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7 W New York hosts Retail Design Collective

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Association for Retail Environment's Retail Design Collective, scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2012 at 7 W New York, will feature daily conference sessions focused on design and visual merchandising trends. Trend A.R.E. logoforecasting experts highlight this year's program, along with a panel discussion on the re-invention of department stores.

Smaller focused sessions, sponsored and developed by media partners DDI, Stylus and VMSD, will be held in 7 West's Retail Lounge. Below is a summary of the sessions:

Wed., Dec. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Store design and visual merchandising trends forecast presented by Maren Hartman, WGSN East Coast Content Director. A former designer, Hartman's credentials include stints at Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Aeropostale and Stella McCartney. Media partner: DDI

Thurs., Dec. 6, 9:30-11 a.m.: Master Class - Once considered the dinosaur of retailing, the department store sector is proving it's full of life as retailers such as Macy's, Lotte, Nordstrom and JCPenney, lighten up their store interiors, invest in services and amenities, and find balance in their brand mixes. Join VMSD editor Anne DiNardo and a panel of retail and design experts as they discuss the latest department store strategies and share store design trends from around the globe. Media partner: VMSD

Fri., Dec. 7, 10:30-11a.m.: Stylus will present their latest future thinking. The inspirational and informative presentation looks at prevailing consumer trends, and provides a catalyst to push the design industries to new levels. Stylus is an online business intelligence tool that provides reports and inspiration for twenty different industry sectors, including automotive, beauty, architecture, consumer electronics and travel. Media partner: Stylus

Thirty-four companies have signed on with showrooms or sponsorships for the 2012 A.R.E. Retail Design Collective, including: Ace Designs, Almax, Alpha Display, ALU, Architectural Systems, B+N Industries, Bernstein Display/MC, Bishop Fixture, Bolon by VIIR, CDW Merchants, Christine Taylor Collection, Cubic, Elevations, Goldsmith, Greneker, Holiday Foliage, H+B, JPMA Global, Leo Prager, Lifestyle/Trimco, Manex France Display, Material ConneXion, Media Graph, MG Concepts, Mondo Mannequins/Sellutions by Econoco, Patina-V, RHO, Siegel & Stockman/Superior Model Form, Silvestri California, RPG, Universal Display, VISPLAY, Visual Magnetics, and VisualCiti.

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