Today we managed to do so much with the team – we had a meeting to discuss what we must have in the shop and arranged our responsibilities; reviewed stock to choose and style garments for photo shoot and submitted visual merchandising concept boards to get some feedback.
Photo shoot session is tomorrow and we still need to arrange everything with photographer, model and styling team so there is no time to rest.
There are some of the outfits that we will photograph on models tomorrow:
After talking to team we decided that easily accessible materials that we could use for Pop-Up shop are:
used packaging products (cardboard, paper)
We decided to continue researching ideas and submit our concept boards on Tuesday.
After seeing some geometrical light fittings I wanted to test if I could do anything similar using sticks that are being used to keep shoes straight. I politely asked if I could collect some from a local high street store. They were happy for me to take some so I made a few shapes – cutting them all to the same length and using hot glue. Those shapes can be connected together to make really big and impressive displays!
I liked our team member Sophie’s idea to use fingerprint decals for windows, however, I thought they should be smaller scale.
Another idea – using folded paper to create background for displays. Low-cost and easily achievable.
My final boards that include images from internet; my own images from retail stores and samples:
I did some research and found out that the Kombucha culture which is used to grow fabric has endless possibilities – from brewing tea to making a snack. It is definitely worth investment because it is renewable and once you obtained a scoby it can be reused many times.
The Kombucha mother culture scoby arrived today. I had all required ingredients (tea, water, sugar) so I placed the scoby in tea straight away after reading instructions.
I visited the Dover Street Market for the first time after it moved from it’s original location to Haymarket. The store feels more spacious than before, has more luxurious feel but perfectly maintains its quirkiness with displays as creative as usual – it is definitely one of the best places to get visual merchandising inspiration. Some display ideas could be used for the pop-up store project which I am currently working on and I feel excited about sharing them with the rest of my team.
I love Easter in Lithuania – it is probably the only celebration when you must be artistic and creative, you just have no other choice! Common in many Slavic countries colorful egg now is mainly associated with Easter, although tradition is much older than Christianity and an egg was known as a symbol of beginning of each live creature in many old civilizations including Roman and Egypt mythology.
Traditional techniques in Lithuania include dying with natural dyes (onion peel, red cabbage, beetroot, lemongrass, green or fruit tea) and drawing with wax or scratching dye off (both ways create ornaments), however, nowadays people are much more experimental and colour eggs in any possible ways – decorating with foil, wrapping into silk scarfs and dipping into vinegar, decoupaging, melting crayon sprinkles just to mention a few…