Brick & Mortar: Best Shops of 2014

At the moment, there are an estimated 191 million digital shoppers in the US - a number that will surely continue its surge in 2015. While many expect their goods to be delivered straight to their door, some do not. The idea of walking into an actual brick & mortar shop to be engulfed in the full experience of the brand can never be replaced and is still vital to a significant number of consumers. So, what exactly is this retail experience? When done right, the experience of a brand’s store is effortless; transporting shoppers from the street to a fine-tuned, well-manipulated story of the brand’s built environment with ease. It’s about more than buying, it is a moment for consumers to capture the essence of the brand’s DNA. 2014 brought a wave of exceptionally crafted shops that inspired us to step away from the keyboard, get to the avenue and experience these individual stories for ourselves. Here are our faves!

 Sumiyoshido Kampo Lounge by  ID Inc ., Aichi, Japan

Sumiyoshido Kampo Lounge by ID Inc., Aichi, Japan

 Le MISTRAL by JP Architects, Tokyo, Japan

Le MISTRAL by JP Architects, Tokyo, Japan

 Rachel Comey Opens Crosby Street Flagship Store, New York

Rachel Comey Opens Crosby Street Flagship Store, New York

 House of Dagmar by Guise, Stockholm

House of Dagmar by Guise, Stockholm

 In Mint Condition: Münze Österreich by BWM Architekten

In Mint Condition: Münze Österreich by BWM Architekten

 Aēsop Store by Weiss Heiten, Berlin

Aēsop Store by Weiss Heiten, Berlin

 Acne Studios Osaka Flagship

Acne Studios Osaka Flagship

 Aesop store by Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles

Aesop store by Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles

 EG10 Gallery at the Gran Palas Hotel

EG10 Gallery at the Gran Palas Hotel

 Calvin Klein Store

Calvin Klein Store

  Aēsop Rundle Street Adelaide Store by Genesin Studio

 Aēsop Rundle Street Adelaide Store by Genesin Studio

 Saraiva Bookstore by Arthur Casas, São Paulo, Brazil

Saraiva Bookstore by Arthur Casas, São Paulo, Brazil

 Aesop Elements Shop, Hong Kong

Aesop Elements Shop, Hong Kong

 Céline Sets Up Shop in Soho

Céline Sets Up Shop in Soho

 Camper Retail Installation by ECAL, Milan

Camper Retail Installation by ECAL, Milan

 Akin Creative Designs Dion Lee's First Melbourne Boutique

Akin Creative Designs Dion Lee's First Melbourne Boutique

 MRQT Menswear Boutique by ROK

MRQT Menswear Boutique by ROK

 Fragrance Lab by Campaign

Fragrance Lab by Campaign

 Livaria Cultura at Iguatemi

Livaria Cultura at Iguatemi

 Faraone Jewellery Shop by Iosa Ghini Associati, Milan

Faraone Jewellery Shop by Iosa Ghini Associati, Milan

 Kloke Shop by Sibling

Kloke Shop by Sibling

  Alice McCall Store by Wonder, Melbourne

 Alice McCall Store by Wonder, Melbourne

 Diamonds In Situ: Nirav Modi Flagship Boutique by Jamie Hayon

Diamonds In Situ: Nirav Modi Flagship Boutique by Jamie Hayon

 Beauty School Knockout: Beauty EDU Opens in Melbourne

Beauty School Knockout: Beauty EDU Opens in Melbourne

  Red Light District XML Architects, Amsterdam

 Red Light District XML Architects, Amsterdam

 Isabel Marant Bangkok Store by Ciguë

Isabel Marant Bangkok Store by Ciguë

 Aesop Stuttgart Store by einszu33

Aesop Stuttgart Store by einszu33

 Par La Roy's Nuevo Leon Pop-Up Shop

Par La Roy's Nuevo Leon Pop-Up Shop