Foot Locker chooses Martin LED18 November 2011
One of the best known brands in retail, athletic footwear giant Foot Locker, has installed an eye-catching Martin Professional LED display in the main front window of its flagship store in Milan.
Located in the fashionable Corso Vittorio Emanuele shopping district in the heart of Milan, the store’s dynamic front window LED display is made up of 39 Martin Professional EC-20 LED panels.
“I was at Euroshop earlier in the year together with the client who saw the EC-20 panels at the Martin stand,” said James Breaks, associate director of rpa:vision, the design division of rpa:group who were the lead designers for the store. “Foot Locker wanted the potential to create something startling and bold. They were looking to stand out and make a massive impression. The EC-20 display was just what they were looking for.”
Typically, despite the Corso Vittorio Emanuele’s reputation as the most popular shopping street in one of the fashion capitals of Europe, the store sits back off the ‘via,’ under the shadow of the historic architecture. This increased the need for a high level of impact in order to stand out.
“We wanted to use performance technology from concerts – power and light – in a retail setting to create interest and appeal to the energy of youth, and it works well,” said breaks, referring to LED panels’ more typical use in concert and event environments. Martin says that the EC-20 is increasingly being used to integrate dynamic light and video in interior store design.
The EC-20 LED screen in the main storefront window primarily runs Foot Locker content but also incorporates branding graphics and content from some of its top footwear brands.
“There is a lot of media content supplied to Foot Locker by brands such as Nike and Adidas, and they need somewhere to project it,” concluded Breaks. “ The LED screen can be used as an effective white board for these companies to come up with and display content.”