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10 | From the Editor
The Markopoulos Circle
is name was Andrew Markopoulos. On a typical day, he might have been
seen in a crisp, white starched shirt and tailored charcoal suit—possibly
a bright yellow tie. His natural poise and movements would be effortless,
candor ever elegant. He would make you feel as if you were the dignitary, and he
the gracious host, as he walked you through his impeccable retail store.
“Andy Markopoulos was a true professional in every sense of the word.
He was always striving to make sure company management understood the
importance of visual and store design—both often overlooked in the success
of a company or store. He felt that, as an industry, we needed to carry ourselves with the professionalism and respect that we are due. Andy was always
impeccably dressed. I remember the first time I saw him. As a very junior
level person, I didn’t know who he was, but I instantly knew I wanted to be
like him. He had an air about him, very polite and always accommodating.
My career has certainly had its highlights, but none compare to being handselected by Andy to receive the first Markopoulos award. Andy left a lifelong
impression on me and has helped shape my career.”
I share this story (as told to me by Ignaz Gorischek, the very first
Markopoulos Award recipient in 1997) to highlight the character of a man
who was—and remains—an icon in the retail design and visual merchandising industry.
Andrew Markopoulos was the senior vice president of visual merchandising and design for the department store division of Dayton Hudson, before
retiring in 1995. His career also made stop throughs at Gimbel’s and Macy’s
before starting at Dayton Hudson in 1980, and the bevy of today’s industry
icons he touched along the way is quite impressive. He was a mentor in the
truest form of the word. He had the ability to invigorate, inspire and induce
an automatic insatiability to create. Or so I’ve heard. He passed away in 1999,
a few years before my time at DDI began, and I never had the pleasure of
meeting him personally. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had.
We have given an award each of the last 17 years in Andrew Markopoulos’
name, and each year celebrate the incoming recipient on the pages of this
magazine. But, we have not always celebrated the past winners of the award
as loudly or as prominently as we could or should have, a list of names
that reads as a who’s who of the industry. Ignaz Gorischek. Tony Mancini.
Judy Bell. James Mansour. Linda Fargo. Chuck Luckenbill. Simon Doonan.
Christine Belich. James Damian. Michael Cape. Jack Hruska. Alfredo Paredes.
Ralph Pucci. Tom Beebe. Denny Gerdeman. Eric Feigenbaum. And now, as
you’ll read on page 28 of this issue, Joe Feczko.
These are not just names, these are legacies among us. Their work and
mentoring have defined a generation of retail, and their impact on the industry has been immense. Beginning with this issue, we no longer will refer to
them as just the “past winners” of the award. Henceforth, these elite titans of
industry will be known as The Markopoulos Circle, a hall of fame distinction for the retail design and visual merchandising field.
Congratulations to Joe Feczko on achieving his well-deserved place as the
17th member of The Markopoulos Circle. He has certainly earned it.
And if you knew Andy Markopoulos personally, please drop me a line and
tell me about him. Anyone who has had the pleasure of walking through the
old Marshall Field’s on State Street in Chicago during their annual Flower
Show has been touched by the gift this man gave our industry. I have heard
so many wonderful anecdotes and stories about the man he was, and the
stores he created. I am meeting this great man piece by piece, through the
amazing stories that have defined him. And I’d love to hear yours. Let me
know how Andrew Markopoulos affected you. Let’s keep this legacy alive and
well among us.
Alison Embrey Medina
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DDi - April/May 2013
DDi - April/May 2013
Table of Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Tiffany & Co.
Paris Kids Department
Technology & Customer Engagement Section
Big Data Column
Design Leaders 2013
Shopping with Paco
DDi - April/May 2013