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Fast Company´s Most Creative Ppl in Business
May 31, 2010, 11:20 am
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While many individuals are struggling to compete and make themselves better/leaner/more efficient than everybody else, Fast Company has compiled their 2010 list of people who go against the grain in order to innovate and approach business creatively…

“This year’s 100 Most Creative People offers our own, idiosyncratic perspective on business. The selections reflect the breadth of news ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape. From interface designer Yugo Nakamura to HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we can attest that creativity is alive and well in 2010.”

See the full list here

Yuck- Sushi in a Tube
May 27, 2010, 11:44 am
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Retail Refugees loves innovation in packaging and food concepts, but this just looks nasty…  Meet Sushi Popper

“We’re trying to change the norm of boxed foods,” said Furst, who serves as the company’s president. “We’re trying to open people’s eyes and say, ‘This isn’t just another frozen product — this is a frozen product that happens to be extremely good.’ ”

Each Sushi Popper includes eight pieces of precut sushi and a bit of wasabi wrapped inside an airtight tube. After opening the top of the tube, diners can add soy sauce from a small stick affixed to the packaging, and grab their first piece of fish. They reach the next piece by pushing up on the bottom of the tube.

“It took thousands of hours to develop something to hold the sushi, to make sure it pushes up correctly and make sure the soy sauce doesn’t leak,” Furst said. “It took us a lot of engineering time.”

According to Furst, the tubed snack is the perfect food for a nation on the go.

(via AOL)

Shopping Travel (Wallpaper* Retail Directory 2010)
April 12, 2010, 11:50 am
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From our sister site, Resort Refugees…

Among top reasons for travel are experiencing new cultures, relaxation, and bonding with friends/family.  Though most would be less inclined to admit it, shopping is probably also at the top of the list.  As much as one tries to deny it, memories and photographs sometimes simply cannot provide a “real” and “tangible” enough souvnir for travellers, so shopping is the safest way to bring something home that will last.

Shop-aholics however need no longer be afraid to admit it.  With the new issue of Wallpaper* magazine, the style authority has released its annual “Retail Directory” which identifies the top of the heap in terms of retail design and innovation- and more importantly shopping that merits travel in itself!  Among our favorites are…

Missoni, Los Angeles
469 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills
1.310 246 3060
Tiaan Nagel
Shop G14, 44 Stanley Avenue
27.11 482 5012
13 Place Georges Brugmann
Tel: 32.475 989589
7–15 Rosebery Avenue
Clerkenwell, EC1
44.20 3328 3560

J.Crew Retail Insight
March 23, 2010, 2:53 pm
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An interesting perspective and some wise words from J. Crew creative boss, Jenna Lyons:

“We’ve just seen an insatiable appetite for nail polish, so we’re looking at other things we can do for women. Women want candy. Someone else said this: “Ask a woman what her favorite thing in her closet is, and she’ll pick the thing she bought yesterday; ask a man, and he’ll pick the thing he bought 40 years ago.” So for men’s, we’re looking into heritage pieces. One is an old coat factory, and one is another American classic shoemaker. What we’d really like to do, especially for women’s, is a shoe collaboration where we maybe go to someone like Manolo Blahnik or Christian Louboutin. Gap did a great job doing that with Pierre Hardy, I thought. Women’s is just harder. Would I love to sell Chanel bags? Sure. Would they let us? No.”

Our conclusions: men love heritage and women love novelty…?

Frame Magazine “Powershop”
November 5, 2008, 11:38 am
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Frame Magazine is currently accepting applications to participate in their latest book project specifically for retail:

Powershop II will be a set of two book volumes, consisting of 150 projects totalling 560 pages of contemporary retail design from all over the world, packaged in a luxury slipcase. The books will be subdivided into the following sections:

  • Automotive and Mobility
  • Body and Healthcare
  • Electronics
  • Fashion
  • Finance, Insurance
  • Food and Beverage
  • Furniture and Design
  • Luxury Goods
  • Opticians
  • Shoes and Sportswear
  • News Agents and Books

Powershop II is the successor of Powershop: New Japanese Retail Design, produced in 2002 by Frame Publishers. The book sold out, but demand lasted, prompting a sequel – but this time we’re going beyond just Japanese shops.

Deadline for entrance is 1 February 2009. Powershop II will be for sale in the autumn of 2009.

It is not cheap to participate (see here for details), but a great project to be involved with anyway.

Also check here to see how your shop will be presented in the final book.

Tailoring Advertising Communication to the Times
November 4, 2008, 10:59 am
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According to Business Week, “when marketing a Lexus, high-end appliance, or luxe cosmetic, advertisers are promising bargains to the cash-strapped rich.”

Nowadays, even affluent Americans are thinking twice before hitting the mall. A recent Gallup survey showed that 49% of people making $90,000 or more a year rated economic conditions as “poor,” a 23-point increase since early September.

That has companies scrambling to tweak their marketing messages. Forget the usual talk of indulgent luxury. Instead, companies from General Electric to Lexus are employing sober, left-brain pitches—special deals, useful features, long-term savings. “There are plenty of high-end brands that sell themselves on the ‘I-buy-it-because-I-can’ idea,” says Hayes Roth of brand consultant Landor. “They’ll have to temper that.”

Imagine trying to sell half an ounce of anti-aging eye cream for $145 a pop. That’s the challenge facing La Prairie, the luxury Swiss skin-care company. Paul Wilmot, who handles public relations for La Prairie and other tony brands, has been pitching the editors of fashion and beauty magazines in the hopes of working the luxe potion into the gift guides that appear in December issues. His spin: The cream contains ingredients usually available only in pricey prescription ointments. “No one wants to look like an idiot who just bought something because it’s expensive,” says Wilmot. “So La Prairie makes an intellectual case.”

Last month, GE began selling its new Profile washer-and-dryer set, which costs a very plush $3,500. The ads feature the stylish machines in eye-catching cherry red, an appeal to what GE marketer Paul Klein calls the style-conscious “iPhone consumer.” But the ads focus more on down-to-earth practicality—specifically, technology that doles out the optimal amount of soap and water per load. “We know electricity costs are going up,” says Klein. “And we know water scarcity is a problem.” GE is also encouraging retailers to explain how the machines will save customers money by being gentle on their clothes, extending the life of their garments.



APC and Wonderwall
November 3, 2008, 4:48 pm
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Masters of interior retail space, Wonderwall and french clothes company, A.P.C. recently unveiled their latest collaboration in Kita-Aoyama.  This is their pair´s second store together.  It is amazing how the Wonderwall essence is so consistent, but seems to work so well with the broad variety of brands they work with.  The key is how it creates a stage for the products- there is no overpowering decor, just simple clean space.