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Retail Focus Event at Shinola Detroit

July 22, 2016

Over 75 guests attended the RDI Southern California chapter’s Retail Focus event held June 29th at the Shinola Detroit® retail store in Venice. It was a casual evening of retail discussions and networking. Guests enjoyed light hors-d'oeuvres and sampled cust

Spirit of Retail - A Retail Innovation Event

December 20, 2015

It was a festive evening at the Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter’s Spirit of Retail – Retail Innovation Event on November 4.. More than 114 guests attended the event held at the Unique Space in the hip and cool Arts District of Los Angeles. Six spo

Design For the Senses – A Retail Innovation Event

December 20, 2015

Another exciting event hosted by the Southern California Chapter of the Retail Design Institute was held August 13 at the beautiful Vogani showroom in the Helms Bakery District of Los Angeles. Design for the Senses – A Retail Innovation Event showcased a variety of sensory elements

An Evening of Retail Innovation & Inspiration

December 20, 2015

On February 18, the Southern California Chapter held its first event of 2015 at the luxurious Bisazza showroom on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. More than 150 industry professionals attended the Retail Innovation & Inspiration Event hosted by I Face, Bisazza and Vogani. The

SoCal’s Membership Evening at Matteo Lab

September 10, 2014

Last month, the Southern California Chapter hosted an inaugural gathering at Matteo Lab in their new retail space, located in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, music and a store tour of this latest addition to the Art District’s Retail scene.  The event focused on presen

Carrefour Retail Innovation Delegation visits Los Angeles

July 10, 2014

The Carrefour Group is a leading retailer in Europe and the second-largest retailer in the world, employing nearly 365,000 people. With more than 10,100 stores in 34 countries, Carrefour generated revenues of $137,8 billion in 2013. This week the media reported changes in the French retail giant&rs

Hunting for cool retail in Downtown LA’s hottest districts

June 25, 2014

Downtown Los Angeles caught our attention this past week, where the Southern California Chapter of the Retail Design Institute hosted their annual Retail Safari and Mixer. Over twenty-five trendy retail spots were hand-picked and mapped out for up to 90 pre-registered guests eager to discover LA on

Student Portfolio Review 2014

May 5, 2014

Students, members and colleagues of the Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter met at the Gensler office space in Downtown Los Angeles for the annual “Student Portfolio Review,” which was held on April 30th. Following the success of this extremely popular event last year, t

Store Design Highlights & Mega Trends Event in CA

April 24, 2014

The SoCal Chapter was kept busy looking in both directions on February 20th while we looked back over the 2013 Retail Design Institute Store Design Awards and forward with the 2015 Mega Trend Presentation. The event was hosted by Stone Source at their newest showroom located at 5429 McConnell in Lo

SoCal’s President recognized as ‘Member of the Year’ earlier this month in NYC

January 31, 2014

James Farnell, Creative Director at Little and President of the Southern California Chapter has been recognized as Member of the Year for his extraordinary contributions to the Institute. The Award was presented by Andrew McQuilkin (FRDI, International President) and acknowledges a F

Store of the Year Award presented to Huen for Umpqua Bank

January 31, 2014

The Southern California Chapter of the Retail Design Institute were proud to host judging of the 43rd International Store Design Competition recently at Paramount Studios, CA. We received a diverse range of entries in over 20 categories from across the globe including firms from Dubai, India, Canad

'The Apple-ization of Retail' in Los Angeles

October 22, 2013

As part of our ongoing professional education initiative, the Socal Chapter were delighted to welcome Mike Wittenstein to Southern California on Oct 9th 2013 for a seminar on Customer Experience Design. Mike's interactive session entitled 'The Apple-ization of Retail' demonstrated how c

The RDI on 'Retail Safari' in Venice, CA

July 9, 2013

Members & friends of the Institute gathered in Venice (CA) on June 19th to experience new trends in retail on our annual 'Retail Safari & Social Mixer'. Abbot Kinney Boulevard itself is a unique, energetic, and densely packed retail destination bursting with independent retailers a

The Annual Student Portfolio Review in Los Angeles

April 30, 2013

  Over one hundred members & friends of the Retail Design Institute converged on the Robert Reynolds Gallery for the annual Student Portfolio Review 2013 in Los Angeles earlier this month.   The evening provided an opportunity for professionals and students to share their thoughts and

'Diamonds In The Rough’ Annual Student Challenge

June 8, 2012

The Southern California Chapter of the Retail Design Institute held it’s signature Student Challenge Event on May 31st in the heart of NicoNat Manufacturing’s facility in Commerce, CA. In recognition of the Institute’s recently judged International Student Store Design Competition

What's Next? Hong Kong Reception & Panel Discussion

June 5, 2012

As the Retail Asia Expo 2012 Multi-Channel Retail Conference draws to a close in Hong Kong next week, this event offers guests an informal opportunity to network with industry leaders and to share their thoughts on the future of retail at this invitation-only cocktail reception. The panel discussio

Panel Discussion 'What Matters in Retail Design'

June 5, 2012

Southern California's President James Farnell will be representing the Institute in Hong Kong this month when speaking at the Retail Asia Expo 2012 Multi-Channel Retail Conference June 13th.

 The discussion will review content from the earlier sessions while providing insights on the

Susanne Andrey awarded 'Member of the Year'

March 17, 2012

Susanne Andrey, President of Infuse Ideas Inc. and board member of the Southern California Chapter was recognized by the Retail Design Institute as 'Member of the Year' at the 41st Annual International Store Awards Show in New York City earlier this month for her contribution to the Institu

The story behind Lamb & Flag in California

March 16, 2012

Members and friends of the Retail Design Institute gathered last night for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Lamb & Flag fashion apparel concept from Kellwood brands. Gary Winston, VP of Kellwood Brands, spoke passionately about  the brand's inception and how it was translated from a

Register for free at GlobalShop 2012

February 21, 2012

Come and see us at the Retail Design Institute Booth on Stand 3461, Sands Expo Hall... The Retail Design Institute is pleased to offer all of our retailer, designer, graphics, developers/brokers and student members the opportunity to REGISTER FOR FREE to attend the GlobalShop show occurring Feb.29

Do you know an unemployed professional who would benefit from a sponsored membership of the Retail Design Institute?

February 16, 2012

In order to support fellow unemployed professionals in our Industry, the Southern California Chapter is implementing a new initiative to sponsor the membership fee of a limited number of professionals who are currently unemployed and actively seeking employment.If you are a member in good standing,

Facemaker Event

June 22, 2011

A lively group of industry design professionals met at Royal T in Culver City to network and view the beautiful new space. Click on the link to see pictures from the event.

Grocery Couture Event

May 26, 2009

A fabulous night was had by all at the "Grocery Couture" event hosted by St. John.80 people (both students and professionals) enjoyed the cocktail style event to celebrate the winners of the Retail Design Institute 2008 Student Design Competition. The top five entries were on monitors through out t

Judging the Student Store Design Competition

May 8, 2009

The California / Southwest chapter once again hosted the judging of this world class competition. LIttle kindly allowed us to use their space for the judging.Our VP Ken Burgess, was not only a judge, but worked diligently to pull the whole thing together. Well done Ken and thank you!The competitio
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