The new artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear brought his SS19 line to NYC for a showing of his debut collection for the luxury house. Hosted by Chrome Hearts in West Village, the pop-up included styles inspired by "The Wizard of Oz." The clothing was an incredible blend of creativity, luxury and oversized streetwear, as is his signature style. While the details were plentiful, it was the experience of being assigned a personal advisor and brand expert to escort shoppers through the collection that made the pop-up so memorable.
Each brand advisor customized the experience for each individual shopper, and they were there to enhance the experience no matter if the patron was there to snap a selfie, to shop or to be guided through a gallery tour of Virgil's most inconspicuous details. Shoppers left the pop-up feeling educated and having a closer connection to the brand. The takeaway is that the future of luxury retail is a full-on embrace and upgrade of the store associate to something higher, an "experience engineer" for a new era of physical retail.