Adidas Originals Hanbury Street, the store that acts like a media channel

A concept store that's not just for kicks.

To discover adidas Originals Hanbury Street in Shoreditch, is to discover a place which puts sneakerhead culture first and product commerce second. This unassuming concept store space has quietly shaped the future of physical retail design, offering a multi-layered experience for all that find it. A store that acts more like an #IRL social media channel than the traditional supply and demand retail format.

Established in the heart of Shoreditch, it integrates into the fabric of the street and its creative community, revitalising a much-loved vintage store with an 'unbranded' design. Together with adidas' customer experience design team, we created a dynamic concept store design which can be reconfigured and reinvent itself. This under-the-radar brand space is brought to life via a constant stream of culturally relevant content, product drops, experiential marketing activations, DJ sets and community panel discussions. Not only did it rewrite the retail rulebook, it became a test bed for adidas Originals next global retail design concept and won a few design awards in the process.

Drop it like its hot: The adidas Hanbury street store was designed to encourage unexpected moments of discovery and creative serendipity.
Past inspires future: The doors to the store had a past life at the British Museum which we reused, recycled and repurposed for this previously much-loved vintage store.

Store of the future. Culture over commerce.

We took a stripped-back design approach to branding the space. It was important to both the locality and the mindset of the consumer to present the adidas Originals as being part of the creative community. Simple, subtle and un-ostentatious, this space combines the spirit of an established independent trader with the boldness and attitude of the street artist.

On-demand connectivity and consumer creativity are the new brand currency – our conceptual thinking was based upon this mindset, as we designed a place that would act as a platform for local creativity. An experiential community space where content could get created and an events space in which everything could be live-streamed to amplify the adidas Originals’ cultural capital. Not only did Hanbury Street firmly establish itself as a key part of the London sneaker and streetwear culture, it become the most commercially successful concept store in the brand’s global retail estate (in terms of sales per sq ft). This store of the future also went on to inspire 'The Collection', adidas Originals global retail concept, now being rolled out to streetwear capitals of Tokyo, Berlin and London.

Always Original: Work by local artists and brand campaigns were intermixed and projected onto the walls of the space.
A space for local sub-cultures: More than a concept store, the brand space was used to host a program of events that brought together the local creative community and for co-working.
Make some noise: Consumers can fully engage and connect with the brand on multiple levels, with the space providing a platform to champion young creatives.
In tune with adidas Originals brand ethos: Spray stenciled logos are balanced against premium engraved brass plaques to create store specific branding and communications which embody a sense of cultural awareness, innovation and heritage.

A unique retail experience, combined with a platform to champion young local creatives in the East London area.

UK Brand Director, adidas Originals

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