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 shredder — JCPenney’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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
“Popped Collar Pinot” and “Preppy Vines Pinot Noir” are actually new offerings from Preppy Vines Winery.
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!