NFTs become physical experiences as brands offer in-store minting

Over the past year, nonfungible tokens have been a major hit in the global market. CryptoKitties were the first digital collectibles. They have evolved to be famous pieces of art and digitized music for the Metaverse.

Security.org’s recent research found that NFT ownership increased by 2.6 million to 9.3 million over the past year. This is despite the crypto bear market. According to the report, while most Americans aren’t ready to buy NFTs right now, 16.3 million potential customers will likely purchase nonfungible tokens within the next 12 months.

Consumers feel NFTs when they use IRL mints

It shouldn’t surprise that some retailers and brands have begun to include nonfungible tokens in their product offerings, given the potential of NFTs. This has been demonstrated by brands that bridge physical goods to digital NFTs. However, a few retailers are now incorporating NFT tech into their physical stores.

This was demonstrated recently by Salvatore Ferragamo, a luxury Italian brand. The new concept store by Ferragamo opened in New York’s Soho neighbourhood on June 24, 2022. This was the same day that NFT NYC ended. Although the Ferragamo store at 63 Greene Street looks ordinary from the outside, once inside consumers can experience Web3 firsthand through immersive shopping features.

Cointelegraph was told by Daniella Vitale (CEO of Ferragamo North America) that the Soho store combines technology and the world of luxury. The Soho location will feature an NFT installation as well as a custom hologram sneaker programme. She stated:

“NFTs are a hot topic. We wanted to give people the opportunity to actually create their own NFTs. While we hope to attract new customers who are familiar with Web3, this is also about allowing our existing customers to become part of this community. This will be a great success, I believe.”

Vitale said that Ferragamo’s NFT-equipped store — created in partnership by digital artist Shxpir (pronounced as Shakespeare the English poet and playwright) — was the first of its kind.

“We didn’t want our Soho shop to be static. We wanted it to have a technological angle. She explained that the NFT booth was integrated into the store design to enhance the shopping experience. Vitale said that these immersive features will allow customers to discover Web3 technology, rather than being intimidated by it.

Ferragamo’s Soho store installs NFT. Source: Ferragamo

Cointelegraph was told by De-Yan, a representative of the multidisciplinary studio — which collaborated with Ferragamo to create the installations — that customers don’t have to pay anything for a Ferragamo NFT.

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Ferragamo will pay all Ether gas fees for transfers. This will be Ferragamo’s first NFT. The NFT installation will continue, but the store has limited the initial collection to 256 NFTs. He said that there are 972 combinations of NFTs, but that only 256 can be made at the moment.

NFT touch screen in Soho Ferragamo shop. Source: Cointelegraph

He explained that the minting process is completely immersive. The NFT installation is enclosed within a mirrored room so customers can see the entire NFT from every angle.

He said that customers can customize their NFTs and then be able to record a video with the NFT to share it on social media. Customers are then sent an email asking for their wallet address. He explained that the NFT was sent to customers’ Ethereum addresses and will be visible in their OpenSea accounts a day later.

Ferragamo NFT featuring digital artwork by Shxpir. Source: Shxpir & Ferragamo

Ferragamo is a luxury fashion brand that offered in-store NFT minting. However, Doodles media and entertainment brand Web3 provided a similar service to its customers. Doodles created an offsite house for fans during NFT NYC 2022. This allowed them to view Doodles’ artwork, mint new NFT drops and buy exclusive merchandise such as sweatshirts and T-shirts. Julian Holguin, chief operating office at Doodles, stated to Cointelegraph that the Doodles house was created to help people experience everything in real-life. He stated:

“We just announced the presale of our second NFT Drop, which is exactly what is happening here. People are coming to physically mint the ‘Genesis Box’, which is a box containing rare wearables. To reserve their spot in the mint, people can purchase a wearable at a fixed price today.

Installation of NFT at Doodles House during NFT NYC. Source: Doodles

Since its launch in October 2021, Doodles NFT has generated approximately $500 million in secondary sales. Holguin, who is one of over 6,000 Doodles’ owners explained that minting should be fun and joyful. This is the brand’s purpose. “I believe people feel emotions when they can touch and feel objects. He said that they can then feel those emotions online.”

The Ferragamo NFT installation was similar to the Doodles House at NFT NYC. Guests could use the machine to make their Genesis Box NFT reservations. A golden card that looked like a credit card was dedeposited from the machine after completion. Guests could keep it as a keepsake. The gas fees cost approximately $127 and can be paid with a credit card.

NFTs are vital to our daily lives

John Crain, the co-founder and CEO at SuperRare, a digital marketplace that was launched in 2018, said to Cointelegraph, “Having a physical gallery associated with NFTs offers a great opportunity both for crypto-natives as well as those who are curious about NFTs.” SuperRare’s first physical art gallery was opened in May in New York’s Soho neighbourhood. Crain stated:

People see headlines about celebrities purchasing Bored Apes. This is exciting. But at the same moment, there is a cultural revival happening where independent artists are empowered by this technology. This is difficult to see, so it’s important that there’s a physical gallery for the community to view the art and meet the curators.

Crain stated that the SuperRare gallery will remain open in Soho until the end of August. There is the possibility of expanding or extending the gallery to other cities. We are holding different exhibitions every other week, which is a great way of building community and adding context to the art being displayed. He noted that this is difficult to achieve from a digital experience.

Physical card generated at the Doodles House by the NFT installation. Source: Doodles

De-Yan’s representative said that he believes technology and customization will be key to the success of the retail sector in future. He stated:

“Ferragamo chose a specific approach that we believe is a good starting point. It wouldn’t surprise me if other brands follow our example. This is the fun part of the NFT space. While most people think of NFTs as images or videos right now, there is an entire physical and application layer.

Although it could be revolutionary to bring digital NFTs into physical spaces, it is important to highlight the obstacles that might hinder adoption. In-store mints can be interactive and fun, but it may prove difficult for people who are not familiar with crypto, particularly those of older generations.

The Soho SuperRare gallery. Source: Cointelegraph

Security.org found that people between 25 and 34 years old were more likely than those in older or younger generations to buy NFTs within the next 12 month. Research also showed that NFTs are more popular with men than women over the next year.

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Fashion brands such as Ferragamo might have trouble getting NFTs for their customers. De-Yan’s representative stated that Ferragamo has provided instructions on how to get started with NFTs in order to stop this happening. “MetaMask may be the easiest method. Ferragamo also initiates the transfer. Customers only need a wallet address to do so, he stated.

Ferragamo paying gas fees is certainly appealing. Security.org found that NFTs continue to face a major problem due to the high cost of minting. Vitale pointed out that customers will not be discouraged from creating Ferragamo NFTs despite the crypto bear market. She said that paying gas fees is an important gesture in times like these.

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