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HOTEL & TRAVEL

Before you check into the 1,504-room, Morris Lapidus-designed Fontainebleau Miami Beach for IRDC, brush up on the history, the panache, the design details that make it one of the truly iconic American hotels.

KEYNOTE PREVIEW

Which digital retail technologies do today’s consumers find most appealing? Is buying online and picking up in the store becoming an expectation among consumers, or a frustration? The answers vary widely across generations, genders and ethnicities, says IRDC Closing Keynoter Lee Peterson, who’ll share the results of two new WD Partners consumer research studies in his Sept. 5 presentation The Next Killer App: Stores.

2014 PREVIEW

Make plans now to join us this fall for the 14th annual International Retail Design Conference, September 3-5, at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

SHOP-SEEING IN MIAMI BEACH

The timing couldn’t be better for an IRDC in Miami Beach. The city’s burgeoning Design District, a $1 billion+ revitalization project led by art- and design-loving real estate developer Craig Robins, is luring dozens of luxury brands from the venerable Bal Harbour Shops, where space limitations have hindered their growth.

2013 CONFERENCE RECAP

Design leaders from Gap, Krispy Kreme, Kroger, Limited Brands, Liverpool, Lululemon Athletica, Macy’s, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus, Oakley, Procter & Gamble, Sports Authority, Target and many more converged in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the 13th annual International Retail Design Conference, September 17-19, 2013.