Top 10 Must-See Stores … Fall Edition

Loblaw’s, Toronto

The folks at, a London-based consultancy, have a knack for rooting out hot retail concepts around the globe. Here’s a recap of the retailers who make up their latest “Top 10 Unmissable New Stores” report:

1. Loblaw’s, Toronto: Loblaw Companies Limited has transformed the famed Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto —former home of one of the most famous hockey arenas in North America — into the ultimate upscale supermarket destination. The design pays homage to the history of the building and is presents food as theatre. For more on Loblaws Toronto click here.

2. Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Singapore: The ultimate luxury destination, with a nautically inspired interior designed by Peter Marino.  

3. 3x1, New York City:  A denim atelier where customers can design their own jeans and then watch as they are custom made in front of their eyes. The space features three glass-enclosed boxes: Cut & Sew, Steam and Press, and Finishing.

4. Roast + Conch, London:  From Hotel Chocolat, this chocolate and coffee bar tells the story of how chocolate is made, demonstrating the process on site.

5. Starbucks, Amsterdam:  Located underground in the vault of an historic old bank, landmark, the space boasts its own in-store bakery as well as a stage for live music and poetry. For more click here

6. M&S, Cheshire Oaks, United Kingdom: At 151,000 sq. ft., this is the biggest and greenest Marks & Spencer store to date. Environmental concerns played into all parts of the design and build.

7. Sephora, Sensorium: New York City: A pop-up interactive exhibit located in the warehouse next to Sephora’s Meatpacking District store (another must-see), the space brings the world of scent to life. Even the videos are scented.

8. Nike + Fuel, London:  A high-tech pop-up with a cutting-edge design. Daily running classes and digital one-on-one consultations with real athletes are among the attractions.

9. Uniqlo, Tokyo: The company’s 50,000-sq.-ft. flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, is the brand’s biggest store in the world.

10. Victoria’s Secret, London: The brand makes its London debut with a super glamorous, 40,000-sq.-ft. store on Bond St. The three-level space features glass chandeliers, a VIP suite and a rich, luxe ambience.

See the full Echochamber report with photos.

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