“I designed stores for over twenty five years. I learnt my trade at one of the biggest and best London agencies, Fitch. Rodney Fitch pretty much invented retail design. He passionately believed that design was a force to make ordinary people’s lives better, much better. Those days in Soho were life changing. It was ridiculously competitive and brimful with flamboyant and opinionated characters. That’s why we worked so hard… to be smarter than the next. It was an exciting time and I’m very grateful for everything I learnt at Fitch.”

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“As a Retail Futurist I encourage my clients to take a fresh look at what they do and what they really stand for. Business is often too busy to pause and think, you have to force these things. I try to unravel the meanings behind the things we buy: why our aspirations shift and how the future is likely to change the way we behave. I believe shopping is not only the engine of our economy, it’s the foundation of a thriving community. This isn’t some business to business thing, this is life.”

 

“Living and working in the centre of both New York and London has given me a heightened sense of what makes a city tick.”

“New York is a machine that’s driven by retail. But for all its crazy excess there is always so much happening, so much to learn, so much to get excited about.”

Read more of my thoughts on Manhattan here.

 

 

 

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