovative and exciting ladies wear brands from the international established to the emerging new talents. J.W.Anderson, Vetements, Christopher Kane, Marni and Joseph are joined by international brands such as Maison Margiela, Undercover, Toga, Jacquemus and Craig Green and new names Dilara Findikoglu, Richard Malone, Le Kilt,…

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Fossilisation: A Personal Investment

Far from remaining in the history of time, Fossil’s latest incarnation inhabits the modern world of customisation and personalisation, with new products, new services and a whole new store with a clear focus on the “his” & “hers.” An investment in individual identity.   Most noticeable in the latest concept is the introduction of the “Personalisation Shop” offering instant satisfaction on a range of services from accessories embossing, monograms, engraving, personal charms and the customisation of watches with colours across straps, casing materials and face details. A chronological funfair with a definite fanfare. The store merchandising is transformed, adopting a…

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Max&Co: Fashionably Good Company

Stylish and socially sophisticated Max&Co still packs a huge punch of personality into every meticulously planned meter of its store experience. A warm welcome from manicured mannequins with lipstick, lashes and a coy curiosity immediately alerts any casual customer that this lady of the more fashionable lanes offers a lifestyle proposition both feminine, fashionable and fun. The store design from top to bottom communicates an individualistic tone of voice from the spindle legs of its fixtures and furniture, the lazy lamps that splash light across displays, the beautifully crafted oval mirrors, the porcelain owls and swifts that sail across the…

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From Knightsbridge to Airbridge: Flying the Harrods Flag

Something has changed in the retail offer at Gatwick airport, South Terminal, as part of the enormous investment in the airport. Centre stage of the new development is Harrods.

 

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In the extensive store there are plenty of brands attracting the attention from Longchamps to Swarovski to DKNY but it’s the clever commercialisation of the Harrods brand that catches the eyes and opens the wallets.

Fabulous food creates the destination wall from traditional teas to tempting treats, personalised puddings to branded biscuits. The packaging steals the show building on the original green & gold into a ornate array of pastels and plums, monochrome magic to seasonal scarlets.

Centrepiece the iconic Harrods bag, blocked in the traditional hues, but also resplendent in pink for the feminine soul, and stylish in black for sophistication.

A veritable lesson in empowering an identity to travel to any destination.

 

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Gyroscopical; Chronological; Cosmonautical: Brilliant Breitling

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Time waits for no-one

…and Breitling have wasted no time at all in propelling itself to the forefront of watch design and manufacturing par excellence. Every face tells a story and Breitling communicates every story with style, with integrity and with a precision that complements the design of its watches perfectly.

The new store environment brilliantly combines the precious, authority of the watch displays with powerful store graphics, cartoons reminiscent of the halcien days of aeronautical development. Add to this the beautifully designed fixtures again drawing from the brands aeronautical and engineering heritage and the store is picture perfect, a ticking timepiece of creativity and design excellence.

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Beautiful Windows: The Body & Soul of Selfridges

Selfridges signature statements have always been most beautifully expressed through its window campaigns.

 

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Hello Beautiful gave the retailer another enviable excuse to pull out all the stops, crank up the creativity and delivery its most mouth-watering displays for a while. In its finest traditions, each window explored an individual concept within a wider theme, dissecting every possible angle and inspiration, before pulling everything together in the most imaginative and impeccable way possible.

Frame after frame, Hello Beautiful explored everything from eating yourself into shape, body art and colouring, the balance between nature and science, individual perfumes, the merits of the beard for men and the extremes of letting down your hair for ladies. In true interactive style, the windows also played their part in the dynamic event with a live screen relaying beauty makeovers and treatments from inside the store.

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Scratching the surface, maybe, but never did windows reflect the fuller flavour of the main course in such an appetising way.