Archive For: November, 2014

Furnishing Fabric Installation

Shop window dressing

We recently installed a very chic display using furnishing fabrics. The client wanted a different look to their window as previously it had been very cluttered with a lot of fabrics displayed at once. The only brief that we were given was – ‘I want something completely different to what we have had before’! News to our ears!

A range of tapestry fabrics and tapestry inspired fabrics were selected by the client for us to choose from. Fourteen fabrics were eventually chosen with an overall colour palette of purple, green and neutrals. The client gave us a free rein to create whatever we wanted which was very encouraging.

The clients previous window displays were very full and busy with the fabrics fixed either to the back wall or flush to the window glass therefore no depth was created. We fixed some hooks into the ceiling framework with poles suspended from them, this enabled us to drape fabrics from the poles at different distances between the window glass and the back wall thus creating the desired depth that the windows were lacking.

Window dressing

The fabrics were then draped and folded and rouched from the ceiling poles and over different sized display cubes and onto the fabric covered floor panels.

Classic style picture frames finished in neutral colours were filled with flat fabric and fixed to the back wall or suspended from the ceiling poles that we installed to give depth to the window. Further frames were used without fabric inserts.

The overall effect was very smart, clean and chic – showcasing the lovely fabrics that the client produces. The finished window was reminiscent of an art installation – uncluttered and minimalistic therefore ensuring that prospective customers could see the beauty of the fabrics.

Don’t be tempted when using furnishing fabrics in your window display to always drape them like curtains. Often an abstract style of draping can be more effective and helps to create a great mood and atmosphere in the display and will grab the attention of a prospective customer because it’s unusual and is least what the customer is expecting to see!Fabric installation

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Liskeard Visual Merchandising October 2013

It’s now just over a year since we completed our week advising 20 shops and cafes on improving their displays and general presentation in the town of Liskeard in Cornwall. This was part of the Government directive set up to help towns rejuvenate their high streets and improve awareness of their town.

We won the contract over two other companies as the Liskeard Town Team thought that VM Design understood the needs of the retailers in question.

The VM Design team tackled a range of shops specialising in a wide spectrum of merchandise: hardware, newsagent, books, ball gowns, prom dresses, cycles, men’s and ladies wear, shoes, jewellery, gifts, Christmas decorations, cards and stationery, toys and craft items. We also advised two cafes!

Many of the shops had more than one window and so we redressed one of their windows using the same merchandise but showing the retailer how to group tightly, achieve height, group to colour, un clutter and clean the window space. We then asked the retailer to replicate what we had created in their other window.

Two evening workshops were held with twenty of the retailers attending each workshop. During the 2 hour workshop we covered all aspects of display and then asked the retailers to pair up with someone else and we then conducted a hands on participation session in which the individual teams created a display using props, merchandise and something to display the merchandise on from a range that VM Design had supplied. The workshops were well received and everyone took some tips away with them which were implemented in their windows when they took on the task the next day.

We also produced a 20 page manual that could be referred to after we had left and we set up a ‘helpline’ should any of the retailers needed help.

Most of the retailers managed to improve their visual merchandising skills and generally their windows took on a more professional look making it easier for their customers to  view the merchandise in the windows.

Our presence in the town generated some excitement and we were interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall live a couple of times and were filmed for the BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programme.

A photographer followed us one day for a photographic diary. All in all it was a very productive week and the individual retailers took the skills they required from our coaching to improve their presentation.

We have been back to the town a couple of times and the skills learned are still being used in the creation of some good local displays.

If you are looking for advice from professional visual merchandising consultants or visual merchandising training from the experts, then please get in touch with VM Design.

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Visual Merchandising Talk at Autumn Fair NEC

In September we held a Visual Merchandising talk and demonstration for 80 people at Birmingham’s NEC.

Although the duration of the demonstration was only 30 minutes we covered the basics of grouping, composition, the creation of the ‘triangle’ within groups, use of props and general do’s and don’ts together with housekeeping. We did a step by step demonstration using wooden crates to give height and a great selection of cream lanterns, candle sticks, candles, vases and small decorative buckets were our merchandise choice for the demonstration.

Initially we showed how to create a display using the symmetrical grouping technique which is the easiest type of grouping for the beginner to master. However as we always point out in our talks although symmetrical grouping is effective it lacks spontaneity and so we encourage the use of the asymmetrical grouping technique which is more difficult to master but is the general form of grouping used in the display industry. The symmetrical group was dismantled and then we showed (using the same crates and merchandise) how to recreate the display using the asymmetrical method.

Our visual merchandising talks are always very laid back and we try to inject some fun into them and we also encourage participation when there is time as this helps to create an informal atmosphere and people seem to take the information on board much easier when they are actually handling the merchandise and creating their own displays.

Several people took photos of the merchandise groups that we created and we have had some interest going forward with regard to future displays.

If your business needs some help with the shop window dressing or visual merchandising side of it then get in touch with us. You can reach our visual merchandising portfolio on our site.

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The Benefits of Using Visual Merchandisers

Today, a large number of retail stores are using window displays to attract the attention of shoppers.

If you would like to stand out from the competition and attract more customers to your shop, then it is essential to focus on creating the right effect in your shop windows and at the front of your store. The process of displaying products and services efficiently will significantly increase your sales and this process is known as visual merchandising. This is the most effective and oldest marketing strategy for retailers. There are many benefits associated with this process, but to accomplish the process successful and effectively you will require assistance of professional visual merchandising consultants. There are many benefits of using visual merchandising consultants, such as VM Design. Some of them are listed below.

Creating Urge In Your Customer

VM Design focus on displaying your products and services efficiently so as to stimulate your customers to make a purchase from your store.

Enforcing Company Identity 

Retail shops have their own brand, individuality and unique selling point, which can be reflected well by displaying their products well.

VM Design can create a structured theme that resonates well with your potential customers.

Making a Statement 

There are a wide variety of products that work well with the inclusion of props to create a good window display. VM Design primarily focus on shop window dressing, which is the most efficient method of creating an engaging marketing device, which will therefore attract hundreds of potential eyes and convert them into a sale.

Artistic Expression 

VM Design are well aware of the fact that shop window dressing is an art which is usually utilised as an effective tool to complement the colour scheme and décor of your shop. We ensure that the displays are very striking which will act as a selling tool.

Your shop’s window display is not just a visual component; instead it plays a very crucial role in dictating the shopping experience and spending habits of your customer.

We ensure that your shop window is well planned and executed efficiently to entice the correct target market and this will further increase sales. So, to enjoy all these advantages it is a must to have professional visual merchandising consultants beside you to help you in your endeavor to attract more and more potential customers.

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