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Traveling between shopping and wonders
For most of human history, every person on Earth has shared, traded, sold and consumed resources. To go back to the first forms of trade it is necessary to make a leap in time until the moment when the awesome mammoths crossed the icy plains of the globe. The world clock marked 9000 BC and in that remote past, the first humans began to trade cows and sheep. But it is only in 3000 BC, in Mesopotamia, that the first real currency appears. A fundamental step for what many centuries later will lead to the birth of the shop. We are in 800 BC and in ancient Greece new forms of aggregation take hold: we are talking about markets developing in the Agora, the main square of the polis, where traders start selling their items. Making a leap forward of two thousand years, we instead witness the origin of modern mammoths: giants of commerce such as Walmart, Amazon and Facebook. In short, even trade, like fashion, is constantly evolving, between experiential retailing, 3D printed products, internet, artificial intelligence, robots and an ever-growing awareness of social and environmental problems.
This is why, just today, in a very particular week, which has given back to all Italians some post-coronavirus freedom, we want to celebrate the oldest form of commerce: the shops. And to do this we went to discover the most curious and interesting ideas around the world: a journey through the wonders of human creativity.
The Chalk Room, London
A clothing boutique with a curious art installation in the basement, created by the James Plumb design studio. Relaxing lights, woody tones, but also ancient furniture, a sofa with a built-in table, a wardrobe that seems to collapse and a Wurlitzer harp case transformed into a showcase. An environment in which to celebrate the art and skill of cutting-edge stylists.
Fleetwood’s Vintage Shop, Asheville
Located in North Carolina, in the United States, this vintage clothing store incorporates a bar, a Rock-n-Roll concert venue and a chapel, for truly extraordinary weddings. This city is not so touristy but this very particular corner certainly deserves to be seen for those who pass by.
Café Pho Co, Hanoi
Vietnam, like Italy, is known for its coffees. But one in particular is worth a visit: the Café Pho Co is located in the busiest district of the ancient city and is accessible through a clothing store, then a botanical courtyard up to climb several stairs to sit on a panoramic terrace with a wonderful view on Hoan Kiem lake.
The Evolution Store, New York
It looks like a natural history museum but it is instead a paradise for lovers of science and art. Located in Greenwich Village, this bizarre family-run shop has been offering residents and tourists a selection of unique and special items for 25 years: fossils, ancient stones, minerals, shells and tribal artwork in the form of skulls and skeletons of animals.
House-museum of Lusik Aguletsi, Yerevan
This famous Armenian artist reinvented the ancient traditions of her country, so much so that she became a national icon. Her home has been transformed into a sort of sanctuary, where everyone can visit a collection of traditional clothes, belts, jewelry, furniture and other types of decorations. By booking in advance it is also possible to have lunch with a local family and be photographed wearing these ancient relics.
Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Breede River DC
Tucked away in the rural bush of South Africa, this place is known as the strangest pub in South Africa and there is no shortage of good reasons. Decorated with local patterns and disused clothes, it takes its name from a mural that some friends jokingly designed when the place was still a farm. Ronnie did not change the name and rather, transformed the farm into a pub and restaurant, attracting visitors from all over the world for its strange etymology and sense of humor. And it is offering an attic from which to enjoy a cold beer watching the sunset or admiring the Milky Way in the night sky of this peaceful region.
Also at CasaGIN we love diversity and we believe in the beauty of sales in all its forms. But above all we celebrate conscious shopping in the era of fast consumption. This is why our ethical and sustainable products are not only sold online, but also through a network of physical stores throughout Italy and abroad. Stores and concept stores that, like us, have their roots in the search for the well-being of body and soul, whose gaze is turned to the future, to the planet and to the magical atmosphere that surrounds us. So today we want to dedicate this article to all those who believe in us, wishing a happy and bright future. Only together can we achieve great goals, because working united is progress and collaborating is success.