Panel Leader for Assessing Trade Stands at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Panel Leader for Assessing Trade Stands at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

This year I am celebrating my 10th year of working with the RHS at Chelsea Flower Show to help them with judging their trade stands at the event. It is always such an honour to be asked to be a panel leader on the  judging team. This year the show gardens and trade stands looked fantastic, there were so many beautiful gardens to share with you but these were my highlights ; The Newt in Somerset reconstructed a Roman garden filled with medicinal plants. The beautiful Bridgerton themed garden 💗 St James Piccadilly- Imagine the world to be different. In the photo below, I am standing in front of the inspiring garden, The freedom from torture garden – A sanctuary for survivors and not forgetting the amazing Japanese garden titled, Moroto no IE. 

31st May 2024 | Judging and Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

London Visual Merchandising Retail Safari

London Visual Merchandising Retail Safari

So grateful to have spent the day with Aso Lam and Mavis Chan who were visiting London from the Hong Kong Design Institute.

Aso and Mavis booked a Visual Merchandising Retail Safari with me, which included in person Visual Merchandising training in King’s Cross, then we spent the rest of the day visiting London’s best retail experiences. We started visiting the retailers in Coals Drop Yard, then travelled by tube to Harrods to look at the Prada Pop Up Space which is exclusive to Harrods dedicated to selection of women’s ready to wear, bags, shoes and accessories. We also got a selfie with the Harrods Bear at the Pop Up Concierge Space.

29th Apr 2024 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

UAL Visual Merchandising Short Course London College of Fashion

UAL Visual Merchandising Short Course London College of Fashion

This past week I have been teaching the weekly Visual Merchandising Short Course for The London College of Fashion, at their new campus in Stratford, East London. This course was part of the University of the Arts Short Course program running during the Spring break.
The short course focused upon an introduction into Window Dressing and Visual Merchandising. Where we explored current consumer trends within the retail industry and how retailers are creating the ultimate retail experience.

31st Mar 2024 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

Teaching Level 5 Fashion Branding & Visual Merchandising Module UWL London

Teaching Level 5 Fashion Branding & Visual Merchandising Module UWL London

This month I am back at The University of West London in Ealing to teach the 8 week Visual Merchandising module to the students enrolled on the Level 5 Fashion Branding & Visual Merchandising Course.
As part of the 8 week module we will be focusing upon an introduction in to the Visual Merchandising industry and looking at current consumer trends & behaviours within the retail industry.
The two part assessment is focused upon the students designing their own pop up shop for the Selfridges Corner Shop space.
Students will be designing the Oxford and Duke Street window spaces. Then focusing upon designing their in store floor space and creating VM planograms to assist with practical installation.
My theory classes are complimented by Photoshop lessons, which will assist the students in gaining further knowledge of using the design program which they will be using to design their assessment drawings.

It was important for us to visit the Corner Shop at Selfridges in person, to assist students with the understanding of the space and how this is used to create an experimental space for the customer.

26th Feb 2024 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

Teaching at Conde Nast College London

Teaching at Conde Nast College London

For my first blog post of 2024, I am excited to have been asked to teach the Visual Merchandising Module with fellow Lecturer and VM Specialist, Sarah Bailey at Conde Nast College in London.

It was great to meet the students last week at our first lesson together and I look forward to teaching them again in February. My lectures are focusing around the importance of applying the key Visual Merchandising principles both in store and via digital channels. Exploring new technologies which are assisting our customers to have the ultimate multi sensory experience in store and through interactive window displays.

31st Jan 2024 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

Installing Christmas at Fife Arms Braemar

Installing Christmas at Fife Arms Braemar

As 2023 draws to a close, I wanted to write my final VMC blog post of the year and where best to finish the year in Braemar, Scotland at the beautiful, Fife Arms Hotel. As I write this final post Fife Arms are in the full swing of the New Year’s celebrations with their Hogmanay celebrations !

It has been a fantastic festive period and I have been very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many brilliant retailers and customers this year.

My final job, just before Christmas week was working at the amazing, Fife Arms Hotel with a longtime colleague, Milly Talbot Dunn. Milly asked me to assist her with redressing the hotel’s collection of Christmas trees, to ensure these are ready and looking their very best before the Christmas festivities. Christmas tree’s were located in each of the hotel’s restaurants and decorated with dried fruit and textures from Scotland, taking inspiration from the hotel’s Victorian heritage.

Finally, as we enter 2024, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and custom this year, it is truly appreciated.
Wishing you a very Happy, Peaceful and Abundant New Year 2024

31st Dec 2023 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

In Partnership with Ankorstore – Visual Merchandising Tips for a Successful Christmas

In Partnership with Ankorstore – Visual Merchandising Tips for a Successful Christmas

Following on from the lead up to the forthcoming Christmas period working with Longleat Safari Park and Tower Bridge, I have been supporting their retail teams with setting up their Christmas shops, window displays and in store experiences. 

I wanted to share my 10 Visual Merchandising Top Tips for a successful Christmas Shop launch, these have been published as a blog article by Ankorstore to help offer support and tips to their Independent Retailers this Christmas.

If you are opening your retail store during the Christmas season, here are some key tips that you should keep in mind to successfully attract customers to your window and inside your store.

You can read the blog article which is available via the Ankorstore website :

Deck the Halls of Retail: 10 tips for a Successful Christmas Store launch | Ankorstore

19th Nov 2023 | Visual Merchandising Consultancy and VM Training

HTA Visual Merchandising Development Program 2023

HTA Visual Merchandising Development Program 2023

I wanted to share some of the fantastic Visual Merchandising successes achieved by the fantastic Horticultural Trades Association Members from Scotsdale Garden Centres, Wendy & Linda Webb.
These examples below were achieved following on from them attending the online Visual Merchandising Development Program which I teach on behalf of Horticultural Trades Association.
These amazing commercial results prove that applying great Visual Merchandising techniques can not only inspire your customers but can also be extremely important in assisting to increase your sales !

Linda quoted that “ Our sales are up £2000 upon last year in outdoor planting. We have started to see these sales increases since I have been creating displays and using VM principles ! “

With Wendy reporting an 80% increase in sales from her creating her fantastic sunflower and citronella hot spot display which she created at the front of her Garden Centre !

30th Jul 2023 | VM Training

Visual Merchandising Course For London School of Trends

Visual Merchandising Course For London School of Trends

This month it was great to be back at the London School of Trends, teaching this term’s student’s an Introduction into Visual Merchandising. The classes were part theory and part practical training, the theory side was taught at the North Acton campus, West London which gave us a good location to visit some inspiring retailers in Central London.

I focused upon the importance of the Pop Up Shop on my classes and how these spaces are now creating the best examples of experimental retail to a consumer audience who wants to be entertained through multiple sensory experiences whilst they are shopping within a physical space.

29th Jun 2023 | VM Training