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The RealReal opens a permanent store in NYC

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The RealReal opens a permanent store in NYC and Circe Visual was on point to create custom displays for their jewelry and accessories.  Check out the new store in Soho.

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The RealReal’s First Permanent Store Will Mix Consignment with Community

Opening in New York on Friday (November 10th), the shop will feature over 400 new pieces every day, as well as valuation services, drinks and monthly installations from outside partners.

NEW YORK, United States — Almost one year after opening its first pop-up in Manhattan during the holiday shopping season — which clocked $2 million in revenue in 2 weeks — the luxury consignment site The RealReal is back in Soho with its first permanent retail and consignment space, opening Friday on Wooster Street.

Founded in 2011 by Julie Wainwright, The RealReal has raised $173 million to date in a race to dominate the growing re-commerce market. Its most significant competitor, France's Vestiare Collective, has raised nearly $125 million. The RealReal plans to pay its consignors — who keep almost 70 percent of the sale price of their luxury items — about $300 million in 2017.

“The store for us is a great branding opportunity,” says Wainwright, adding that she plans to continue to test pop-ups throughout 2017 in key markets. “But we don’t need it to fuel our growth.”

Designed by Courtney Applebaum, known for her work on The Row’s stores, The RealReal’s New York location will feature 400 to 500 new items (including fashion, home goods and more) each day, thanks to a close proximity to a New Jersey warehouse. Since all items on display are also available to shop online, sales associates will be able to temporarily scan items that customers are interested in and remove them from the site.

Wainwright says the permanent store will feature a higher-price item mix than last year’s pop-up (example: more Birkins). “The mix in the store when we first opened the pop up was reflective of what New Yorkers buy online; it wasn’t necessarily reflective of what they want to buy in the store,” she says. The store will also specifically cater to men, who represent 25 percent of sales, with a sneaker wall complete with a ticker tape of styles and prices.

In order to attract new consignors and bring in more inventory — a key part of maintaining growth in a competitive consignment market —the store will also include “elegant” waiting and meeting spaces where consignors can meet with experts and get quotes on their pieces, as well as attend workshops. Currently, The RealReal has seven other valuation offices around the country to connect consignors with their on-staff gemologists, horologists and authentication specialists.

The store won’t only focus on reselling: it will also feature a coffee bar with wine and whiskey, a fresh-cut flower stand and a newsstand with magazines and books. And each month, TheRealReal will host a different installation of product curated by an outside partner, starting with an edit of pieces from the inventory by InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown in November, followed by a holiday gift edit from Vanessa Traina and Allee Goldstein of The Line.

"We really wanted to create an environment that was very comfortable," says Wainwright. "It will keep [it] alive and changing."

 

Written by Chantal Fernandez, November 8th, 2017 (repost from The Business of Fashion)

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-bites/the-realreals-first-permanent-store-will-mix-consignment-with-community

Celebrating Donald with Bergdorf Goodman!

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Super proud to be a part of this fun project honoring the legendary artist Donald Robertson and the launch of his new book DONALD, published by Assouline.  

We upholstered several pieces for BG ...  that were then "customized" by the artist prior to the event.  

Check out the original BG blog post for more great pictures from the party and see below for some "before and after" photos.

http://blog.bergdorfgoodman.com/events-posts/last-night-lindas-x-donald-robertson/

Photographer: Vladimir Weinstein/BFA.com

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The Great American Solar Eclipse 8.21.17

To everyone's delight The Great American Solar Eclipse passed through the Unites States earlier this week.  Crowds gathered across the country, from coast to coast, to witness this historic and memorable event.  

If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality you had the best show.  Our friends at Warby Parker hosted an eclipse viewing party at their Edgehill store in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Eclipse watchers were treated to complimentary viewing glasses and offered a seat in these fabulous sling chairs we crafted.  The perfect seat for gazing at the sun!

Hit us up for your next special event and see what we can make for you!

Photo credit to Warby Parker, @Marlselyse repost Instagram, and CV staff

Pines Party 2017: A Labyrinth Fantasy Theme!

In spite of the rain, it was another successful year for the annual Fire Island Pines Party benefit. Circle Visual was honored to be a part of this project again this year, creating projection screens and oversized vines for the stage.  Produced by Guy Smith Productions, utilizing cutting edge lighting, sound and technology, the stage looked amazing! 

The event has been going on since 1999 and it supports a great cause!  It is sponsored by The Pines Foundation, an affiliate of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association.  They're dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the quality of life in the enviornmentally responsible Fire Island Pines community and its fragile seashore.   Since 1999, the foundation has donated over $1.25 million to the Stonewall Community Foundation.  Stonewall raises money and funds work that makes a difference on issues such as education, violence, family acceptance, youth, the homeless and health and focuses on equality.  They've invested over $18 million in over 600 organizations.  

Residents of Fire Island and people from all over the world come together to party and dress the part for the party theme in mythical costumes.  The theme for 2017 was Labyrinth, referring to the Labyrinth of Minotaur.  In Greek mythology, there lived a Minotaur, described as a very muscular creature with the head of a bull and body of a man, in the center or a maze, a labyrinth, on the island of Crete.  We think the event looked pretty amazing!

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- boy_timmy Instagram

Photo Credit- Guy Smith Productions Pines Party 17 

Photo Credit- Guy Smith Productions Pines Party 17 

Team Charles or Team Josh?

Did you catch the Younger Season 4 Premiere last week?

The hit show is back with another season.  We were excited to produce some custom pillows to help the cast celebrate at Mr. Purple in NYC.  Check out the pics ... and check out the show! Wednesday's at 10pm on TV Land.

 

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Cecconi's in Dumbo Is the Hottest Spot To Drink & Dine This Summer!

Luxurious teal velvet curtains crafted and installed at the new Cecconi's restaurant in Brooklyn.  Gorgeous!

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The Soho House restaurant opens this week

by Melissa McCart Jun 13, 2017, 4:28pm EDT

Cecconi’s has opened in Dumbo at 55 Water Street in a spectacular location with views of the Manhattan skyline and bridges. The restaurant from Nick Jones of Soho House & Co. landed in Brooklyn precisely because of this perch.

The restaurant that started in Venice now includes locations in Mayfair, West Hollywood, Miami Beach, Berlin, Barcelona, and Istanbul, among others — plus another one opening in London at The Ned hotel.

Trieste-native Riccardo Bilotta is the chef, who comes by way of Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lamb’s Club. Before that, he was the the executive chef of A Voce Columbus Circle. He works under LA-based Andrea Cavaliere, who oversees the Cecconi kitchens. In addition to a an all-day menu with cicchetti, carpaccio and tartare, wood-fired dishes, pasta, and risotto. There’s also an aperitivo menu from 4 to 7 p.m. with drinks and dishes between $4, $7, and $9. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday supper from 4 to 7 p.m. That menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert served family style for $50 per person for up to four diners.

Original Source:

https://ny.eater.com/2017/6/13/15794664/cecconis-dumbo-opening

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Saks Wellery Studio- Fashion Meets Fitness

Love these sheer curtains we crafted and installed for Saks!

Installation,  Work in Progress ... 

Installation,  Work in Progress ... 

Complete ! Ready for the grand opening

Complete ! Ready for the grand opening

Source:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/saks-fifth-avenue-announces-the-opening-of-the-wellery-at-new-york-flagship-store-300456198.html

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Saks Fifth Avenue

11 May, 2017, 12:03 ET

Saks Fifth Avenue Announces The Opening of The Wellery at New York Flagship Store

A first-of-its kind concept shop entirely devoted to wellness experiences; offering more than 1,200 fitness classes

NEW YORK, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Saks Fifth Avenue announces the opening of The Wellery concept shop. In the first-of-its-kind space, guests can find more than 16,000 square feet of immersive experiences dedicated to wellness. Located on the second floor of the Fifth Avenue flagship at 611 Fifth Avenue at 50th Street, the Saks Wellery features a curated edit of the best products, classes and services in the City for living a healthier and more balanced life. This unique space will be open for a limited time through October 2017.

The Saks Wellery is a lifestyle-centric shopping destination for today's experience-seeking consumer.  The space is comprised of 22 individual spaces offering visitors the most sought-after fitness classes and equipment, women's and men's activewear and athleisure apparel, and skincare products and treatments. A dedicated Saks Wellery concierge is available on-site to direct customers, or help them determine which offerings best suit their wellness needs. The Saks Studio space will host rotating pop-up classes and events from some of the City's most exciting gyms and fitness programs.

"Saks has a long history of creating breakthrough, experiential environments in our stores—in 1935, an indoor ski slope was constructed in the flagship store in order to offer skiing lessons. The Saks Wellery, our latest concept shop, focused entirely on wellness, continues the Saks tradition of elevating shopping to a higher level by building exciting customer experiences," said Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Merchant Tracy Margolies. "We want the Saks Wellery to be a sanctuary for our customers—a place to find peace and solace in the middle of our bustling city."

The Wellery will offer more than 1,200 of the City's best fitness classes through October. Studios offering fitness classes in dedicated studios include ConBody, a prison-style boot camp using only one's body weight, and Bendable Body, a specialized stretching method that works on connective tissue. The Saks Studio space will feature rotating pop-up classes from several local companies beginning Saturday, May 13. MNDFL offers meditation classes and the instructors at modelFIT teach class-goers how to move with strength and grace through daily activities. In addition to fitness classes, the Saks Studio will host wellness-focused events, including reiki healing, meditation, massages, and more.

To feel rejuvenated and healed, visitors can visit Breathe Salt Rooms to experience dry salt therapy, then grab a hydrogen-infused HFactor water for the road. For clients in need of a beauty fix, SKINNEY MedSpa offers services including non-invasive body contouring and hi-tech facials, and Sundays nail studio specializes in two-in-one manicures with meditation.

Fitness aficionados can check out and test the latest home gym equipment in showrooms from Technogym, Peloton, and Martone Cycling Co. New York City's Drive 495, a luxury fitness boutique, offers customized stretching and workout routines aimed at helping clients achieve athletic goals, as well as custom golf club fittings for PXG's innovative club technology. Heroine Sport, Phat Buddha, Beyond Yoga, S'well, and Alala are just a few of the brands featured in the activewear shop.

Fitness classes throughout the floor can be booked ahead of time through the individual brands' websites, and walk-ins can stop by the Wellery concierge to check on class availability. The Wellery concierge can be reached by phone at (212) 940-2457.

The complete list of Saks Wellery shops is as follows: Bendable Body, Blink Brow Bar, Bodyism, Breathe Salt Rooms, Care/of, ConBody, Decorté, Drive 495 featuring PXG, Glow Recipe, Greyson Clothiers, Martone Cycling Co., Peloton, Ron Dorff, Saks women's athleisure shop, Saks Wellery concierge featuring Hfactor, Saks Studio, SKINNEY MedSpa, sundays, Technogym, and Trish McEvoy.

ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (@saks)

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson's Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states and Canada, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company's online store.

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Saks Wellery - Image courtesy of Justin Bridges Photography

 

For more information, kindly visit saks.com, Instagram.com/saks, Facebook.com/saks, Snapchat.com/saks_official, and Twitter.com/saks.

CONTACT:           
Liz FitzGerald                                                     
Saks Fifth Avenue                                              
646.802.4023                                                      
Elizabeth_FitzGerald@s5a.com

Meredith Bligh
Saks Fifth Avenue
646.802.2449
Meredith_Bligh@s5a.com

 

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Todd Snyder Opens NY Flagship with a Barbershop and Bar

What a great store! Loved working on this one ... fabric covered wall panels, custom fitting room curtains, padded trays for accessories ... and don't forget the bar stools.  All in a days work!  Check out our Portfolio for more pics!

Todd Snyder Opens New York Flagship with a Barbershop and Bar

By Kristen Heinzinger | December 6, 2016   


Gents, rejoice! Todd Snyder, CFDA nominee and menswear designer, opened an expansive 4,500-square-foot flagship on Madison Square Park North. The store goes beyond your run-of-the-mill retail floor plan: it houses a Persons of Interest barbershop operated by Steve Marks, a café/bar manned by Nick Morgenstern of El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette, and shop-in-shops with Moscot eyewear and Aesop products. In addition to carrying apparel and curated selections from the designer’s partners like Champion, Timex, Mackintosh, Glove Trotter, Tricker’s, and Alden, the store is partnering with 1stdibs to offer a rotating limited-edition selection of gifts, art, and furniture.

“Every collection starts with inspiration from the worlds of art, architecture and design, made to fit the modern man and his lifestyle,” Snyder said in a statement. “We created the New York store to embody that lifestyle down to the smallest detail, all hand selected from resources and vendors we love, many via our new partners at 1stdibs. It’s not just a clothing store – it’s a great place to come for a seasonal wardrobe upgrade with a personal stylist, to get fitted for your next suit while enjoying an espresso or a beer, or to hang out with friends while getting a haircut and a shave.”

The flagship was designed with James Mills, and includes vintage brass door handles sourced in London from Anthony Outred Antiques and modern and midcentury furniture. British artist Luke Edward Hall created the opening visual installation, and signed and numbered prints are available in the store. The café/bar area features custom-designed terrazzo floor by New York artist Zackery Tyler, a vintage ’60s Italian chandelier, and vintage Thonet chairs, while the barbershop is decorated with bespoke barber chairs made in Japan.

Stop in or book a personal stylist consultation or other service in advance by emailing privateclient@toddsnyder.com.

Original source:

https://fashionweekdaily.com/todd-snyder-opens-new-york-flagship/

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Hermes's "Silk Room" Vibrance

Honored to be involved in this Hermes Pop-Up shop at Nordstrom, Seattle.  Our skilled craftspeople cut and sewed thousands of Hermes scarves into a beautiful, touchable, fringe curtain for a truly interactive experience.

Source:

http://www.seattletimes.com/nwshowcase/shop-northwest/nordstrom-says-go-ahead-and-touch-the-hermes/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1&_native

Nordstrom says: Go ahead and touch the Hermès

Originally published October 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm Updated October 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

Nordstrom's new Hermès pop-up has a unique please-touch, please-Instagram attitude.

By Sara Kennedy

ShopNW

The centerpiece of the new Hermès pop-up shop inside the downtown Nordstrom is a towering “silk room” made up of hundreds of strands of vibrantly colored pieces of silk. It’s a visual representation of what this first-of-its-kind shop is trying to accomplish — playfulness and a please-touch attitude.

Robert Chavez, president and CEO of Hermès USA, says the brand has never set up a stand-alone boutique before, and has never displayed its luxury goods outside of glass cases overseen by helpful but vigilant salespeople. You had to ask to see something and wait for it to be unfurled.

At the Nordstrom boutique — which, for now, is considered an extended pop-up shop slated to remain through 2017 — customers can touch nearly everything. Silk ties are rolled and tucked, in rainbow order, into accessible cubbies. Jewelry hangs from magnetized partitions. And the best idea: The brand’s famous scarves are displayed on the types of hangers often used to hold rugs. Customers can see the intricate patterns and designs and feel the luxurious materials as they skim through the rolling racks.

So why do this type of boutique here and now? Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s director of creative projects who curates the store’s pop-up shops, pitched the idea some time ago. But it took some convincing, Chavez says, to get them to try the new venture. Kim promised that the Seattle luxury buyer was younger than average and the concept had the potential to draw in a new generation of Hermès shopper.

And that’s where the “silk room” comes in. It’s circular with space inside for two or three people to stand. Moving through the thin silk ropes has a pleasantly disorienting feeling. Once inside it’s Instagram-bait, with a mirror ceiling made for selfies.

Will the concept convince younger shoppers to drop three figures for a scarf or tie? On day one, it was certainly luring them in and excitement was high. At the least, it’s worth stopping by and taking advantage of this unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with once-rarified luxury goods.

Maria Kreyn's Chapel Of Dancing Shadows

An Immersive Space by artist, Maria Kreyn.  We printed her stunning artwork onto fabric for this remarkable display! 

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http://www.chapelofdancingshadows.com/

The Chapel of Dancing Shadows is a space of contemplation, meditation, wonder. It is a communal space serving as art gallery, refuge, and sound bath. The 8-ft walls are covered in delicate drawings— the first 12 images of a developing 150-plate series of works composing Maria Kreyn’s Codex, an allusion to an invented creation myth. The ceiling is an elaborate CNC cut structure, creating the feeling of an arabesque lace canopy. From it hang detailed rafters and a collection of wind chimes, as an ode to the sounds in the temples of Myanmar. 

Find the dancing shadows around 7.30 and half way to the Man at Black Rock City, 2016.

Images Courtesy of Ruprecht Studios

Images Courtesy of Ruprecht Studios