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Yves Saint Laurent's New Look
if you want to know what a brand stands for, look at its stores. Or so goes the conventional thinking. Since the early 1990s, the shift, particularly in the U.S., from designers selling to retailers to stocking their own directly operated stores has changed the face of the shopping landscape. Some of the world's greatest architects are now designing stores. Rem Koolhaas, who won architecture's Nobel Prize equivalent last year, the Pritzker, is conceptualizing the New York Prada store, which sits beneath the Soho Guggenheim Museum. Christian...

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