Shoes, Stores & Storage

So here I am, sitting on a banquette at the new shoe department in KADEWE, Berlin. Waiting. It reminded me of another time I sat on a banquette at the then brand new shoe department in Selfridges, London. Or was it at Galeries Lafayette, Paris? Or at Saks in New York? One thing is sure. Lately, I have been waiting … Continue Reading →


Sale and Sensibility

Retail in Europe has been suffering. Blame it on the weather – either too hot or too cold – on the economy – the Eurozone is not in the best shape ever – or on consumers’ mood – and here the reasons are as diverse as you can think of – the fact is that stores have not been selling … Continue Reading →


Guest blog – Of Shopping and Men – a tentative

Having been silent for many weeks now, I have decided to rekindle my relationship with you by letting a guest blogger express his opinion. This is what Andreas wrote when I asked him to tell me something about his relationship to shopping. What do you think? Spending a few days in New York has always been a very special experience. … Continue Reading →


Jones New York – works better now

A year ago, I was surprised by Jones New York’s campaign that portrayed stern, menacing woman ready to conquer the workplace and felt compelled to write about it (link to this post). Today I am happy to say that they have probably understood what women in the workplace are really all about. Working but also playing. Working hard nowadays also … Continue Reading →


Family Ties

While perusing the thousands of pages the fall magazine issues gave us this year, one distinct trend caught my eye. I first saw the Tommy Hilfiger spread and thought nothing of it because the format was similar to what they have been doing for some time now and it had always reminded my of the campaigns Ralph Lauren has been … Continue Reading →


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I wear high heels all the time. I wear them because I love them. And sometimes I love them too much and wear them when I shouldn’t. I have fallen 4 times brutally because of my high heels and even though each time I hurt my knee pretty badly, I still cannot go without them. One thing I’ve learned, though: … Continue Reading →


Really, Bally?

Disclaimer: I must admit that I am a huge Saturday Night Live fan and have watched quite a few of the old Weekend Update segments with Seth (Seth Myers) and Amy (Amy Poehler) lately, so those of you who recognize the similarity between this post’s title and the super funny SNL segment will understand. So today I was walking around … Continue Reading →


The Rite of Spring

In the light of dramatic current events, between revolutions and natural disasters, retailers are doing all they can to convince customers that spring is the ideal time to be in a good mood and enjoy life, to go out and have fun and naturally to shop for new things that make them feel better, different and very lucky to be … Continue Reading →


Happy Valentine’s day from The Retail Design Diva Blog

Just wanted to let you all know that Heather Strang from the Retail Design Diva blog has just posted an interesting article about  what is currently loved in the world of retail and yours truly and retaillove are mentioned…enjoy!


What could retailers possibly learn from a Parisian spa?

The second you enter the Six Senses spa in Paris, you feel peace. Opened in December 2009, the Six Senses spa is a unique breed in the Parisian beauty and wellbeing landscape. Designed by architect Pierre David, it is the French dépendance of the Bangkok-based Six Senses Resorts and Spas. Managed by Nathalie Abi-Khalil, a young Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne … Continue Reading →