Archive | January, 2020

Got the T shirt

When designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran took over Quaglino’s in 1991, a small part of his rejuvenation of the large restaurant in the smart St James’s area of London involved creating a metal Q-shaped ashtray for each table. In the days of smoking in restaurants and pubs Quaglino’s also sold cigarettes, which helped the […]

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Lombok launches Swyft – sofa in a box concept

Last year Retail Insider had an early look at Tottenham Court Road-based Lombok’s new Swyft range of easy assembly sofas but it has taken until now to officially launch the range which owner Keiran Hewkin hopes will disrupt the very traditional world of furniture retailing. According to Hewkin “The average person moves ten times and […]

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Downsizing

Visiting New York for the first time in the mid-1990s involved many memorable experiences, one of them being dining out with a US friend and his mates and work colleagues. The food would hit the tables in the most gargantuan portions I’d ever seen and I’d feel full even before I picked up my fork. […]

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Innovative Retailer: Harrods

Name: Harrods   The Place: Dominating its corner of the Brompton Road in London’s Knightsbridge since Victorian times. The Story: Everyone thinks they know Harrods. The green and gold bags, the vast emporium of lights stretching across the Brompton Road as far as you can see. But … But a lot of people will have […]

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Dunelm looks to pop-ups to educate its aspirational customers on décor

The main takeaways from the Dunelm SS20 show, which Retail Insider recently attended, were that the retailer would rather its shoppers bought smarter not more. It also looks like the success of its online operation, which has rejuvenated the brand, could lead the way to trialling pop-ups that would provide shoppers with guidance on dressing […]

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Movers & Shakers Q&A: Tessa Clarke, co-founder and CEO, Olio

Tessa Clarke, CEO, Olio 1.What is the greatest opportunity for your business? The greatest opportunity for OLIO is solving the problem of food waste in the home & local community, at scale, globally! There are two elements to how we do this: first, connecting neighbours to share their spare food when they go on holiday, […]

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Sustainable Fashion: ComeSwapAndShop

Welcome to this monthly column within our broader sustainability section which focuses on what fashion retail is doing to address the issues in its industry. Swapping clothes might just be the biggest new trend in fashion – brought to you by Retail Insider with Clipper and Give Back Box Name: ComeSwapAndShop Location: Hornsey High Street, London N8 […]

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Pie and Peas

In the dim and distant past of my childhood, once a week a bell could be heard ringing at around 6pm at the end of my parent’s road, which was the signal to head out with dinner plates in hand as the Pie & Peas man with his food van had arrived. With his no-choice […]

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