Colour & Materials: Pushing the Boundaries

Thoughtful material and colour selection can positively shape how customers think, feel and behave within a store, finds Retail Focus.

As any designer will tell you, materials and colour play a vital part in the creative process and it’s therefore important to stay up to date with the latest products, trends and innovations. In retail design, specifically, the material and colour palette of a store has the power to shape how customers think, feel and behave within the space.


Opinion: Is plus-size a growing sector of fashion?

In recent years, not only has there appeared to be a surge in clothing brands stocking solely plus-size clothing, but many established womenswear companies also now offer dedicated plus-size departments. Hiten Solanki, senior SEO executive of high street fashion brand River Island, investigates the plus-size clothing market in 2018 and beyond.

When it comes to the plus-size sector, the UK fashion industry is generally divided into specialist plus-size brands (which serve the plus-size customer only) and generalist plus-size brands (which have extended their sizing ranges to include plus-size options). As of 2017, the plus-size market was worth approximately £6.6 billion, according to a PwC report, and £4.7 billion of this was for female plus-size clothing only.


Feeding our need: Restaurant design

Dining out has never been so exciting, visually stimulating and Instagrammable, finds Retail Focus.

London's first avocado bar opened in Covent Garden in the Summer – just one example of how dining out has evolved. From roast dinner wraps to bubble waffles, new creations are hitting our high streets every month, and that means a host of exciting dining experiences. Queues were round the block for the launch of Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream at Central Cross in Chinatown London, Europe's first Filipino icecream parlour, which also created a social media frenzy.


In & Around: Dover

Dover has seen significant regeneration, including the opening of the £53 million St James Dover retail and leisure development, encouraging visitors to explore the whole town centre.

Nestled on the Kent coast, Dover is a major port for ferries to Calais, seeing some 11.7 million passengers flooding through the port in 2017, including 200,000 cruise passengers a year. St James Dover is a £53 million retail and leisure development in the centre of Dover, which has been 20 years in the making since since the site on the A20 was first identified as the best place to have a major retail development back in 1997.


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