Global Watch: Top 10 Department Stores

Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek, Calif.

What’s your favorite department store? The experts at London-based design consultancy Dalziel and Pow have just come out with their top 10 global department store destinations. It’s an interesting list, with some familiar players, and some less so.

Here are the firm’s picks:

  • Neiman Marcus, Walnut Creek, Calif.: The only U.S. retailer to make the cut, Neiman’s new California outpost is a stunner.
  • Liverpool, Interlomas (Mexico City): Dalziel and Pow calls Liverpool’s newest flagship a “supremely confident and challenging statement” from an ambitious retailer.
  • Lane Crawford, Hong Kong: Described as “high on style, with a real point of difference,” this ultra-modern four-level store is an ultimate luxury destination.
  • Lotte, Seoul: The flagship of Lotte Department Stores, offers “a stand-out experience” in a fast-growing market.”
  • Selfridges, London: Some consider it the world’s coolest department store.  I tend to agree.  As Dalziel and Pow puts it,  “ever evolving, ever surprising.”
  • Bon Marche, Paris: One hundred and sixty years young, and still as fresh and relevant as ever, according to Dalziel and Pow.
  • Holt Renfrew, Toronto: The flagship of one of North American’s most progressive department store retailers, Holt Renfrew is sleek and sophisticated.
  • Illum Bolinghus, Copenhagen: The epitome of Scandinavian cool.
  • Tsutaya Lifestyle Store, Tokyo: A music, books and culture store that provides a rich, immersive environment were customers can lose themselves.
  • Paris, Santiago: Specializing in womenswear, Paris has a “new identity with expressive visual merchandising and a unique design approach” that make it stand out from the competition.”

The Dalziel and Pow Top 10 is just one part of a fascinating read on the future of department stores. Click here to download the full report.


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