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As E-Commerce Increases and Brick & Mortar Stores Decrease, Finer Fields Launches New Retail Concept

NEW YORK, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Finer Fields' physical store will "showroom" emerging fashion, design and lifestyle brands for home delivery. Dismissing storage of any sellable inventory, the storefront will only carry a brand's sample product line for consumers to try in-store, and then buy on the Finer Fields' mobile POS for online purchase for home delivery to give customers bag free days. Finer Fields provides brands, especially emerging brands, need for a physical presence for consumers to "try before they buy."

Finer Fields' first of a series of brick and mortar retail residencies of curated contemporary brands will run from March 30th through June15th.

How the In-store ordering experience works:

1.) Customer purchases an item in Finer Fields. 

2.) A member of sales team scans each item to enter it into the checkout screen of the mobile POS. 

3.) Salesperson confirms the order with customer.

4.) Customer's credit card is charged and customer receives an automated email receipt from Finer Fields including order number.

5.) At the same time the order is placed, monies from the transaction is sent to the brand partner in real time.

6.) Brand receives an email with order number, customer info, and product information for drop ship.

7.) After brand has shipped the item(s), brand must log into Finer Fields system to note "shipped" along with tracking number and delivery service.

8.) Brand sends customer a confirmation email notification along with tracking number.

Finer Fields works with designers, artists, entrepreneurs and brands to create collaborative in-store retail residencies where virtually everything is available for purchase, which includes the store environs.

The store itself is an elevated experience for consumers through collaborations with artisans such as Andrea Claire Studio for lighting along with Aellon, Patrick Weder and Bellboy NY on store furnishings. Taking an eco-friendly and sustainable approach Aellon's collection has been entirely handcrafted from a salvaged ship from the Indonesian Ocean.

Mr Kuo says, "We wanted to create a new retail model that aligns elements to provides experiences for consumers to explore and discover contemporary brands and unique products, and are thrilled about the support from the fashion and artisan community. "

Store curation will focus on contemporary brands from medium to high price ranges, from classic silhouettes with an alternative contemporary edge, to streetwear and high fashion. In addition, the store showcase a carefully curated collection of cutting-edge men's & women's styles from independent designers through collaboration with International Playground. Some brands that will be showcased are:

Women's

Kowtow

https://www.kowtowclothing.com/

Kurt Lyle

http://www.kurtlyle.com/

Gypsy Sport

https://gypsysportny.com/

Pi'a

https://www.p-ia.com/

Alpha60

http://www.alpha60.com.au

Jewelry & Accessories

Cornelia Webb

http://www.corneliawebb.com/

Saint Rita Parlour

http://www.saintritaparlor.com/

The 5th

https://www.the5th.co/

Men's

Carlos Campos

http://www.carloscampos.com/

Soulland

http://soulland.com/

Willy Chavarria

http://www.willychavarria.com/new/

Krammer & Stoudt

https://krammer-stoudt.com/

Finer Fields' experienced retail staff will articulate the selected brand's background stories, and create seamless end-to-end transactions through an in-store sales rep for a refined shopping experience. 

Physical stores are powerful marketing channels for brands. Finer Fields offers an experience that would be challenging to replicate online. Customers enjoy the experience of shopping in-store and interacting face-to-face with a salesperson in order to feel more comfortable with their purchase. Retail storefronts profit greatly because of the physical interactions with their customers. Personal interactions with friendly and knowledgeable sales staff are a key differentiator between the physical store experience and e-commerce.

Who We Are

The partners are Frank Kuo, Seldon Yuan, Wadood Suberu, and Richard Tricoche along with a joint collaboration with Awkward, a Digital Design Agency.

  • Frank Kuo has a decade of product management and digital strategy experience in creating mobile applications and platforms.
  • Rich Tricoche freelances as a fashion and lifestyle photographer and cinematographer.
  • Seldon Yuan is an award winning contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited at venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also the founder of SSCY, which has been featured on Hypebeast, Cool Hunting, as well as the pages of Marie Claire Italy.
  • Wadood Suberu comes with years of experience in the fashion industry and also acts as consultant and brand manager for brands locally and globally.
  • Awkward, a digital design firm in the Netherlands, has created quality products for companies such as Red Bull, Sonos, Sketch, and WeTransfer transforming ideas into first class digital experiences. (https://awkward.co/)

Location & Opening Date:
199 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012
Opens to the public on Friday, March 30. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday, 11am to 7pm
Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm
Sunday, 11am to 6pm

Brand references:
International Playground
https://internationalplayground.com/

Lighting:
http://www.andreaclairestudio.com/

Store Furnishings:
http://aellon.com/
http://bellboynewyork.com/
http://www.patrickwederdesign.com/

Contact:
Frank Kuo
f@finerfields.com
Ph: 917-445-8804
www.finerfields.com

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