Saturday, 1 November 2014

Excelsior, Milan


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If you happen to be in Milan then do swing by the Excelsior store.  This amazing 40k ft. concept store located in a quiet arcade just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and clearly one of the most sumptuous stores in the area.  The concept here in conjunction with those clever guys at www.artevetrinaproject.it works beautifully in harmony with the amazing collection by the phenomenal Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.  Just go and check it out.


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Friday, 31 October 2014

Lanvin, London


As France's oldest fashion house, Lanvin is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year.  Actually, while we're not massive fans of the presentation of the brand ourselves (at least not in London anyway), the history of Lanvin itself is so very interesting and the photographs that they have released are remarkable.  We only wish there had been a exhibition somewhere of it all for us to view.  If you want to check it out then you do need to link into the 'mother ship' Lanvin website as there is nothing on the UK site at all (which we find a little bizarre).  But there you go.  Anyway, large monochrome scrolls are the focal point of the windows here in conjunction with their usual mannequins in a high White gloss finish.  This is certainly one of their better London schemes as we always appear to be a little short changed by comparison to their store in Paris.


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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Pro-Direct, London


While we are not personally big on sports brands, well to be honest Sports in general and a brisk walk around London's West End is a workout in itself thank you very much, however we are rather impressed with this brand.  OK, well it is actually essentially a House of Brands although its Star Trek-like interior (think Cyber Dog without them pumping headache inducing sounds) is rather exciting, don't you think?  It probably works best at night time when it really does come alive and we can appreciate the colours and lighting but wow if you want to experience a kind of Blade Runner-esque interior then look no further.  


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Huntsman, London


We don't very often have the opportunity to pass through Savile Row although to be honest not very much changes here and and we cant stand the sickly smell oozing from every orifice of the Aber-zombie store at the end of the street so we usually give this street a wide berth.  That said as everyone is now in between schemes and just about to launch Christmas we are beginning to struggle to find much innovation anyway.  We took a deep breath and ran along here and interestingly found this quite fascinating installation at Huntsman.  Who would have thought that this street would actually ever drag itself into the 21st Century?  Then again it probably is a case of change or die.  The installation is a video screen showcasing the work of Brian Bress from 2012, called Whitewalker.  Do go and check it out as it does actually look very interesting although we don't know much more than that.


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Timberland, London

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If there is one brand who are pushing the 'nature' button very hard then it has to be Timberland.  Their gorgeous new store opened along Regent street here in London recently and it really is a treat to experience.  Natural wood and metal fixtures with an London gritty urban feel about them together with Leather armchairs and Red brick walls oozes a coolness that works so well in places like London yet desired the world over.  Sustainability is a key area that the brand really do push and working in conjunction with www.arno-online.com the brand continue to be ahead of the competition in this area of retail where so many other brands fear to tread. 



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Monday, 27 October 2014

Joseph, London

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With inspiration from one of the AW14 seasonal trends, Joseph is rocking an Electro New Rave scheme at their Brompton Road store.  Mannequins with Black visors, a Purple back drop with graphic lines and pumping neon crystal elements enhance the frenetic patterns of this fantastically delicious collection.


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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Anthropologie, London


Oh you know we tend to gush at the mere sight of Anthropologie and of course this scheme is no exception.  With their usual low tech installations, this time, an Autumnal theme and scheme of Ochre coloured papers and leaf cut outs this brand can do little wrong.  OK, well we still hate the bust forms that they seem to insist on using but we will try to look passed that.  No easy task thats for sure. 


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Cath Kidston, London


We see Cath Kidston has the painters and decorators in.  Oh enough of those euphemisms already.  Gawd where do we begin with this one really?  Well, the theme here is great but we do find it enormously chaotic to say the least.  Well, hands up, we're not enormous fans of the product anyway, although we know that some of you love your flowery covered stuff so there is definitely a market for them and probably doing very nicely thank you very muchness.  Anyway, come on guys clean this up a bit, eh?  We feel a migraine coming on as we type just looking at this scheme.  It is a scheme, right?  You don't actually have the decorators in do you?


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Gucci, London


We're not massive fans of this scheme although of course as it is Gucci we feel compelled to include them.  The installation naturally is of the highest quality although big sparkly things don't actually do anything for is, its just our preference that's all and who cares what we think anyway.  Perhaps decide for yourselves and let us know how you feel about it?  


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dolce and Gabbana, London


We feel that it would be best not to put trees in schemes.  Why is that we hear you ask so sincerely?  Well, they really never look right, there is a kind of forceful fake 'reality' about them and they are just never convincing are they?  Its ok D&G we don't hate the scheme in the slightest, in fact actually it is, OK,  well not very interesting but it is very well produced.  We've lost count of the number of forest-like schemes, the hidden garden, the Italian garden, the water garden, the list goes on, all with precariously placed branches glue-gunned on and dubious plants strategically placed and just don't get us started on the Silver birches which no doubt some brand somewhere will do this Christmas.....oh you know the score.  Lets just move on from this malarkey shall we as it just looks fake, it doesnt really work and if it were real it would just steam up your windows anyway.  Leave gardens in, well gardens or move your store there.  Problem solved.


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