Attencione Shoppers

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

There are very few stores that make me want to shop… for food; clothing; or things to fill up my shelter. In my shopping past, however, there have been some notable exceptions. When Henri Bendel was independent and located on 57th Street, I made sure I ate lunch at my stuck-in-the-corner, editorial assistant’s desk at Vogue Magazine so I didn’t “eat” into my lunch hour and could use that hour to race up to Bendel’s and blow through at least one floor before tearing back to work. Back then, Bendel’s first floor was filled with new and emerging talents.. and tons of great goods. The store was in a constant, year-round, decorated state which heightened the experience. Eventually, I met the creative force behind the shredded fabric installations, et al, hanging from the ceiling (David Bradescu) and later hired him to create a Christmas tree that would be entered into a charity auction for my client, Puma …among other projects. The tree was ingenious… filled with hundreds of brightly-colored, feathered, battery-powered chirping birds and a huge black silhouette cutout of the Puma cat — front paws leaning on the tree. It was that kind of fantastic creativity that charged a speciality store and made everything inside seem that much more special.

Recently, I found that same creative energy infused in a simple Mexican marketplace that had me wishing I needed a tower of plastic buckets or a bushel of dried chilies.


Piñata-hanging installation


High-wire hanging spices


Intense product color


Making use of aluminum foil to “jazz” the honey


Multi-level displays


Product spilling out of the bins


Strong colors to play off product


Hanging meat installation


Fuses, draped wires, turquoise tubing, and dangling pineapples


Even their daytime television is fit for display


Stacks of color


Hanging installation of all things shiny


Love that someone color-coordinated the tablecloth and then added green tinsel to the wall



If all these decorations, installations and displays aren’t enough to make you pull out your wallet, there’s always this secret weapon


…No intention of letting go until I either leave with him or without my skirt

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