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topshop: Puma AG takes on Paris. Totally wins.

17 Jun


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The redesign of a Parisian Puma store infuses a retail environment with sustainable and innovative design, including iPad walls, reconfigurable walls and illuminated shoe displays. Inspired by Puma’s four key philosophies – fairness, honesty, positivity and creativity – the shop’s décor engages customers through interactive experiences with high-tech gadgets.

iPads are scattered throughout the two-storey shop and are connected to the ‘Puma joy pad,’ a huge iPad wall framed by red transparent glass. Customers can interact with the wall using specially developed apps; in the future, this will be connected to other Puma stores via live streaming.

Inside the 200-sq-m shop, products are displayed as though ‘heroes.’ According to designers at Berlin-based Plajer & Franz Studio, this concept not only enhances the display of products, but intentionally creates a navigation system for shoppers.


topshop: Hermes Rive-Gauche

15 Jun



After one hundred and seventy years on the right bank, Hermès has decided to cross the Seine and embrace the future with a new store at 17 Rue de Sèvres in the ritzy Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris.  The new store has come to life in a building filled with rich history; a historical monument that was once home to the Lutetia swimming pool, a shining example of the Art Deco years.


In an almost serendipitous connection, Hermès as a brand identified with the restoration of a rich treasure; to bring in the new with maintaining respect and reverence to what has come before.  And so is the case with the luxury brand that has become eponymous with Parisian culture… Hermès is just as relevant today as it was in the heyday of the Lutetia.

In 2005 the pool was given landmark status and has since been considered a historical monument in Paris.  Given the importance of the building, Hermès had guidelines to adhere to in their renovation of the pool. The task at hand was given to Denis Montel and the RDAI agency, the architect firm that creates and designs all Hermès stores across the globe. “The idea was to develop a harmonious dialogue between the origins and the present. The aim was to restore a place that was naturally timeworn but also massively transformed in the mid- 1970s, to make it suitable for public use. We wanted to bring out the qualities of the existing architecture and recapture the spirit of the 1935 swimming pool, while offering a very modern expression of the Hermès spirit at this Left Bank location.”




topshop: Marc Jacobs brings a little something extra to Tokyo

10 Apr

Tokyo has long been known as a retailing haven, not least for the mega-cutting edge technology and high spec finish most retailers adhere to when opening there – the world (well, ok, perhaps just us) was agog at the new Herzog and De Meuron store for Prada, and it seems like they have a young upstart facing them across the street too . . .

Marc Jacobs has opened literally across the street in our image, above, you can see the Prada store on the left, and Marc Jacobs glowing on the right.

Designed by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, does he have a store that embodies his love of everything Japanese aesthetics.   The 2,800-square-foot space, which sits on a side street in the ritzy but charming Tokyo neighborhood of Aoyama, is a retail spin on the Japanese obsession with packaging: Although the interior looks like some other Marc Jacobs spaces, with sleek fixtures displaying brocade skirts and bottles of Bang, outside it’s a visual feast. The building’s mix of the traditional and the unorthodox—including striated levels topped off with a ghost wall, known as a kosakubutsu in Japanese—is at home on a block that includes a giant Prada store and a gemlike Cartier shop (although neither can boast an Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects, which the Marc Jacobs store received this past summer).


topshop: Hostem London

28 Mar

The advent of shabby-chic has lead to the whole world seemingly looking to retro-victoriania as inspiration.  London more than anywhere else has taken this new design ideal to heart with everything from UK superbrand All Saints, through to mega-club Soho House building an international reputation on the back of it.  Nowhere in London does this live more than in Spitalfields the district at the heart of the City of London.  In this gentrified formerly run-down area of town is where we find the latest addition to our ‘topshop’ category.

Hostem the independent menswear store, envisioned by designer duo JamesPlum has transformed a dilapidated 3-storey townhouse into the City’s latest hot boutique using a mix of eclectic and discreet luxury.


topshop: Property Of . . . Amsterdam

27 Mar

Property of… is a collection of men’s bags & accessories that was launched in autumn 2006 by Singapore based cafe owners & design collaborators Peter Teo & Richard Chamberlain.

The store shown here in Amsterdam is the collectives first foray into the pure retail business and see their store as “the daily changing cast of characters, the activities, events and ‘ life ‘ that unfold within these urban oasis are a constant source of ideas and inspiration. from the outset the small collection has been presented alongside the company’s cafe, in part to attract a likeminded customer but also to create a fully integrated space which is both dynamic and vibrant…..”

We’re not sure that the customer base is just attracted by a daily dose of caffeine, after seeing the interior we disagree, and think they’ll be attracted by something else entirely!


topshop: Liberty of London unveils it’s new ‘dining room’

22 Mar

One of our favourite stores in London is the amazing Liberty.  It’s a real Aladdin’s cave, a wonderful emporium stocking everything from high-fashion, cosmetics, accessories, through to gifts. It is this week’s new addition tough which has got us all worked up – the new ‘dining room’, stocking everything we ever wanted, and didn’t know we want for our kitchens and dining rooms – with interactive talks and discussions from the likes of renowned ceramic designer Emma Bridgewater, and pot throwing demonstrations from Wedgewood it looks like we’ve just found a new passion . . .


fashion: footwear we covet . . .

18 Mar

Givenchy, Nike, and Dior Homme.  Yup who says AP. doesn’t do high street . . .


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