TIME to look around and REIMAGINE RETAIL

After all the excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 (America FIRST, but Holland RUNNER UP), Wimbledon and the Tour de France that just has started, I have to find more Time to read a book or check out which new, exciting and engaging retail stores tell us the retail game is still on…

My passion of being a strategic creative retail consultant makes me checking out over 30 new Retailstories and more than 20 Blogs a Day! Next to that I have to check my email and LinkedIn friends, look on Twitter what’s up and see on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest what might be interesting for my selected audience.

So, thank you Cate Trotter for your engaging publishings. We looked at a few of your selected flagship stores that could become benchmarks for the industry. We hope you do not mind us sharing.

Some of the Flagship Stores published by Cate Trotter.

Loewe (London)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Casa Loewe is the high end fashion house’s only store in London, located in Mayfair. Here the Spanish retailer showcases its latest collections as well as artwork and design pieces. There is a permanent pop-up space that hosts a series of art installations so visitors can treat the store like a gallery space. Art has been a common theme for the brand in its collections over recent years so this feels like a natural progression. The artworks on display include sculptures by Ernst Gamperl, photographs by Alair Gomes, and Grayson Perry’s subversive “Mum and Dad” vase.

Everlane (New York)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Starting out life as an online-only business, fashion retailer Everlane has created a blueprint for flagship spaces with its Manhattan store. Using knowledge gained from a hugely successful ecommerce business, it has been able to mimic the seamlessness of online shopping in a physical store. Transactions are made easy with checkouts embedded in each of the display units. If anything is not in stock it can be ordered via an iPad.

Galeries Lafayette (Paris)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Iconic department store Galeries Lafayette has a new flagship on the famous Champs Elysées. The converted 1930s art deco bank is not only visually stunning but it’s full of exciting tech and experimental features. The store has been designed to double up as an event space where it will play host to fashion shows and brand events. As you would expect, there are fantastic restaurants and cafés to rest and recharge and enjoy the surroundings.

Habitat (London)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Located in Westfield White City, this is the first flagship to open in 10 years from homewares and furniture retailer Habitat. The space has been designed by Habitat’s own in-house design studio and therefore by the people who know the products best.

Levi’s (New York)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Iconic denim brand Levi’s’ largest store is its flagship in Times Square. The enormous space focuses on customisation, personalisation and local New York artists. It is also home to the largest Levi’s Tailor Shop where there are four on-site tailors. The opportunity to sit with a master tailor and design your own pair of exclusive Levi’s seems impossible to resist.

Louis Vuitton Maison Vendôme (Paris)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Place Vendôme is where luxury trunkmaker Louis Vuitton’s story began. It is now the home of one of its flagship stores and the elegant space has been designed to perfection. Here you will find the full range of Louis Vuitton products including ready-to-wear, interior design and leather goods. But it is also home to some exclusive pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. The full collection allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in Louis Vuitton world.

For VIP guests, there is an apartment-style area where customers can view the range in private, upholding its luxury status. There are two ateliers in-house to showcase the brand’s craftsmanship and set it apart from other stores. The Atelier Rare & Exceptionnel feature allows elite clients to review noteworthy pieces that they can adapt to their own specifications, elevating this flagship to a world class store.

Lush (Liverpool)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

All natural beauty brand Lush has opened its biggest ever store in Liverpool and it comes with some really exciting in-store experiences that you’ll only find here. There is a six-room spa where you can find exclusive treatments, a Hair Lab, a Perfume Library and florist that will be offering year round, locally-sourced, seasonal bouquets. There is also a vast array of site-exclusive products.

Primark (Birmingham)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Fashion brand Primark has recently opened its biggest ever store in Birmingham. The megastore boasts 166,000 sq ft over five floors. It features Disney’s first ever licensed café outside of its resorts and cruise ships. Other in-store experiences are a restaurant, barber and beauty chain Duck & Dry.

Rent the Runway

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Online retailer Rent the Runway has a new flagship bricks-and-mortar store in Union Square. The designer dress rental service realised (through the help of data) the customer’s need for a physical space. Its customer is a busy working woman so it wanted to create a space that worked for them – somewhere they can shop but also multitask.

What Goes Around Comes Around (New York)

Source: visual and copy by Cate Trotter

Luxury fashion reseller What Goes Around Comes Around has launched a glamourous flagship in a townhouse on East 67th street. You’ll find luxury and vintage accessories and clothing when you step inside. There’s also a VIP styling suite so you can get some help choosing from its collection.