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DanCool Tube: 100 Years Of Fashion In 100 Seconds Launches Westfield Stratford City Mall, West London UK

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Take some classic Youtube Evolution of Dance, mix in a little high fashion and a Mall opening, and you’ll end up with this very slick promotion for Westfield Stratford City.

Opening this month, Westfield Stratford City will be Europe’s largest urban shopping center.  When you are offering up hundreds of retail stores, a casino, a 17 screen all digital movie theater, hotels and a bowling alley, trust me…you don’t just put an ad in the local penny saver with a food court grand opening coupon.

No way.  What you do is create a sharp video highlighting  100 years of music and style as you get ready to write the next chapter in European fashion.

Check it out.  It’s a fun, cleverly put together fashion show that has a little something for every age.  Some tunes.  Some funky clothes.  Some toe tapping.

The fun part is the stylin’ and the dancin’.

The scary part is noticing how many of these bad fashion choices you have made over the years.


YUBZ Retro Mobile Handset

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
















Be Cool while you annoy the crap out of people.





There is no escape.  They are everywhere.

They’re waving their fingers in the air at imaginary people while fighting with their Boo.  They are yelling at their Bank representative or making dinner reservations.  They are talking dirty or reminding themselves to pick up dry-cleaning after work.  They are buying stocks or figuring out where you be at, girl?

And they are doing it all on their cell phone, and could care less who hears it.

We’ve all been there.  Trapped on a bus or subway while someone carries on a loud, broken english conversation apparently unaware that Mass Transit actually means…umm…Transit for the Masses.  Is this a private bus?  I wasn’t aware when I swiped my monthly pass.  I also didn’t realize that the 10 Items or Less line has officially become 2011′s version of a phone booth, giving both the cashier and the customer cart blanche to text and talk while my freeze pops melt in my clenching paws.

Before I get all Grandpa crotchety on cell etiquette and those new fangled Internet Cafes, I’ll focus.  This one isn’t about all that, even though I keep promising to one day write the best book ever, made up entirely of overheard cell conversations.  Instant best seller, guaranteed.  Even as an eBook that those young bucks can multi gesture through at the afore mentioned Cafes.

This is all about the Cool factor.  If you insist on driving people nuts by yakking on your Android through the entire second floor of the Mall, then at least do it in style.

The YUBZ retro handset is living proof that everything old is new again.  I don’t want to even hazard a guess as to how many cell users today have actually never gone old school with a corded receiver in their lifetime.

Simmer down, Gramps.  But this thing is pretty cool, and actually more comfortable for the long calls then smashing some warm glass plating against your skull.  YUBZ tosses a little “No Radiation” marketing into the mix as well, but the handset sells on Cool alone.  Not getting brain cancer is probably a good selling point, but if my phone matches my outfit…even better.  The handset comes in loads of colors, as well as a sleek Urban silver which gets my vote, and they all fit pretty much every cell out there, thanks to adaptors.

Even Lenny Kravitz has been photographed in the Village yakking away to his peeps on one.  Like his music or not, he’s a cool dude.

Grab one of these bad boys and start working those calls like a Style Icon.  You’ll still push me one notch below going full postal, but you’ll get props for your cellular accessorizing.



Goorin Brothers Hat Shop

Monday, July 4th, 2011







Every Noggin         Needs Some Lovin’










Two things.

One.  Props to Ne-Yo for bringing back a little old school.  With a good boy/bad boy tip of his hat and some pricey music videos,  he accomplished  what many a mother has only fantasized about while under the salon dryer.  He got a chunk (tho, granted, a micro percentage) of city boys to buy a belt, pull their pants up and rock a little retro while they stroll down the sidewalks and mall food courts.  I’ll give Usher a little tip of that hat as well, but sorry, dude…Ne-Yo wears it better.

Two.  I wasn’t lucky enough to be born with a Hat Head.  Through the years, living out a number of Winters in New England, I did master the unfortunate Hat Head, but not the Cool kind.  Not to brag, but I gotz me some nice pearly white teeth, thanks to flouride in my hometown’s water system, and two years of pre-rinsing my braces…but hats have always been my nemesis.  Think of a Tweety Bird Pez dispenser.  Put a goatee on it. Then put a hat on it.  There you go.  Thanks for nothing.

But now there’s Goorin Brothers to the rescue.  Since 1895 they’ve been plopping lids on melons of all shapes and sizes.  The kind of hats that you see in old polariods, flickery movies and today’s runway widescreens.  Throw in some caps and winter fuzzies and you have one sweet retailer.  Check out their site.  There are loads of locations, and page after page of great looking dome shields.

After 4 generations they have landed on Boston’s Newbury Street and they are giving the Fenway B cap a run for its money.  This Hat Shop was made for this stylin’ avenue, as if the Mothership found the perfect docking station.  Walking up the stairs and inside is like a haberdashery time warp.  Worth a look even if you have already maxxed out on hats this season.  (As if.)  Prices are surprisingly understated, but the styles are certainly not.  If you can’t find the perfect cover for your coconut inside this shop then shame on you.  There is really something for everyone.

So a tip of my hat to Goorin Brothers.  And a candy filled tip of my Pez Head as well. Check them out.  Extremely DanCool.

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