Crown prince of shops?

Nice to know that the hitherto best kept secret in design is finally out of the bag. After months of gagging the media, retail designer Callum Lumsden finally broke his own embargo this morning, telling anyone who cared to tune into a Design Council webcast that he has been working with ’Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas on a forthcoming series of her popular retail makeover programme.

Speaking in the online debate against the motion ‘Networks are fine, but they won’t keep me in business’, Lumsden was introduced by chairman Simon Waterfall as working on the project and ended his presentation with a picture of himself being embraced by Portas.

No details were given of the  project, but it is believed to involve a family bakery. Watch this space.

As for the Design Council debate, Lumsden trounced Shan Preddy’s view that though networking is fine it won’t keep a business afloat. Obviously, hobnobbing in showbiz circles has worked well for him.

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