• Project: Inside TechnoGym's first fully interactive concept store
  • Project: La Perla's new Milan boutique displays exquisite Italian craftsmanship
  • Project: The new Kusmi Tea store in NYC balances the brand's baroque Russian heritage with its French provenance
  • Project: La Perla's new Milan boutique displays exquisite Italian craftsmanship


Christmas adverts 2017

It's that time of year... you sit down with a cuppa (or something stronger), switch on the TV and who should appear on the screen? The likes of Moz the Monster and Kevin the Carrot. We'll be updating our website with Christmas adverts as they are released, and here is what we have seen so far...


Opinion: Boosting intelligence

What can retailers do to keep customers interested and in turn what do they gain by harnessing data concerning the footfall and habits of their customers? Intelligent shopping is here, says Gavin Wheeldon, CEO of Purple.

The way we shop and the way we use technology while we shop, has changed the retail environment forever. Credit cards used to be flashed about on shopping trips but now it’s mobile devices. We all use them; smartphones and tablets have become essential retail companions.


Opinion: Male beauty sector

Beauty and the beard: Banishing the male grooming stigma
In a booming industry, brands and retailers must step up to the plate, says Matthew Ellison, head of planning at The Shopper Agency.

Whether it’s the latest age-defying moisturiser, a new hair product promising great things or a quirky preening treatment, the male grooming market is booming. From just four per cent of men using beauty products in 1991 to more than 50 per cent purchasing online in 2016*, cosmetics are piling up in the shopping baskets of men all over the country. But one question remains, is there still a stigma associated with male grooming?


In & Around: St Christopher's Place

A buzzing quarter nestled between Oxford Street and Marylebone, St Christopher's Place offers a perfect balance of shopping and dining in true cosmopolitan style.

Look out for the landmark purple clock as you walk along Oxford Street and you’ll suddenly discover the entrance to St Christopher’s Place – home to an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars in London. Framed by pedestrianised streets, this unique shopping destination is home to some of Britain’s best brands including the Whistles flagship store and Mulberry’s oldest boutique.


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