Retail Experiments

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It’s been exciting to watch as many of our Soho neighbors experiment with new forms of retail, merging brick-and-mortar and digital experiences. Warby Parker recently opened a store on Greene Street, designed in collaboration with Partners & Spade as a throwback to traditional libraries, with walls of shelves and bookcases and rolling ladders. The shop allows customers to try on glasses and get inexpensive eye exams, and includes an internet-connected photobooth allowing users to take pics in preferred styles, printing them out or sending to friends for advice. Orders are taken in the shop, but then delivered via mail. Kate Spade also recently experimented with a digital storefront in Soho, in which shoppers could order items displayed in the window, which were then couriered to them in Manhattan or Brooklyn within the hour.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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