Shanoo has a rich experience in design and design management, leading a Mumbai based design collective Eumo alongside co-founder Gary Grewal. She has helped shape the design narrative in India through participation as Chairperson, National Design Committee of ASSOCHAM and President of the Mumbai Chapter of the Association of Designers of India. She has also been part of eminent national and international design award juries and a speaker at design events.
Shanoo has an unerring ability to provide strategic design thinking, directing projects rare in scale and design opportunity. She has steered benchmark strategic and design projects winning prestigious awards such as the Rebrand 100, Designomics, Wolda, Best Brand and the CMO retail award on behalf of her Clients. Constantly questioning convention, she believes that design should escape the conformist confines of the craft and find expression across all dimensions. Her design company celebrates versatility and offers clients prolific expertise under one roof. She champions the conscious and thoughtful use of cultural metaphors in her work.
Lulu Raghavan is the Managing Director of Landor Mumbai. She has been at Landor for eighteen years. She has worked at Landor’s San Francisco, New York and London offices in various roles including naming manager, brand strategist, corporate strategist and client director before setting up Landor in Mumbai and then heading the business. Lulu spearheaded Landor’s entry into the Sri Lankan market where the company has been operating through a partnership for over five years now. She is a renowned industry commentator and thought leader. She anchored Bloomberg UTV’s Beyond Logo show and is a speaker and moderator at brand and design conferences. Lulu was on the Cannes Lions Design Jury and the Young Lions Design Jury at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2018. Lulu was named one of India’s 50 most influential women in media, marketing and advertising in 2019 by IMPACT Magazine. She passionately evangelises the power of design and brands to create commercial value and social impact.
Sudhir Soundalgekar – An Architect from Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and MBA in Project Management having 32 years of experience in Industry, with Commercial, Departmental Stores, Residential, Pharmaceutical Factory Projects in his portfolio. Currently working for a reputed brand Raymond as Director – Lifestyle Projects & Sustainability. In past has served for corporates like Shoppers Stop, Tata AIG, Bovis Lend Lease.
Sudhir leads a Project team consisting of Engineers, Architects, Interior Designers and Commercial Graduates. He is accountable for building infrastructure for all India “Raymond, Park Avenue, Colour Plus, Parx, Ready To Wear, Made To Measure, Ethnix & Khadi” format stores from taking over the premises for Design, Fit-outs up to handing over to operations for business. He is driving Sustainability Projects passionately to make Raymond Future-Fit for business.
Sudhir is acknowledged for contribution in various fields like Retail Design, Eco-Friendly Initiatives & won prestigious awards; some of which are summarised here. ? Council of Fair Business Practises at Bombay Merchants Chamber in year 2015.
? Best Retail Design Category in Department Stores on all India basis in VMRD in year 2015.
? Golden Peacock Eco-Innovation Award by Secretariat & Institute of Directors, New Delhi in year 2014.
? International Best Practises at 5th Business Excellence Global Conference & 8th International Benchmarking Conference, Singapore in 2013.
? Best Green Efficiency Award by World CSR Congress in year 2013. ? Best Prax Prize at Qimpro Convention by KPMG in year 2011 & 2013.
He had been a speaker at Retail Leadership Summit, International Green Building Conference, Retail Supply Chain, is also a Member of Sustainable Committee at Retail Association of India and guides Management students at B schools on Project Management.
As an architect with over 30 years experience in the retail sector he has seen the retail sector transform exponentially beyond the physical realm into an integrated omnichannel experience.
Within a rapidly evolving retail landscape James has led rpa:group and its partners to educate its clients, providing creative solutions that address customer psychology and the effective application of technology to drive brand attachment.
James contributes regularly in the retail design press and speaks at international forums including Euroshop and Retail Design Expositions in London, Koln and Mumbai as well as curating rpa:group’s own annual retail gathering in Amsterdam.
As an executive level Creative Director for both leading retail clients and agencies, Andy brings to Honest a wealth of experience in all aspects of a customer’s interaction with a brand. He knows how to implement innovative, creative and effective branding, marketing and ways of working and is equally comfortable with conceptual thinking as he is concentrating on the finest detail.
Before becoming Creative Director at Honest, Andy was Global Creative Principal at New Look, responsible for shaping the visual, verbal and physical expression of the New Look brand around the world. He was responsible for leading the in-house creative talent – graphic, store and digital designers, production managers and writers – whilst also briefing and collaborating with external agencies.
Previously, Andy spent over 10 years as Principle Creative Director at one of the UK’s leading agencies,ChecklandKindleysides, and 7 years at the global powerhouse Fitch - with work encompassing all disciplines for brands across the globe. Andy’s role was to inspire and maintain both creative and commercial performance. He brings unbeatable commercial experience to Honest, which our clients find invaluable.
As Director of Brand Environments, Keith oversees the environments department, managing client services, business development and contract negotiations for key client accounts, overseeing the development of D&P's teams and skills, and ensuring statutory and legal compliance across the company. As an Executive Board member, Keith is instrumental in developing new business and growing D&P’s presence in new territories.
Matthew Brown is the owner of Echochamber; a London based creative retail intelligence agency, which travels the world tracking retail innovation and evolving consumer trends. Matthew has run Echochamber since 1999, developing it over the past twenty years as a specialist trend consultancy with a global client base of retailers, developers and FMCG brands.
A regular keynote speaker at global retail conferences, Matthew can most often be found pounding the streets of the world with his camera in hand!
Echochamber provides global best practice and creative insight to clients across all retail sectors, in order to help them benchmark best practice and improve their businesses, by harnessing evolving global consumer and retail trends.
Echochamber has worked closely with Westfield, Marks & Spencer and Tesco for more than a decade, helping develop new concepts and keeping them informed of the latest retail innovations.
Other clients include global brands, such as Nike and IKEA, FMCGs such as Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, as well as leading global shopping mall developers.
Echochamber also offers Retail Safaris to the world’s best shopping cities, which are designed to energise and inspire client businesses with new possibilities.
echochamber.com is a free online magazine of global retail innovation.
Over twenty years experience in visual merchandising within various retail channels, fourteen of those years specialising in premium and luxury fashion brands. Most notably at Burberry for over ten years as part of the turnaround team.
Currently working freelance for premium brands in the UK and Europe.
A well-rounded design professional, with core expertise in building brands and store experience, has established design studio for Pantaloons in 2013. By driving immaculate design to fixtures formulation, created seamless design to in store presentation experience as Head of Design and VM for the format. Nagesh has added close to 10 brands to the private brand portfolio, taking the mix from 40% to 65% in 4 yrs period apart from significantly improving VM, Store experience and driving the launch of Women and Kids exclusive formats for Pantaloons.
As the first Creative Director for the brand, he was instrumental in building the brand Van Heusen in India. By transforming the brand product portfolio, innovation in product development, sub-brand expansion, store experience, imagery by translating the core essence of the brand and its existence, by constantly paying attention to the voice of the customers and associates to nourish the brand.
With his next assignment as the Creative Director for The Collective and International brands, driven new store expansion, assortment strategy and strong go-to-market initiatives thru VM and Marketing. Known for the best design practices and discipline in design management, Nagesh is currently heading the design studio for the Trends at Reliance Retail Limited.
Mr. Satish Sharma, 49, is the Head of store planning and maintenance Department with Shoppers Stop. He joined Shoppers Stop in March, 2007 and is an Architect from MANIT, Bhopal with MBA from Fore School of Management, New Delhi. He previously worked with ITC Hotels, Barista Coffee Company Ltd, Jones Lang Lassalle and Dutt Designs. He has 25 years of experience in Architecture & Interior Design of commercial/Retail/Hotel/residential/industrial projects, Project Management & Execution overview with Client Relationship Management. He is leading a team of Architects, Interior designers, Engineers and accountable for Shoppers Stop stores designing/ planning on Pan India basis. Satish is a keen planner, strategist and implementer with expertise in ramping up projects with competent cross-functional skills and on time execution. Proficient with present construction methodologies, systems in compliance with quality standards.
With thirty years of experience creating award winning retail and hospitality projects, Alison Carr has developed a recognized expertise in creating unique branded environments across various sectors. Working with multidisciplinary design studios in Toronto, Boston and San Francisco, her work spans retail,hospitality,showroom and branded workplace design.
Alison has worked with leading retail brands b8ta, Timbuk 2, Banana Republic, The North Face, Forever 21, and Raymond Apparel; as well as industry leaders American Express, Allsteel, The Bank of America, Bell Canada, Hilton Hotels and Joie De Vivre Hospitality. Recently Alison worked with Indian menswear brand Raymond to develop a prototype retail experience that is currently being rolled out across India.
Alison is a Senior Associate and design leader at Gensler’s global headquarters in San Francisco, California. She has won numerous awards for her design work and has been published in several, notable publications such as Interior Design, VM&RD, VMSD and Chain Store Age. Alison holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, as well as advanced studies in Production Design + Art Direction and Business. Her career began in Toronto at the “Yabu Pushelberg School” in 1988.
Vishal Kapoor is the Chief Design Officer for Future Group, where he leads the organizational design and build portfolio across multiple business formats .He passionately pursues new ways in which design thinking and management can enhance the strategic, functional and operational domains of the organizational working.
He currently leads all design and development works across the groups multiple formats
In addition he also leads the fashion business as a Concept Head for fbb and incubating the groups' new fashion venture 'I am in'.
His two decades of retail experience and last ten years with the Future Group has been constantly focused on building an integrated strategic business perspective with a human centered design approach across its variant service platforms and he has been instrumental in making Design from a very tactical function to a strategic force, which today also defines the way to do business.
Using "design/integrative thinking" to address business challenges and building the organizations' capability to use creative thinking competitively is his key expertise.
Vishal Kapoor is a Post Graduate in Design Strategies from School of Design, HKPU - Hong Kong and loves sharing information and industry experience with design and management academia .
With 19+ yrs of experience in Retail Store Design & Development, Fixture Design & Construction Management, Rohit Patra is currently working (since Feb, 2019) as Vice President – Design & Construction at Gourmet Investments Pvt. Ltd. (part of Bharti Group) which is creating a benchmark name in the F&B industry in India with best in class restaurants, both homegrown and international brands. Managing a team of architects, designers & construction managers and responsible from the design to execution of all such brands like – Pizza Express, Ministry of Crab, Nihonbashi etc. along with some homegrown brands like “The Project” series & The Typhoon Shelter etc. across the country.
Rohit has 8 years & 4 months of experience as Head - Projects at Reliance Brands Ltd. managing NSO project rollouts from design management to procurement to execution for various international premium & luxury stores – Diesel, Paul & Shark, Quiksilver, Steve Madden, Hamleys, Superdry, Brooks Brothers, Thomas Pink, Dune, Hunkemoller, BCBG, Juicy Couture, GAS, MUJI, Scotch & Soda, Kate Spade and Bally brands across the country. Recent addition to the responsibility is managing Genesis Luxury projects for brands like – Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Paul Smith, Michel Kors, Coach, Tumi, Hugo Boss etc.
Previously, Rohit Patra has worked as Project Manager at WD Partners, Design Head at Retail Fixtures & Furniture Pvt. Ltd (RF Square) and Architect, Retail Designer at RD&M, Bangalore.
Jacob, a product designer trained at NID, works at the intersection of Design, Business, Sustainability, Capital and social Impact.
He co-founded consulting companies Tessaract and Idiom Design, Dovetail Furniture in manufacturing, The Design Store in retailing and Spring Health in BOP services. Jacob worked with the first wave of retailers like Levi’s, Weekender, Titan etc, and continued to help create big organized retail businesses like Big Bazaar, Central, Brand Factory and Hometown too. As CEO of Industree Foundation, Jacob leads the Creative Million mission to bring a million women artisans into producer owned enterprises over the next 10 years, building a multi billion dollar “AMUL” of Creative Manufacturing. At Srishti he leads the Impact Edge Lab which works with students in their thesis projects and Impact Entrepreneurship programs in Bangalore and Pune bringing live projects and enterprise building into the academic environment. Jacob continues to play a mentoring role at Idiom and also advises several start-up companies in addition to being a design mentor to the Future Group.
Areas of Interest: Designing businesses to transform society, Sustainability, Design thinking, Lean Manufacturing, and Start-ups.
Works internationally with responsibilities that include client liaison and project strategy. Knowledge and entrepreneurial insights into the consumer are integrated into conceptual development and strategic image positioning for retail operators, manufacturers and brand marketers.
American Museum of Natural History, Big Bazaar, Blue Nile, Cacau Show, Disney, El Palacio de Hierro, Five Below, Fantasy World, Godiva Chocolatier, Hershey’s, H&M, Mayo Clinic, Museum of Arts and Design, Nashville Zoo, Paradies Lagardère, Sleep Number, The North Face, Warner Bros., Whole Foods Market
“Retail Luminary” and “Retail Influencer” by design:retail Magazine Editorial Board for design:retail Magazine Inducted into the Retail Design Institute Legion of Honor, recognizing his outstanding career achievement in the field of retail store design. Asia Retail Leadership Award – Honored at the Asia Retail Congress in Mumbai, India.
Internationally renowned Italian architect Giorgio Borruso is founder and principal of GIORGIO BORRUSO DESIGN, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design studio celebrated for its innovative architecture, interiors, and industrial design. The work of the Los Angeles-based studio has been featured in over 1500 publications, receiving over 225 international awards, including the 2019 American Architecture Award, 2018 Interior Design Best of Year Award, sixteen GOOD DESIGN Awards, and six RedDot Design Awards including Best of the Best 2012. Borruso’s work has been described as experiential, sculptural, streamlined, organic, constructed utilizing unusual combinations of materials and developing strong ties with the surrounding context, and his projects have been exhibited worldwide.
Borruso is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences globally, speaking about innovation and experiential design. National Retail Federation’s special presentation, ‘Inside the Mind of Giorgio Borruso’, with an interview by Susan Szenasy, the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine, was presented at The Big Show 2010 conference in New York. Borruso is on the advisory board of Design:Retail magazine and has sat on the jury of numerous design competitions, such as GOOD DESIGN, AIA, IIDA, Architectural Record and Contract’s Interiors. Borruso has also been the subject of the television program Opening Soon: By Design and the featured guest on Designing Your Future.
Angela Kreutz is CEO at the office for architecture and interior design Blocher Blocher India, Delhi, since the foundation in 2008. Additionally, Mrs. Kreutz is partner at the German parent company Blocher Blocher Partners, Architecture and Design. The marketing expert studied Communication and Art in Germany and the USA. After various engagements in the media business she came to Blocher Blocher Partners in 2002; internationally, she is responsible for customer relationship, amongst others.
A rarity in the design industry, Carla is considered a retail and environmental branding specialist with particular experience in designing shopping centres, retail destinations, beauty, wellness and fashion brands, food experiences and cinemas. Her instinctive yet highly strategic design expertise is the major force behind the work she has produced in North America, Latin America, the UK, Asia and presently the Middle East.
Carla’s core strength is providing key brand strategy assessments that translate into results driven design solutions. Having worked over a decade for one of North America’s top branding agencies, Carla’s experience in the field is truly one that spans the globe and shows impressive variety in terms of project scale and type. Her career has seen her design work executed for major international brands and Fortune 500 companies. In 2011, she founded Brand Creative which platforms multidisciplinary design thinking and currently has a team of 18 designers across 3 countries.
Carla was awarded design:RETAIL’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Retail Designers Worldwide as well as being listed in CID’s Top 50 design influencers for the 5th year in a row. In recent years, a number of Brand Creative’s projects have been awarded with top honours and shortlistings from Commercial Interior Design, MEIDA, INDEX, IIDA, WIN Awards, Chain Store Age and A’ Design Awards.
An Industrial Designer from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, India, Ashish started his design entrepreneurship journey, 28 years ago, by co-founding India’s pioneering design practice, Elephant. Elephant today is present in India as well as Singapore.
Ashish leads Product & Retail Experience Innovation group and has lead projects ranging from consumer appliances related to air, water & energy, medical equipment, wearable electronics, automotive and retail. He & team at Elephant is recipient of several awards including Spark (USA), Greener Gadgets (USA), CII-Design Excellence and 5 products received the India Design Mark. His consulting experience spans start-ups, Corporates, MNCs from India, South-East Asia, Japan and Europe.
Ashish conducts workshops on Growth by Design & Product Innovation. Recently invited to speak at International Design Congress, Gwangju, he also delivered keynote at International Symposium, Naju Innovation City, Korea, 2016 World Eco-friendly Design Expo.
Ashish is President, Association of Designers of India, an active member of the Design Alliance Asia and has been on the jury of India Design Mark. He has served as appointed member of India Design Council and was invited to attend Good Design Mark Jury, Japan. This year Ashish has been on the Product Design Jury at Cannes Lions as well as Taiwan International Student Design Competition.
SASIKUMAR RAMASWAMI, President, Store Design & Projects for Landmark Group, India, has worked with Lifestyle International, India since 2013 and previously worked with the core team at Max Fashion, part of Landmark group Dubai from 2002 till 2013 since its inception and Mr. Sasikumar has designed over 500 plus Stores across the globe. Having an overall experience of 21 years, with an expertise in residential, interior design, furniture design, project management, retails store & shop fitting designs.
Sasikumar has worked interiors for restaurants, residential, commercial & office spaces and retail store design for brands such as Raymonds, SKC, Tanishq & TVS .
He has been involved as Design Principal for Max Fashion, Design Evaluation for Lifestyle India, Mélange ethnic brand store, Max Fashion youth format store, where his scope of work spanned across – Easy Buy store design, shop fitting, lighting, shop front. As a Member of AIIA- All India Institute of Architects & CA-Counsel of Architecture, Member of IIID, Sasikumar is a Gold Medalist & Rank holder in Architecture- B.Arch and MBA.
Ravish Mehra is an architect with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture (B. Arch.) from School of planning and Architecture (SPA) New Delhi. He passed out in 1978. He is a member Of Council Of Architecture since 1979 (MCA) and also of Associate Of India Institute Of Architects (A.I.I.A).
Post his education, he set up an architectural practice in the name of "Ravish Mehra & Deepak Kalra" in the year 1980. He started handling architecture, interior design and remodeling oriented projects all over the country and was extensively involved with retail design, corporate design, hospitality design and creating corporate identity system. His current projects include work for B.P.Os and K.P.Os for various telecom companies in India, Africa and South East Area. He is also involved with I.T. sector projects in North and South India.
As for his teaching experience, he has been a visiting faculty at School Of Planning And Architecture, New Delhi (SPA) since 2007. He was also a visiting faculty at Sushant School of Art & Architecture 2004-2006 as well as 2011-2013 and Vastukala Academy in Delhi in 2007.
To mention his various other connections with the industry, he is a member of the Panel of Council of Architecture for Inspection and Accreditation of Architectural Institutions since 2002. He is a member of various committees constituted by COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE 2002-2004 and also a member of Technical Advisory Committee for appointment of consultants for India Institute OF Management, Rothak (IIM-R).
Creating human engagement - capturing imagination, turning visitors into customers, customers into advocates, making people fall in love with brands and making brands successful businesses. This has been Antony’s passion since the past 24 years offline to online creating memory making emotional experiences with multiple awards his KPI.
Antony’s experience has taken award winning creative pedigree to the nuances of many global markets including Europe, Russia, China, Middle East and India.
Key award winning clients include, Selfridges, Nicole Farhi, Vodafone, Nokia, Tata Trent, Infosys and jubilant Foodworks.
Antony is a regular speaker on brand experience and a recognized judge for leading industry design award programs.
Spanning 20 years within two of the UK's largest retail players, Steven's career in Visual Merchandising has allowed him to gain a deep level of knowledge in many aspects of the industry including new store development, multi site management and creating inspirational installations
Luke Ng is the Creative Director of Kingsmen, a leading communication design and production group with global presence in 21 cities. Bringing with him over 20 years of industry experience, he is responsible for charting the creative direction and developing the design capabilities of KR+D – the creative arm of Kingsmen Group. Focusing on the Group’s design-led vision, he is constantly looking to push the boundaries of experiential retail. Beyond just designing spaces, he is passionate about creating new experiences that make a difference.