Made.com says no to Black Friday

Retail

Online fashion retailer Made.com has created this funny video to show its disregard for the Black Friday promotional event that has been imported from the US…

The Verdict

It’s good to see retailers fighting back against the margin-eroding event which resulted in shoppers breaking out into a frenzy and even fights last year.

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Neon lights

Art
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Cerith Wyn Evans at the White Cube

Welsh conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans hosted an exhibition at the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, from September 2015. The show featured neon-lit sculptures and slowly rotating palm trees. Like etchings on a page, the illuminous delicate shapes hung from the ceiling, with some of the sculptures made with glass flutes that played a continuous hum. The White Cube made a perfect venue for the exhibition as the bright neon lights reflected off the high shine flooring, in contrast to the shady palm trees.

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The Verdict

Instagram-worthy photo opportunity.

Clerkenwell London/155 Bar & Kitchen

London, Retail

Clerkenwell London is an innovative new concept store that has opened in the heart of the capital’s design district, with its own bistro and wine bar. The lifestyle shop offers everything from fashion, jewellery and homeware, to food and wine, as well as music, art and literature. It even has its own in-house perfumery where customers can mix their own perfumes, making the store a full multi-sensory experience.

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Contemporary interior at Clerkenwell London. Source: Ed Reeve

At Clerkenwell London, the focus is on discovery. In store, each room is curated to a theme and the product range is constantly updated. There is a strong focus on the designers and makers behind the products sold, with Clerkenwell London describing itself as ‘a destination for the discovery of niche and established designers, creatives and artisans’. This focus on the creatives behind the products adds a sense of authenticity and individuality to the range on offer.

Neat little touches include neon-lit signs that read ‘undressing rooms’ above the changing rooms and an arrow with ‘the path to enlightenment’ leading the way to the wine bar downstairs.

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Yet Clerkenwell London is not just an innovative concept store, it is a destination in itself, offering retail, dining and leisure experiences. The store has its own bistro, 155 Bar & Kitchen, offering a modern British menu, as well as a vinyl lounge, Martini bar, wine library and piano lounge – taking customers from breakfast to the evening and beyond. With events such as Saturday Sessions, a music-orientated brunch session with DJs playing all afternoon, who wouldn’t want to spend all day here?

The Verdict

Clerkenwell London represents a new age of retail, where the focus is on discovery and experience.