End of an Era

 

I took the opportunity to wander through Holiday Land at Macy’s in downtown Portland last week.  This particular Macy’s store is closing in the coming months; the building started as a Meier and Frank’s in 1909.

As I watched the children anxiously waiting to visit with Santa, I could not help but think of the countless other children who made Macy’s a family tradition for Christmas that will soon only be a memory.

Here is a little homage to the store and its logo.

 

 

Lolli and Pops

I forgot that I had taken some shots of the Lolli & Pop shop in Washington Square.  Thought you might enjoy seeing a few.

Lolli & Pops is a San Francisco-based “candy boutique” with locations in 17 states.  The store is part nostalgic, part artisanal, part whimsical and all-around fun.  Free samples are gladly purveyed. Check out a store if you have the chance, it is simply magical.

https://www.lolliandpops.com

How can you not like a company like this?

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At Moosejaw we want to make shopping as much fun as backpacking the Chilkoot trail, climbing in Yosemite, mountaineering in the Himalayas or playing red rover with the neighbors who you don’t like that much but they’re always ready to play any game in the cul-de-sac so you make do.
If you’re offended by ridiculous commentary don’t click on any of the Moosejaw Madness sections.

-from the Moosejaw website.

You have to admire an outdoor store that does not take itself too seriously.  After all they sell toys to adults and are not transplant surgeons or diplomats from nuclear-armed countries.

Check it out yourself at http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/madness_home____

Uniqlo in the Marais

uniqloIf you happen to be in the Marais in Paris, you should check out Uniqlo’s store at 39 Rue des Francs Bourgeois.

The building, the former Usine de la Société des Cendres, (translated Factory of the Society of Ashes) was a foundry that reclaimed the scrap from jewelers and metalsmith and was redeveloped into a three-story, 8800 sq. ft. showroom.  The store is a new concept for Uniqlo.  Along with a selection of its menswear and womenswear collections, the brand also displays books, furniture and accessories; all in an effort to make the store a fashion-forward destination.

This is the 5th location for the company in Paris along with their Comptoir Des Cotoniers locations.

 

 

Guanggun Jie

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Today, 11/11, is Singles Day or Guanggun Jie.  The name derives from the four “1”s from the date that represent an individual that is alone.

Singles Day celebrates being single and is celebrated with other singles and is very popular with young Chinese.

Tracing its roots to 1993, the original celebrations were held at a number of universities in the Nanjing area of China.  The students took this celebration with them when they finished at the universities and entering the workforce across the country.  The day was further popularized by the expansion of the internet in China.

Seizing an opportunity, retails began to promote the idea of giving gifts to oneself as part of the festivities.  Alibaba trademarked the term “double eleven” as part of their sales promotion.  In 2015, Singles Day sales set a record for on-line sales at $14.32 billion.

Fashion Week in Paris

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By chance, our recent visit to Paris coincided with Fashion Week, the biggest week of the year for French designers.

We did not attend any events, but one night while walking back from a late dinner we found ourselves on Rue Montaigne where many designers have their shops.  It was late at night but every shop was open for private showings.

This is where, when and how some of the 1% shop.

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CARAN d’ACHE

Fabrique genevoise de crayons began over 101 years ago when the Ecridor Pencil Factory was purchased by Arnold Schweitzer in Geneva, Switzerland.  Today, the company known as Caran d’Ache is the premium manufacturer of pens, pencils and art supplies in Switzerland with the brand known world-wide for its quality.  I had the chance to visit the Boutique Caran d”Ache at Place du Bourg-de-Four on my visit to Geneva.  A wonderful little shop from the manufacturer of 40,000,000 FSC-certified pencils a year.

Eastpak – strategy to sales success

 

Alexander Blecher, blecher.info

Alexander Blecher, blecher.info

Eastpak, a backpack company that traces its roots back to making bags for the US military, was acquired by VF in the year 2000. To expand their business, Eastpak and VF came up with a three-part strategy for growth; Diversify the offerings, Globalize the brand, Create a Lifestyle brand.

How did they do?  The reason for this post was the predominance of the Eastpak brand on the streets of Europe.

A nice finish

omnitechI stopped at the local Outlet Mall the other day to do some shopping and some observation.  It was a warm and sunny day and may of the stores had their doors open to deal with the heat.

Being a fan of the brand and a citizen of the PNW, I stopped by the Columbia Sportswear Outlet where they had a great sale going on.  I quickly found several items that I was shopping for so I headed to the registers where there were a number of waiting cashiers.

“I can help you right here,” came a greeting from the nearest register.

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