Abercrombie & Kent Opens Flagship Travel Store in City of London
Vintage Luxury Combined with State-of-the-Art Technology
October 22, 2012
Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), the world’s leading luxury travel company, opened its first stand-alone travel store showcasing experiences around the world using the latest digital technology on Monday 22 October 2012.
The boutique, located on 82 Cheapside, in the heart of the City of London, offers a host of immersive travel experiences, including Skype-to-Store video calls with local A&K experts in 25 countries. One entire wall is devoted to electronic photo frames that feature inspiring images of destinations worldwide.
Eschewing traditional travel agency design, A&K’s flagship boutique does not feature desks and brochures. Instead, Travel Curators use iPads to give customers a taste of the unique experiences available. Vintage map chests hold bespoke canvas maps made exclusively for A&K by British map makers, Lovell Johns.
Every aspect of the open plan space reflects high-end British design, from the handcrafted vintage-inspired furniture by Timothy Oulton to contemporary seating by Tom Dixon. The London City store concept was created by Caulder Moore, with design and build carried out by Cube.
At the opening, Geoffrey Kent, founder, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, said: “Our store takes the concept of tailor-made travel to an entirely new level by allowing prospective clients to work directly with a skilled A&K Travel Curator to design their trip, supplemented by the latest information from our local offices in destination.”
Time-pressed city workers looking to plan a last-minute getaway will appreciate the convenience of the Sundowner bar in store serving light refreshments.
The lower level completes the pre-travel experience with a Nomad Travel Health Clinic, that offers a same day vaccination service. There is also a selection of high performance travel gear for those going off the beaten track on safari, on a mountain trek or to Antarctica.
Abercrombie & Kent already has a retail concession at Harrods, where it offers an ultra-bespoke travel service open seven days a week.
For more information and photographs, please contact:
Adam Fresco at [email protected] or Nick Rogers at [email protected] or call 0207-845-7800
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About Abercrombie & Kent London City Store
82 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6EB
020 3667 7000
Open six days a week, Monday-Saturday. Opening hours 10am-6pm.
Abercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with the first photographic safari in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. Our 50 in-destination offices deliver seamless service from arrival to departure and guarantee by-invitation-only access. For the latest travel news, follow A&K on Facebook and Twitter.