Retail

In Style & On the Money — Start with Art

Oliver Gal to Host “Start With Art” Expert Panel at The Point During 2023 Fall High Point Market

Can retailers survive a rise in DTC brands?

Online shopping and cheaper, faster shipping options have facilitated the rise of DTC brands, and with online shopping continuing to grow, it makes sense that DTC would grow, too.

Is resale the future of home furnishings retail?

In a survey conducted by consumer experience and insights firm WD Partners last year, more than 71% of respondents said they shop secondhand at least once a month. Some 11% do so daily. (I’m thinking most of those folks are collectors or resellers themselves; some might be people with shopping addictions.) But another 26% shop secondhand weekly and 33% do so monthly. Their reasons vary: Some like the fun of seeking out “treasures.” Others want to save money and still others like the sustainability of buying used items or, in the parlance of auto dealers, preowned products.

Hawaiian designer Shaolin Low moves into retail

Wanting to create a store that draws local shoppers back again and again as they refresh their decor or pop in to find a special gift, interior designer Shaolin Low has opened Woven by Shaolin in Kailua, Hawaii.

What happens when consumers stop consuming?

We’re also seeing a generational shift in how people view shopping and buying. Why is this happening? Because the older generations were accumulators and the younger generations, well, not so much. we have a generation of accumulators shedding their belongings and not restocking. And we have younger generations who are less interested in shopping as sport and more worried about the environmental impact of their purchases. Oh, and they have relatively fewer financial resources than some previous generations at the same point in their lives.

Inside the new Christopher Kennedy design studio in downtown Palm Springs

For designers entertaining the idea of opening their own store, Christopher Kennedy offers some sage advice. “Running a design firm, sometimes you are your own best customer,” he said. “Owning a retail store is really useful when you need to pick up some accessories last minute to art a photoshoot. You really need the same level of dedication to both [your firm and store] to maintain a cohesive brand. And you can get burned out trying to do it all.” Kennedy admitted that he was too hands-off with the retail side of the business, focusing heavily on design clients. He took some time to step back and reevaluate how he could best serve his clients and community. The result is a new, tailored showroom, tucked into a business center in downtown Palm Springs. It doesn’t have the same tourist foot traffic as the previous space, but it’s calm, crisp, and feels like home.

The new Itihāas Company offers pillows, throws with a rich history

With a passion for history and the stories that objects can tell, Devika Kanadé has…

Visit the new Jungalow pop-up on Melrose

Justina Blakeney posting by sofa and bookcase in first Jungalow pop up shop

Restoration Hardware unveils RH England, The Gallery at historic Anyho Park

RH England, The Gallery at the Historic Aynho Park, a Magnificent 17th-Century, 73-Acre Estate with…

When consumers are getting less for their money, give them more

With prices rising the past couple of years across virtually every category of goods and services, consumers are tired of paying more and more for the same thing — or, in the case of shrinkflation, paying the same amount for less product.

That makes receiving a small, unexpected gift from a company especially delightful right now.