Sometimes, it's not enough for a store to have great products to grab the attention of the fickle passers by. When that's the case, you have to get creative, and these shops have done just that, designing interiors that wow shoppers, before they've even tried anything on. While more and more consumers are turning to online stores for their shopping needs, these stores provide a tangible experience that you're certainly missing out on by shopping at Amazon. Viktor & Rolf, Milan The incredible design for Viktor & Rolf, designed by Siebe Tettero and Sherrie Zwail of SZI DesignSiebe, flips everything in store, making it completely upside down. As mesmerizing as it was disorienting, the design was taken out in 2008, but one of the best I recall seeing. Shane Confectionery, Philadelphia Shane Confectionery succeeds in not only providing a… Read more
NEW SHOP PARIS
You'd be hard-pressed to find a word that describes Bless, but you can definitely leave out 'conventional' and 'typical' - the boutique is, of course, anything but. Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag, operating from Paris and Berlin respectively, are the duo behind this conceptual fashion label founded in 1997. Gravitating towards the unpredictable, visionary and inventive, they have since come up with brushes made of real hair, bags that transform into trousers, fur wigs that have walked down a Maison Martin Margiela runway and boot socks in white leather. Their past collaborations with labels like Adidas, Levi's, Droog and Bucherer have produced coveted limited editions. The Marais boutique, which opened in 2006, seems to be in a constant state of transformation, acting as a shop, showroom and gallery. A display of current and past collections, quirky accessories and funky home design pieces lend an unmistakably Surrealist air to the smartly decorated space. While you aren't sure you could dare - or afford - to strut down the street in pumps covered in brightly-colored cables, dropping by to revel in Bless' melange of high art and avant-garde fashion is a delightful experience in itself.