retail environments news
A.R.E. Shoptalks, such as this one hosted by Bergmeyer Associates and Timberland in Boston,
bring retailers and designers together for a networking reception and lecture. Don’t miss upcoming
Shoptalks in Seattle on Sept. 25 and San Francisco on Oct. 2.
Shoptalk Boston drew attendees not only
from Beantown, but also from New York
City. One designer from Europe added the
event to his itinerary while visiting a client
in Manhattan. The June 4 event was hosted
by Bergmeyer Associates and Timberland
and featured A.R.E.’s Trend Report.
Participants made invaluable connections during the relaxing evening.
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A.R.E. Shoptalks bring retailers and
designers together for an evening networking reception and lecture. Upcoming
Shoptalks include Seattle on Sept. 25 and San
Francisco on Oct. 2. Contact Susan Kimelman,
954-241-4812, for sponsorship opportunities.
REI to sponsor PAVE Student Design Competition
REI is sponsoring this year’s PAVE Student Design Competition. “Partners of PAVE, like REI,
are essential to ensure that our industry continues to attract and retain the best talent,”
said Denny Gerdeman, PAVE president and CEO of Chute Gerdeman.
The international contest gives undergrads hands-on experience in store design or visual
merchandising. It is a staple for many collegiate design programs.
“We are thrilled to partner with PAVE as it gives us access to the retail industry’s up and coming
talent and helps budding design professionals in their future careers. It’s a win-win for both organizations,” said Elizabeth Dowd, REI director of store design and visual merchandising. “REI believes
in connecting to its communities, and this is just another great partnership where we can interact
with the design community worldwide.”
Windows Wear partners with PAVE
PAVE has partnered with Windows Wear PRO to give educators
and students insights and comprehensive reporting on the latest trends in visual merchandising, including visual design, color, fashion style,
and mannequin trends. Through Windows Wear PRO, educators and students
can search thousands of images of window displays to get ideas that can aid
them in their field of study.
“I am excited to have Windows Wear as an industry partner. It will provide invaluable project
ideas in the classroom and help educators and students stay current with retail trends around
the world,” said Dash Nagel, managing director of PAVE. “Our industry relies on fresh, young, and
experienced talent. Using Windows Wear PRO in the classroom will fuel their creativity.”
Windows Wear will contribute 5% of proceeds from new Windows Wear PRO subscriptions to PAVE,
and 10% from any college or university that subscribes. Windows Wear will also provide six one-year
subscriptions to Windows Wear PRO in support of PAVE’s Helping Hand Fund to one school from each
continent from around the world.
Events department changes
To support the growing importance of
association events, A.R.E. has promoted
Debra Dean and Kelly Gerrity to the
position of event project managers.
In their new roles, each manages a
portfolio of events along with other
responsibilities. Dean manages the
A.R.E. Design Awards, Shoptalks, the
A.R.E. Industry Summit, and the PAVE
Gala. Gerrity manages A. R.E’s booth
and conference sessions at GlobalShop,
the Retail Design Collective, and A.R.E.
University webinars. Karen Doodeman
is providing consultative services for the
events department as she pursues other
Debra Dean Kelly Gerrity