Mexico City

Mexico City

On a recent visit to Mexico I toured the newly re-launched, upscale department store El Palancio de Hierro in Mexico City. Housing a large array of top designer hard shops it was a nice opportunity to see many new store concepts under one roof. Stand out trends in finishes and fixturing included: wall overlay lattice work in several mediums such […]

New York

New York

Like Paris, New York was heavily frosted for the holiday season. White holiday décor was everywhere and looked fresh and luxurious. Painted white vines were a cost effective interpretation shown streaming up pillars, along walls and over ceilings throughout Bergdorf’s cosmetics department. Bejeweled white peacocks were featured atop jewelry walls in their newly renovated fine […]

Paris

Paris

I was in Paris to scout stores, treasures for clients, and see U2 in concert. The long weekend was cut short by the bombings; the city shut down in fear and mourning. I was having dinner in a Moroccan restaurant set between the two bomb sites at the time they went off. Cell phones started […]

Chicago

Chicago

Product or fantasy? The never ending struggle retailers face when planning holiday windows. Chicago’s Golden Mile shopping district did a great job of demonstrating why fantasy prevails. Despite freezing temperatures the crowds were gathered to see newly unveiled holiday windows; all generations seemed to be drawn into the magic. Arguments abound as to whether to […]