Steve Kaufman

Asian nomads, Marco Polo and Best Buy all learned it’s difficult to enter if you underestimate the challenges

When I moved to Cincinnati in 2000, I was introduced to the local joke:

“Mark Twain used to say, ‘When the end of...

The French-educated architect is inspired by Coco Chanel and France’s art deco period, but he’s an American now

The portfolio on your website features some truly beautiful work. How do you define luxury retail design?...

Fixtures are delivering brand messages with design and creativity, rather than with a lot of merchandise

Over the years, fixtures have evolved from blocky shelving and functional hanging racks with dense merchandise capacity...

When it comes to today’s technology, retailers have to get their heads out of the clouds – and into the cloud

Store designers have been grappling with the idea of in-store technology since way back in the old “kiosk” days of, oh,...

In 2015, retailers are dealing with two worlds, and the smart ones are building a bridge

Midway through the second decade of the 21st Century, the industry is beginning to shrug off the hangover of the recent...

The retailer that delighted Canadians when it moved north has infuriated the entire country and faces some legal battles, too

For a time, I lived in Buffalo, N.Y., and I know that going across the border into Canada is not that big a deal.

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Callison’s director and retail design strategist might be eavesdropping on your airport conversation

What’s the biggest challenge for a design strategist?
Working with a client that doesn’t have a...

Realistic mannequins are back in force – some with a digital twist – telling their employers’ fashion stories with heads and faces

Any tour of the major visual merchandising trade shows around the world shows significant changes in the way mannequins...

The great architect who died last month was known for soaring buildings and tiny Target teapots. Hard to know which was more important

I live in Louisville, Ky., now.

It’s a midsized city with a compact downtown and not nearly the skyline grandeur...

To succeed in this business, BCBG’s vp of architecture and construction says you need passion and drive. Nearly 29 years of experience helps, too

What does the vp of architecture and construction do for the BCBG Max Azria Group?
I’m...

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