Hot Concepts

The Left Shoe, Los Angeles

Traditional craftsmanship and the latest in technology help make for the perfect fit at The Left Shoe, a new luxury men’s footwear retail concept from Finland.

Reinventing Retail: Hointer, Seattle

Imagine a store with a back staff of robots, where items appear, almost magically, in the fitting room. A store where customers pay for their purchases in their dressing rooms, without interacting with a single salesperson. You can stop imagining … check out Hointer, an apparel (mostly men’s jeans) shop in Seattle.

Top 10 Stores of 2012

1. Baby & Child, Santa Monica, Calif.
A brand new concept from Restoration Hardware, Baby & Child offers a hip, modern take on upscale children's’ home furnishings. With its taupe tones and sophisticated stylings, this new format is far removed from the pastel, whimsical universe of Pottery Barn Kids and most other kids’ stores. Read More

Uniqlo, San Francisco

Uniqlo has made its West Coast, opening a three-story, 29,000-sq.-ft. flagship in San Francisco.

First Look: Build-A-Bear Workshop’s New Store Concept

Build-A-Bear Workshop has gone high-tech. The company has debuted a new store design that combines its signature hands-on bear-making experience with innovative technology that’s right in line with today’s digitally savvy kids.