SKOPES: reimagined for a new era with a bold new identity and flagship

SKOPES: reimagined for a new era with a bold new identity and flagship

📅12 Dicembre 2018, 13:32

Heritage suiting brand Skopes, established 1948, has relaunched with a strong brand identity and experience-led concept to appeal to a new generation of consumer, created in partnership with London-based experience agency Dalziel & Pow.

Skopes new identity and flagship store
Skopes was established 70 years ago in the heart of the Leeds textile industry and is now taking the bold step to transform itself with a revitalised identity and new store concept which opened in Westfield London last week. D&P have created a destination for all things suiting, an opportunity to rewrite the rules and stigmas of traditional tailoring brands formats.

The store is an occasion in itself a place to educate whilst creating a fun, hospitable trying on experience. A world away from other High Street tailors, the aesthetic is clean, approachable yet playful  with design cues taken from the manufacturing floor and foreman’s offices in a 1960s Leeds factory.

Skopes new identity and flagship store
Named ‘The Suit Lookbook’, the store is designed with six distinct zones that correlate with an occasions or ‘look’, be that ‘Dressed Down Friday or ‘Commuting in Style’. Bringing the looks to life are digital screens playing campaign content, Skopes’ unique coloured mannequins, floor-to-ceiling visuals and four motion-censored screens activate key looks on the perimeter walls. Similarly at the store’s entrance digital screens will attract passers by inside and over the manhole cover at the entrance that’s emblazoned with Leeds EST 1948.

The store is designed without a cash desk to create a barrier-free and relaxed experience (however there is a cutting table-inspired service desk at the centre), instead knowledgeable staff will accept payments on tablets to give them greater flexibility and provide a more personal, conversational service.

Skopes knows that shopping for a suit is often a really social activity. In response to this, Dalziel & Pow have put social behaviour at the heart of the concept. Towards the back of the store a plush lounge area with a fully stocked fridge encourages customers to sit and chat while having a drink, charging their iPhones or waiting for a friend. The changing room area is designed with a central mirrored area so customers trying on a look can show their friends or family how it looks from all angels.

One of the stand-out elements of the store lies in the fitting room cubicles. Each one is dramatically wallpapered with Skopes’ signature brand pattern and is fitted with a light control system – that can create six light scenarios. For instance if trying on a dinner suit, guests can pick an evening light or if they are off to the races, they can choose to see the suit in bright daylight. An ingenious, fun and Instagrammable way to elevate the trying-on experience.

Completing the social experience is the Polaroid Wall where customers can be snapped in their favourite Skopes look and tell their story of the occasion with #myskopes.
Skopes new identity and flagship store

Dalziel & Pow’s new brand identity for Skopes nods to tailoring hallmarks whilst evoking contemporary heritage and taking inspiration from the enigmatic Skopes team. This new identity can be felt across all touchpoints, from the tangible (suit carriers and business cards) to the digital (website and social media).

Simon Cope, Managing Director and Chairman at Skopes said, “We are all very excited to launch our new brand and concept, retailing can be challenging but exhilarating at the same time. As a brand we are constantly looking to evolve to ensure we remain relevant in today’s market place. The consumer deserves a high level of service that is truly ‘experiential’, evoking all the senses. Our collaboration with Dalziel & Pow has been an enlightening experience, it is a privilege to work with such a professional team.

Ashley Hodge, Associate Director, Graphics at Dalziel & Pow said, “Skopes is at the start of a very exciting journey that we’ve had the great pleasure of being a partner in. It’s not every day you get the opportunity to work with such ambitious clients in a brand transformation that affects all touchpoints – its infectious!”


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