Retail Refugees

Inside look at the new Jean Nouvel H&M, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:40 pm
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Images from Arkitip’s Intel blog

Today in Brand Collaborations…
March 15, 2010, 11:54 am
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Two high-powered retail brand collaborations have been making news around the world the last week…


Liberty of London, known for its coveted floral prints and exclusivity in the UK has joined forces with Target for an affordable line of home products.  “The collection—reinterpreting Liberty’s limited edition Merci line for spring at a lower price point—plays to both brands’ recent successes with similar collaborations. The upshot, floral-printed apparel for men, women and kids, as well as accessories, bedding, stationery, furniture and bicycles done up in paisleys and other patterns by the centuries-old fabric company, fills the space to the brim. Along with blooming flowers (like daffodils and hydrangeas), props, and build-outs all keeping to the theme too, the shop itself has the dizzyingly gorgeous effect of a classic all-over Liberty print.” (via Coolhunting)




It should be no surprise that this mega-collab between the legendary French fashion house and H&M has literally created violent stampedes around the world…

Jimmy Choo for H&M
October 23, 2009, 10:51 am
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The long-awaited (by some) collab between Jimmy Choo and H&M will be in stores Nov. 14.  While not initially interested in this project, I was surprised to see how nice some of the mens items are- particularly the leather jacket.

jimmy hm 2009 fall winter men 1 Jimmy Choo for H&M 2009 Fall/Winter Mens Collection

jimmy hm 2009 fall winter men 2 Jimmy Choo for H&M 2009 Fall/Winter Mens Collection

jimmy hm 2009 fall winter men 3 Jimmy Choo for H&M 2009 Fall/Winter Mens Collection

Is Harajuku becoming too commercialized?
November 28, 2008, 11:59 am
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When I founded Retail Refugees, it was with the intention to boost business for retailers but it was also to showcase the unique, dynamic, and progressive retail concepts around the world.  Those that stand in the face of uber mass market chains who sell the same shirt in Istanbul or Paris as they do any rural town with a strip mall.  My personal inspiration was the Mitte district of Berlin, which as it has become gentrified, is beginning to lose a little bit of its flair, and thus what really makes it unique.  Perhaps one of, if not the, most influential creative spots for retail however has to be the Harajuku district of Tokyo.  This neighborhood is home to everything form girls dressed as cats, to the most progressive streetwear in the world, to many up and coming music groups, to designers and artists like Nigo who founded Bape here.  A story from the Japan Times (via Hypebeast) however is claiming that with the introduction of an H&M flagship, this could be the beginning of the end of the truly creative and innovative district, in terms of producing extraordinary concepts.

This is quite a contraversial topic, so I am curious what readers have to say…


H&M x Comme des Garcons Opening: Tokyo
November 10, 2008, 9:46 am
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It is official, the H&M and Comme des Garcons collaboration is on sale (in Tokyo). As expected, the turnout for the opening was huge (see pictures, from Hypebeast).

Is this just further proof that the collaboration bandwagon will never die, or is this more a product of a really great collaboration. I do not remember other H&M collabs receiving as much exposure or hype before, but I may be wrong.

Will be curious how the rest of the world reacts to the launch of this line on Thursday of this week.

COMME des GARCONS for H&M Japan Release – from on Vimeo.