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130 years of Hanro: Archive in progress

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Fashion archives have become quite a thing in recent years. But have you ever wondered what goes into creating them? It’s something I’m a little obsessed with. When I ask brands about their archives, I usually hear either that everything is kept in an off-site, temperature-controlled, white-gloves location (think heritage luxury brand) or, more commonly, “it’s all stuffed in a back room full of jumbled up rails and we’d never allow visitors inside.” (more…)

Welcome to Pradasphere (and don’t forget your souvenirs)

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When it comes to immersive, experiential retail, you can’t really beat Harrods and its epic store takeovers. Chanel and Dior have had their turn and this month saw the unveiling of Pradasphere, a fusion of shop windows (40 in total), pop-up shop, cafe and exhibition.

The exhibition on the fourth floor is the big draw. It starts with glass cabinets telling the story of the beginnings of the 101-year-old brand. Originally purveyors of leathergoods, we’re shown vitrines of ancient paper packaging, handbag frames and luxurious vanity sets for the travelling classes. All give an air of revered Milanese shopkeeper to the proceedings, nicely bringing us back to retail. (more…)

The Archivist: A Selby’s film for Coach

Errrr…. LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE COACH ARCHIVE!!! Oh to have a play in that…

The Vogue online archive has arrived!

The Vogue online archive I mentioned in August has finally become a reality. Here’s the link to prove it. Alas, it ain’t free (individuals pay $1,575 to subscribe for a  year), but it’s still a great idea to give these long lost editorials and articles another lease of life.