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LACOSTE, the French lifestyle brand known for its crocodile logo, iconic polo shirts and sport-inspired premium casual wear will open two new stores in the U.K this Spring in continuation of a worldwide strategy elevating the brand and creating a stronger retail identity.
L.F.Markeyis set to open their first permanent store in Dalston, London in February 2019.
L.F.Markey’s first stand-alone store was borne out of demand from customers for a retail experience. Whilst allowing Markey to curate a space to communicate the brands aesthetic. The store fit, designed by Markey herself has used her trademark bold colour palette throughout, accompanied by industrial fittings such as factory racking, square butchers tiles and warehouse trollies, powder coated in soft pastel shades of mint, baby blue and pink. Soft pink velvet curtains and mint tiles make up the dressing rooms of dreams.
When deciding on the location of their first store, Dalston was an obvious choice as Australian born Markey has called Hackney her home for over 15 years. Dalston, the heart of London’s vibrant creative neighbourhood, is home to an established and loyal customer base who sought a more immersive and dedicated L.F.Markey space.
L.F.Markey was keen to create a casual, creative and fun lifestyle store that celebrates her core brand values. Curated alongside her current SS19 collection Markey and her team have hand selected independent labels from around the globe; YKRA bags from Hungary, Toasties shearling accessories from Paris, as well as jewellery, perfume, ceramics and homeware. All staff welcome you wearing the L.F.Markey signature boiler-suits which are available to buy in a range of colours. The store space will also be used regularly for events, a creative space to support emerging artists, designers and musicians.
Following the brand's exciting wholesale expansion to North America, Japan and Net-a-Porter for SS19, this new London store is an important step in the brand’s expansion plan. L.F.Markey will launch their first Menswear range in May 2019.
intu has announced plans to invest more than £1 million to create an additional food offer at intu Watford following the launch of the centre's £180 million retail and leisure extension last year. A series of new food outlets will open at the opposite end of the centre to intu Watford’s extension, with construction work underway from next month to transform the space into a relaxed, communal dining experience.
New York welcomed the latest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in December, a 2,136 sq m immersive coffee destination in the city's Meatpacking District at 61 9th Avenue, where the company's rarest and freshest coffees will be roasted and served. The New York location marks Starbucks' fourth Roastery and second location in the U.S. and celebrates the heritage of roasting and the craft of coffee.
This Spring, the £3 billion transformation of Wembley Park by Quintain will welcome Wembley Park Market. The curated community of businesses and brands across lifestyle, fashion, wellness and food and drink is the latest addition to the North London regeneration project, further cementing its status as the capital’s newest creative neighbourhood.
To promote the NXSport range and to support the 'Add Spring to your Step' campaign, Next has opened the Feel Good Gym at intu Merry Hill. Customers can browse the NXSport range and Branded Sport displayed in ‘locker rooms’ and on mannequin displays where brand ambassadors are on hand to educate customers on the features and benefits of the range. The pop-up has been designed in collaboration with retail experience agency, Blacklash Creative.
Health and beauty shopping experiences are becoming more social, inclusive and experiential, with sustainability and personalisation gaining even more momentum, finds Retail Focus.
With an army of beauty bloggers and vloggers, the world of makeup and styling has exploded, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Instagram-savvy Millenials are in search of the perfect selfie and tripping over each other to buy makeup, lotions and potions used by the likes of the Kardashians. They also seem to trust YouTube sensations over the large corporations when it comes to advice.