mall stores

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Architecture + Branding: Divergent branded store portfolio imitates one of Nike’s long held axioms

1-Global powerhouse Few would have believed that a gamble on importing Japanese-made running shoes into the US market would pen the opening chapters on what would become the story of the dominant name in sports apparel. In 1964, Phil Knight and legendary track coach Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports with the initial mission to … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Luxury marketplace requires brand to think different about its Apple Stores

1-This time it’s different In 1997, in an effort to stave off impeding bankruptcy, Apple, and Steve Jobs, accepted a $150 million lifeline from arch-rival Bill Gates at Microsoft (source: Bloomberg.com, cnet.com, engadget.com, forbes.com). In a world of increasingly generic PCs, Apple products remained different, and generally more expensive. However, convincing customers of Apple’s difference and … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Sparse American Apparel retail store design shifts focus squarely on merchandise

1-Twin streams After a disappointing Christmas holiday shopping season, many retailers, and especially fashion retailers, tend to dominate the business headlines for several weeks into the new year. However, for L.A.-based American Apparel, the troubles began much earlier. On October 5, 2015, after tumultuous years, the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Outback Steakhouse sheds understated aesthetic for expressive modern design

1-Australia Americanized In the mid-1980s, Paul Hogan’s “‘Crocodile’ Dundee” character was thrust into American popular culture with the 1986 theatrical release of the “‘Crocodile’ Dundee” movie. Along with Paul Hogan’s rising fame, American interest and fascination for all things Australia were gaining in popularity. At the height of Australian fixation, friends whom had longed to … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Inconsistent design and location first approach ultimately dilutes GAP’s questionable built design equity

1-Tough slog It has been rather difficult slog for fashion retail in the last few quarters. Canadian retailers MEXX, and Jacob, have shuttered their operations. In early 2015, Wet Seal, Aéropostale, and Deb Shops have announced that they will be shuttering stores, or will be ceasing operations altogether. (source: retailndustry.about.com, cnbc.com). Photo: MEXX, front 3/4 view, 4190 Rue St-Denis … Continue reading

Architecture + Branding: Sephora provides compelling case for colour as cohesive element to convincingly coalesce conflicting store portfolio

1-Beauty. Redefined. Proposing an unprecedented hands-on shopping experience that stood in sharp contrast to the traditional department store cosmetics counter business model, Sephora’s self-service style has endeared it to a multitude of loyal consumers. Tracing its origins to Shop 8, a Limoges, France, perfumery founded by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1969, the brand was initially concentrated … Continue reading