THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONAL RETAIL

Bansky 'Trolley hunters'

Shopping is a modern version of hunting, why not turn it into a place of adventure and a positive challenge rather than a lonely planet …

By nature, we are hunter-gatherers we need to work together to fulfil each other’s roles in collecting the essentials to survive. Dopamine is responsible for the feeling we get when we find something we’re looking for or we [achieve] something we set out to accomplish, says Simon Sinek. The hormone is released every time we get closer to our goal. Our bodies feel satisfaction and keep us motivated, without the hormone we would become idle and waste away.

Traditional retail is in a crisis today and the ideas to improve the situation in the future looks sterile, lonely and isolated. If we are served by the robots we will become robots too.

Who will benefit from being looked after by a robot in a store, an app sending messages every time we pass a store or an idea of doing grocery shopping while sitting in a car seat?

The idea of Amazon Go shopping seems most efficient. It’s simple – in and out of a store – no queuing to pay for our shopping means we will have more spare time for ourselves at the end of the day. That’s a positive outcome.

Human contact is very important part of the shopping experience as we all know it

It is the more personal conversation or a short witty chat with a person behind the counter I think rather than information provided about the product. My Iranian friend can talk to anyone standing beside him in the shop, perhaps it is a part of his culture to treat shopping as a social experience. As a regular customer at the fish counter in Dunnes Stores, I got a small discount which was offered to me by the stall owner – a robot or an app will never do that.

What do you think about the use of an advanced technology in retail in the nearest future? Do you like some of the new inventions?

What do you think about the use of an advanced technology in retail in the nearest future? Do you like the idea? 

Hunting in prehistoric art ‘Rock Art of the Tassili n’Ajjer

African market stall photographed by © Derek Speirs
African market stall photographed by © Derek Speirs
Temple Bar by Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
Market in Berlin by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
Temple Bar by Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
Market in Temple Bar, Dublin by © Greville Edwards

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

 

      

 

Featured image – Bansky ‘Trolly Hunters’

 

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NATURE THE GODDESS – WINTER

white frost on the trees in winter

WE MAY HAVE MANY GODS

But we should have one Goddess and it should be the nature. Inspiring and unique images full of shapes, scents, colours and sounds are like free gifts undervalued, invisible, unnecessary. Nature gives back what has received. It is either going to be a dull, destructed life, with no spirit and hope or the utopian version of it. Do take care of your Goddess, always where ever you are.

WINTER AND THE WHITE FROST

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

 

DUBLIN IN IT’S HOLINESS

Dublin in it's Holiness

THE GREAT CHALLENGE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLIST

Sadly Dublin is not the most friendly town for the cyclists. It is an old town and well, unfortunately, today roads can not be stretched to gain more space for bikes. You really have to pay an attention here while cycling among the busy traffic. One can laugh at it as it can be either hilarious or very frustrating – depending on the mood … a bit like watching Monty Python.

I start with a question … Was there ever an earthquake or a tsunami that went through Dublin?
Cracked tiles on the pavement are moving under pedestrian’s feet as walking by. Like a broken egg shell that has not been sealed and probably never will be. Try not to loose your balance and you be fine.

 

 

There are also holes in the pavement! The same pavement that during weekends hosts alcohol’s connoisseur often supported on high heels. Those holes are totally unexpected, surprises – I prefer to call them as it is a better word than a – trap. A ‘surprise holes’ left open from a construction work. Best avoided at night time.

 

 

There are splashes of concrete on the ground! Concrete is now bulging from the surface turning into miniature hills or layers of melting ground created by volcanic lava. Once there must have been an intention to ‘fix the problem’ but with the contrary result. Today they look like embedded prehistorical animals, watching pedestrians like crocodiles watch a prey on the river banks. Wait till they catch you!

 

 

To be fair it is not that bad, in fact, mostly it is fine (or did I just get use it?) – sadly the problems never seem to be fixed, just left to evolve in its neglect. Guess it makes the cyclist feel more alive!

But eh … shure that will do …

 

Photographs were taken on Camden Street, Rathmines and Rathgar.

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

 

TEXTIFOOD THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES

stinging nettle

THE TEXTIFOOD EXHIBITION

The exhibition originated from the project Futurotextiles and was dedicated to innovative fabrics. It is a French contribution to the Expo Milan 2015 a global event which was themed Feed the Planet, Energy for Life.

Textifood exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the world of textiles and its future with its incredible diversity, sustainability, and potentials. Orange, lemon, pineapple, banana, coconut, nettle, coffee, rice, soy, corn, beet, flax, lotus, algae, mushrooms, wines, beers, shellfish … all at the service of fashion!

Could it mean that in the future there will be no synthetic fabrics? such as polyester, acrylic, nylon, acetate, spandex, lastex all massively sold by high street stores. The sources of toxins which affect our health and the health of the planet – all produced with chemicals. I do hope we keep making general progress by taking care of ourselves and nature.

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Bananas have already been used in Japan in 13th-century to make a fabric similar to cotton. In 2014 banana silk fiber came to the general public with a dress made entirely of dried banana leaves creation of Ditta Sandico.

banana leaf
banana leaf

Nettle has been used by the Germans to produced their uniforms during The WWII as the textile trade at the time was mainly run in England. Nettle is one of the most sustainable material as it does not need fertilizer and it needs very little amount of water.

nettle
nettle
nettle fibre
nettle slippers

Citrus fiber is the first fiber made of citrus fruit, silky in appearance and biodegradable.

citruses
citruses
orange fiber
citrus fiber

Fermented alcohol. There is also a new fabric created from the fermentation of alcoholic beverages. The fabric is red for the red wine, translucent to white and amber colour for beer.

beer
Beer
beer-dress
fermented beer-dress

Coffee is used by S.Café® company which does not only recycles coffee grounds for fabric but also extracts a high concentration of essential coffee oil which is re-used in textiles and also can be used in cosmetics. The brand claims that one day there will be no waste made out of coffee.

coffee dress
coffee dress at Textifood in Milano

Strawberry lace

strawberry lace
strawberry lace

Fashion designers have been experimenting with other organic sources to produce clothing.  Suzanne Lee was inspired to design from bacteria which grows on Kombucha a healthy drink, a mixture of bacteria and yeast, originated in China in 220 BC. In 90s Kombucha started to sold commercially in Europe and US. I do remember buying it in Dunnes Stores and Tesco here in Ireland, but unfortunately due to low demands the product did not last more than few years on the shelves.

biocouture clothing
bio culture clothing designed by Suzanne Lee

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

 

      
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CHRISTMAS WINDOWS, DUBLIN 2016

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

DUBLIN WINDOWS 2016

Early Sunday morning is the best time to take a stroll on Grafton Street and appreciate window displays on one of the busiest shopping streets in Dublin city.

December this year as many others years previously is very mild, our garments are just a little bit warmer than those in the very early spring. It is well noticeable in the Christmas window displays where mannequins are styled quite light too.

Christmas window display on Grafton Street, Dublin 2016

The Christmas theme is displayed in the windows but not so much of the winter itself except maybe Brown Thomas. The theme of their windows this year is based on an old-school Christmas card, all kept very kept to the roots of festive tradition. When I saw it first my first connection was made to Russian fairy tales …

Brown Thomas Christmas window
Brown Thomas Christmas window display 2016
Brown Thomas window display
Brown Thomas Christmas window display 2016
Brown Thomas window display
Brown Thomas Christmas window display 2016
Brown Thomas window display
Brown Thomas Christmas window display 2016
Brown Thomas window display
Brown Thomas Christmas window display 2016

 

M&S is boosting with red colour and plenty of good quality looking gifts stock around female mannequin the position of her arms suggest she expects to receive even more presents.

M&S Christmas window display
M&S Christmas window display, Dublin 2016

Personally, my favourite once is Massimo Dutti windows.  The suggestion that those are Chrismas windows is very settled. The props are very minimalistic, well composed, all products are well exposed and visible to the public. It is the warm light coming from the suspended lamps that suggest it is the time of the year when we want to keep warm when we want to party when we want to be stylish despite long and dark winter’s evenings.

A few minutes away from Grafton Street – Dunnes Stores on Dame Street has as always perfectly styled windows. Same as in Massimo Dutti all the merchandising products are visible even though the windows are quite busy or busier than normally – the products look very tempting to buy, to have, to own. The construction of the display is very harmonious. All three windows are kept in the same colour scheme what creates a perfect balance. To me, windows in this particular store are always more of an art installation. Perfecto!

Dunnes Stores Georges street
Dunnes Stores Georges street Christmas display, Dublin 2016
Dunnes Stores Georges street
Dunnes Stores Georges street Christmas display, Dublin 2016
Dunnes Stores Georges street
Dunnes Stores Georges street Christmas display, Dublin 2016

 

Few more Christmas windows 2016 on Grafton Street, Dublin

Nespresso

Christmas window
Dunnes Stores Christmas window on Grafton Street, 2016
Topman Christmas window
Topman Christmas window on Grafton Street, 2016
tommy hilfiger Dublin window display
Tommy Hilfiger Christmas window display, 2016 Dublin

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