Its cold, very very cold!

                What’s -35’C when you love what you do? Thus is the case for myself and my lead merchandiser Cassie Leung. We worked with Seasons Fashions in Whitehorse, Yukon for their redesign. We designed their store 12 years ago when they opened their street front boutique on Main Street, and it is now … Read More

Can the Right Fixtures Make A Difference?

I received an email from a retailer asking how she can fully utilize her shop to showcase as much inventory as possible. At this time, her stock room is full to bursting. The top image show her shop and a free flow layout, as well as the various fixtures she uses to showcase her products. With a tight budget, I … Read More

The Right Fixture Supports Product Values

Today I would like to talk about the importance of having the right platform to present your products. While most think of shop fixtures simply as a place to display product, I think of fixtures as an opportunity retailers can use to not only enhance perceived product values but also establish credibility. Would you believe the products housed in the … Read More

Round? Or Rectangular Tables?

Sometimes, the simplest way to not only get customers to shop your entire selling space but also increase sales is to just clear their path. In this BEFORE photo, a large rectangular table is placed to entire customers to view product offerings. However, while it did that, it also hindered the flow into the rest of the selling space. The … Read More

Showing Products IN USE Achieves Highest Sell-Through

When displaying products, the most effective way I found is to show it “IN USE”. For example, the left photo shows dog clothes closets. However, very few if any, realize they are indeed- that. The moment the display is enhanced by showing the closets “IN USE”, an immediate connection is made. Passers-by would suddenly stop on their tracks and one can … Read More

It is best to sell one idea at a time

When creating displays that build emotional connections, I often recommend selling only one idea at a time. Case and point the top photo showing 3 types of pet dishes/cannister. While they all share the same classification of end use, there are three distinct colour themes. The most effective way to the shopper’s heart is take one idea and build a … Read More

Great Locational and Seasonal Story

I often see chain retailers use the very exact same window display from one store to the next, throughout their locations in North America. Hence, it was so refreshing to see this Anthropologie window display in Las Vegas. Not only do they convey the season (though it hardly snows in Vegas, thus making this window an attention grabbing one), they … Read More

Who says luxury shop windows are expensive to do?

What don’t I love about this window?! It shows the shop’s latest offerings and at the same time supporting product values. It conveys the holiday season successfully without alienating anyone and more importantly without offending anyone’s belief. Lighting is focused correctly, directing the viewer’s eye to the handbags which is this store’s core merchandise. (The light reflection is my camera’s fault.)  … Read More

Large Format Graphics Catch The Eye From Afar

I admire how this larger than life display grabbed my attention- for such small luxury merchandise. Most premium items such as prestige jewelry or small leather goods use small picture windows instead of the floor to ceiling ones like this. Windows like the ones used at Tiffany & Co. often use beautiful intricate displays. This one on the other hand is a great alternative … Read More