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Bottletop opens first 3D-printed store

BY Marianne Wilson

A small store in London is attracting a lot of attention for its unusual design.

Sustainable luxury accessories brand Bottletop broke new ground with the opening of its first permanent store, on Regent Street in London. The space, which has been called “the world’s first zero-waste” store, boasts a futuristic, immersive environment that reflects Bottetop’s commitment to sustainability, collaboration and technical innovation. (Bottletop products are made from the pull tabs of discarded soda cans, recycled metals and zero-deforestation leather.)

The interior, designed by Krause Architects, is entirely 3D printed from Reflow recycled plastic filament using proprietary technology from AI Build. (The 3D printing was done by an industrial-sized Kuka robot-printer that was on site during the process.) The ceiling has a hanging canopy made from thousands of recycled soda can tops in a 3D-printed mesh structure, while the flooring is made from recycled tires. Overhead lighting and changing digital wall projections envelop customers in the brand.

In addition to the unusual design elements, the store has its own scent, created in partnership with perfumer Timothy Han.

Speaking about the new store design, Bottletop co-founder Oliver Wayman said: “For the first time, visitors to our store will be able to witness the sustainable use of this technology first hand while shopping the Bottletop collection and learning about the mission of the brand.”

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Online home furnishings and decor brand to open store

BY Marianne Wilson

Yet another e-tailer has decided to try out the physical space.

Wayfair plans to open a retail outlet in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Kentucky, according to a tweet by the city of Florence.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. location will open early next year, reported Furniture Today, and will sell returns and closeouts.

In separate news, Wayfair reported that its second quarter sales increased $538.5 million to $1.6 billion, up 48.8% year over year. The number of active customers increased 34%, to 12.8 million.

The retailer posted a net loss of $0.77 per share, more than expected. In the second quarter of last year, Wayfair said it had a net loss of $0.26 per share and $1.12 billion in revenue.

“We are pleased to report a record second quarter and our largest yet year-over-year dollar growth in direct retail net revenue,” said Niraj Shah, CEO, co-founder and co-chairman, Wayfair. “This recent quarter included our biggest revenue day in the history of the company as we introduced Way Day, the first-ever retail holiday for home. Our long-term investments in further developing our logistics networks, international business, and in scaling headcount to improve our product and service offerings are resonating strongly with new and returning customers.”

Wayfair launched its Way Day shopping event on Wednesday, April 25. The shopping event offered Black Friday-level prices for 24 hours on 70,000 products across the home furnishings, décor and home improvement categories.

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Hudson’s Bay Co. to open new pop-ups—with emphasis on local talent

BY CSA Staff

A department store giant is using pop-up stores to showcase a sampling of Canada’s budding fashion companies.

On Sept. 4, Hudson’s Bay Co. will create pop-up stores to feature 12 emerging homegrown designers. The pop-ups will be at five locations across the country, including two stores in downtown Toronto, and one each in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, according to the Financial Post.

The pop-ups coincide with Toronto Fashion Week, and will stay open for three months. Collections, a Toronto-based fashion production agency, helped Hudson’s Bay curate the pop-up assortments, the report explained.

In addition to giving these emerging brands a national platform, the retailer will sell the collections online and in its Vancouver, Yorkdale, Chinook, Montreal and Queen Street stores, the report said.

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