This year’s holiday windows departed from old traditions and embraced branded storytelling in lieu of pine trees and tinsel. Browse the annual recap in the upcoming February 2014 issue of VMSD and be sure to check back throughout the week of January 27 for Parts II-V of this online review.
1) Value City Furniture, Columbus, Ohio. A collaboration between Value City Furniture, American Signature Inc., SBC Advertising and ZenGenius resulted in windows that conjure familiar holiday symbols via familiar displays. Design: (ZenGenius Inc., Columbus) Joe Baer, creative director, ceo; Paul Cook, sr. visual merchandiser; Dan Snouffer, sr. visual merchandiser; Dian Lawless Cabalquinto, creative director; Nikos Rutkowski, artist/creative hand; Jeanine Lyster, visual merchandiser; Mark Lankford, project manager; Karla Furrer, visual merchandiser; Jody DenBroeder, artist; Todd Miller, set construction; American Signature Inc.: Jonathan Schottenstein, president; Walter Schottenstein, family dog; Scott Binger, evp marketing & brand; Beth Hopkins, merchandising; Suzette Matheson, art director; Mike McGee; Jacob Muskopf; Rochelle Nincehelser, director of brand management; Bill Payne, director of media production; Steve Rabe, senior vp, merchandising; Jeremy Sipes; Craig Swensen, creative director; Tony Thompson; Robin Wilson, project management specialist; SBC Advertising: Lance Dooley, vp/executive creative director; Scott Mylin, executive creative director; Leon Yourkiewicz, associate creative director; Jen Spaeth, art director; Katie Speelman, art director; Haley Fischer, graphic designer; Kelsey Eliason, copywriter; Todd Wilber, senior production artist; Matt Wilson, executive vp/general manager; Dennis Disser, vp/account director; Shelly Dooley, management supervisor; Jessica Rowland, account executive; Lyndsey Phillips, art buyer. Photography: Richard Cadan, Fairfield, Conn.
2) Liverpool, Mexico City, “Christmas Wishes.” These windows feature teardrop-shaped props, representing wishes that were made, came true and have fallen from the sky. Design: Marianela Moreno, graphic designer; Lourdes Mendez, supervisor; Cristina Bordas, project manager; Hector Castellanos, creative manager; Adolfo Valenti, production manager; Ricardo de la Cruz, production. Photography: Courtesy of Servicios Liverpool S.A. de C.V., Mexico City.
3) Bergdorf Goodman, New York, “Holidays on Ice.” What if every holiday throughout the year was icy? That’s what Bergdorf’s windows encapsulated this year, with a set of nine windows, each depicting a different holiday in a frozen diorama. Design: David Hoey, senior director of visual presentation; Shane Ruth, visual director; Demetrios Argyropoulos, production manager. Photography: Ricky Zehavi, New York
4) The Container Store, New York, “Dressed for Joy.” These windows feature garments created from the retailer’s own gift wrap, which was designed and created by employees from its Manhattan and California stores as well as its Dallas headquarters. Design: Brian Morrison senior visual merchandising director. Photography: Kelsey Lee and Brian Morrison, Coppell, Texas.
5) Hugo Boss, Chicago, “Explosion of Gifts!” Like its namesake, these windows showcase an explosion of holiday gifts – white boxes wrapped in chrome ribbons. Design: Hugo Boss. Photography: Courtesy of Hugo Boss, New York.
6) Lord & Taylor, New York, “Give the Gift of Lord & Taylor.” Inspired by vintage New York, these scenes strive to capture the city’s history of tradition. In order, the windows showcase a story beginning with excitement surrounding the holidays, preparations for celebration and ending with customers from Lord & Taylor shopping for gifts and readying themselves for holiday parties. Design: Lord & Taylor visual team. Photography: Richard Cadan, Fairfield, Conn.
7) Ann Taylor, New York, “Ann Taylor Holiday 2013.” The inspiration behind these vignettes was the idea of aspirational holiday wish lists derived from the Ann Taylor 2013 holiday collection. Expanding on that idea, windows feature stars, bows and packages. Design: Frankie Yap, vp of visual merchandising; Matthew Orbach, senior creative manager of visual merchandising. Photography: Matthew Orbach, New York
8) Mariposa Consignment, New Albany, Ind. “Love that Skirt.” Design: Michelle Wells, owner. Photography: Michelle Wells, New Albany, Ind.