This boutique in Sydney features a curated gallery of sneakers you can’t find elsewhere

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 April 2015

It can be a nightmare searching for the right sneakers. Not only do you have to worry about size and how comfy they are, but a sneaker – a good sneaker that will last you years – should say something about you. It should ooze style and charm and outshine all the other sneakers on the streets. And finally there’s a place in Sydney where they take their sneakers seriously: Subtype.

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This booth is one of 62,000 in a city-sized wholesale market in China

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 7 March 2015

You thought being in a Tesco or Ikea was crowded enough, but looks like they’ve met their match in this 43-million-square-foot market in China. Located in Yiwu, China, this is the world’s largest ‘small commodities’ market – meaning they sell everything from fake flowers to clothing and toys.

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Guys get put in ‘store rooms’ in Chinese malls while waiting for their partners to shop

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

Apparently, Chinese malls understand consumer behavior – or should we say anti-consumer behavior – so well that some of them have even set aside some sort of store room for unenthusiastic guys to be kept in as they wait for their partners to be done with their retail therapy.

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A tour of Mexico City’s biggest black market

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 December 2013

Take a tour of Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood and you’ll find 72 blocks of Latin America’s biggest black market where 7,000 vendors sell anything from denim to porn. Here is where a ‘labyrinth of stalls’ serve as refuge and home for ‘outcasts: drug dealers, pickpockets, transvestites, thieves and sellers of contraband’. And if you want […]

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In Christchurch, a shopping district with shipping containers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 29 March 2013

After the Christchurch quake, the site of a mall destroyed in the natural disaster on Cashel Street has now seen a revival of shopping activity with shipping containers that now form temporary retail spaces. Shipping containers are just so darn cool.

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Westfield London

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 October 2008

Westfield London is a cool shopping destination with a nice mix of high end labels, high street bargains, and 49 restaurants. The centre has over 265 luxury, premium and high street retailers — most of them fashion-focused.

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Fernanda Cohen Reader Find

By Fernanda Cohen in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2008

Located on West Houston, Alphaville is my favorite gift store in Manhattan. It offers a great selection of vintage objects, from Nixon’s campaign buttons, to Sesame Street 80s mobiles, 50s greeting cards and the original Mr. Potato Head and his friends. It’s one of those places I walk into just to look but always end […]

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Brian Ulrich

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Wednesday 10 September 2008

I love the sense of intimacy about the work of Chicago-based photographer, Brian Ulrich. His retail project Copia ‘is a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live’. We interviewed him recently and asked him what camera he uses once he gets inside a store he’s photographing:

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