Everlane Opens Physical Store

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The recently opened Everlane store, in New York’s NoLita neighborhood, is another interesting chapter in the evolution of retail.  Everlane, one of the most successful and innovative, digitally native brands, has brought their unique POV to their first permanent physical retail space. Eschewing many of the “new rules of retail”, they have chosen to enter brick-and-mortar retail not with an emphasis on social media flashiness and attention-getting technology, but by focusing on the age-old fundamentals of retail. Creating a store filled with natural light, generous fitting rooms and knowledgeable staff; the store in many ways feels and functions more like a store from the past then one from “the future”.  Read more of this post

“Experience” NYC Retail

I had the (rare) fortune last week of having a few moments to check out some of the latest retail concepts in New York. And knowing in the back of my mind that “experience” might be the most overused word in retail in 2017, I went in expecting to “experience something” and let’s just say NYC retail didn’t let me down. Whether it be interactive, personalized or just over the top grandeur in flagship scale, there was plenty to check out and really dive deep into some of the brand stories. Some of my favorites included: Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: London’s Artful Store Environments

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Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

These eye catching London retail spaces are not just store environments, but art forms that intrigue. Rather than quiet, neutral backdrops for the product, these spaces take the opposite approach; they successfully surprise and delight with bold materiality and captivating displays. The result is a memorable store environment that is exciting to visit and, in turn, generates customers who become loyal brand advocates. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz

Charlotte Jewelry, Cologne, Germany

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz is a beautiful little jewelry shop in Cologne, designed 25 years ago by architect Reinhart Angelis. The unique interior concrete show-window displays can be rearranged via a simple cable and beam system. Read more of this post

La La Land Retail

Chanel, Roberston Boulevard

On a recent business trip I had the fortunate (and rare) encounter to have a few brief minutes to walk around between meetings. My first opportunity took me between Robertson Boulevard. I have to admit it’s been a while since I have made it to this area of LA…and at first I was disheartened…Robertson Boulevard, my how you have changed! Read more of this post

Miami Design District – A Pattern Architect’s Dream

Miami Design District, FRCH Creative Fuel

For those who seek out unique architecture, love pattern as an environmental envelope or just enjoy unexpected inspiration — then be sure to visit Miami’s Design District. I have been fortunate enough to visit the district several times over the past few years, allowing me to see the environment evolve and grow, becoming more impressed upon each return visit. Filled with luxury shopping, boutique art galleries and exquisite furnishings, the Miami Design District has managed to create a destination focused on fashion, design and architecture. It’s a place of creative inspiration at every turn.

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A History Of Collaboration

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It seems like just yesterday I scrounged up enough money (probably better spent toward college textbooks…) to purchase a cherry-printed Luella Bartley wristlet from Target as part of their first – and much anticipated – GO International program. Officially launching in 2006, on the heels of the success of Issac Mizrahi for Target, the campaign featured a different high-end designer each season that would create an exclusive, limited-time and obviously lower-priced, collection for Target. Read more of this post