Harvey Nichols Hong Kong launches world-first NFT retail space Harvey Nichols has introduced the world’s first blue-chip non-fungible tokens (NFT) retail concept space inside a luxury department store dubbed HN NFT Vault at the retailer’s Pacific Place store in Hong Kong. Collectors can access a selection of NFTs, most of which are exclusively available at Harvey Nichols Pacific Place, including offerings from CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Club, CloneX x Takashi Murakami, Azuki, and Doodles.
dles. With prices ranging from HK$5000 (US$637) to more than HK$1 million, NFTs can be purchased with both cryptocurrency or credit cards. “Through the new space, Harvey Nichols aims to make NFTs more accessible to a broader audience by featuring a range of NFTs from some of the most successful projects globally available for in-store exploration and purchase,” the retailer said in a statement. Customers can buy NFTs with a cold wallet, where the purchase can be securely stored. The luxury fashion retailer said it was the first in Hong Kong to offer convenient, secure, and swift transactions for NFT purchases. Customers will also be able to create and purchase apparel based on their NFTs or sell them through the HN NFT Vault. Yum China First KFC Green Pioneer Stores open in China Yum China has just launched KFC’s first Green Pioneer Stores in Beijing and Hangzhou, as it works toward building a network of net-zero restaurants in the future. The move is part of the company’s climate strategy and a roadmap to achieving net-zero by 2050, following its pledge in a Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5°C Commitment Letter last year. “We are committed to driving meaningful change and pioneering in the restaurant industry towards net-zero emissions,” Yum China CEO Joey Wat said. “Building Green Pioneer Stores is an important part of our journey.” Following the company’s 4R principles (reduce, reuse, recycle, replace), KFC has already incorporated several environmentally friendly practices in its stores across China, such as: Solar panels in its Hangzhou store generate an estimated 10,000 kWh of energy each year, which helps reduce carbon emissions from electricity consumption. An Internet of Things-based (IoT) intelligent restaurant energy management system, which helps improve the energy efficiency of Green Pioneer stores by around 10 per cent annually.Each Green Pioneer Store is equipped with a Tubular Daylighting System that uses natural lighting, reducing electricity consumption.Using eco-friendly materials such as ceramic floor tiles made from recycled energy, low-carbon bamboo, and alt-leather made from recycled KFC coffee grounds. The company said the Green Pioneer Stores would also allow customers to experience and learn about eco-friendly restaurants by integrating “green interior design”. At its Beijing store, a Family Bucket for chicken is made entirely of recycled packaging. While in Hangzhou, a wall section was intentionally left with an opening to show customers the restaurant’s eco-friendly construction process. Furla unveils new look store in Hong Kong’s IFC Mall Luxury accessories brand Furla is expanding its presence in Hong Kong, launching its new store at IFC Mall. The 63sqm store showcases all Furla collections from bags to leather goods, accessories, and footwear. Furla stated that it has used its distinctive arch for the facade and interior and the design balances functionality with Italian charm through the use of terrazzo marble, geometric showcases, and pastel colour tones. The brand’s new collection, Furla Futura, makes its debut, coinciding with the opening. The collection contains six colours and is sourced from post-consumer recycled leather, recycled polyester, and regenerated leather collected by tanneries during the production process. Established in 1927 by Aldo Furlanetto in Bologna, Furla works with the motto “every woman deserves beauty and quality at a fair price”. The company trades in 98 countries and has 490 mono-brand stores. This article was originally published in the May issue of Inside Retail Asia