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So just what is Retail Watch? I’m establishing this new “blog” as a collection of thoughts, musings, and opinions specifically related to the worlds of fashion, retail, beauty and brands. As an Art Director/Designer with over 8 years experience in these areas, I have a deep understanding of how this crazy world works. I also love brands (a lot of people say that, but I really do), and I have LOTS of opinions.

This blog will of course live on, but I want to focus my portfolio site/blog about all this fashion and retail, and focus this blog on design and inspiration. So worry not!

Fashion is a strange type of magic. It’s art that you live in. Or it can be. Once upon a time, fashion was about labels, and the status they carried. Labels evolved into brands, then lifestyle brands, and experiences and now they touch every aspect of what we see and do. And while todays retail landscape is more challenging than ever, there’s also more opportunity than ever.

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So in this blog, I want to focus on that, opportunity. And innovation. And magic. How do we bring a sense of magic, surprise and innovation back into retail? How do we make the shopping experience special? Macy’s tagline is, “the magic of Macy’s.” Have you been to a Macy’s recently and experienced ANY magic? Almost every mall in America has a Macy’s, and what can you see, buy or do at Macy’s that you can’t see, buy or do anywhere else? Or at any other department store for that matter. In the race to consolidate all the department store brands, we’re left with a sea of sameness. And Macy’s isn’t alone. Department stores and retail brands are struggling across the board, unless you’re H&M, Forever 21 and Zara …

So what can brands do? There’s not one simple solution. But it has to be about ideas, innovation and experiences. The solution has to go BEYOND retail. And that’s what I’ll explore on this blog. Gap is off to a great start with their newly launched Generation Gap campaign. Nordstrom has their pop-in shops, H&M/Nike and Adidas has their design/artist/athlete collaborations.

Can retail move forward by looking back? I think so! What happened to all those regional department stores we grew up with? What made them unique and special? What about certain brands creates a connection that lingers? That’s what I want to explore! Feel free to follow, comment, share and let’s start a conversation.

 

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Several weeks ago, under the guidance of Creative Director Stuart Vevers, Coach debuted their first-ever menswear collection at London Fashion week. As any 90’s kid knows, Coach is an American accessories brand, once on top of the word, but has struggled in recent years to establish relevance in todays rapidly shifting fashion landscape. In 2013, Stuart Vevers, formally of Mulberry and Loewe, was appointed Executive Creative Director of the brand and is quickly reshaping Coach into a modern lifestyle brand for a younger generation. In the fall I blogged about Coach’s Fall 14 advertising campaign being one of my favorites, and the Spring 2016 Menswear collection is adding to my growing love for the brand.

I’m so in love with the animal print mixing! So playful, young and graphic. As a guy, I feel like most American brands (J.Crew, Gap, etc) struggle with offering newness each season. This collection is a breath of fresh air! Finally a brand offering something you don’t see in a million other stores. I can’t wait for next spring when this collection is available in stores, and I can’t wait to see what Vevers creates in the seasons to come. So check out more images from the Coach Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Collection below, and get into it!

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Awesome right, below are some backstage shots captured by Russ McClintock.

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Recently I stumbled across the a-mazing collaboration between Scandinavian streetwear brand Wood Wood, and Disney. This capsulate collection was first released at Colette in Paris, then online in Europe. I was immediately drawn to the abstracted patterns and prints designer Brian SS Jensen created of Disney’s Mickey Mouse. How inventive and creative! It’s frankly surprising a mega-brand like Disney would license their creative in this way. So forward thinking and cool of them. I can’t get enough of this entire collection. What do you guys think?

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A few days ago, I blogged about my early favorite Fall 14 ad campaign by Cole Haan that caught my eye. And now that I’ve had sufficient time to luxuriate around my apartment and enjoy all my September Issues, I’ve created my Fall 14 favorites list! My number one favorite, hands-down, is the Fall 14 Moschino campaign shot my Steven Meisel (who coincidentally shot almost ALL of my favorites this year). I love the mix of high and low, the beautiful classic museum-style photography paired with Jeremey Scott’s crazy clothes, which themselves are a blend of American pop culture and high fashion. They are playful and fun. And who doesn’t love the iconic models in the campaign?

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Second up are the Fall 14 Miu Miu ads (below), also shot by Steven Meisel – noticing a trend here??

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I love the high contrast black & white. These are something edgy and new compared to the Miu Miu ads I’m used to seeing.

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Bergdorf Goodman windows inspired by The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (above).

Last fall I blogged about Bergdorf Goodman’s windows celebrating Diana Vreeland’s Memos book, and since then I’ve become more and more obsessed with their store windows. There is probably no store in the world as highly regarded as BG for their store windows. Most are truly custom art installations showcasing clothing from the best (and most exclusive) fashion designers in the world. This week I’m going to share a few of my (many) favorites. If you want to read more about their windows, BG has a section of their blog decided to just their windows here. Also check out the documentary Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s which documents the history of this legendary department store and follows the creation of their iconic Holiday windows. Now that my working world is consumed with all things retail and window design, I can now fully appreciate the skill, design and planning that goes into creating these works of art. So next time you’re on 5th Avenue in NYC, check out Bergdorf’s window – you’ll be happy you did!

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These typographic balloons are everything (above). I’m betting these windows inspired J.Crew’s store opening windows in London (above & below).

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For these windows, BG partnered with paper artist Sean Slaney to create these BEAUTIFUL windows (above & below).

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Book lovers unite! BG celebrates its favorite tomes with a special exhibition of vintage books featuring hundreds of books hand-selected from the Seventh Floor’s The Cary Collection (above and below).

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Love this analog/Television-inspired window (above).

Hope you love these windows as much as I do. Stay tuned for more BG windows this week!

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Two days ago I blogged about Hudson’s Bay Company’s iconic point blanket and some of its creative applications in homes/interiors and use in the fashion world. After more digging, I’ve found even more examples of collaborations between Hudson’s Bay and other companies, notably Converse and Timex. It’s cool to see how this simple pattern can be so easily applied to shoes, coats, bags and watches. The possibilities are endless! Get into it.

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Another interior (above) with the patterned blankets. The Hudson’s Bay Co x Converse collection (below).

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Even though we’re stuck in the middle of the winter doldrums, it’s time to think about Spring and Summer (in the fashion world that is). Recently I stumbled across two new ad campaigns that bring welcome color and life to the otherwise dull winter world we’re used to seeing now. The first is Celine’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, photographed by Juergen Teller featuring Canadian model Daria Werbowy. I love the color and movement of these ads, so playful and fun. These are much more expressive and less “minimal” than Celine’s previous campaigns. Next up are the Spring/Summer 2014 Prada ads. So much color and pattern, I’m a bit obsessed. My new-found Prada obsession might also be related to my latest shoe purchase (see here). Couldn’t help myself. So get into these new Spring/Summer looks while we await the March fashion mags and warmer Spring weather. Get into it.

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Amazing right? Now get into Prada (below).

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