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CK Bradley’s Latest, Those Prep School Lacrosse Names, & Preppy Wine

Hello-Hello, happy Monday-before-Christmas!

The crush of business and volunteer commitments prompt us to do yet another one of these dual posts that shall have to suffice for both today and tomorrow (Tuesday), we are just crazy busy right now. (And guessing most of our cherished readers are as well, it is that time of year.)

We have loads of little tidbits and treasures, beginning with a look at some of the Fashion Business Faux Pas in 2010, at least as determined by BNET (the CBS site).  A few include companies with a preppish bent, here is a sampling:

  • “Talbots’ flagging effort to dump the frump -– The women’s apparel chain squeezed out a profit in the last quarter, but it’s scarcely out of the woods. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to see the light of a real sales boost any time soon, even with a profusion of trendy leopard prints. Talbots needs to get an infusion of original designs and a new merchandising scheme in place -– fast.”
  • “Ralph Lauren’s little brand-equity shredderJCPenney’s (JCP) management sipped too much of Ralph Lauren’s (RL) red-white-and-blue Kool-Aid. Indeed, the retailer’s agreement with the designer (which came with a hefty $1 billion sales tag) stipulated that any unsold apparel and home furnishings with labels and logos that could not be removed without damaging the merchandise had to be destroyed. Though it’s fairly common practice among retailers with overstock to ship the goods en masse to the bargain bins of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (TJX) -– the destruction clause is surprising (not to mention tacky) coming from the always-impeccable Lauren.”

Ouch. To read Lydia Dishman’s story in its entirety, click here.


Next, a look at what CK Bradley has been up to since closing down her eponymous accessory company.

CK Bradley

As she hinted earlier this year, the talented designer is now making skiwear with a new line called Après by CK Bradley. Below, hats from the collection, they are hand-knit in Vermont.

Apres by CK Bradley

More pictures of the new styles.

Bibs will run $450 and the jackets are going to be $550, those wonderful hats, $65.

The line is officially launching in January, but items can be pre-ordered by emailing ckbradley13@gmail.com.  Click here to see the Facebook page for the line if inclined to learn more. (This definitely brings back memories of our first trip down Vail Mountain, it seems forever ago!)


Also today, we get to indulge in one of our favorite annual rituals: sharing the Inside Lacrosse All-Name Team. Every year the publication goes over rosters of actual lax players at schools across the country, selecting those with the preppiest sounding names for inclusion on the All-Name teams, published in the magazine’s Face-Off Yearbook.

Last year’s post on the topic better explains the practice:

“Lacrosse has long been known for its prep school roots. And while that changes and diversifies rapidly every year, it still crops up in some of the 1,000-plus names that appear in IL’s Face-Off Yearbook.”

Here is a sampling of the players selected this year:

  • Baxter Lanius IV, Defense, Lehigh
  • Brewster Knowlton, Goalie, WNEC
  • Remington Steele, Goalie, Limestone
  • Seabrooke Carter, Attack, Florida Southern

As you can see from looking at some of those names, the Prep-O-Meter is almost peaking in the red zone.  We love the photo illustration accompanying the story.

Matt Cain/Inside Lacrosse

But here is the best part about this year’s update: editor-in-chief John Jiloty tells us they have added a Women’s All-Name team. How about these names?

  • Fielding Kidd, Defense, Yale
  • Beasley Hays, Midfield, Colgate
  • Sheehan Mulholland, Attack, Niagara,
  • Kearney Sneath, Midfield, Quinnipiac
  • Seton Hartnett, Attack, Holy Cross
  • Kirby Mundorf, Goalie, Monmouth

Call us crazy, but the Women’s All-Name team is much deeper than the Men’s, and shows much stronger bench strength than the Men’s, no doubt about it.

Again, it is all in good-spirited fun, as explained by Mr. Jiloty:

“As with every All-Name Team, I feel required to post the obligatory line about how this is all in good fun, and we’re just playing around with a funny, tired lacrosse stereotype.

Please take no offense at inclusion on this team. Wear it like a badge of honor … on your Vineyard Vines blazer.”

Both the magazine and the Yearbook may be purchased online, click here for more info.  Of course, if ever looking for gifts for your favorite lax player, our Personalized Lacrosse plates are always fun, and the lacrosse ribbon in our Custom Belts continues to be a hot seller.


We leave you with something we learned about from the always-on-top-of-things Meg over at The Preppy Life.

Preppy Vines via The Preppy Life

Popped Collar Pinot” and “Preppy Vines Pinot Noir” are actually new offerings from Preppy Vines Winery.

Preppy Vines

The wine may be ordered online, if interested in a discount code for the pinot or pinot noir, pop over to the Preppy Life and read Meg’s post. To learn more about the wine visit Preppy Vines, or chat with them via their Twitter link or their FB page.


We leave you with this seasonal image of Silly Tilly, she was feeling festive over the weekend and got into the computer in a desperate attempt to elf herself.

Sadly, there was some sort of operator error technical malfunction. There is no dancing Tilly video to share. We shall persevere in our efforts to create such a thing.

With that, g’bye until next time!



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Burberry’s Biker Looks for Next Spring, Goodbye to a Prep Favorite

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a wonderful Monday here at the Prepatorium.

Why is it such a fab day? Because The Consort went we dispatched the IT department to retrieve The Consort’s computer; it is home again, back in its proper place and humming away.  Even happier? One tubby big-boned bulldog.


Silly Tilly is no longer living under a cloud of suspicion, vindicated after being wrongly accused of somehow breaking the computer.

And we’re also happy campers, back after a refreshing little trip away from the Palace. We were blessed to spend time with relatives at their idyllic ‘cabin’ nestled away in a serene setting here in The Great Midwest.  Waited on hand and foot, we blissed out with a panoply of sunshine, college football and delicious meals.

Now, some might feel the exterior decor detracted from things.


But we like to think of ourselves as broad thinkers, entirely capable of supporting the scarlet and gray. For a day. (Heh, heh, heh.)


Back to bloggy business, prior to the great mac meltdown we spoke about sharing some of Burberry’s spring 2011 styles from London Fashion Week. Hopefully the topic doesn’t strike you as a moldy oldie, as we begin with a look at some of the faces seated in the Front Row. (Indeed, some outlets now capitalize this moniker.)

Alastair Grant/AP

You may recognize some or all of the celebrities: Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Serena Williams, Britain’s Andy Murray.  Below we see Anna Wintour and another photo of Ms. Williams.

Let’s get to the actual accessories and apparel.

Referred to by many trade publications as Biker Chic, next spring’s collection featured lots of leather, snakeskin, super high heels and studs.

Handbags for next spring.

From WWD’s story on the collection:

“Christopher Bailey roared into new territory with an homage to motorcycle gear in its most luxe iteration. Burberry’s chief creative officer swapped fall’s shearling aviator jackets and sharp, buttoned-up military coats for a tougher, tighter-fitting silhouette in the stylish spirit of James Dean.”

Here is a closer look at one of the styles.

Catwalking via Daily Mail

A tighter shot shows the quilting in the pants, and how high the heels really are.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Another look at some of the handbags.

Giovanni Gionanni/WWD

There were bright pops of color amid the black, deep navy and brown.

But the majority of styles included tougher, dark looks.

More from the WWD review (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription required):

“And while this was one turbo-powered collection, Bailey skidded, at times, into dangerous territory. The biker jackets paved with spikes and studs were overwrought, and there was nothing elegant or fresh about those flashes of python on trousers, dresses, and jackets.”

Sadly, the heels proved to be too high for one model on the runway.

Via The Cut

In an unusual move, but one that could become the norm, Burberry is offering some of the Spring 2011 coats and bags for sale now. As most treasured readers know, the span of time between runway show and actual purchasing possibilities is usually months, not days.


A few notes on the early selling: these orders will not be shipped for seven weeks, and the opportunity to purchase the spring pieces ends tomorrow night, the 28th.


We have news on the Lilly Pulitzer Fall Warehouse Sale, the dates have been announced as Nov. 19 (7a-8p) and Nov. 20 (8a-4p) the Valley Forge Convention Center. We want to publicly thank the ladies running the Re-Lilly Facebook group for the info. BTW, this group is definitely the place to be if thinking about re-purposing any of your Lilly items, from clothing to stationery to bedding, or finding info on pattern names, inquiring about sizing on specific items, etc.


A sad piece of news today, CK Bradley is closing.

CK Bradley

This is a Princess fave, an outstanding company started by Camilla Bradley when she was a student at Trinity, then grown into into a solid prep favorite with stores in the city and Newport. The New York store closed last year, and the Newport store will also be closing in the next month.  It’s possible we’ll be able to enjoy the designer’s talents in the future, Summer is a Verb mentions that Ms. Bradley is looking at doing a ski line.


We leave you with a Pretty in Pink and Green.

Via Flirtbuttons on Etsy

The Whale Pendant is handmade by Flirtbuttons.

On that perky image, we say Thank You for all of your patience with our technology challenges, and g’bye until next time!


  • Giovanni Giannoni/WWD
  • Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for Burberry
  • Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberr/
  • Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters


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