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Posted on Thursday, 27 September 2012 by in Fashion

Want to spoil the man in your life? YES, well then buy him something  from The Hackett London store, located at the Sandton City Shopping Centre.

Not only will you find him the perfect outfit, but you will be shopping in an award winner  store. Hackett London was presented with the Retail Design and Development Award for Best Store Design at a Conference held at the Durban ICC. Hackett in South Africa is owned by Keystone Apparel Company.

The annual Retail Design and Development Awards (RDDA) is a South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSS) initiative. It recognises shopping centre and store designs within the South African property industry with specific focus on excellence in design resolution, achievement of overall development goal, positive market response, innovation and embracing environmental techniques. The Best Retail Store Design category, that commended Hackett for its engaging store design focuses on restaurants and stores within shopping centers. The awards were announced at the SACSC annual conference in Durban on Wednesday 19 September 2012.

The store concept takes its inspiration from the famous and typically British exterior of Number 10 Downing Street, creating a residential feel inspired by a traditional London townhouse through the use of wooden panelling and black bricks. The starting point for the design focuses on the British Georgian period, particularly the style of architect Sir John Sloane whose simple and classic yet strong approach to design, reflects the very essence of Hackett. The timeless furniture and furnishings have been updated with a modern twist to provide distinctive focal points around the store in Sandton City.

“The store was officially opened at an event held at the store in April this year and we were positively surprised at the welcome it received by South African consumers. Over the first few months, we had a number of people come into the store simply because they had heard about the breath-taking interior design,” said Moosa Mayet, Director at Keystone Apparel Company.

The judges reviewed the eligible submissions with a confidential scoring process. They were not allowed to review entries from their own companies or any entry that might constitute a conflict of interest. The top two entries per category were then selected as the finalists. The 2012 judging panel included eight respected representatives of the shopping centre design and development industry, including international judge Andrew Ogg, Managing Director of Leslie Jones Architects (UK).

“The judges found that the Hackett store demonstrated remarkable innovation in design. The props in the store give it a wonderful warm “homely” feel that creates a comfortable shopping experience for consumers. We congratulate Keystone Apparel Company on winning this prestigious award,” said Amanda Stops, CEO, South African Council of Shopping Centres.

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