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Announcing: the Winner of the “First Store by Alexa” Competition Cologne’s HOLYMESH

Alexa visitors and Facebook fans, along with an expert jury in a final session, evaluated three finalists from the “Best Newcomer” category. The clear winner: An online store with stylish clothing and accessory collections by Germany’s most successful social influencers that wanted to expand its business offline.

In the final jury meeting in Berlin on 17 March, the three finalists presented their business concepts: An innovative start-up based in Cologne was able to prevail against the competition and will now open a store in Alexa in November.

The winner is: HOLYMESH

FirstStoreLogo-RGB 150The winner of the retail competition “First Store by Alexa”—and therefore from November 2017 the operator of its own store in the Berlin shopping and leisure centre Alexa—is HOLYMESH. The winner won both the public vote, in which nearly 2,000 Alexa customers and Facebook fans participated, and the final jury vote.

HOLYMESH a young, online businesses based in Cologne that sells stylish, trendy clothing and accessory collections by German social influencers exclusively in its online shop. Its partners are some of Germany’s most famous and successful YouTubers and social media stars including Y-Titty, Shirin David and Herr Bergmann.

The new “HOLYMESH Millennial Store” will combine online and offline and bring the collections by the YouTubers, social media stars and the private-label “Holycollection” to life for their fans. Regular events with social influencers are therefore an important part of the concept for the first offline store in Alexa.

The brand’s target audience is socially well-connected young people. All this fits perfectly with the concept and customer structure of Alexa, the Mall of Stars. Learn more about HOLYMESH at:

The new retail trend: online goes offline

Jens Peter Klatt, Head of Multichannel at Mister Spex, on the jury’s decision: “All three finalists presented truly great concepts and this did not make the jury’s decision in the final session easy. Ultimately, though, HOLYMESH’s planned Millennial Store impressed us the most. Since we ourselves have been present in Alexa for more than a year with our own first offline Mister Spex store and have had excellent customer traffic, I am sure that HOLYMESH’s concept will be successful. I’m looking forward to a good neighborhood.”

The Founders & Managing Directors of HOLYMESH, Nadja Bilek and Jasmina Borgard, responded enthusiastically to the news of her competitive success: “We are very happy to be the winner of the First Store competition. Our community has given us very positive feedback about our participation. It’s our first step into bricks-and-mortar retail and a little experiment. But we are sure that Alexa provides us with the best location we could wish for in this step into the offline world.”

Next step: store planning

Now come the next steps: In close cooperation and with the support of Alexa’s center management, HOLYMESH will work with store designers and shop fitters to design its first store. Conversion works commence in October—and the new store opens at the beginning of November—on Alexa’s 10th anniversary.

2nd & 3rd place: Stulle Berlin & LakritzMitte

A big “thanks” also to LakritzMitte and Stulle Berlin for their participation in “First Store” and their firstclass concepts. LakritzMitte presented a concept store with the largest liquorice-themed selection in the German-speaking world in the fields of food, non-food (e.g. soaps & creams) and merchandise (T-shirts, hats, etc.).

The concept for Stulle’s shop included a distinctive selection of unique, brightly coloured design items, a creative island for children and an image gallery. The materials used (truck tarpaulin, leather) are virtually indestructible; each item is extremely long lasting and sustainable.

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