The answer: push the boundaries of what a retail store experience can offer.
PUMA has partnered with Faculty, an immersive experience marketing agency known for innovative, non-linear narrative multimedia experiences for a new holiday installation.
The Spark—an experiential installation—is a celebration of the creative spirit, a light-filled interactive journey that visiting guests explore during their shopping experience at the PUMA Flagship store in Manhattan.
Running through January 2, 2022, the experience is anchored by a hero display that greets customers upon entry, rewarding curious shoppers with an opportunity to play with a responsive light display that shifts in color to match and amplify select PUMA products.
The central PUMA Cat logo serves as the nexus of this network of beautiful, expressive light pathways, guiding customers through the store with a celebratory journey of light.
After nearly two years of predominantly digital consumer touchpoints, PUMA is reinventing the in-store experience.
Their partnership with Faculty—known for their interactive retail activations and immersive brand storytelling—brings this intention to life through an unconventional installation: exploring the space beyond traditional holiday designs and motifs.
"The Spark" champions that lightbulb-moment of inspiration instead of centering a specific holiday.
Specializing in creating bespoke experiences through seamless integration of narrative, tech, and content, Faculty married the digital and visceral to develop "The Spark" in-store experience.
"This was a dream design brief for me, leveraging the power of color and light to transform a space to celebrate the holiday season," said Faculty Creative Director Kevi Louis-Johnson.
"A shift in the color or intensity of lighting can be as mood-altering as a new song on a playlist, so our goal was to infuse the space with a new energy that evolves over time."
"The Spark" can be experienced at the PUMA NYC Flagship Store located at 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 10017.