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The new Fashion Factory window scheme in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge continues to pick up on the craft theme present in this season’s fashions. Our windows highlight the craft of dressmaking with an industrial, factory like angle, transformed to showcase a collection of mad machines that appear to be in the process of creating fashion pieces, all done with our trademark playful spin.
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Fat Face, the lifestyle clothing brand that produces clothing for men, women & kids, has recently opened a store on the impressive new retail balcony at London Waterloo, the railway terminus and London Underground complex. As the central hub for daily commuters and tourists, Waterloo is a pivotal location for the brand, so the need to create a visually impactful store that captures the very essence of the brand was paramount. To achieve this Fat Face enlisted the help of Andy Thornton and their Urban Vintage collection, for visual merchandising inspiration and retail display equipment.
Using innovative clothing displays designed by Fat Face Visual Merchandising Team, Andy Thornton helped to develop the bespoke fixtures and bring the designs to life. Heavy industrial steel fittings, with reclaimed timber shelving, have been blended perfectly with the rustic natural timber columns, beams, boarding and floorboards that provide the fabric of the building.
Simple yet functional T-Stands have been used throughout, as well as Andy Thornton’s popular and extremely versatile industrial shelving units. These can be adjusted to a number of positions, even folded to make a table, so that they can be used for clothes, footwear and accessories. A three-tier trolley in an eye-catching antique turquoise patina, provides the perfect display for hats, scarves and bags.
1930s-style French café side chairs finished in antique cream have been dotted around the store, for customers to sit on, whilst others have been cleverly utilized for displaying outfits on seated mannequins.
As well as using standard products from the range, Fat Face also commissioned Andy Thornton to develop and manufacture an exclusive suite of versatile single and split-level display tables and A-frames. These make use of rough-sawn reclaimed pine legs with timber shelves made from old floorboards. The steel brackets and shelf frames have a distressed finish with the cream top coat wiped to reveal a brown base coat.
Andy Thornton also supplied some of their industrial factory-style lighting, simple dome-shaped steel pendants in a pewter finish, above the till points.
With over 200 stores across the UK and Ireland, Fat Face plans to continue using the Urban Vintage furniture and lighting from Andy Thornton for future new store openings and refurbishments around the country.
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I love doodles hand painted windows, typography etc, people make creating doodles look so easy, but alas we know its hard to create amazing pictures this way.
Here are a few examples of some store windows have have been doodled.
Here are some great doodle graphic ideas to inspire you to get creative in your stores.
I hope to find lots more amazing examples of great doodle windows and will update this post as i do.
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Getting out of a cab last week in Uxbridge the first thing to greet Lynda and I was a sign saying “great coffee served here” quite a statement.
Looking up we saw a new coffee house called Harris and Hoole, the name sounded very poetic [the names originates from a diary exert by Samuel Pepys], the glass fronted exterior was covered in doodles telling me lots of info about the company and their ambitions.
It dosnt take more than a few doodles and a sniff of an independent to draw us in; and we weren’t disappointed the interior decor looked really great. The design is following the very popular trend of recycling, renewing and reinventing.
There were all the ingredients of an independent store a community notice board, great music playing, people playing board games, live events advertised, hand written signage, quirky toilets and very friendly, knowledgable staff.
But there was something a little bit too ordered about the place, it looked and felt like an independent but in a “Disney” sense, i couldn’t quite put my finger then my business partner googled the company and found out that they were independent but financially backed by Tesco a big sigh followed this news.
But after looking at their website reading about the owners the Tolleys and reading quite a few press articles a few of which were giving them a hard time for supposedly deceiving their customers by not mentioning Tesco [it does clearly and proudly mention that they are backed by Tesco on their website] I thought does it really matter that they are backed by one of the biggest companies in the UK? Arnt a lot of companies looking for investors? And the banks are forthcoming with their money these days; and didn’t Tesco start out as an independent.
After drinking one of the best lattes i have had in a while i came to the conclusion that it dosnt matter, the most important thing is that its a great new business giving the public a choice, the town a lovely looking shop and lots of people job opportunities.
But don’t let my rantings sway you, pop along to one of their branches, look at their website and and decide for your self.
PS, it did feel a bit ordered but hopefully will get a little bit rough around the edges once the hoards stark flocking to it, which I’m sure they will.
Click here to read an interview with Nick Tolley, Chief executive of Harris and Hoole.
Click here to visit the Harris and Hoole website.
The Pulse homewards and accessories show has just finished at Earls Court in London, and although this show is aimed at store buyers the suppliers always create great displays.
This year the main visual trends i saw were the use of upcycled furniture, bold colours and blackboard paint with chalk outlines.
Here are a selection of photos for you to peruse and borrow ideas from.