Now that the new semester has begun, and students have turned in a few assignments. I will resume posting Store Studies on some of the stores they have visited.
Michael Kors by, Raina A.
What does the store design tell you about the retailer?
The store design tells me that the retailer is a well respected designer with a high price range. The store is very organized, clean, and minimalistic, so that tells me the designer possesses those qualities.
Describe the store’s target customer?
The stores target customer is mainly women, young twenties to ageless. The store is targeting a customer that is looking for quality in product and wants key pieces of clothing, not just daily wear. There is a small amount of clothing in the store, it is mainly purses, so that tells me the retailer targets a large amount of women, and not just one particular size.
Is the merchandise displayed in an accessible manner for the customer?
The purses are spaced out by at least a foot and are displayed in an appealing manner with the straps on a metal hanger and the purse on the surface. The clothing is hung in one opened door amount space. The shoes are in a separate area with a foot spacing apart. The accessories are at the front cash wrap. All of the merchandise is accessible and easy to find.
Is it stocked-piled or minimalist?
The stores carries a large array of merchandise and a small amount of sale items. The store is minimalist. There is one merchandise per style displayed and when purchasing the product they will bring out a new one from the stock.
Do the fixtures suit the store’s environment?
The fixtures are very bright and clean white. The fixtures suit the environment very well, showcasing every inch of the store.
Is the ambience fitting for the store’s image?
The ambience fits the store’s image in a quaint glamorous way. The ambience is a selling environment that also says the merchandise is straight from the runway.
Does the lighting highlight the merchandise?
The lighting is perfect for photo shoots and therefore showcases the quality, luxurious colors, and usability of the merchandise. The lighting is very bright but had dimmed areas in places.
How is color used in the store?
The color that is mainly used in the store is white. From the outside of the store passing by, you can see that the inside is very pearl white and bright from the lighting. It is a beautiful choice, because then the color showcases the bright colors of the merchandise and the gorgeous textures of the merchandise.
Are the windows pleasing and drawing you into the store?
The window displays of the store are similar to the inside of the store. The display shows some purses in the same way they are set up in the store, basically letting the merchandise talk for itself. The windows are very pleasing, but the store front looking inside is the main attraction.
If you could make changes in the store what would they be?
If I could make changes in the store I would space out the clothing, possibly featuring a few pieces. The crammed clothing makes it unappealing to gravitate towards even though it is pleasing to see a minimal amount of clothing. I would also feature a small written display, as in museums, of the stitching, fabric, color, etc…details of the merchandise to inform a customer on what they are buying or looking at.
Thanks Raina for your informative reporting!