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The next chapter in fashion retail
STORY started as a startup fashion retail store and has now become a permanent pop-up shop: same location, but new retail layout every 4-6 weeks. Each month is a new “chapter”, such as COLOR, with an art-gallery installation feel, the point of view of a fashion magazine, and sells items like a small boutique.
Why it matters
The retail landscape is in flux due to a tension between bricks-and-mortar and online stores, and retail spaces need to become more than just a transaction-based consumer experience. Many stores will rotate merchandise to keep it fresh, but STORY has tapped into a retail experience that transcends the clothing for sale. They sell a fashion trend, not just articles of clothing and accessories, that is gone as quickly as it comes in. Can this transcend fashion retail and become a viable retail model to save bricks-and-mortar? How can you tell a new story through the store experience with your product or service?
Virtual pop-up stores that come from nowhere and soon disappear are the latest craze in online shopping. They redefine the concept of exclusive by offering items for a limited time on a site that only those “in the know” will ever find. Designer Rachel Roy recently teamed up with pop-star Estelle for a jewelry line that was sold on the designer’s Facebook page for 3 days only. These digital pop-up stores are becoming increasingly popular with the younger, tech savvy generations.
Smart is offering a unique cinema experience in Australia. Like a drive-in cinema but their cars are placed inside the movie theatre instead of outside. The idea behind it is to show that as well as being compact on the outside in fact Smart is more spacious inside than thought. So spacious that it will be an enjoyable experience to watch a movie in these cars for 1.5-2 hours.