Stores Of The Future*

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  1. Lena

    Lena etre soi-meme

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    [​IMG] At Microzine, a store in London, Christopher Lee offers a well-edited collection for those overwhelmed by choices


    by GUY TREBAY of NYT :flower:
     
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    ignitioned32 Mannikin

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    I agree with Mr. Lee. "If Everyone's got the same product, and consumers are fed up." That's why I like stores like Colette and 10 Corso Como. They both have the "fashion brands" and new, hard-to-find ones. Thus making it more convinient for shoppers. :) :heart:

    Interesting aticle, Lena! Thanks! :flower:
     
  3. Lena

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    you are welcome igni :flower:

    I simply adore Corso Como 10 and Colette for their selection of items and their often updates on merchandise (even though it seems like Colette is been loosing its touch lately.)

    One thing i love about Zara is that they change merchandise very often so there is always something new to see and browse every time i visit ;)

    I wish more and more stores were renewing merchnadise often and look out for unusual products from all over the world , makes it so much more interesting from a consumers point of view.
     
  4. Christopher31

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    Great article!
     
  5. strawberry daiquiri

    strawberry daiquiri seagreen serenades

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    With '90% of the economy driven by the consumer' it is quite frightening to think that only 10% is left to include both investors and entrepreneurs. As far as I know the American economy is only funded 2/3s by individuals purchasing power, so....

    I don't know if edited shopping would really be a success in the long-term or that it could ever replace the consumers feeling of freedom of choice and 'shopping around'. Economic activity as Keynes wrote it, can only be taken as a result of animal spirits ( the confidence or optimism as the energizing force that keeps a market system bounding ever upward) and the spontaneous urge to action rather than inaction. If the animal spirits are dimmed and the spontaneous optimism falters… enterprise will fade and die. Confidence moves in waves and if they begin to show less choice to those buying people, they would ultimately feel conned into buying what they were shown, because it was all they were being shown. Blah, this is just an idea though isn't it and nobody is suggesting its going to take over the world, just make shopping less painful for those who feel inflicted :lol:
     
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    HBoogie Procrastinator.

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    I don't think this will become the norm. Consumer culture would have to change dramatically for mainstream modes of shopping to shift towards edited shopping. Edited shopping is more expensive shopping, and stores that cater to consumers that are more well-off and have more discriminating tastes have always been like this. Microzine seems just like any other boutique. The written testimonials from customers are a good idea, but a smart and Internet-savvy consumer can find product reviews for just about anything if he or she really wants to.
     
  7. Scott

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    Its an interesting concept,I must say, but Colette and 10 Corso Como have been around for a long time and have the money to do so. What's more,those shops have a terrible exclusive feel to them,I think.

    I prefer the idea of small shops with a warm cottage-like atmosphere as opposed to the 'mecca'. Remember Yasmin Cho? That was complete and utter innovation to me...the atmosphere and the the stock concepts.
     
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    Spacemiu New Member

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    I liek evry mcuh teh idea taht shops should have a 'point of view' I liek shops that have unique style and unique stuff, this is why I liek small boutques and teh liek
     
  9. Lena

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    oh no, they are not 'exclusive' at all, one can find anything, from edited lighters (3 euros) to uber expensive items, and those shops really make money, they are packed since day one (Corso Como 10 has been around for something like 10 years now).

    The concept store trend is actually quite old and very succesful in europe, there are too many new little shops that offer edited merchandise from books to accessories and clothes to beauty to shoes. The most interesting part is that you never know what you will find in store since they change the merchandise too often. Commercial wise its a great idea to bring people in again and again.
    Anyway, it works with me. I'm so over 'traditional' stores that change 'theme' every season.. they bore me :ninja:

    Editing can be fun since one can find real unusual items in uber small quantities, they are also great for discovering new designers from all over the world. Just the fact that items are not stored in big quantities, make this kind of stores very atractive, anyway, its just my opinion :flower:
     

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