Paul Smith talks about Paul Smith, look at that shopfront, retail is detail … (and passion) …
Fortnum & Mason’s new candle shop, get ready for those autumn evenings.
Who knew …
“candles are integral to the history of Fortnum’s. Three hundred and seven years ago, William Fortnum was a footman at the Court of Queen Anne, where one of his tasks was to empty half-burnt candles. Instead of leaving the wax to go to waste, he would take the used candles home make new candles from them to sell to the ladies of the court. Following his success, Mr Fortnum joined forces with his landlord, Hugh Mason, and they went on to open Fortnum & Mason in 1707.”
More on the Fortnum & Mason candle history here
And four candles
How? With an interactive infographic of course …
Brought to you by John Lewis.
You can get a better/friendlier view of the whole thing here, or use your keyboard arrow keys to scroll.
For your delectation a little gallery of Borough Market, just because.
Click an image to see larger version and cycle through the gallery.
In a very occasional series on superior shopfronts, here’s Lina Stores in Soho, established in 1944.
Especially like is the awning and the green and black colour scheme.
Back in the black and white days it looked like this …
More info on their website here.
Perhaps we all think of retail as a fairly modern phenomenon, sometimes it’s worth understanding the context of things.
This website History of Retail in 100 Objects does exactly that with lots of inspiration and understanding along the way as well as a look at the future of retail.
You can also download the ebook for free, excellent stuff.
And now the making of video …
More summery garden and outdoorsy stuff from Ikea here with some nice Pinterest worthy images further down the page and an easy garden planning tool too.
To tie in with Ikea’s ‘Make more of your Garden’ their new pop up at Liverpool Street Station.
Apparently 800,000 commuters pass through the station every day.
In Dresden VW build (and sell) cars … but rather differently to how you might think.
Spring is in the air and festival season not long around the corner.
Here’s a few food trucks to whet the appetite. All brands whatever their purpose could follow this model for some pop up retail.
Wahaca Food Truck, Southbank London
The Marination mobile’s Big Blue, website here marinationmobile.com
Del Popolo Food Truck, a wood burning oven on wheels, originally from the very excellent Fox is Black.
Big Green Truck Pizza Company, more images on their website biggreentruckpizza.com
The Innocent van, is this still going, not sure?
There’s a whole load of type driven design trucks, and even a Food Truck Tracker, who knew!
And last but not lease Molly’s Milk Truck, website her mollysmilktruck.com