The Langport Stores, Langport, Somerset.

While on a recent visit to Somerset, I came across this great independent retailer. The Langport Stores offers the most interesting and varied foods and products that you might struggle to find elsewhere. They specialise in Health Foods, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Specialist Foods as well as Body & Beauty products. It is a lovely vintage shop with the fixtures dating back to the 1890’s when the shop first opened by H.C.Norton. The current owners have adapted the shop to the modern needs of customers and by using local suppliers this in turns supports the local economy. Sadly we hear so much about ‘death of the High Street’ with retailers closing but this is certainly not the case for The Langport Stores. With so much competition between the various supermarkets, it is refreshing to find a successful independent retailer. Its well worth a visit to Langport.

 

 

 

 

Lumiere London.

Lumber London has been taking place over the past few nights in central London and Canary Wharf. It showcases the capital’s spectacular and icon architecture and streets with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists.

Anything from giant domes to oversized animals to an aquarium in a London telephone box to the front of Westminster Abbey being colour lit, which was truly spectacular.   There has been a lot to see over 4 nights so here are a few  highlights.

 

 

Radical Luxury at Selfridges.

The Creative Team at Selfridges has launched another set of amazing windows to kick start 2018.

Radical Luxury is a campaign in which they explore the objects and ideas that redefine luxury. They have brought together some of the most radical designers to inspire and captivate both home and fashion.

These stunning windows are a must see when you are in Oxford Street. Beautifully designed and superbly executed.

 

 

L’Occitane UK Flagship Store.

Twenty years after openings its first boutique on London’s iconic Regent Street, L’Occitane launches its first UK Flagship store. A superb and beautifully designed store covering 6,450 sqf at 74 Regent Street is the largest L’Occitane store in the World.  With the eye catching hot air balloon on the ground floor reaching to the first floor and the excellent visual merchandising standards, this store has been stunningly executed. From its bespoke and luxurious gift wrapping & personalisation service to the Hand Massage Bar to coffee and cake and of course the delicious Pierre Herme Macarons in The L’Occitane Lounge. This is truly a multi-sensory journey for customers and a shopping experience that customers will not forget.

 

 

Is your New Year resolution to push your VM Career?

Is your New Year resolution to push your Visual Merchandising Career? Then join The British Display Society.

Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising, Design & Display. This embraced many different applications – Retail Windows, Point-of-Sale Display, Exhibition & Museum work. Across the years the Society has constantly maintained its professional standing and adapted to changing times within both education and the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.

Former BDS students work throughout the U.K. and indeed throughout the world are now VM Managers, College Lecturers and Consultants, and in my case I am Head of Visual Merchandising.

Members are backed by the Society’s ‘Pathway to Professional Recognition’ through which affixes are awarded to members whose work and achievements. I am proud to say that I am a Fellow Of The British Display Society and have the affix “FBDS” after my name, as well as being a Director of The British Display Society.

Here’s a selection of photographs. These include the BDS team, to archive photos, to our students work through to current work.

So take a look at our website (www.britishdisplaysociety.co.uk) and see learn more about our courses and membership.