Retail: Odin

It’s been a busy season for the guys at Odin: a new collection of colognes, a collaborative line with Duckie Brown, and a little retail-space musical chairs. The new West Village shop is now open in Oliver Spencer’s old Greenwich Street digs (and Spencer’s up and running on East 11th Street). Here’s a peek inside: From the look of it, grabbing brunch at the neighboring Spotted Pig just got a lot more dangerous for your bottom line.
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Pop Ups: Jack Spade in L.A., Prada in Paris, Anna Sui at Target

I think experiential marketing can be particularly effective for the right situation, and now I read about a Jack Spade Pop Up in LA:
“The hardworking brand’s latest pop-up is now open in L.A.’s Apartment Number 9, where it is offering a full range of accessories and making the West Coast debut of its first apparel collection. A wide range of contributors and collaborators from secondhand hounds like Reference Library’s Andy Beach and our buddy (and Spade alum) Mister Mort to comedienne Phyllis Diller have curated a selection of vintage goods, including, in the spirit of fun, comedy albums and Halloween costumes. Spade stays in residence until, appropriately enough, October 31. Jack Spade at Apartment Number 9, 9877 Little Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.”
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Well done to Matt and the team!
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This summer, however, Pop Ups popped up in Paris, something of shock in a traditionalist culture like France, with openings by Maria Cornejo and Uniqlo, though the store of the moment was very much Prada’s remarkable “Brief Boutique”. Inspired by Pont Mirabeau, the store’s huge photo facade features the same charming rusty green arches of the 1893 steel bridge on the Seine. Its entrance door is flanked by a photomontage of two of Mirabeau’s key statues – Le Commerce and Abundance, by sculptor Jean-Antonin Injalbert. The brainchild of architect Roberto Baciocchi, the store will close late December, when Prada’s Left Bank flagship, also by Baciocchi, reopens after renovation. Prada also opened a one-week version last year for Art Basel and created London’s coolest temporary nightclub, The Double Club, a restaurant-bar-dance-floor, created by the Italian label’s special events maestro Jan Kennedy, where 75,000 hipsters came to dine in just six months.
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Amid all the complete and utter chaos that was yesterday’s Fashion’s Night Out, Anna Sui’s pop-up shop for Target (featuring designs inspired by characters on Gossip Girl) might have faded into the background of all the fashion Bacchanalia. However, there was no sign of that as people waited in line throughout the day for a glimpse of what can only be described as a goth meets Alice In Wonderland themed girl’s boudoir.
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Microsoft v Apple (Stores, Laws)

Microsoft to Build Retail Stores Right Next to Apple’s?
I think most people in Marketing admire how Apple use their stores to build their brand story. Last winter, Microsoft announced that they’ll be opening retail stores; today, they confirmed that the first ones will be opening this fall. Some of them will apparently be located right next to Apple stores(!) The designs of the store aren’t public yet–but their recent “concept” store on the Redmond campus manages to look exactly like the love child of a Circuit City and a Walgreens.

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[This - above - is a joke. That - below - is apparently real]

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In the latest twist in the computer wars, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner stated publicly yesterday that attorneys for Apple demanded Microsoft pull its “Laptop Hunters” campaign that shows buyers comparing prices between Macs and PCs. And Apple’s keeping quiet on the subject. The campaign, created by Microsoft’s consumer ad agency, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, began running in March and marked a new ad strategy from the software giant: painting rival Apple as pricey. By some measures, the ads have been successful in boosting Microsoft’s “value perception.”
Microsoft has reported a disappointing 17% slump in revenues as it was hit by competition from Google and Apple and falling demand for new computers. Results for the three months to June saw net profit for the period at $3.1bn (£1.9bn), down by 29% from the same period a year earlier. Revenue came in at $13.1bn, down 17% from a year ago.
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At least no one ever died of Marketing

… well, until now …

Security should have been better, but advertising also helped kill a temporary worker at Wal-Mart, according to a lawsuit filed by the estate and relatives of the 34-year-old man trampled by a pre-dawn Black Friday crowd at a Valley Stream, N.Y., store.At least one local police official and one retail marketing consultant also argue that Black Friday marketing and merchandising practices need to change in the wake of the incident.

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