Last week the POPAI Global Awards where held in Las Vegas and I am pleased to report that the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project at Myer took out the most ‘prestigious and competitive’ Global award for best temporary ‘Shopper Marketing Campaign’. The project was up against more than ’50 finalists from 10 countries’. The project qualified entry to the 2016 global awards after winning gold for ‘best window display’ in 2015 at the Australian & New Zealand POPAI Awards Gala.
The 1 Million Stars to End Violence project at Myer was a cause based community arts campaign, where customers participated in-store workshops at Myer Melbourne, making stars out of ribbon as symbolic stance against violence. After 5 weeks of workshops the stars where culminated into a series of installations around the store, including a special Bourke St window for International Women’s Day 2015. (To find out more about the project click here.)
This campaign has taken shopper experience to a whole new level and I am very proud to have collaborated with project Creator Maryann Talia Pau, Myer, Active Display, Stage One and Illustrator Kerrie Hess on this project. The dream team has done it again! Here’s to giving back, taking stance against violence, shooting for the stars and winning awards in the process!
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In my previous post on visual merchandising in Tokyo I covered windows and in-store displays. This post is a continuation of my last one and focuses mostly on store design in Tokyo. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to look at my last post on visual merchandising in Tokyo, please check it out here. The store design in Tokyo is nothing short of exceptional, I completely fell in love with Opening Ceremony, and Kate Spade. Dover St Markets was also a major highlight. From my experience, when comparing the visual merchandising against the store design in Tokyo, I would say that the store design wins hands down. It feels like the Japanese use their store design to communicate their brand image more so than their window displays. It would be interesting to know whether one has a bigger impact on the consumer than the other, or whether they are relatively balanced in their levels of consumer influence? In saying that, obviously the best results would always be produced when store design and visual merchandising are working in conjunction with each other. But I wonder if they where separated, if a store only had one or the other, which one would prove to be more influential in a consumers decision to purchase? Practically impossible to measure I know, but the only reason I am pondering this is because I saw a lot of stores in Japan that where purely focused on store design with very minimal VM window and in store displays. But by all means take a look and compare for yourselves and let me know your thoughts?
This is the no 1 must see if you are in Tokyo! The Dover st Markets is the epitome of fashion and design comprising of 6 levels of designer labels such as Comme des Garçons, Celine, Nike lab, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, A Bathing Ape and much more.
Here are a few words about the concept and direction of Dover St Markets from Rei KAWAKUBO
“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.”
For more info visit http://ginza.doverstreetmarket.com/index.html
Opening Ceremony – Harajuku Innovation at its finest. Most inspiring place to shop hands down.
Kate Spade – Aoyama Love, love, love this. And that dressing room is so good looking!
Prada Flagship – Aoyama This store is divinely futuristic.
The Gyre Building – Harajuku Comme des Garçons – The trading museum
Maison Martin Margiela Love the use of product in the grand piano, such a classy touch.
Indigo Camping Trailer
Isetan Department store Most definitely the best department store in Tokyo.
The Disney Store – Shibuya
Alice in Wonderland cafe – Shibuya Also known as Alice in a dancing land cafe, this is a hidden gem, it’s an underground cafe, which you either stumble upon by falling down a rabbit hole or someone gives you some very specific directions as to where it is. However their are 6 individual alice cafes in Japan so you might just have some luck finding at least one of them.
Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a visual merchandising trip to Tokyo. Tokyo is regarded as the one of top fashion capitals of the world with many avant-garde designers in its midst. Tokyo is one of the few places in the world where fashion trends are taken to the extreme with the likes of harajuku and baby doll girls. It’s great, everywhere you turn you see a different fashion style, the Japanese add a whole new meaning to the word ‘unique’! They think outside the box and have impeccable design aesthetics. I would highly recommend Tokyo as a must see if your passionate about fashion and design. The best districts to visit for visual merchandising and store design would be Ginza, Harajuku, Aoyama, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Omotesandō st in Harajuku is where all the designer fashion flagships stores are located, much like the 5th ave of NYC. Architecture and store design here are not to be missed! Off this street are also many little side streets which are filled with heaps of little vintage and harajuku type fashion stores. The Harajuku district was definitely my favourite place to explore during the trip I went back there about 3 times! Check out some pictures from my trip here below. Most photo’s have been taken in Harajuku and Ginza districts.
Wako department store
Hermes – Ginza
Hermes – Shibuya
Dolce & Gabbana
Polo Ralph Lauren
Printemps 30th anniversary celebrations.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Chloe – Isetan Department Store
Pass the Baton
Ragtag The cutest floor directory board I have ever seen!
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Gloss Creative on a stunning installation for Sportsgirl’s Flagship store in Bourke St, Melbourne.
Sportsgirl prides itself as the leader of creativity and innovation amongst Australian retailers. Sportsgirl’s passion for offering an interactive brand experience for their customers has lead to a fabulous collaboration with Gloss Creative. A innovative agency that specialises in 3D installations and set design for the retail market. Gloss Creative comprises of a small but incredibly talented team of individuals, merging together the skills of Visual Merchandisers, Graphic Artists and Interior Architects to produce a power force of creative brilliance. Continue reading