I can’t wait to go to shops. While lockdown news has focused on the e-commerce successes, the UK high street is doubling down on getting punters back through the doors. For me, shopping is not only about buying, but also about socialising and seeing what’s new. The best stores have always been more than transactional destinations; from Topshop, Oxford Circus (R.I.P) to Dover Street Market, they’re discovery zones and temples of worship to community and culture. (more…)
Two gorgeous French discoveries to share. One I found via the comments section of the New York Times story on the closure of Brooklyn’s Bird boutique, directing me to Landline in Paris (above). The store doesn’t even have a website yet (it’s it in the works), but its few Instagram posts give you a good sense of its rustic ‘garconne’ offer.
I’m getting the vibe of a French Labour & Wait, where you can pick up traditional French boater hats by Chapellerie Coustillères, classic country knits and Marseille soaps in a nod to nostalgia and safety. (more…)
Welcome to the latest travel retail column for DRG by Alison Farrington aka The Retail Planner (TRP).
As the first update of the New Year, we kick off with a brief look at the new laws for duty free here in the UK, as well as some positive retail news from China.
1/ SEE EU LATER. This month, there will undoubtedly be much Brexsplaining going on as travellers come to terms with the cancellation of tax-free shopping refunds for luxury fashion purchases in the UK. As of 1 January, the government has abolished the VAT Refund Scheme for non-EU travellers in the UK, meaning that shoppers from overseas can no longer claim their tax back on luxury purchases when they return home, unless the goods are shipped separately from the traveller (cost prohibitive). Meanwhile, the good news is that duty-free shopping is back for travel between the UK and EU (for alchohol and tobacco only), which means a Brexit bonanza for fans of the booze cruise. (more…)
The Plain Goods site and accompanying Connecticut store are run by interior designer Michael DePerno and fashion brand manager, Andrew Fry, and they shoot all the campaigns locally themselves.
Browse at your peril….
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Plain Goods
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