Hello-Hello, and welcome to our little corner of insanity, such is the wackiness of a retailer’s holiday season! (Pssst – we love it!)
We begin today with news about Talbots. News that no one here at the Prepatorium can decipher very well, nor can any of the online brain trust we queried. Suffice it to say that:
- Talbots is “merging” with a company called BPW
- Talbots is paying off what they owe Aeon, a Japanese firm
- Trudy Sullivan, the current CEO, is staying on
- big changes are not anticipated
There you have it, with apologies for our inability to apply anything we learned at B-school to the announcement. (To see a full story on the news, click here.)
Next, a look at the uniforms the US Snowboarding Team will be wearing at next winter’s Olympic Games.
The uniforms are made by Burton Snowboards, above we share the men’s style. To us the most amazing part of the look is the Gore-Tex pants made to look like ripped denim. The Times’ Vancouver Olympics blog explains more:
“The uniforms plainly reflected the team’s desire to reconcile the individualism inherent in the sport’s culture with the earnest national pride inherent in the Olympic Games.”
USA Hockey has also unveiled its look for Vancouver.
The new jerseys from Nike may be purchased online.
We are struggling with the Women’s Knit Hat from USA Hockey/Nike.
It must be much cuter when it’s on.
Because there are not enough marketing and sponsorship opportunities with just the Official Opening Ceremony uniforms, Official Closing Ceremony uniforms, official individual sport uniforms, official practice uniforms, official event uniforms, etc., we also have the Official Team USA Medal Stand jackets.
“This ultra-warm jacket is the same style that will be worn by the winners on the medal stand during the 2010 Winter Olympics and features a cozy quilted lining, a filled puffer body, a high neck zip and hood to keep you toasty in winning style!”
Nike is also making these; above we show the Women’s version, but the Men’s is essentially the same.
The vision in the sketches has been transformed into actual apparel:
Even though the Games are months away, the actual uniform pieces are now available to the general public. Below left, the Ladies Long Sleeve Hoodie, and on the right, the Fleece Mock Neck for Ladies.
All of these pieces are available at the Team USA online shop.
Because we are due at a meeting, we must cut this short. Trust the Princess when we say we have barely scratched the surface of this topic.