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    Alan Bilzerian Retail

    August 3rd, 2015

    Alan Bilzerian, fashion retailer, founded 1967 by Alan Bilzerian in Worcester, USA. During the 1960’s, a time of change and liberation, Alan Bilzerian decided to provide New England with a fashion that matched the time. His first store “Body Shop” in Worcester offered hip designer clothing including printed corduroy and velvet shirts. Quickly he caught the attention of many artists and musicians, and became a household name amongst the fashion forward crowd. Bilzerian later opened a second boutique in Boston, where he sold some of the most modern European and Asian designers such as Issey Miyake, Giorgio Armani and Comme des Garcons next to his own collection of suits, shoes, knitwear and accessories for men and women. Alan Balzerian continues to be a go-to address for the most fashionable Boston population and visitors and has sold garments to many celebrities including Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Madonna.
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    Bill Hallman Retail

    August 3rd, 2015

    Bill Hallman, fashion retailer, founded 1990 by Bill Hallman in Atlanta. Hallman was a designer before he was a retailer, and sold his designs to various US-department stores. In 1990 he decided to open his own store that sold his designs in addition to vintage clothing and other high-end designs. The aim was to provide Atlanta shoppers with a selection of the newest and best apparel, accessories and shoes. Later “Inman Park” was added to the store, a department that offers customized shopping, with women choosing their dresses’ fabrics and men getting bespoke suits tailored.
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    Isetan

    August 3rd, 2015

    Isetan, Japanese department store chain, founded 1886 by Tanji Kosuge in Tokyo, Japan. Isetan has for centuries been the largest and most important department store in Japan. The store was created, by merging the two already famous department stores “Isetan” and “Mitsukoshi”. Isetan offers everything shoppers might look for: from high-end fashion, over food, to traditional Japanese items such as pottery, artwork and kimonos. The store is also known for having debuted many European designers on the Japanese fashion market. The group has been expanding with stores in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Vienna, to list a few, and plans to further expand in the future.
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    Jeffrey New York

    Juni 2nd, 2015

    Jeffrey, luxury retailer, founded 1999 by Jeffrey Kalinsky in New York. Jeffrey was one of the first retailers to open in New York’s now very fashionable Meatpacking District. The former Barney’s buyer wanted to offer high-end fashion that could be found in other luxury department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman or Barneys, but in a smaller, more concentrated, fun and unpretentious concept. Jeffrey offers on-trend luxury fashion for men and women with a focus on customer service and a fun shopping experience, which is created with a DJ, an open shopping space and without bothersome sales associates.
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    Concept Store

    Januar 13th, 2014

    A concept store is a retail store that sells an unusual mixture of upscale products according to a specific concept. The store is designed to appeal to a distinct group of customers. Interior design, music, shop assistants and offering are all tailored to the likings of this customer group. The offering often expands beyond clothes and includes lifestyle products also chosen specifically for the target customer. Concept stores try to promote the idea of a fun shopping experience and emphasize on customer relations. Popular concept stores are 10 Como Corso in Milan and Voo Store in Berlin.
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    La Rinascente

    Dezember 9th, 2013

    La Rinascente, Italian department store, founded 1865 by Luigi and Ferdinando Bocconi in Milan. La Rinascente is Italy’s most luxurious and elegant department store. Inspired by Le Bon Marché it gave customers a new shopping experience, letting them see and touch the products offered. The store offers everything for fashion, household, beauty and food. The flagship store is located on the famous Piazza del Duomo and there are 10 other La Rinascente stores in Italy. Since La Rinascente was bought by Central Retail Corporations in 2011, the business has also been expanding into Asia, planning on opening stores in Japan, China, Thailand and Hong Kong.
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    10 Corso Como

    Dezember 9th, 2013

    10 Corso Como, Italian concept store, founded 1991 by Carla Sozzani. Carla Sozzani’s intention was to create a space to display photography, art and design when she first opened Galleria Carla Sozzani in a garage in Milan. A year later, the space had been converted into one of the world’s most famous concept stores. A new retail concept was introduced – ‘slow shopping’. The store is designed to let the customers enjoy their shopping experience and forget time with a café, bookstore, piazza and exhibitions. 10 Corso Como is known for exceptional marketing and international style and has expanded by opening their flagship store in Seoul as well as stores in Tokyo and Shanghai.
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    Colette

    Dezember 9th, 2013

    Colette, French concept store, founded 1997 by Colette Rousseaux in Paris. Colette is the first concept store of its kind to open in Paris. Inspired by Japanese concept stores it has a broad offering of fashion, beauty, art, music, partys and high-tech. Here, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris the most luxurious, expensive, extraordinary and beautiful art and fashion pieces are brought together which makes it one of the most popular shopping destinations in Paris.
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    Harrods

    Dezember 9th, 2013

    Harrods, British high-end department store, founded 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod in London. Harrods is Europe’s largest and one of the world’s most famous department stores. In 1883, the building was burned down in a fire but was rebuilt shortly after and has ever since been one of London’s main tourist attractions and shopping destinations. Especially the Christmas department and food halls are world famous. Harrods is one of London’s most expensive places to shop, yet everyone is allowed to enter the store when dressed appropriately. ‘All things for all people, everywhere’ is their slogan.
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    Selfridges

    Dezember 9th, 2013

    Selfridges, British high-end department store chain, founded 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge in London. When founding Selfridges the aim was to provide customers with a more fun and entertaining shopping experience rather than it being an obligation. Selfridges was the first to display merchandise for customers to examine, set up central perfume counters and use the famous principle ‘the customer is always right’, all methods that have been adapted by the biggest department stores worldwide. The roof terrace with mini golf courses, cafes and gardens provided for the entertainment. After being acquired by the Sears Group, Selfridges expanded with three more stores in the UK, although the original store on London’s Oxford Street remained the flagship store. With over 17 Mio. customers per year, Selfridges is the second largest department store in the UK following Harrods.
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