Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Pioneer guerrilla retailer, Vacant has opened up in Chicago with the U.S. debut of paper Air Force Ones created by graffiti artist/designer Shin Tanaka.

What are Guerilla Stores? These are literally pop-up stores, as these initiatives have a tendency to pop up unannounced, quickly draw in the crowds, and then disappear or morph into something else, adding to retail the fresh feel, exclusivity and surprise that galleries, theatres and Cirque du Soleil-adepts have been using for years. To the delight of consumers, who are increasingly used to Massclusitvity and Planned Spontaneity. Commes Des Garcons had one in Singapore for one year last year and just shut its doors a few months back.

Vacant, an exclusive retail concept and exhibition store that opens for one month only in empty spaces in major cities including New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Los Angeles, showcasing a range of one-off, hard to find and strictly limited edition products from established brands and emerging designers. Limited quantities are available, and not all products on display can be purchased. New store locations are announced by email to Vacant Club members only moments before opening.

The current release in the Vacant guerrilla online store is the Pharrell and Nigo designed Ice Cream beeper series. Available in three colorways, leather uppers, and limited to 2000 pairs worldwide. Product comes with special packaging, ice cream scooper and additional laces.

The goods from the website are available in strictly limited quantities, and you know there's a time limit, like the guerilla stores, so get in there before it's gone!

Only for those in the know.