You can’t get much for a buck these days – perhaps a stick of gum (if you’re lucky) or a couple of stamps. Well, that is if you’re living in New York. But what about other parts of the world? A dollar might not get you too far in NYC but in other countries, it can buy you a bottle of wine, an espresso and even a foot massage.
No outfit is complete without a little bling, and if you’re shopping for the perfect piece, you’ll want to pack those bags and head to Dubai. This incredible city is a shopper’s dream, offering a vast array of retail experiences.
If you love to shop, then head on over to Dubai for a non-stop shop-a-thon. This is the place you want to be to pick up all your designer threads and lavish goods. But Dubai is not only a shopper’s paradise; it’s an adventurous wonderland. In this fascinating city, you can shop ’til you drop then learn how to ski right in the middle of Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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: