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Sanford Stein

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.50" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-59298-956-0
  • Publication Date: 2014-02-01
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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RETAIL SCHMETAIL™  is a lively, thorough, and slightly irreverent examination of 100 years of American retailing. Twin brothers and mid-century entrepreneurs Al and Lou Stein ran a Milwaukee shop that seemed more like a garage sale than a bona fide retail operation. While neither of these “from the gut” marketing guys had a formal education, they compensated for it with their ingenuity, drive, and legendary sense of humor. Al’s oldest son, Sandy, spent countless hours observing antics and absorbing insights in this petri dish of fifties consumerism. This primed him for a wide-ranging career in retail design and consumer trending, shared in these pages. Here he lifts the veil on the psychological, emotional, and design constructs that separate the defining brands from the also-rans, with clear insight on what the “virtual” reinvention of retail means for all of us. No guide is more qualified than Sandy Stein to tell us why we buy what we buy, and how we’ll buy—and sell—in the future. RETAIL SCHMETAIL™  is the loving biography of America’s favorite obsession, written by a devoted native son.

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Sanford Stein

Sanford Stein is a designer, retail trend forecaster, speaker, and writer, as well as trusted advisor to some of this country’s leading brands. Since 1981, SteinDesign and Stein LLC have created over 400 retail projects nationally and internationally, ranging from prototypes to niche concepts, and store-in-store branded shops.