From February 2014

Retail Gets a New Lease on Life

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The retail landscape is literally changing before our eyes. Chains are now anchoring residential and commercial complexes, uniting them in one community called mixed-use developments. This concept has been around for a quite some time in various forms, but now we’re seeing a real trend that may mark the wave of the future. Government (FHA mortgage insurance programs)...

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Fall 2014 Ready to Wear London Trend Report

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London Calling! Thank goodness for the fresh, unconventional, experimental and unexpected fashions we are lucky to find during the Fall RTW shows presented in the U.K. With a history of the avant-garde in their blood, English designers seem a bit more progressive in the chances they take. We saw more color than was present in the New York shows...

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How Steaks, Martinis and Espressos are driving Retail Sales

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The idea of combining food services/restaurants with a retail venue has been around for quite some time, but where it was once thought of as providing a convenience for shoppers has now turned into a marketing strategy. I was introduced to the concept when I was a kid. My mother would take me shopping at Neiman Marcus and one...

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Fall 2014 Ready to Wear New York Trend Report

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Where have all the colors gone? Muted, subtle and neutral are the most prevalent color trends for Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear, at least from the New York contingency. Blush, taupe, nude, black and white with tiny splashes of color were on the palettes of many of the New York designers. Red seems to be one of the favored pops of color, with...

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CVS’s Big Move Could Change the Face of Retail

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With CVS’s recent announcement to ban cigarette sales by October 1, 2014, comes some questions and opportunities. How will this affect overall sales and what will consumer reaction be? Will similar retailers follow suit? This bold move by CVS reflects the opportunity for the chain to boost its image in the public eye, in being an advocate for public health...

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In-Store Marketing for Maximum Effect

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In-store marketing and merchandising can have a direct impact on sales. With online retailers making some very exciting and engaging presentations to potential buyers, physical stores need to step up to the plate. With four out of five purchases still made in the store, retailers need to focus on merchandising, kiosks and displays, which can serve as real attention-getting devices...

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A Value-Added Salesperson: Mannequins Make a Strong Comeback

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There is little that is more relevant to the brick-and-mortar shopping experience than seeing the latest fashions prominently displayed on a mannequin. No matter how slick or sophisticated online shopping sites portray their wares, few things come close to seeing the cut, style, even the feel of fabrications and outfits on a life-sized model. Mannequins came into use about a...

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Fascinators: The Up-Trending Chapeau

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We all acknowledge that the Duchess of Cambridge, (that’s Kate Middleton to you and me) is the Queen of the fascinator. Yes, down the road she’ll be a slightly different type of Queen. But for now, we’ll discuss her almost super human dedication to the craft of couture millinery. Hats have been around since...

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The Influence of Street Art and Graffiti on the Apparel and Retail Industry

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When you’re standing in the blowing chill of an arctic blast, waiting for the subway train to finally arrive, clutching at the collar of your coat, you pray that tomorrow will be summer. You know that’s not living in reality, but just to get through the next seven minutes, until the train arrives, you will gladly...

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“Seeing Red” Red Hot Trends for Valentine’s Day

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We celebrate romance, love and all things cherubic on Valentine’s Day. Why, you may ask? Many scholars believe that there actually was a St. Valentine, who was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome.  The Roman emperor at that time period was Claudius II.  Claudius felt to make a better soldier, a legionnaire must remain...

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