Target and Hayden-Harnett Love? Also, Nantucket Street Style

Hello and happy day today! We are ever-so-pleased to be back home in the land of the Prepatorium, although the buying spree for the Princess proved to be quite the divine time, and we discovered loads of preppy delights to ease and enhance your life in the upcoming months!

We start today with a ‘scoop’ from Women’s Wear Daily indicating that Target’s next big collaboration will be with handbag company Hayden-Harnett, for an exclusive line due in spring 2009.

Only 3 years old, Hayden-Harnett, is best known for their ‘Havana hobo,’ their most popular bag. The Princess was surprisingly intrigued by their Olga Bowler in canvas.

But we are absolutely enchanted by their exclusive Paule Marrot pieces. Marrot is a well-known textile artist whose work we have long loved. We are especially fond of the Marrot Barrel Cases, perfect for travel, so bright and cheery they’ll perk up even the darkest day.

This is a fabulous group ladies, with handbags, coin purses and other small accessories, leather cuffs like those seen below, and more.

This would probably be a sharp move for both entities, likely generating even more buzz for H2, perhaps around the time they launch their new shoe line which TP predicts will be faboo.

That reminds us, how is everyone liking the Botkier for Target collaboration? Perhaps we should back up a step, instead asking *if* we are liking the results of the collection? The majority of the bags are done in a metallic finish on PVC, or plastic, what TP euphemistically refers to as faux-leather (depending upon its quality). Below we show a Botkier for Target Fuchsia Hobo Bag in PVC plastic, $39.99. Is it us, or does this really look like $39.99?

Not our thing, but then as our very own Miss Muffy Martini points out when commenting on a previous post, different does not = bad, and she couldn’t be any more spot-on. BTW, if this is a group you would like to shop in person, it is available in select Target stores and online until September 14. We’ve not heard loads of recent buzz about the topic and wondered if it might be the victim of the mid-summer, ‘Blah-bleh, yawn, whatever…” layer of inertia that can settle upon consumers.

Speaking of the blahs or the buzz, another Target design collaboration is scheduled to drop this weekend, with the Shaun White 4 Target collection hitting July 27. The group was designed by the skateboarder/snowboarder’s brother Jesse, and it is referred to as “access point skate clothes,” referencing the price points of $10-30 for most pieces.

Known as The Flying Tomato, White is a likable young man, and some of the colorful pieces hold broad-market appeal. But with promotional lines like, “Believe it or not, long sleeves are your friends” we don’t know how enticing this will be to your young gentleman. The collection includes tees, plaid woven shirts and skinny jeans. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to the line.

One last note on Target designer collaborations: the Richard Chai Collection hits August 3. (Above, an image from Target’s print campaign supporting the line.) Did you know Chai was once on People magazine’s list of the 100 Sexiest Men Alive? WE think perhaps 2004, but we cannot vouch

Now on to a far more preppy, and much more Princess look, or group of looks, compliments of Style. Lauryn Levin and Zofia Waig’s recent story for the Style Notes section of the magazine is appropriately entitled The ack Pack. (ACK being the official airport letters.) The duo headed to Nantucket to “document” the street style there and here’s some of what they found:

Melissa in Ralph Lauren

Kamal in Ralph Lauren

Kamal in Ralph Lauren

Marissa in Tocca dress, Charles David shoes

Marissa in Tocca dress, Charles David shoes

And the final photo is Liza in “an eclectic ensemble anchored by Converse boots.”

Heck, go look at all 18 of the photos, you’ll enjoy the mini-respite from whatever it is you are doing online anyway!


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

6 responses to “Target and Hayden-Harnett Love? Also, Nantucket Street Style

  1. I just love the photo “marissa in toco dress.” Such uncluttered chic-ness.

  2. I love that second bag!

  3. Thanks for the comment on my blog that led me here! I am in love with what I’m reading – great stuff 🙂

    Have a great rest of your week!

  4. Love Melissa’s look. I wish I could pull off white pants that well!

    ^ I agree “Marissa in Tocca dress” looks very clean and chic.

  5. I like this Hayden-Harnett Olga Bowler in navy. I can totally see it with a pair of sailor pants and some red, white or blue top. I only wonder if Target’s versions of designer bags are as good as their pictures.

    Laurela Fashion Blog

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