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6 Retail Spaces That Evoke Personality and Place

Heavy on thoughtful details, each of these stores is all about capturing character.

From a cool California Modern flagship in L.A to an underground space for sneaker worship in Boston, each of these shops ingeniously brings a brand’s spirit to life within the context of its particular environment. Every one was created by a design firm that is a member of The List, the destination for all things Surface-approved. Want to join The List? Contact our team to find out how to apply.

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1. The Row, Montalba Architects
Featuring a sweeping 25-foot skylight and a sun-catching pool deck, this flagship boutique in Los Angeles is a tribute to California Modernism, which is echoed by The Row’s own clean-lined aesthetic and signature style.

(Photo: Dominique Vorillon)

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2. The Sanctuary, Sid Lee Architecture
Descend below Newbury Street, one of Boston’s oldest commercial stretches, and into a treasure trove for Adidas fans, where gear is presented among raw brick, metal, and concrete to highlight its streetwise vibe.

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3. Chanel Ginza Namiki, Peter Marino Architect
This narrow, nine-story retail space in Tokyo’s Ginza district is a monument to the French fashion house. A matte black-and-white shell wraps around a refined interior that plays on Japanese minimalism.

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4. Banks Journal, West of West
Situated in the shell of a historic building in L.A.’s Arts District, this flagship retail space for a surf-inspired menswear line features a lattice of ash and poplar wood that falls from the ceiling, connecting the brand’s Californian, Australian, and Japanese heritages.

(Photo: Scott Snyder)

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5. KENZO, Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large
In the lush commercial neighborhood of Gangnam in Seoul, , Rafael de Cárdenas created an eye-catching facade composed of powder-coated metal, made to resemble a rack of yarn spools up close and evoking the colorful spirit of the KENZO brand.

(Photo: Pilmo Kang)

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6. Bellport General, Savvy Studio
This charming general store on New York’s Long Island is fresh, contemporary, and channels the seaside heritage of the nearby town of Bellport.

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