Publication: VMSD

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fifth Avenue Man/D-Bar takes VMSD’s 2014 Retail Renovation of the Year

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September 8, 2014

Created in collaboration with CBX (New York), the upper floors house the Fifth Avenue Man collection and the largest shoe assortment at any Saks to-date. Wound copper and stainless steel mesh material on the walls visually unites rooms. “We wanted something with a little sparkle that could still feel raw and masculine,” Harry Cunningham, svp store planning and design, says.

Read more about the robust reinvention of the Beverly Hills Saks here.

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The Truth Hurts

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March 24, 2014

By Peter Burgoyne

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden raised some hackles in early February by likening New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to that of “some third-world country.” But few could dispute Biden’s overall point – namely, that too many U.S. airports are in desperate need of modernization. And yet this is not just a stateside phenomenon: Aging airports around the globe are begging to be brought into the 21st Century.

Read more: www.vmsd.com/content/truth-hurts

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Grand Tour, Why you should feel bullish about retail in 2014

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December 12, 2013

By Peter Burgoyne

As we approach the New Year, I’ve been taking a step back and take the proverbial “30,000 foot view” of where things stand in the world of retail design. I spent a lot of time over the past year flying around the world to visit stores and malls in France, Turkey, the Philippines, Morocco, Spain, Italy, the U.K., Canada and on both coasts of the United States. Again and again on these travels, I was struck by creative, high-quality retail design and architecture.

Read More: http://vmsd.com/content/grand-tour

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The Omni-Channel Challenge

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November 14, 2013

Retailers need to create an emotive connection, in store and out. By Peter Burgoyne

Unlike design professionals, the left-brained coders who create today’s omni-channel tools have not spent their lives learning how to use the five senses to manipulate mood in three dimensions. And yet the pixelated experiences that emerge from all those ones and zeros can affect how people feel about brands. So even when the design team crafts an in-store environment that perfectly reflects the brand’s attributes, this could easily be undermined by unfortunate experiences with other channels outside of the store.

Read more: http://vmsd.com/content/omni-channel-challenge

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Uncommon Areas

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October 1, 2013

Using sights, sounds and smells to enliven a Manila mall.

By Peter Burgoyne

If the age of the category killers and cookie-cutter retail lineups flattened the customer experience, our job today is to make it three-dimensional again. As I detailed in an earlier post, this was our strategy in Oct. 2011 after the Philippine conglomerate Store Specialists Inc. (SSI) hired us to design the interior of a luxe mall in Manila.

http://vmsd.com/content/uncommon-areas

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The Virtuoso of Rattan

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July 31, 2013

Fine-tuning a luxe mall in Manila—with the help of a homegrown genius.

By Peter Burgoyne

If you’ve ever spent time in Manila, you know how its broiling streets can make you want to duck into a climate-controlled mall—and stay there. Little wonder the likes of Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center draw such crowds. But this isn’t value shopping: At Manila’s malls, shoppers tend to be either privileged members of the local moneyed class or jet-setting tourists and businesspeople from around the globe; building a box and filling it with brands like Starbucks or North Face is simply not enough.

http://vmsd.com/content/virtuoso-rattan

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The Doctor Is In

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June 10, 2013

A push for more efficient healthcare challenges designers to bring medical services to retail

Any Lab Test Now is probably your doctor’s worst nightmare. The service, which allows patients to request their own lab tests without a physician’s order, has even trademarked the phrase “No insurance? No problem.” It’s like Googling your own symptoms on steroids: Instead of a rumpled printout (apology expected), you can hand your physician a crisp set of lab results to back up your self-diagnosis.

Read more: http://vmsd.com/content/doctor

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The Luxury Rebound

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April 16, 2013

Did the recession have a lasting impact on luxury? Peter Burgoyne

Now that the U.S. economy is recovering (albeit slowly) from the economic crash, there’s been lots of buzz about the rebound in luxury retail. Certainly, the sector has been outperforming other retail categories, with analysts pointing to luxury as a safe harbor amid disruptive factors like rising oil prices and the chaos in Libya. One CNNMoney story, in fact, referred to investors hopping on a “luxury bandwagon” and noted that Louis Vuitton’s London boutique has limited shoppers to a maximum of three purchases for fear of running out of inventory. The report also cited China’s thriving economy as a key driver of global demand for luxury goods.

Read more: http://vmsd.com/content/the-luxury-rebound

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Saks Renovates its Beverly Hills Men’s Store

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March 7, 2013

Four-floor Wilshire Boulevard location is being called The Fifth Man.

Saks Fifth Avenue (New York) has completed renovation of its men’s store on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, Calif. It’s calling the 54,000-square-foot, four-level store The Fifth Man. Read more: http://vmsd.com/content/saks-renovates-its-beverly-hills-men-s-store

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The New Convenience

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September 1, 2011

C-stores are being forced to upgrade and drop the ‘smokes and Cokes’ image as competition moves into their territory:

The big gulp you’re hearing these days is not from a 7-Eleven fountain drink. It’s from the management of 7-Eleven itself – and Wawa, Thorntons, Circle K, Cumberland Farms and all the other major convenience store players around the country.

Read more: http://vmsd.com/content/the-new-convenience?page=0%2C1

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