A little bit of shopper know in Antwerp, the Meir to work, moegetergd by the winkelfaçades that every provincial town, meanwhile, already houses. Is the end of the classic shopping street in sight? Regent Street in London proves that it can be done differently.
Those who wish to spend a day shopping in Antwerp you can hardly get to the Meir: this megalomaniac shopping street connects the Central Station to the Groenplaats and guide environmentally conscious dagjesshoppers with public transport almost automatically through the impressive historic facades. Already at the crossroads of the Keizerlei loom the towers of the buildings where currently an Armani Jeans and a Benettonwinkel are located above the traffic. Unfortunately, the rococo of many of these majestic buildings lost in the noise of the chains. Where the Meir used to be a prestigious shopping street, offers the car-free avenue now not much more than, say, the Mechelen Bruul. Who really wants to go shopping in Antwerp is doing that already and more in the surrounding streets, such as the Schuttershofstraat, Steenhouwersvest, Lombaardenvest, Korte Gasthuisstraat, Nationalestraat or the Kammenstraat. And that is a pity when you see the impressive retailruimte the Meir has to offer.
You might argue that the consumer of today new stuff, exciting stuff, pop-up-want it all – retail designers will speak of belevenisshoppen, trend watchers are talking about smart shopping and just about everyone agrees that the brick and mortar shops heavy blows of Zalando and others. That may perhaps essentially, but nevertheless, there are classic shopping areas enough that prove the opposite.
Now, take Regent Street in London. It was the first shopping street in the world worthy of the name, and until today, will receive the street about 7.5 million visitors per year – it is a go-to shopping destination remained, instead of just a convenient option to for example Oxford Street or Picadilly. The city of London ensures that this long street that more than twenty thousand people a job offers remains relevant for winkelgrage visitors. Thanks to an investment of one billion British pounds and the creation of a council that keeps an eye on the retail rents remain the street is a particularly diverse range of retain.
For example, the largest Burberry flagship in the world, located in a prestigious old theatre building and has also Apple there is a building, but may be less well-known labels such as the authentic penhaligon’s or Molton Brown also rely on a constant flow of customers, who are attracted by the well-known crackers like H&M, Anthropology, Jo Malone and Michael Kors. The meerwaardezoeker can go to the smaller boutiques of Kate Spade, MM6 or Vilebrequin and flows so directly by to Kit and Ace and Aquascutum, while the tourists can marvel at Authentic British Things at Hunter, Barbour , or the Hamley’s toy shop.
The Council also ensures that you are never far from the shopping street should differ: at the Regent Street aangeschurkt you will find the prestigious and trendy restaurants, Hawksmoor, MoMo, The Araki or Heddon Street Kitchen, while you go for indulgence, go for the Dry By Bar or Ted’s Grooming Room. Shut down then again with a cocktail at MASH, while the beautifully lit window displays the path to the metro station, Picadilly Circus and relieve your hassle-free can window shopping to decide where you tomorrow you have money to spend.
Regent Street is the perfect proof that a traditional shopping street, not uniformity, and that almost all shopuitbaters benefit from a healthy mix of shoppers that all sides are stimulated by both well-known crackers like intriguing new names, where heritage can go hand in hand with commercial insight and where the beautiful architecture is not lost having to go under the FLUORESCENT lights.
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