Hello and welcome to a new week.
We begin today with good news for all of our friends in California, the C. Wonder success story continues, the retailer opened its first West Coast store last week.
The new emporium is located in Newport Beach at Fashion Island (natch), yours truly must confess to spending more-than-a-little-time at that particular fashion outpost. (Ahem.) The grand opening looks like it was lots of fun.
At any rate, the brand has been doing well, C. Wonder’s accessories are among some of its best sellers.
And its homegoods have proven popular, both online….
And in-store. (Below we show pillows at the Newport Beach store.)
But apparently the fastest growing category for the company is clothing, more from Rachel Brown’s Women’s Wear Daily story, the piece quotes Christopher Burch, founder of the stores (and yes, former husband of Tory Burch):
“Burch said the surprise of C. Wonder so far has been the resonance of its apparel, and the retailer has responded by increasing the offering. Although apparel was as little as 6 percent of the assortment when C. Wonder started, it has risen to more than 30 percent.”
The Newport Beach shop is just one of many new stores to be opened this year, the retailer plans to open another 5 permanent stores in 2012, as well as a pop-up shop. More on the locations of the new stores from WWD’s story:
C. Wonder’s biggest store, at 8,000 square feet, will open in September at the Time Warner Center in New York. Stores are also slated for Tysons Corner in Fairfax, Va., and Lenox Square in Atlanta in the fall.
We’ve a number of friends who
won’t leave the house without their appreciate the benefits of Spanx undergarments and shapewear. (Is that a word?) The company is opening several free-standing stores showcasing Spanx products, more on the KOG (King of Prussia) store from Philly Mag:
It’s going to be one of three of the company’s very first forays into stand-alone stores, so that’s exciting. No more futzing around on your iPhone when you need a pair and can’t remember which department stores and boutiques around you carry them, and no more crossing your fingers that the location closest to you has the style and size that you need
Other stores will be opening at Tysons Corner and Garden State Plaza. One discovery as a result of going to the Spanx site:
I had nary a clue the company made things for men.
What is it we didn’t understand? Behold, the $999 Hunger Games pin at Target.
More from Racked.com’s story:
It takes some deep pockets to be a hard-core Hunger Games fan these days. How deep? We’re talking $999 for a pin at Target. But not just any pin. The same Mockingjay pin that bedecked Halloween costumes everywhere last year, except this one is 14-karat gold instead of, like, tin foil or whatever.
According to the Hollywood Reporter the pin was to be available starting today; I checked online and didn’t see it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has sold out or it isn’t still available for purchase.
We leave you with a reminder of tomorrow’s Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale, it begins tomorrow (Tuesday, 8/21) at 8am, this is an online only event.
The Lilly blog has a piece about the sale, it notes that for all three days additional ‘flash sale’ items will be offered on the retailer’s Facebook page.
There are other helpful tips in the blog post, including info about non-returnable Final Sale items, the status of merchandise in your shopping cart (items are not held for you, or reserved), and other tidbits.
Another note from the blog, about Signature Stores:
Our Signature family of stores will also be participating with their own Summer sales (online & in-store) so be sure to reach out to your local/favorite Signature Store to see what they have planned as well.
Happy hunting for those so inclined!