A couple of years ago, I wrote an article that got some attention. We were right in the middle of the retail crisis, with stores closing all over the country and retailers struggling to rethink their business. Despite its dooming title, “Why Most Retail Stores are Destined to Fail,” my…


They say people have already formed an opinion of you within 7 seconds of first meeting you. They look at your clothes, your hair, maybe your watch or your shoes, all in the span of just a few seconds. …


Developing a successful brand is not something that happens overnight. It takes countless hours of dedication and determination and does not have a shortcut to success. However, there are certain requirements for a successful startup that cannot be ignored. …


With nearly half of the country reopened or in the process of reopening (while the other half is pausing their plans or reversing them altogether), a lot of store owners are eager to finally flip around their closed signs. For many states, it has been a long few months of…


Although we are still in the middle of this pandemic, restrictions have now begun to lift, allowing some businesses to reopen their doors. But in this crazy post-coronavirus world, reopening your store isn’t as simple as flipping your open sign.

In fact, even with these rolled back restrictions, 67% of…


Department stores are set to reopen soon in some of the countries severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail will be something completely different from what it was just a couple of months ago. Stores are promising to wipe surfaces throughout the day, disinfect clothes that people touch or try…


Your office space isn’t just a place for your team to get work done; it’s the bedrock of your company culture. When done right, the design should convey your vision for the company without you having to actually explain it. …


Today, many architects design with a building’s final images in mind. They create their work according to how the building will look on a screen. Most clients are even asking specifically for Instagrammable architecture and, overall, I believe that the quality of architecture and interiors has improved dramatically. Clients are…


A large portion of the stores we see today in our cities are very likely going to close in the next few years. In New York, London, and other major cities, this process has already started, and the percentage of closures could be around 80%.

Although the enormous challenges currently…


Image by Philip Pessar

In just four years, it will have been a century since Barneys New York opened its doors on Seventh Avenue and 17th Street. The store originally sold discounted men’s clothing acquired from various sources such as overstocks, bankruptcies, showroom sample sales and auctions. …

Sergio Mannino

Sergio Mannino Studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio specializing in retail, residential, interiors, and furniture.

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