concept stores

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…)

House of Fraser’s digital half way house


I’ve been trying to get my head around House of Fraser‘s new Houseoffraser.com concept store in Aberdeen’s Union Square. Equipped with iPads, computers and a complimentary coffee bar, this ‘buy and collect’ store seems to be a half way house between conventional ‘bricks and mortar’ shopping and online shopping. (more…)