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Linda Fargo’s concept store



Linda Fargo concept store Bergdorf Goodman

Retail needs more concept stores. More fun! More surprises! That’s the gospel according to Linda Fargo anyway, Bergdorf Goodman’s Fashion Director, who has just opened her own shop-in-shop, kitschly called ‘Linda’s’.

“Shopping has become too homogenous,” Fargo told Vogue. “I want something where there is discovery and I’m finding unexpected things that I haven’t seen in other stores. I’m hoping to impart the real shopping—before we were all overexposed and oversaturated—when we were more like shopping virgins.” (more…)



ASK ALISON: IS IT A STORE OR A HOME?



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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ guest post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, on how brands are merchandising their store environments to inspire customers to feel at home

More and more digital brands want to lay down physical roots and create their own permanent stores. At the same time, retailers are ramping up online sales initiatives for increasingly digitally savvy shoppers. So now we have the trend to make showroom-style spaces resemble highly curated homes and apartments. Which makes us want to buy everything and move in. (more…)



DRG Style Index: Kenzo, Jigsaw and… Skechers?!



Welcome to the DRG STYLE INDEX, a weekly ranking of brands that have caught my attention. On my style radar this week…

1. IT’S KENZO TIME

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I first got wind of Kenzo’s foray into watches six months ago at the Black Frame press day. Now we’re close to the launch of Kenzo timepieces, which are being produced under license but with creative direction under the watch (no pun intended) of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. (more…)



Shop report: Couturelab



There has been much talk lately about how the luxury retail landscape is changing and one person who is well ahead of the curve is Carmen Busquets. One of the original investors in Net-a-Porter who also backs other ventures including Moda Operandi, her current baby is Couturelab. (more…)