Victor Gruen and the Birth of the Shopping Mall

It shouldn’t be any surprise that we idolize Victor Gruen at Labelscar. It’s not just because, 60 years ago, he invented the form of shopping center that is the primary focus of this blog (though that’s a big part of it) but also for a few more reasons. One is that he had the same […]

It’s Mall Week at The AV Club

Do you read the Onion’s AV Club? If you don’t, you might not be aware that it’s “Mall Week” over there, with a slew of posts all about malls and pop culture. Today, they had a post that very well could’ve appeared here at Labelscar on the beautiful artificiality of American malls: Yet what appeals […]

Sorry for the Disappearing Act

Longtime readers may have noticed that the site recently had a major technical issue, where all comments on all stories–a huge share of our overall content and part of the reason people come here to begin with–had disappeared completely. They were never deleted, but there was a serious issue with the database where comments weren’t […]

Help “Malls Across America”!

  A few weeks ago, we posted about Michael Galinsky’s photo project of 1990 shopping mall photos. The project got so much attention that Galinsky began a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a high-quality book of his collection. Kickstarter, if you’re not familiar with it, is a project aimed at “pre-funding” art and […]

USA Shopping Malls, Summer 1990

Just wanted to share this neat collection of photos from ex-Sleepyhead bassist Michael Galinsky, all taken at various malls in the summer of 1990. The fashions play more prominently than the malls themselves, but you can still get plenty of glimpses into a blur of Tape Worlds and Jarmans and Patrick Swayze posters. Mall department store junkies […]

Retail News Digest for Sunday, February 27, 2011

Comings and goings: Borders filed for bankruptcy protection on February 16, and is closing at least 200 stores and possibly 75 more.  Here’s a sortable list of the closings from the WSJ. According to the Palm Springs Desert Sun, several more of the few remaining merchants at the derelict Palm Springs Mall are moving, including […]

Logorama: Fun With Logos

Logorama from Marc Altshuler – Human Music on Vimeo. Logorama is an outstanding short film that’s made of nothing but corporate logos, and it’s a great piece of fun pop art. Directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain, it was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in […]

Labelscar on Craig Ferguson!

In what can only be called an early, very bizarre holiday present to us, viewers throughout North America caught a glimpse of Labelscar tonight (12/23/09) on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

We’ll Be “The Future Of Retail” Blog For a Minute

One of the most disturbing retail trends over the past few years has been the virtual disappearance of old-line department stores. Even if shopping trends aren’t exactly favoring them anymore (and I would argue that there’s not all that many people in the under 30 set who shop at Macy’s very often), there’s still a […]

Reburbia: Sanctimonious Cankles

This has popped up in a few places already, but Dwell and Inhabitat have been sponsoring this series called “Reburbia” that’s targeted at coming up with ideas to “fix” America’s broken suburban landscapes. It’s pretty neat, because the finalists are full of really kooky sanctimonious ideas like “suburban people need AIRSHIPS to commute into the […]