Design Variables and Constraints in Fashion Store Design Processes

Anders Haug, Mia Borch Münster

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Purpose: – Several frameworks of retail store environment variables exist, but as shown by this paper, they are not particularly well-suited for supporting fashion store design processes. Thus, in order to provide an improved understanding of fashion store design, the purpose of this paper is to identify the most important store design variables, organise these variables into categories, understand the design constraints between categories, and determine the most influential stakeholders.
Design/methodology/approach: – Based on a discussion of existing literature, the paper defines a framework of store design ariables and constraints between these. The framework is investigated through six case studies of fashion store design projects.
Findings: – Through a discussion of literature and empirical studies, the paper: identifies the most important store design variables, organises these variables into categories, provides an understanding of constraints between categories of variables, and identifies the most influential stakeholders. The paper demonstrates that the fashion store design task can be understood through a system perspective, implying that the store design task becomes a matter of defining a set of subsystems, while considering their mutual interdependencies.
Research limitations/implications: – The proposed framework may be used as a point of departure and a frame of reference for future research into fashion store design.
Practical implications: – The paper may support retail designers and retail managers in fashion store design processes by clarifying which store design variables to consider and providing an understanding of the constraints between them.
Originality/value: – The perspective on the fashion store design task offered by the proposed framework adds a layer of understanding to the way in which existing literature describes the challenges related to store design. The empirical studies of fashion store projects demonstrate that the described system perspective offers a useful way of organising fashion store designers’ experiences from design processes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)831-848
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Concept design
  • Design constraints
  • Fashion store
  • Retail design
  • Store design process

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