The folks at Echochamber.com, a London-based consultancy, have a knack for rooting out hot retail concepts around the globe. Here’s a recap of the retailers who make up their latest “Top 10 Unmissable New Stores” report:
1. Loblaw’s, Toronto: Loblaw Companies Limited has transformed the famed Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto —former home of one of the most famous hockey arenas in North America — into the ultimate upscale supermarket destination. The design pays homage to the history of the building and is presents food as theatre. For more on Loblaws Toronto click here. chainstoreage.com/article/loblaws-scores-big-toronto?ad=store-of-the-week
2. Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Singapore: The ultimate luxury destination, with a nautically inspired interior designed by Peter Marino.
3. 3x1, New York City: A denim atelier where customers can design their own jeans and then watch as they are custom made in front of their eyes. The space features three glass-enclosed boxes: Cut & Sew, Steam and Press, and Finishing.
4. Roast + Conch, London: From Hotel Chocolat, this chocolate and coffee bar tells the story of how chocolate is made, demonstrating the process on site.
5. Starbucks, Amsterdam: Located underground in the vault of an historic old bank, landmark, the space boasts its own in-store bakery as well as a stage for live music and poetry. For more click here starbucks.com/blog/our-newest-store-in-amsterdam-mingling-tradition-with-innovation/1196
6. M&S, Cheshire Oaks, United Kingdom: At 151,000 sq. ft., this is the biggest and greenest Marks & Spencer store to date. Environmental concerns played into all parts of the design and build.
7. Sephora, Sensorium: New York City: A pop-up interactive exhibit located in the warehouse next to Sephora’s Meatpacking District store (another must-see), the space brings the world of scent to life. Even the videos are scented.
8. Nike + Fuel, London: A high-tech pop-up with a cutting-edge design. Daily running classes and digital one-on-one consultations with real athletes are among the attractions.
9. Uniqlo, Tokyo: The company’s 50,000-sq.-ft. flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, is the brand’s biggest store in the world.
10. Victoria’s Secret, London: The brand makes its London debut with a super glamorous, 40,000-sq.-ft. store on Bond St. The three-level space features glass chandeliers, a VIP suite and a rich, luxe ambience.
See the full Echochamber report with photos.