Posts Tagged ‘ Store ’

When Wu-Tang’s GZA Goes Record Shopping…


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The Wu Tang Clan legend stopped by Philly’s Profond Music N Art to snag some choice vinyl while in town for The FADER and Goose Island’s Analog Migration show.  In December, hip-hop legend GZA headlined The FADER and Goose Island’s Analog Migration show in Philadelphia. During GZA’s stay, he stopped by Philly’s Profond Music N Art to dig deep into the store’s soul, R&B, and classic hip-hop collection. Watching him sort through the vinyl of his youth (he says he hadn’t bought a record since 1976 before now), like Al Green, Bill Withers, and Smokey Robinson, while talking about Biggie and Nas and the golden age of hip-hop is a thrill. Check out the video above to see the choice LPs that GZA snagged, including a strange Wu Tang Clan versus The Beatles mashup record.

 

Awesome Sh*t You Can Buy.


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So I don’t normally plug retail sites, (unless I’m getting paid to) however, I came across a site looking for some wedding gifts for a friend, and I have to shout its praises from the rooftops.  The site ‘Awesome Sh*t You Can Buy’ has quite the selection of random, astonishing, and rare items.  For example… the Batmobile (not joking), things like a Facebook shower curtain, all black playing cards, or even a bullet proof business suit.  For sure take a browse, and you’ll find something you’ll like.  Below are just a small handful of some of the random sh*t you CAN buy.  Check the method.

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A mounted paper mache dragon head.

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The Facebook shower curtain.

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A bullet-proof business suit

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A random Nerds dress.

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As I stated earlier… The Batmobile.

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Transparent speakers.

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Ironman Mark VII iPhone case.

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Naughty sockets.

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NES cartridge pillows.

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Black on black playing cards.

 

Karl Lagerfeld Store


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Karl Lagerfeld opened his first store in Paris. Known for his work at Chanel, it’s for his own brand Karl that the designer, adopted by french culture created this store in Saint Germain Des Près. The hip neighborhood has now his very own place to shop for some premium fashion.

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Paper Display – Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair


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Check out this Nike store display by the Finland-born, Amsterdam-based illustrator Kustaa Saksi before, but this time, it is his fantastical paper display at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. The intricate and delicate display from 1120 stacks of A4-size paper (total of 700,000 sheets of paper) suspended from 44,000 points in the ceiling. Ceiling frescoes, church domes, altars – these were all part of the inspiration for Saksi and Wingårdh who concluded that paper is still them most commonly used means of communication and therefore the perfect material for the display.

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Visually Stunning Store Concept In Shenzhen, China


Shanghai-based interior designers and architects Coordination Asia have completed a new breed of telecom stores named AER for AISIDI, one of China’s leading resellers of mobile and digital products and services. AER is a retail brand that offers customized mobile services in a playful, cool and customer-focused environment. The architects took on branding as well as VI and store design for AER. The first AER store has now opened in Shenzhen and new stores are planned to open China-wide soon.

Inspired by the growing importance of mobile Internet use in daily life in China, the firm created an out-of-the-box brand that turns the act of purchasing a mobile product into an active and fun experience. AER is based on a great understanding of mobile lifestyle, in which mobile devices keep you connected, entertained and updated through a variety of online and offline apps. The store layout of the commercial property has been designed as an interactive environment that caters to the needs of different target-customers: Trendy, Lifestyle and Tech Savvy. Products are thematically presented in combination with related accessories, apps and carriers on custom-made presentation tables with ‘serving trays’. Following a black runway from the entrance, customers find the App Bar where they can try out mobile apps on a large interactive screen. Painted pegboards are used to cover the walls of the store. This allows display shelves to be hung freely within the whole space and to be changed location at all times. The whole interior is flexible, so that changes in layout can be made quick and easily. The interior designers have created a concept that fits perfectly for the needs of mobile-minded customers, who are used-to ‘click and play’ and never want to be bored. The ever-changing store concept of AER will keep customers coming back, providing them with an exciting and new experience every time.

Masters Craft Ceramic Ware Boutique – Tokyo.


The recently opened Masters Craft ceramic ware boutique in the basement shopping area of Palace Hotel Tokyo is pure proof of what we already know: nobody masters the art of minimalism as well as the Japanese.  Everything in this store, including how each individual item is displayed on the shelves and counters, manifests the skill of leaving all else out except what is needed for balance; of not being afraid of empty space, and of allowing every piece to tell its complete visual and tactile story.  The 45 square-meter (484 sq.ft.) store was designed by Akemi Katsuno & Takashi Yagi, founders of Kyoto-based Love the Life.

Spicy Color Flagship Store In Seoul, Korea.


Matching optional, mixing mandatory. Straight-laced or upscale are definitely not the main characteristics of the target audience of Spicy Color’s peppy and girly clothing store in Seoul, Korea.  The candy-colored “fashion playground” shop expresses the brand’s sweet and happy mantra of “joy.play.love.” with a pop-art retro vibe.

Students, most likely female, will find themselves completely at home in this slightly messy, dorm-room environment with its mix-and-match, low-brow fixtures, gooey colors and “wastebasket” lighting.  Everything is light-weight and mobile or moveable, making it easy to create new, unexpected displays every week. The various sections of the store have different textures and materials, tiles, brick, wood, metal, adding another dimension to the multi-function space.

The website repeats the same feel: a dated yellow typewriter, a yellow scooter, big dice, a shoe-shaped pink armchair, a retro guitar — it all reminds us of cast-offs, second-hand finds and an adventurous creative spirit.  It reflects student days of low budget and high spirits. Ice cream and yogurt, balloons, cupcakes, jellybeans – the vibe invites us to expect something yummy and bouncy, slightly indulgent and perhaps even a bit naughty.

The clothing is equally fun and colourful, and the entire brand approach is spelled out as “fashion is play.” The design of the store is by local design firm m4, under the direction of Kwang-Hyun Han and Yun Young-Sub.

Star Wars Vs. Adidas Originals.


Star Wars and Adidas Originals teamed up back at the end of 2009 to provide a fleet of heat for your feet in the year of 2010. (Now before I explain more, my sneak-head homegirl Gabby is going to chew me out all the way from D.C. because I’m 2 years behind schedule with these.  But Gabs, you want me to post up the new sh*t, you gotta send it over first.)  The extensive Star Wars x adidas Originals Collection is categorized into three different packs: the Characters Pack, the Vehicles Pack, and the Direct Pack. Both parties draw upon their renowned imagery-characters and starships for Star Wars and grizzled silhouettes for adidas Originals-to create pairs with flair. A few of the aforementioned characters and vehicles include the TIE Fighter, Darth Vader, and the X-Wing. The adidas Originals silhouettes that serve as the respective canvases are the Nizza Hi, the ZX Runner, and the Samba.  And regardless of when they dropped, I still think their bomb.  Check the method.

Glennz T-Shirt Designs (Part 1).


I’m around graphic designers, clothing companies execs, and T-shirt printers more days out a week than I spend with family, I’ve seen tons of designs, prints, and ideas for retail clothing.  But when I came across ‘Glennz’ designs, I was floored.  The creativity, the wit, and the humor ‘Glennz’ puts into every design makes the stuff he designs an instant classic.  Taking tons of references from popular media, everyday experiences, and relate-able subjects has given ‘Glennz’ a ridiculous library of designs, too many for me to put into one post, so I’ve spit it up into a 3 part series.  Check the method of the first of the series right here.

Benny Gold Store Grand Opening.


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Infinite SF’s Grand Opening Party.


March 26th, I don’t know where you’ll be at if you in the Bay Area, but if your in the SF area, make your way down to the new Infinite spot on 627 Post St.  The entire Infinite crew will be celebrating the opening of their new location, yours truly DJ Storm will be in attendance, (there will be free drinks, so you know I’ll be around.)  And if the drinks are your main attraction, come thru for the ridiculous clothing selection.  Infinite has Diamond, Freedminds, Crooks & Castles, Play Cloths, Rebel 8, Benny Gold, GPPR, Mister, Acapulco Gold, and swag to spare.  Check the method.

The Ear Peace Records Store.


A few days ago, I was fortunate enough to be taken on a tour of the future Ear-Peace Records store in Berkley, California.  My colleague and good friend Stu Lacero is in the process of opening up what will undoubtedly be one of the shining gems among the local businesses in Berkley.  The store features a massive graffiti mural, a floating stage, and  spaces for artists to come in and work on pieces live.  One of the first things Stu showed me was the space on the floating stage for the DJ booth.  (So rest assured I will be eating, sleeping and working in the store quite a bit), and the layout for the records, clothes, and merchandise he plans to sell.  I’ve been excited for a while now to see what the store will look like when it’s finished, but after seeing the work in progress, I know the final product will be incredible.