See Something New | Q3

See Something New. Blue Apron "Unboxed"

The third quarter of 2018 brings us seven more cross-industry trends that are changing the design landscape of everything from restaurant to workplace design (Missed our second quarter trends? Check them out here).  Read more of this post

The Phluid Project

The Phluid Project

The latest Retail Design Institute event in New York was hosted at The Phluid Project in SoHo, a new retail space that claims to be the first gender free apparel store in the world.

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Top 10 Takeaways from the Global Department Store Summit

Global Department Store Summit

With the theme of “The Power of Luxury Redefined”, this year’s Global Department Store Summit in London covered many topics that are impacting both the department store sector and luxury category – but also the retail industry in general. Drum roll… here are my Top 10 List of key takeaways from the two-day event. Read more of this post

Big Apple Air

Nike Big Air, FRCH Creative Fuel

You’re not exactly sure what you’re seeing when you walk down Spring Street in Soho and stumble upon a series of windows filled with shelves of white milk jugs, spray bottles and skateboard decks … all with small black, old-school Nike logos printed on each one. It’s enough to make you stop in your tracks, find the door and go in. Once inside you realize it’s Nike’s new 5-story flagship concept. Read more of this post

See Something New | Q2

The Foundation Hotel, Detroit

The Foundation Hotel, Detroit

The second quarter of 2018 brings us four more cross-industry trends that are changing the landscape of everything from retail to workspace design … as well as a continued exploration of the food hall trend. (Missed our first quarter trends? Check them out here). Read more of this post

See Something New | Q1

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Everlane Opens Physical Store

Everlane, NYC, Creative Fuel

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