The Candy Man Can with Gondola Shelving

I remember a time when the mention of gondola shelving sent specialty retailers running to find another store planner. Back in the 80’s gondola shelving meant drugstore or Kmart and were never used by more upscale retailers. Things have certainly changed. We recently out-fitted this candy store with a gondola shelving by Madix.  Gone are the days of dreary pegboard … Read More

Revzilla Motor Sports

I’ve designed a good many retail shops during my career, lots of clothing, women’s, men’s, children’s even dog apparel but Revzilla holds a unique place in my repertoire. Rev is a retailer of motorcycle attire and accessories. Back in 2004 two young men came to me with a request to build them a showroom for their primarily online business. They had … Read More

Biltmore Winery

  Last night I spent the evening at the Biltmore estate in Asheville N. Carolina, a house tour,an exhibet of stunning Tiffany lamps and a visit to  thier “Antler Village” a relatively new addition to the estates commercial operations. Every time I visit I am impressed with the quality of execution and the high level merchandising skill. While I was … Read More

The New Shoe Store

I remember well the days of shoes stores that neatly displayed the “lefts” throughout the store and the long row of individual chairs and fitting stools. I sold shoes for Florsheim while in high school, the beginning of my retail career. With shoe horn in my back pocket I would seat the customer and remove his left shoe,due to the … Read More

The Drama of Display

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CGEsf01XzTk I think by now that most of my readers realize that I must have been a Display Man in a previous life. My obsession with display from the 40′s is apparent. Since I recently purchased the ability to post videos directly on my blog get ready for less of me expounding and more video. I adore the influence that thesurrealists exerted on display in the … Read More

Mens “Rigging” some things never change

     Display has changed greatly over time, “Branding” has highjacked much of what I consider the  traditional skills that I learned as a young man from old school window trimmers.  The one aspect of Visual Merchandising that has survived is mens suit “rigging” which is the term used for fitting a suit or shirt to a display form. Butt sagging jeans and team … Read More

Vintage Windows

To know where we are going it’s important to see where we  been. I need a break from the Holiday madness. Here’s a little inspiration from the past. Hit the Link         https://picasaweb.google.com/110585336863782076355/60SFashionDisplay?authkey=Gv1sRgCOjnya3A7oaiwgE#

Loewe Leather…Delightful Presentation

There is nothing I enjoy more than a well executed, amusing light-hearted holiday effort. Loewe, the Spanish leather goods produced a winner. Gift boxes, any V.M. who has been around the block a few times knows when there is no budget boxes are always an easy way out of the dilemma. Budget is not the issue here, but the presentation … Read More

Recovery is Up to You

We all know whats going on, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. These stats are sobering to say the least. the bright side is that my loyal clients are still around. The simple fact that they are my clients is the fact that they rely on my services and believe that it does make a difference to employ … Read More