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We Love Kate Spade
We’ve loved the Kate Spade brand for a long time. But, what we’re loving even more is the announcement of a new line, Kate Spade Saturday, targeting a younger demographic and at a lower price point. We’re excited about the news and looking forward to seeing what this means for the in-store environment. Kate Spade New York stores are known for the brand’s signature storytelling style and colorful brand personality, and we’re hoping “Saturday” will bring the same upbeat energy. Stay tuned; you know we’ll be watching.

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Driving the Right Impact

Restaurant designs continue to dominate the market with upscale interiors and enhanced menus to meet diners’ ever-increasing expectations. How do you balance the “form” that consumers demand with the “function” that restaurateurs require to enable consistent delivery of the brand promise? After all, a restaurant concept that has an upgraded décor that can deliver a higher experience for the customers can fall short of meeting these if the functional side of the design are not facilitating the employees ability to deliver an enhanced product and service experience.

Similarly, a new functional design, one that delivers better customer service and product quality experience, can likewise fall short of fulfilling the customers hospitality expectations, if the retail environment does not provide a positive customer journey. Read more…

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2011, a Yotel Space Odyssey

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With amenities named Yobot, Studiyo and Dohyo, this is not your typical NYC hotel. Recently opened in New York’s Theatre District, Yotel brings its white-on-white, future-funky Eurostyle to The Big Apple.

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Show & Tell: Nordstrom, a new hotel & man’s new best friend.

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Editor’s Note: Once in awhile we come across something noteworthy and we we want to share it with our readers. However, due to a variety of reasons (it’s too new to obtain research, it’s in a far-away land that we can’t quite reach, etc.) we don’t quite know what to do about it other than tell you “Hey. This is amazing and you should know about it.” Show & Tell is a collection of those recent things.

1. A new “wickedly stylish” hotel just opened in Miami. Lord’s South Beach Hotel, “America’s first gay hotel chain,” doesn’t hold back when it comes to cheeky decor, glamour and glitz. Designed by New York design firm BHDM, the soon-to-be-hotspot is a perfect addition to the SoBe scene. You can learn more here and here.

2. Nordstrom’s Seattle flagship has created a truly interactive window display. Using Microsoft Kinect technology, the windows track customers’ hand-gestures, virtually painting their motions on the windows. Want more?

3. Park & Bond is the latest online authority on men’s fashion, brought to you by the people behind Gilt Groupe. Not only is it a curated collection of tasteful attire, but it also provides tips, tricks and guides from how to pack a suit in a carry-on to how to get the perfect dimple in a tie. It’s everything for the sartorially in-tune, as well as for those less fashionable men who might need a tune-up. See for yourself.

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Westin brings balance to your life

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Westin Hotels & Resorts has recently announced a new partnership with athletic brand New Balance. Catering to busy lifestyles, Westin offers apparel and running shoes (with disposable insoles) for guests who want to workout during their stay.

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Taking it a step further, they also provide local three-and five-mile running maps available for download on their website, and travel-specific fitness programs for an in-room, equipment-free workout courtesy of the New Balance Fitness Ambassador and Exercise TV trainer, Holly Perkins. And if you’re staying at the hotel for a marathon, they have special turn-down gifts geared towards the athlete with “performance/fuel” goodies for the race and “good luck” wake-up calls.

As an avid runner, I can attest to how difficult it to maintain your workout routine while on the road—you either forget your gear or don’t have room to pack it. Knowing that Westin is there to help its guests stay inline with their fitness goals is much to be admired.

The offer is currently only available in 10 of their locations but is being rolled out chain-wide this year. I, for one, can’t wait! Check out the Westin website for more information or to find a Westin currently participating in this offer.

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