The Latest in Fashion Layering

wedge_render_1.1Think 3-D printing is the stuff of the doomsday prepper’s workshop or for the geekiest geek looking to reanimate a vintage Atari game console? Well listen up, fashionistas are getting in the groove and there’s growing sentiment that 3-D printing could go beyond prototyping and right into the closet—possibly revolutionizing retail. So, let’s head straight for the ateliers and on to the catwalk.

Yes, the fashion realm continues to experiment with this fast-becoming-accessible/afforable technology. Here’s a little history. Let’s see, there was the Rem Koolhaas collaboration (he’s behind the United Nude label)
with apparel designer Iris van Herpen in 2013, which gave us 3-D printed shoes for Paris Fashion Week. Continue reading →

Searching for Retail’s Best and Brightest

40under40_logoWhen you think of the future leaders of the retail design community, who comes to mind? design:retail is calling for nominations for its first-ever 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community. So, if you know of a peer or colleague under the age of 40 who’s bringing their retail A game, its time to brag on them a little bit and tell us why they should make the cut!

The following criteria should be used as a guide for nominating a candidate:

•    Are shining stars in their company and in the industry
•    Have completed innovative and remarkable projects
•    Contribute greatly to education or associations supporting the retail design community

Selected nominees will be featured in the April/May 2015 issue of design:retail. Continue reading →

Coffee Addicts, Rejoice!

IMG_6105_2Good news for all you coffee lovers, its getting easier and easier for you to get your fix. At Starbucks’ recent Leadership Experience conference in Seattle, the company announced plans to debut a new Mobile Order and Pay concept in Portland-area stores (just one more reason to look forward to the 2015 design:retail Forum!).

The new mobile system will enable on-the-go customers to order and pay for their drink of choice—yes, even that grande, half-caff, non-fat, no-whip mocha with a caramel drizzle—ahead of time. A fresh cup waiting for you when you step into the store? Now, that’s service.

The Portland roll out is expected to occur before the end of the calendar year and the company is planning the launch of Mobile Order and Pay across the United States in 2015 (woohoo!). Continue reading →

This Idea Might Stick

Novel phone and tablet cover company Goo.ey recently partnered with London-based design agency Pope Wainwright to create a pop-up experience on the Selfridges London Technology Walkway. There are five oversized Goo.eys on display that allow passersby to experiment with the best Goo.eys for whatever life might throw at them and their devices.

Pope Wainwright also created a video for the display showing people sticking their electronic companions to all manner of glossy surfaces so that they may Skype, watch movies or take the “ultimate selfie.” The smooth skin of the cover creates a vacuum with whatever slick surface it’s pressed on to, yet it is not supposed to stick around in one’s pocket or purse. Continue reading →

Eyes on the Prize

Time is winding down at the West Coast edition of design:retail‘s Student Window Challenge at Saks in Los Angeles! With less than two hours left to go, the FIDM students’ visions are starting to come to life—check out some photos of today’s action below. They are working hard to get their window designs completed—we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Judging takes place tonight at 5 p.m., so make sure to visit Saks Fifth Avenue’s Beverly Hills store and see the finished product! The winning team will be announced at the After Party and Awards Ceremony at D-Bar at The Fifth Avenue Man immediately following. Continue reading →