It’s a Walk in Progress

July 8, 2013 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

Lorenzo Fluxa was faced with a problem.

Although his shoe store in Barcelona was doing well, he couldn’t afford to acquire a new store without it turning a profit, pretty much immediately.

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A typical redesign, refit and decoration of a shop would take several weeks. Time which Lorenzo couldn’t afford.

Lorenzo decided to be honest with his customers and tell them that he couldn’t afford to be closed for this period of time, and simply do the best he could with the money he had.

This meant having a couple of recycled tables for all his shoes, and a wall on which his customers could write and leave their thoughts.

The opening of Lorenzo’s second store was simple, quick and inexpensive. But what would his customers think? Would he actually have any customers?

The messages on the walls showed that Lorenzo’s customers valued his honesty, transparency and vulnerability and that they preferred the rustic looking store to his original store.

And so the “Walk in Progress” concept was born.

Today, Camper shoes have over 300 stores in 30 countries.

It’s amazing how far a little authenticity will go.

Humour

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Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach. www.sunilbali.com

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