I dont often get excited about shops – all that consumerism and stuff etc leaves me cold – but recently I have seen some really interesting new shops that offer way more than just shopping.
Alongside Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, London is the venue for the stunning new Japan House. Offering the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation and technology, the space also hosts cultural exhibitions, performances and events.
The attention to detail and beautiful design makes it worth a visit to Kensington – and you can pop into the nearby Design Museum.
In the heart of Hackney – very close to my studio – Mare Street Market is part of a new wave of multi-directional retail spaces, mixing fine a dining restaurant (run by Gizzi Erskine), pizza place, bar, deli, florist, record store and podcast studio all under one roof. Their is also a pop up available for small and upcoming brands .
While in New York recently, I visited the latest Museum of Ice Cream pop-up, where the Instagram friendly brand partnered with Target to create their new Pint Shop.
Following on from the success of the LA and San Francisco outposts, we took part in a unique tasting experience, which introduced 7 new flavours of ice cream – now available in Target. The accompanying merchandise was displayed alongside each ice cream in matching Instagrammable pastel shades.
We also visited the Glossier store, which has become an Instagram hot spot due to its blush interiors and distinctly feminine aesthetic.
After opening various successful pop-ups across the world, the brands founder Emily Weiss has chosen to make the New York store permanent. Hailed by the brand as a shoppable showroom, we headed up to the penthouse space in Soho and to find an an Instagramable, millennial filled space, more akin to a club than a shop.
Another highlight of our New York trip was visiting Guild, the brainchild of NYC interior design duo Roman and Williams. With an French restaurant, flower shop and library, alongside vintage pieces and the brands own furniture range, the space is an eclectic lifestyle experience that made me want to re-decorate my entire house!!
Love the Museum of Ice Cream concept. I believe this is how the modern retail should be done! I believe we’ll see more examples like this one in non-food categories as well.