GHURKA - An American Brand Since 1975

GHURKA - An American Brand Since 1975

Ghurka is an American brand from Norwalk, Connecticut established in 1975. Ghurka leather bags and accessories are handmade by over 50 master artisans. The name comes from the Ghurka soldiers of the Himalayas who since the days of the British Raj have been known throughout the world for their bravery, loyalty, and cheerful indifference to all difficulty. The brand's mission is to create more opportunities for the next generation of craftsmen through production expansion, skilled training, employee education and partnership with other American artisan-owned firms. Ghurka, an American brand we can all be proud of. 

Mongolian Wedding Costumes Crafted Of Paper

Mongolian Wedding Costumes Crafted Of Paper

Russian artist Asya Kozina designed these elegant and elaborate sculptures. The collection of  Mongolian costumes was inspired by ethnic wedding dresses from years past. Kozina crafted the life size pieces out of all white paper in order to emphasize the shape and form, the results are astonishing. To see more work, visit: http://asyakozina.com/en/

Experience the Power of a BookBook™

Experience the Power of a BookBook™

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At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas. 

MONCLER - Retail Windows That Stop You

MONCLER - Retail Windows That Stop You

A retail window is a keyhole to a store; it tells a story.  A well art directed and designed window creates excitement and lures customers to come in and explore. Moncler consistently constructs window displays that cause you to stop in your tracks. Based in Milan, Moncler operates stores throughout Europe, Asia and Americas. The Moncler shopping experience has two goals: deliver absolute elegance through a focus to design every detail with a modern and urban aesthetic and to seek comfort and practicality at all times.

Well done Moncler. 

Skylock - Beautiful And Brilliant

Skylock - Beautiful And Brilliant

Skylock is the first ever solar-powered connected bike lock. The Skylock is designed with intelligent Bluetooth or WiFi capabilities, no key needed. The lock prevents theft and makes bike sharing between friends and family a breeze. 

Shapes of Cities

Shapes of Cities

London designer Yoni Alter uses silhouettes of iconic buildings throughout the world in a project called "Shapes of Cities" to create wonderful prints in a range of vibrant colors. The prints are beautiful and accurate to scale. The featured landmarks can be purchased as signed screen prints, Giclée prints or wallpaper. 

Philippe Starck | Kartell Goes Bourgie

Philippe Starck | Kartell Goes Bourgie

Philippe Starck | Kartell Goes Bourgie 

Philippe Starck | Kartell Goes Bourgie 

Kartell, the Italian furniture company based in Milan, asked 14 designers to re-imagine the iconic Bourgie lamp designed 10 years ago by Ferruccio Laviani to help celebrate the 10th anniversary at this year's Maison&Objet in Paris. The project entitled "Kartel Goes Bourgie", saw designs from the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Alberto Meda, Lenny Kravitz, and Philippe Starck to name a few. Starck's use of playful, colorful and shiny bracelets and necklaces to embellish the lamp makes for a unique and fun object for any home. 

Fossil Getting Better With Age | 30 Years and Counting

Fossil Getting Better With Age | 30 Years and Counting

Fossil | Fashion Show Mall

Fossil | Fashion Show Mall

Recently, I was in Las Vegas visiting retail stores and was impressed by Fossil. Their products and retail store design were sophisticated but approachable, a really nice combination. The use of materials was on mark. The brand continues to grow and be profitable. Matter of fact, in February 2009 Fossil (FOSL) traded at $12.62 and today it trades at $118.15. Not bad in a tough economy. Keep it up Fossil! 

Shoes Are Boring Wear Sneakers

Shoes Are Boring Wear Sneakers

Brands today need to do more than have a brand message. Brands must create experiences. They must have personalities. Consumers now embrace brands; they connect to the products, the message and the experience the brand provides. A brands action is more important than the brands voice or advertising. Actions speak louder than words.

Recently, I was in Dallas visiting retail stores and saw a wonderful example of a simple and fun brand experience; it is an experiential campaign by Converse. Converse created a pop-up shop at Nordstrom titled POP-IN @ NORDSTOM CONVERSE. The shop showcases new collections and provides artist-customized sneakers. The foot print of the space is no larger than 20 x 15 and is located right next to the women's shoe department. By doing this unique and fun experiential campaign, Converse connects with their customers in a real and impactful way. Even though Converse is a large global brand, they are acting and thinking small, which creates a memorable experience and a lasting personality for the brand.

Well done Converse.