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Lanvin St. Honore

18 Feb

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Simply perfect, always leave it to the French.  Lanvin’s early Spring windows are stunning, simple, chic and I’m jealous. this is exactly my favorite type of display. The COLORS are luscious, After having done display for years I understand the use of packaging. I cant tell you how many times I’ve resorted to bags or boxes. It’s always been the Display mans last choice [due to lack of budget or concept] Budget was not a concern for Lanvin and look what a great set of window they produced.

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Henry Callahan..The Height of Display

20 Jan

When I reflect upon my career I guess I’ve been a lucky guy. I’ve been able to support myself freelance during most of it, except during the last recession which struck the worst blow to retail I have ever experienced. Which, I might add is still lingering on. Retail is just not the same since. The advent of the internet hasn’t helped brick and mortar either. There will always be a “high-end” customer that delights in personal service,but they have become an endangered species. There are simply not enough of them to support the huge amount of retailers yearning for their dollar. The local retailer has had a hard time remaining competitive in the face of the invasion of the “big box” merchants. All in all the last eight years have been bleak.

To combat the malaise in the retail sector lets look back to the Golden Era of retail, the post war years when their was a “chicken in every pot and a car in every driveway. Every boomer remembers tagging along with mom as she dragged us through the great department stores that once where a fixture in every town and city center. Those days of doormen,excellent service and sparkling merchandise,made a lasting impression on me that shaped my future and are still the measure by which I judge my own work.

During my post Art school days I was fortunate to have met Henry Callahan the master of classic display .Mr. Callahan, who was born in Oakland, Calif., grew up in Philadelphia, where as a teen-ager he became a display apprentice to Strawbridge & Clothier’s department store. He later became head of window display at Lord & Taylor in New York City and display head for Schenley, the liquor concern.

In 1957, he joined Saks Fifth Avenue, where he became a vice president and the corporate director of visual merchandise. He retired in 1977. His favorite windows, he once told an interviewer, were of Southern belles napping in hammocks and wearing lace pastel-colored dresses. A hidden mechanism made their chests gently rise and fall as they slept.

I met Henry through a common friend who had tagged me as a perfect display man [before I knew it myself] Henry was retired and living in a snug town house on the very fashionable Delancey Street in Philadelphia. I remember well sitting in his front parlor as he poured tea from a beautiful Limoges pot and spoke to me about his days at Saks as he turned the pages of his scrap books [many scrapbooks] his words still stick in my mind, “You must wear many hats” he said “you must be an artist first and then a painter, a carpenter, a tailor, an architect, and a janitor” Henry had no fantasies about a life in retail, “You have to love what you do or do something else” Henry was kind and introduced me to a number of contacts that launched my career. His words still come to me when I feel I had chosen the wrong path, that I should have chosen a more secure profession and work 9 to 5 for 30 years and retire with a pension. Too late for that now…and I still believe you have to love what you do… Thanks Henry, you were right.

Now for a beautiful collection of Mr Callahan’s work, impeccable, timeless and without equal.

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Cynthia….the first mannequin

15 Jan
I’m sure that there are many VM’s out there that have no idea who Cynthia is or was. Cynthia was the first modern display mannequin. Her introduction caused a sensation when she was introduced back in 1937 by her creator Lester Gaba. She was the first practical mannequin, up until her mannequins were mostly French imports made of wax, that had a tendency to melt in summer heat, creating a ghoulish effect due to the glass eyes and real human teeth, think Vincent Price in the film “House of Wax”

My Mid Century Christmas

9 Dec

One would think that after a month of doing Christmas for others there would be little energy for doing it for myself…You are wrong, two factors made it easy for me this year, 1. I emptied my car of everything that did not make the cut in some one elses store and 2. We were hit with a snow storm yesterday.

Pre-dawn shot

Pre-dawn shot

A few cups of coffee and I was ready. Ready to deplete the amount of “stuff” I had to put away in my basement. On went Bing Crosby and I set to decorating the house. The snow falling outside the window was the perfect accompaniment to my labors. Yes even an old Scrooge like me does [at times] get struck with the spirit. take a look at my retro decor.

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A long shot

A long shot

My favorite Kitsch

My favorite Kitsch

The 40's Window Candles

The 40’s Window Candles

A brass Gazelle becomes a  Reindeer  this time of year

A brass Gazelle becomes a Reindeer this time of year

My heirloom Nativity

My heirloom Nativity

60's brass candle sticks, found 2 sets..lucky me

60’s brass candle sticks, found 2 sets..lucky me

A plastic Santa Boot..like it a lot..

A plastic Santa Boot..like it a lot..

My Christmas tea pots

My Christmas tea pots

Cocktails? of course!

Cocktails? of course!

Just can't get over mirror balls..

Just can’t get over the 70’s mirror balls..

All dressed up and Christmas is near.

All dressed up and Christmas is near.

Fake is OK in a Mid Century display

Fake is OK in a Mid Century display

My skinny tree with bubble lights...OF COURSE! and lots of tinsel

My skinny tree with bubble lights…OF COURSE! and lots of tinsel

The Parting shot a very Merry Mid Century Christmas to All!

The Parting shot a very Merry Mid Century Christmas to All!

My blinking tree…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB8zlAaYAVU

A Parisienne Christmas

8 Dec

 

Harrods Spectacular Christmas Windows

25 Nov

Stunning especially for those of us who adore trains…..so chic and slightly Steampunk

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Be sure to watch the video…http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2488250/All-aboard-Harrods-express-First-look-luxury-stores-iconic-Christmas-2013-window-display.html

Harvey Nichols Christmas Windows 2013

11 Nov
The first Christmas windows are starting to appear, I should know I'm doing them all week. Here's a group from Harvey Nichols in London. Festive to say the least, I like the stretched fabric panels, very old school fabric display. The lighting is very exciting and the combo of snowflakes and stars are wonderful. Only one thing is missing, Wheres the Christmas? Call me old fashioned but really, slowly but surely retailers have eliminated the reason for the season. I'm not saying we need Nativity scenes, but how about a few bows and a bit of red?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Venezuela…Big is Better

7 Nov
I've seen these “fuller” figured mannequins literally hanging around X rated toy stores. I can't even imagine the reaction they would illicit if I did a window using one of these gals, Venezuela is an entirely different culture. I'm speechless..watch this video from the the New Times.
50% off….Off What?
 
 

Ever Wonder Why No One Shops Sears?

22 Oct

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Sears doesn’t know who they are, this empty cart is emblematic of their identity crises. Are we Kmart? Or are we Macy’s? at least Macy pretends to be a “real”department store. No carts. Kmart knows that carts are an essential part of their program. Make up your mind, Sears.

The contrast is extreme, in a world of battling branding waged by retailers like Apple and Urban Outfitters how can Sears not see that they look abandoned. The following photos remind me of the series “The World After People” a department store left to the ravages of time without human habitation. It’s no wonder that Sears (once the largest retailer in the world) has lost its customer base. Despite all it’s problems even Penny’s looks like Bergdorf’s by comparison. I wish someone would explain why the oldest retailer in the States hasn’t figured out how to merchandise product.

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This is the result of employee rigging, no VM would ever mount this display, or would they?

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Now here is an exciting electronics dept. three boxes on the floor. Guess they gave up on this category.

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Empty gondolas,could you at least remove the shelves and make a display of one product every 4 feet…

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This is a shoe dept? Go to Nordstrom’s

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The day of department store portraits passed a decade ago. Time for a barricade.

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Dead fluorescents in a drop ceiling, Sears has all the signs of defeat,

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An invitation to browse, I think not, this mess is too great a challenge. I will pass.

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How about a face out? Put something there, anything! Go grab a couple of tee shirts

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Boxed items are the easiest products to make into a story, This is the best they could come up with? apparently there are no VMs in this store.

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I’ve seen better display at flea markets, this is down right scary. Would take two days to make sense of this tangled mess, but why even try there is nothing here that anyone wants.

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Are there any sales people on this floor?

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Not even price will move these goods, the Salvation Army does it better, they size order.

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Stained point of purchase branding, I think not.

This is why it’s over for Sears, stick to hardware and appliances. Give up the fashion goods. Time to downsize.

Ernesto Tailors..A Quick Window

10 Oct

20131010-201438.jpgI’ve worked for Ernesto Tailors for longer than I care to admit. After a number of years one can get really familiar with a window space. The number of items and the sizes have become second nature to me,the window is permanently on display in my brain. Today’s install was a perfect example. I threw this one together in record time. Thanks to Google and Staples copy center. Windows have become rapid to fabricate and economical due to all the new technology. This one was only forty bucks in materials, but that was due to fact that I did not have a Mylar tag line on the glass, which would have been at least fifty dollars more. Even so at  one hundred  in material costs  this window was a bargain. The ironic truth about increasing the perceived value of the products it displays.

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Silhouette chandeliers have been all the rage of late,( I generally avoid the rage) but this time due to too many installs this week, I wasn’t feeling edgy, chandeliers lent themselves to the Holiday feeling of the tuxedos and dressy suits. The other reason for my choice is the fast approaching Christmas season. In two weeks it will easily morph into a holiday display with a layer of glitz  and a bit of red.

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