Luxury mobile handset company Vertu is opening a standalone store in ‘millionaire’s capital’, Moscow, this week, designed and outfitted by Retail Planning Associates. The store is one of three gallery-style developments; there is also one in Jakarta and another in Dubai. RPA, recently acquired by Fitch Worldwide, was commissioned by Nic Pay, Vertu head of merchandising, to come up with original concept work for the openings, following its work on the brand’s flagship store in Paris and its concept store in Singapore. Pay says, ‘There were some challenges involved in putting together a project like this in Moscow, as it is extremely difficult to source the necessary materials within Russia. Partners on the ground are absolutely essential.’
Designed with Made Thought studio, the future-facing look for the image sharing platform seeks to embrace “humanity” and resist tech clichés.
The Creative Industries Fund will provide “a package of targeted support” for UK-registered micro and small businesses with innovative ideas.
Co-founders Rebecca Thomson and Rachita Saraogi discuss how their design-led workshops can build girls’ confidence and prompt industry change.
Finished just in time for museums to reopen to the public on 17 May, the project uses the “local details” of the poet’s work to form the visitor experience.