retail concepts

BRITISH DESIGNERS COLLECTIVE: FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH PREEN



Preen’s Justin Thornton is talking me through their design research process. It involves books, mood boards, deconstructing their archive and a veritable blogroll of online resources. “We photocopy from books and create mood boards from that to focus where we want to go. An element of the mood board might be a detail, or else it might just be an attitude of a woman,” says Thornton. (more…)



COS Regent Street gets a bookshop




The Wapping Project Bookshop ‘greenhouse’ is a lovely concept but Wapping is a bloody long way to go for a bit of book perving. So they have upped sticks for two weeks and plonked themselves in the Regent Street branch of COS which frankly is a rather clever idea. You may remember that last year Clifton Nurseries also popped up in a corner of COS; clearly these Scandi types love a bit of crossover retail (as do I).

The shop will sell its usual varied mix, including new and rare photography and art books, magazines and some illustration for children. It’s open from 11.30am to 8pm every day until 14th March.



Yoox promotes Chinese designers on The Corner.com




According to some research I’ve been doing for a report, young Chinese luxury consumers don’t really wear home grown designers, they prefer the better known status labels like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. (more…)



Retail concept: Your Samples Collective



How’s this for a new type of sample sale? YSC (Your Samples Collective) aims to ‘put the simple statement back into people’s wardrobe with good reductions and product that you can rely on’. Translation? Non-seasonal pieces that you’ll keep on wearing, such as their debut sample sale from Wrangler.

I try to avoid samples sales as I seem to be that person who gets far too carried away and then regrets the unworn purchases a few weeks later. But this one looks like quite a good concept, provided the product is right. The sale is on Friday and Saturday and all the info is below. I might see you there!