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This Is How Traditional Retail Is Going To Survive

23 Jan

Rock Candy Music presents guest blogger Maurilio Amorim, an avid blogger and CEO/founder of The A Group, a media, technology and branding firm in Brentwood, TN. Maurilio consults with some of the nation’s largest ministries, leading churches, and Christian publishers. On his blog, he also participates in posting fashion-related blogs (“Fashion Friday“) with a particular expertise in menswear, and one of his recent posts caught our eye. Maurilio was kind enough to donate this post to RCM and will hopefully become an occasional contributor to the cause. We love this man’s vision and ambition, and are happy to welcome him to RCM.

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Traditional retail is in trouble. More and more people are buying products online. It’s convenient, easy and, for the most part, cheaper than going on a shopping expedition to the local mall. Retailers have noticed that and are trying to figure out what they need to do in order to be competitive. Unless you are Walmart, the retailer behemoth, you know that you can’t compete purely on price. Not long ago while exchanging some Christmas gifts at The Buckle store at the Cool Springs Mall,  I was reminded that as far as retail is concerned there’s still no substitute for a great sales person.

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Boots + Roots

9 Jan

1. Laces High. These boots are made for walkin’, but if you wanna take them off, well, that might be a little more difficult. The influence of old-world trends in modern fashion isn’t news to most of us, but we have been noticing recently that lace-up boots of all shapes and sizes are making a major comeback. We’ve spotted many an indie-chick (or dude, even) sporting boots that look like they were popular circa 1912. (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t own a pair myself.)

Get the featured boots: Urban, AnthropologieModCloth

2. Roots Grooves. For this first Music TrendSpotter post, we thought we’d get our feet wet with a shout of praise to the big picture changes going on in music. Music, like fashion, trends in cycles. So here we are: Vintage and raw is now new and fresh.

The biggest thing that turns the page is when we, as a music drenched culture, get drunk on one style or trend, and then the pendulum swings back the other way. (i.e., Grunge answering the 80’s processed pop world and makeup-wearing hair rock bands).

Well today, you don’t have to go very far off the disgustingly beaten path of the pseudo Hip-Hop influenced FM radio dial to notice a very real and growing movement towards our musical roots. Everyone from rock legends to hipster icons are returning to a time when ‘groove and feel’ ruled. For example:

The Black Keys | Spin Magazine’s Artist of the Year
Robert Plant | 5 Grammys, inc. Album of the Year for “Raising Sand” w/ Alison Kraus
Avett Brothers | SOLD OUT 2010 tour, including Nokia Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, and The Ryman Auditorium on back to back nights
Jack White | White Stripes, Dead Weather, Raconteurs, 3rd Man Records
Mumford and Sons | 2011 Grammys New Artist of the Year nominee

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So, what do you think? Will you be rockin’ lace-up boots in the near future? Or maybe you’ll just stick to rockin’ the blues beats.

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If you’ve spotted a trend that you’d like to see featured on Rock Candy Music, send it our way!

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