As more retailers enter the menswear market and guys are faced with greater choice of products, styles and sizing, the sector is becoming more competitive. Cue a host of standalone stores and experiences for men.
According to a recent article in The Telegraph, Vismay Sharma, L'Oreal 's UK managing director, said that demand for make-up among men was growing fast and predicts we will see male make-up counters in the next five years. It's clear the male sector has seen a boom in male grooming and fashion.
Gregor Jackson, founding partner at London-based design agency gpstudio, takes us on a journey of discovery through duty free.
Traditional bricks and mortar retailing has generally recorded low single-digit growth for the past few years. Meanwhile, airport stores, alongside e-commerce, is in double-digit growth, with duty free shopping alone set to reach $64 billion in total revenue by 2020 (double this figure if taking into account other airport non-aviation revenue generators). Airports are an ascending market and a potential honeypot for retailers. But its future growth and future success will depend on a stragetic development and significantly improved customer experience.
Nestled in the heart of Mayfair between Bond Street and Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade is England's longest standing shopping arcade, housing 40 specialist stores.
Burlington Arcade began its life in 1819, under Lord George Cavendish, brother of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, who had inherited the adjacent Burlington House. Since its opening, the Arcade has been policed by The Beadles, guards wearing frock coats and braided top hats in the original livery colours of Lord Cavendish. The Beadles were originally recruited to enforce a strict set of behavioural rules in the Arcade, many of which still apply to this day, such as no running, no bikes and no whistling. Historically, whistling has always been forbidden as it was used by pickpockets as coded signals in the 19th century.
Richard Smith, senior sales executive at SOTI, discusses the 'connected' associate – the future salesperson.
In recent years many conversations within the retail sector have focused on the relationship between online and offline trade. A superficial observation of online growth rates can give the impression brick and mortar retail is taking a back seat, and e-commerce is continuing its triumphant march. However, industry experts know this view is too simplistic.