Retail Refugees

Barneys Gourmet Holiday Windows
November 2, 2010, 1:11 pm
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Simon Doonan, Creative Director for Barneys New York, has just unveiled designs for one of the first holiday window displays of the season… With the tagline, “Have a foodie holiday” and paying respect to icons of gastronomy like Jean-Georges, Jaime Oliver and Julia Child, the first glimpse includes a scene created from Illy coffee packaging and accessories.  Looking forward to lunch… I mean, the holiday season!

“I’m interested in the dissonance between fashion and food,” said Doonan. “Whenever we do an event, the fashion people say, ‘No food please. Let’s just serve vodka.’ But our customers are much more interested in Bobby Flay and Keith McNally than in Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians. Chefs are definitely the new celebrities.” (via The Moment)

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Marais, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:43 pm
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T Magazine’s The Moment blog had an interesting look at Paris’s Marais district today exploring some of the interesting shops, restaurants, and other sites.  Take a look if you have any plans to visit the city of lights anytime in the near future.  Definitely a must see for shopping and eating, the retail scene seems to be among the most innovative in the city.

For a long time now, the Haut Marais has attracted indie boutiques and avant-garde designers. More and more, they’re foreign-born. The American modernist Jack Henry made his home at 25, rue Charlot, which is just down the street from Plagg, Barbara Kurdziel’s shop devoted to Scandinavian fashion, which is just down the street from the Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s whimsical atelier. And just around the corner on rue de Vielle du Temple, the New York design collective Surface to Air opened its new flagship featuring edgy-urbane men’s and women’s fashion. Foreign flair is suddenly everywhere, and for a city that’s infamous for resisting change, it’s a welcome infusion.

The latest international arrival is Koko. After years of talking about it, and then a year of red tape and on-the-ground planning, the New Zealand expat Catherine McMahon is opening Paris’s first and only store devoted to Kiwi goods. McMahon was often complimented when she wore clothes designed by her compatriots, but, she says, “I realized not many people know anything about Kiwi fashion.” When her boutique opens on Sept. 17, it will be her mission to familiarize the locals with names like Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Trelise Cooper.

The neighborhood’s worldliness isn’t only the result of boutiques and designers. Merce and the Muse delighted French coffee snobs this summer with its in-house brew, which the American owner went all the way to Denmark’s Coffee Collective to learn. And then there’s Mary Quarta — next door to Merce, both a bread-crumb trail from Koko — an Italian who started scooping up divine cones of Nutella and stracciatella gelato this past season. The French will never lose their taste for espresso at zinc counters and macarons at the salon de thé, but global flavors go down easy, too.

DESCRIPTIONCyrille Weiner The Surface to Air store in Marais.

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

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

The 20 Best Shopping Destinations
April 6, 2010, 10:44 am
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Gadling, the superb travel blog, has put together some helpful tips for shopping addicts around the world.  From Morrocco to Toronoto to Beijing and Tahiti, they have scoured the best shops, markets and malls to get the perfect souvenir.

Here is a sample from Mumbai!

Mumbai, India
Mumbai is a bustling, busy, and sometimes dirty city. My favorite shopping destination was Mangadalas Market, where there are plenty of bargains on everything from textiles to clothing, both modern and traditional. This is a great place to find accent pieces (and fabrics to make your own) for your home. Women should definitely check out Naina’s, where you can order customized saris. And, Cottage Industries Emporium has an unbelievable selection of crafts made by skilled Indian artisans.

Read the full story here…

Resort Refugee Update
March 31, 2010, 5:41 pm
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Our sister site, Resort Refugees has posted a few interesting products available around the world.  Check them out here!

Other Uniqlo News
September 1, 2009, 11:42 am
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While Colette has the temporary Uniqlo in Paris, SlamXHype has some images of the real Uniqlo flagship opening soon.

“As the final preparations go underway for the new store for Japanese brand Uniqlo in Paris we get to see an inside look at it’s new home venue. Set to be named Paris Opera Store, a reference to the historical Palais Garnier (or commonly known as Paris Opera House) across the street, architect Masamichi Katayama and his firm Wonderwall will completely revamp the interior into a multi-level store, complete with a grand staircase and skylight.  Measured at 23,000 square-feet, the store will be one of the largest existing Uniqlo stores.  Plans for opening are to coincide with the global launch of new Jil Sander for Uniqlo on the 1st of October 2009.

15 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France.”