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Top 100 Retail Trends in 2018

From In-Store AR Clothing Apps to Checkout-Free Retail Concepts

— January 26, 2019 — Business
These 2018 retail trends span across a wide range of industries, many of which elevate the shopping experience with technological elements. The intersecting concept between all these trends simply focuses on a seamless experience, delivering products and services to meet the accurate needs of their consumers.

Fashion retailer Zara contributed from a high-tech perspective by blending the offline experience with augmented reality. It introduced its own AR app to be used in stores, showcasing models walking around in the clothing. This allows consumers to select virtual clothing to be showcased and also enables online payments directly on the phone. Zippin also highlighted technological advancements in the retail landscape. It opened up a concept store powered by artificial intelligence to create what it calls a "frictionless shopping experience." It relies on visual cognition and machine learning to eliminate the check-out experience. To pay, visitors simply use the app, connect their payment option, and scan their own QR code to initiate a seamless shopping experience.

For more retail ideas in the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter's 2019 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
99
Weight Loss Drive-Thrus
Weight Loss Drive-Thrus
The Weight Watchers Drive-Thru Serves "Healthy & Happy Meals"
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98
Interactive Store Shelves
Interactive Store Shelves
'Kroger Edge' Technology Communicates with a Shopper's Smartphone
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97
Pasta-Inspired Pizza Bowls
Pasta-Inspired Pizza Bowls
The Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl is Part of the Lunch Duos Menu
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96
Cost-Conscious Minimalist Fashion
Cost-Conscious Minimalist Fashion
The Merona Collection Boasts an Affordable Minimalist Aesthetic
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95
Health-Focused Convenience Pop-Ups
Health-Focused Convenience Pop-Ups
Lawson Inc. Spotlighted Better-for-You Goods for Businesspeople
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94
Shoppable Health Hubs
Shoppable Health Hubs
'Clean Market' Offers a Curated Range of Health Products and Services
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93
Shoppable Fashion Storefronts
Shoppable Fashion Storefronts
Fred Segal and Mastercard Created a 'Rock ‘n Roll Holy Land'
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92
Meditation-Paired Minimalist Swimwear Lines
Meditation-Paired Minimalist Swimwear Lines
Balance Builds Its Business Around Simplicity & Style
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91
Self-Serve Chicken Wing Bars
Self-Serve Chicken Wing Bars
B-Dubs Express Features a Wing Sauce Wall and Self-serve Beer
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90
Expansive Coffee Halls
Expansive Coffee Halls
The New Starbucks Reserve Store is Open at the Brand's Seattle Headquarters
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89
In-Store AR Clothing Apps
In-Store AR Clothing Apps
Zara's AR App is Available for a Limited Time
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88
Disney-Branded Homewares Stores
Disney-Branded Homewares Stores
The New Disney Home Store Sells Glassware, Kitchen Goods, and More
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87
Experiential Menswear Shops
Experiential Menswear Shops
Ben Sherman's NYC Concept Store Boasts a Full-Service Shirt Bar
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86
Cashierless AI Stores
Cashierless AI Stores
San Francisco's Standard Market Offers a Seamless Shopping Experience
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85
Checkout-Free Retail Concepts
Checkout-Free Retail Concepts
Zippin's Concept Store Shows a Next-Gen AI-Powered Shopping Platform
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84
Low-Cost Essential Brands
Low-Cost Essential Brands
Target's 'Smartly' Sells a Wide Range of Goods for Under $2
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83
Vegan Beauty Pop-Ups
Vegan Beauty Pop-Ups
The 'Little Vegan Pop-Up' by Superdrug Spotlights Plant-Based Beauty Products
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82
Reconfigurable In-Store Magnetic Displays
Reconfigurable In-Store Magnetic Displays
Daylesford Creates a Modular & Aesthetic-Forward Display
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81
Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisles
Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisles
Ekoplaza Created an Aisle with Over 700 Products Without Plastic
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80
Entrepreneurial Concept Shops
Entrepreneurial Concept Shops
eBay's 'The New Stand' Store Spotlights Innovative Small Businesses
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79
Food Waste-Based Products
Food Waste-Based Products
'Waste is Delicious' Uses Food Waste to Create Soup, Soap & More
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78
Next-Gen Donut Shops
Next-Gen Donut Shops
Dunkin' Donuts' Concept Store Features Mobile Pickup and Drinks on Tap
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77
Cashless Grocery Concepts
Cashless Grocery Concepts
Tesco's Self-Serve Concept Grocery Store Adopts a Cash-Free Model
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76
Modernized QSR Restaurant Locations
Modernized QSR Restaurant Locations
This Chicago McDonald's Location is Airy and Futuristic
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75
Millennial Start-Up Services
Millennial Start-Up Services
Office Depot's BizBox Empowers Business Owners with Growth Tools
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74
Immersive Furniture Stores
Immersive Furniture Stores
Roman and Williams Guild Combines with a Restaurant to Sell Furnishings
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73
Dropshipping Management Platforms
Dropshipping Management Platforms
DSM Tool Helps With Your Business's Dropshipping Marketing
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72
Pampering Personal Care Stores
Pampering Personal Care Stores
L'Occitane's Experiential Concept Store is Indulgent & Immersive
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71
Comfort-Focused Nap Lounges
Comfort-Focused Nap Lounges
The Casper Nap Lounge Lets New Yorkers Get Some Peace and Quiet
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70
Multi-Sensory Beehive Pop-Ups
Multi-Sensory Beehive Pop-Ups
Pandora Created a Gilded Hive for a New Jewelry Launch
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69
Sensory Whisky Labs
Sensory Whisky Labs
The Glenfiddich Aroma Lab Helps Consumers Tap Into Scent and Taste
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68
Health-Focused Convenience Stores
Health-Focused Convenience Stores
'The Goods Mart' is an Eco-Friendly, Better-for-You Shop
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67
Explorative Bookstore Photography
Explorative Bookstore Photography
Franck Bohbot & Philippe Ungar Honor Indie Bookstores
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66
Breakfast Chain Food Trucks
Breakfast Chain Food Trucks
The Waffle House Food Truck Brings the Restaurant to Consumers
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65
Celebratory Store Openings
Celebratory Store Openings
Yorkdale's Lacoste Concept Store is the First of its Kind in Canada
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64
Sophisticated Outdoorsy Fashion Lines
Sophisticated Outdoorsy Fashion Lines
Reserved Taps into the Modern Day Sensibilities of Warsaw
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63
Best-Selling Product Stores
Best-Selling Product Stores
The Curated 'Amazon 4-Star' Store Contains Only Top-Selling Items
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62
Package-Free Cosmetic Shops
Package-Free Cosmetic Shops
Lush Cosmetics Unveiled Its First "Naked Shop" in Milan, Italy
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61
Futuristic Online-Only Fashions
Futuristic Online-Only Fashions
The Neuro Studio SOLVENTUS 2019 Collection is Created on-Demand
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60
Smart Store Concepts
Smart Store Concepts
Suning's Biu Smart Store Shows the Future of Retail Technology
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59
Alternative Mobile Retail Methods
Alternative Mobile Retail Methods
Solebox Sells an Nike Air Max Silhouette from a Matching Van
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58
Exclusive In-Store Sneakers
Exclusive In-Store Sneakers
The Exclusive 'Balenciaga Track' Can Only Be Bought by Appointment
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57
Stylish Contemporary Designer Furniture
Stylish Contemporary Designer Furniture
Jonathan Adler's 'Now House' is Available on Amazon
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56
Youthful Cosmetic Stores
Youthful Cosmetic Stores
Flormar's Retail Space Embodies Friendly, Approachable Design
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55
Multi-Brand Pharmacy Concepts
Multi-Brand Pharmacy Concepts
'Le Drugstore Parisien' Offers Dry Cleaning, Cosmetics & More
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54
Whimsical Fairy Tale Bars
Whimsical Fairy Tale Bars
Brooklyn is Set to Host an Alice in Wonderland Pop-Up Bar on a Bus
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53
Physical Crowdfunding Stores
Physical Crowdfunding Stores
This Retail Space Only Sells Kickstarter-Crowdfunded Products
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52
Futuristic Fashion Store Makeovers
Futuristic Fashion Store Makeovers
Zara is Combining Online and Offline Retail in Its Stores
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51
Collaborative Creative Projects
Collaborative Creative Projects
Peanuts Global Art Collective & STORY Boast Community Enhancement
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50
Next-Gen Shopping Systems
Next-Gen Shopping Systems
SwiftGo Enhances In-Store Shopping with Carts, Apps and Weighing Devices
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49
Award-Winning Beauty Pop-Ups
Award-Winning Beauty Pop-Ups
This Experiential Vogue Pop-Up Showcases the Beauty Award Winners
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48
Automated Healthy Eateries
Automated Healthy Eateries
Amsterdam's 'Health Food Wall' Will Provide Takeaway Plant-Based Food
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47
Library-Inspired Retail Decors
Library-Inspired Retail Decors
Neri & Hu Develops a Library-Style Interior for the Valextra Shop
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46
AI Beauty Retail Mirrors
AI Beauty Retail Mirrors
HiMirror's Enterprise Lite and Pro Use AI to Assess One's Skin Needs
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45
Customizable Clear Labels
Customizable Clear Labels
Sticker Mule's Clear Roll Labels Give Small Businesses a Clean Look
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44
Youthful Vintage Fashion Lookbooks
Youthful Vintage Fashion Lookbooks
The HBX Editorial Spotlights the FW2018 Lines of a Few Brands
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43
Iconic Cartoon Convenience Stores
Iconic Cartoon Convenience Stores
A Real-Life Kwik-E-Mart Has Been Opened in Myrtle Beach
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42
Self-Serve Convenience Stores
Self-Serve Convenience Stores
Irispay's "E-Concept Store" in Malaysia is a Self-Service Store
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41
Modern Youth Fashion Brand
Modern Youth Fashion Brand
Youth-Centric COLLUSION Celebrates Millennials & Gives Them a Voice
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40
Mixed-Reality Makeup Mirrors
Mixed-Reality Makeup Mirrors
The Coty Magic Mirror Launches a Try-On Following Product Interaction
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39
Digitally Interactive POS Displays
Digitally Interactive POS Displays
Johnson & Johnson's Multi-Brand Marketing Wall is Informative
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38
Warehouse-Inspired Concept Shops
Warehouse-Inspired Concept Shops
E-Retailer Howdy's Store Envisions a "Futuristic Warehouse"
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37
Low-Cost Pop-Up Stores
Low-Cost Pop-Up Stores
Bookline Created a Dynamic Temporary Shop with Affordable Raw Materials
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36
Bizarre Multifunctional Dress Designs
Bizarre Multifunctional Dress Designs
PrettyLittleThing's Offering Both Stuns & Delights Instagram
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35
Minimalist Sustainable Fashion Businesses
Minimalist Sustainable Fashion Businesses
Unrecorded Focuses on the Clean, Simple and Sustainable
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34
Ultra-Small Beauty Shops
Ultra-Small Beauty Shops
The ISEI Store in Kiev is Just 30 Square Meters in Size
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33
AR Fitting Room Mirrors
AR Fitting Room Mirrors
Amazon's Augmented Reality Mirror Patent Transforms the Try-On Experience
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32
Smart Shopping Mirrors
Smart Shopping Mirrors
Mastercard and OAK Created a Mirror That Works with RFID Technology
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31
Co-Working Community Shops
Co-Working Community Shops
WeWork's WeMRKT Showcases Products Made by Members
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30
Stylish Designer Pet Fashion
Stylish Designer Pet Fashion
Moschino Collaborates with H & M on Chic Outfits for Furry Friends
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29
Shipping Container Cafes
Shipping Container Cafes
The Hualien Bay Mall Starbucks by Kengo Kuma is Located in Taiwan
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28
Brand Logo Mashup Marketing
Brand Logo Mashup Marketing
Quickteller Debuts Its Global Mall with a Entertaining Print Campaign
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27
Coffee Lounge Tech Shops
Coffee Lounge Tech Shops
'The Lounge' by AT&T is a Hybrid Retail Store and Coffee Shop Hangout
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26
Experiential Skincare Shops
Experiential Skincare Shops
The Gallery M MISSHA Flagship Store Design is Millennial-Targeted
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25
Paper-Made Window Display Installations
Paper-Made Window Display Installations
Helen Musselwhite's Art is Whimsical & Multicultural
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24
Bodega-Inspired Streetwear Shops
Bodega-Inspired Streetwear Shops
Bodega's Los Angeles Flagship Store Mimics the Mini-Mart Style
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23
Kid-Focused Department Stores
Kid-Focused Department Stores
'Kid Cavern' is Launching a Department Store for Kids in Liverpool
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22
Localized Convenience Stores
Localized Convenience Stores
EAT17 in London is Redefining the Familiar Convenience Store Format
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21
Grocery-Hauling Car Concepts
Grocery-Hauling Car Concepts
The Robomart Brings Vegetables and Produce To Your Door
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20
Tech-Infused Concept Stores
Tech-Infused Concept Stores
Nike by Melrose Uses Customer Data for Personalization
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19
Compostable Pizza Packaging
Compostable Pizza Packaging
The World Centric 'PizzaRound' Box is Made from Plant-Based Materials
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18
Two-Storey Boxy Houses
Two-Storey Boxy Houses
Suzuki Architects' Latest Design is a Home-Workspace Hybrid
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17
Grunge Icon-Inspired Fashion Capsules
Grunge Icon-Inspired Fashion Capsules
Midnight Studios Revives Courtney Love Fashion with New Line
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16
Vending Machine Cafes
Vending Machine Cafes
Chef-in-Box's VendCafes are Disrupting the Industry in Singapore
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15
Bamboo-Detailed Green Retail Spaces
Bamboo-Detailed Green Retail Spaces
The New Apple Store in Macau is Created by Foster + Partners
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14
Reimagined Retail Spaces
Reimagined Retail Spaces
Retail Design Collective Transform Loft into Hub for Community Engagement
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13
Party-Inspired Retail Spaces
Party-Inspired Retail Spaces
Bangkok's What-The-Forest Club Engages Shoppers with AR Tech
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12
Play-Integrated Retail Spaces
Play-Integrated Retail Spaces
Supermoments' Retail Space Has Climbing Structures and Video Games
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11
Stylish Transparent Trousers
Stylish Transparent Trousers
PrettyLittleThings’ Design is Bold, Crazy and Waterproof
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10
Futuristic Beauty Showrooms
Futuristic Beauty Showrooms
The Mußler Beauty by Notino Concept Caters to the Consumer of Tomorrow
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9
Chic Whimsical Fashion Identities
Chic Whimsical Fashion Identities
Antonio García Cárceles Creates a Youthful Aesthetic for KLING
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8
eCommerce Bargain Shops
eCommerce Bargain Shops
Items from Amazon's '$10 & Under' Collection Ship for Free
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7
Designer Department Store Cafes
Designer Department Store Cafes
An Off-White Cafe Pop-Up Opened Its Doors at the Bon Marché
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6
Smart Skincare Shops
Smart Skincare Shops
SK-II's Smart Store in Shanghai Lets Customers Shop with High-Tech Bracelets
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5
Naturally-Inspired Artistic Boutiques
Naturally-Inspired Artistic Boutiques
Zak Ik Boasts a Wonderful, Natural and Immersive Environment
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4
Emotion-Evoking Retail Space Concepts
Emotion-Evoking Retail Space Concepts
Andrés Reisinger Puts Emphasis on Meditation in His Designs
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3
Gen Z-Targeting Makeup Brands
Gen Z-Targeting Makeup Brands
Marta Veludo & Another Studio Produce a Whimsical Brand Identity
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2
Cosmetic Brand Arcades
Cosmetic Brand Arcades
Chanel's 'Coco Game Center' in Tokyo Pairs Retro Games and Makeup Tables
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1
Multi-Functional Concept Spaces
Multi-Functional Concept Spaces
Rachel Schechtman's STORY Embraces the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
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