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A British Invasion Hits the Vineyard

Hello-Hello, did everyone enjoy a wonderful weekend?

We begin with news about a British invasion; Jack Wills opened its first US store this weekend. The brand’s newest outpost is on Nantucket, with its next store planned for Martha’s Vineyard, and after that, a Boston shop. Below we see the interior of a Wills store in the UK.

Via AndyThornton.com

While not offering the staid, sedate lines one associates with old school British style, many of the younger set are gaga for pieces like these. Below left we show the Loudon Blazer, and on the right, the Tattershall.

We do love the brand’s cardigans; below left, the Boxford Cardie and on the right, the Brendenton Cardigan.

The women’s Otley Classic shirt (L) and Men’s Mattishall shirt (R) are both attractive, although cut very slim. Both are 100% cotton and both come in a broad range of colors.

The retailer has been extremely successful leveraging social media, hiring a number of Brand Ambassadors known as Seasonnaires; this story in the Vineyard Times has more on that phenomenon, or as today’s Financial Times puts it:

“Last year, Jack Wills hired 20 young people to party on the US East Coast while wearing its clothes. Videos of their antics were posted on its website and spread using social media.”

Below we see Ambassadors in Vermont this winter.

Image via Rovers North

It’s been so long since we popped in for a visit, we had forgotten the retailer also offers homegoods, like this Kimmeridge Floor Cushion, and the Tinmouth Cushion.

Also appealing, the Wanswell Mini Torch (flashlight) and the Love Hurts Stobhill Plasters (band aids), both shown in that classic Wills pink and navy stripe we adore.

We would probably describe the brand as somewhere between Rugby and Abercrombie, without Abercrombie’s sleazy and slime factor. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. However, we remain a Wills fan, and also recognize that once again, we are not exactly the target customer.

The company’s Aubin & Wills offshoot is more our speed, this is the line aimed at the ‘post-college’ crowd, launched in 2008. Below, two Kentwell Scarves.

Aubin & Wills Kentwell Scarves

We also like the Edenfield Duffle coat.

Aubin & Wills Duffle Coat

And two outfits by Aubin and Wills for this spring.

Regardless of either branch of the company, we wish them well with their launch.


In today’s Bits and Bytes:

John Aquino/WWD.com

As part of its story on the jeweler’s Madison Avenue store opening, Women’s Wear Daily offered scads of photos, including the one above and these next two, some of the latest in glasses by Mr. Yurman.  (Our previous post on Yurman eyewear may be found here.)

Is it just TP, or is this much, much too matronly for such a young girl? Do tell.


We close with today’s Pretty in Pink from a Princess fave, the Kids’ Castaway in Pink and Green by Sperry, peaking the Cute-o-Meter in the red zone.

On that cheery image we say g’bye until next time!


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David Yurman Sunglasses and 18KT Kids Jewelry? A New AntiPrep is Crowned.

There is soon to be another name in the already crowded designer sunglass market: David Yurman is about to join the fray. The new collection for men and women was introduced at a rooftop launch party this week at Yurman’s Tribeca HQ. Co-designed with his wife Sybil (below right), the glasses come complete with the ‘Yurman signature’. Paper Magazine’s blog reports the following:

I asked Sybil, who co-designed the line, what her vision for the shades were, to which she replied, “It’s jewelry for your eyes.”

Readers will be pleased to note the madras presence at the event (above left), although we don’t really see a ‘preppy personality’ wearing the heavily embellished glasses seen above, do you? Prices for the shades will run from a low of $395 up to $1100; they will be available this fall.

Did you know there is a David Yurman Kid’s Collection? Yes, we discovered this while on the Yurman website. Indeed, there is quite the collection; if you are looking for a child’s gift in Sterling Silver with Gold and want to just scoot ahead, click here. If you are thinking that the little Miss really should have something in 18KT gold, click here. There is a broad range to choose from if you are selecting a gift, including this 18KT Gold Bracelet with Pave Diamonds, available in both Large ($1060) and Small ($990) sizes.

The Princess is flat-out stupefied by all of this.

We didn’t realize jewelry in precious metal and diamonds was now being made and marketed for girls 8 and up. This seems a bit insane – we’re not talking about a Disney charm bracelet, we’re talking about things like this:

From the Cable Kids Collection, 18kt yellow gold and pave diamond bracelet. 4mm cable. Cable Kids jewelry intended for use by children 8 years and older.

However, if one wanted to do matching Mommy-Daughter 18KT Gold bracelets they could, although we must point out the photo of the “Mommy Bracelet” on the right is ‘only’ sterling silver:

Forgive our naïveté, but when did it become necessary or even acceptable for little girls to wear things like this? Have we become too far removed from popular culture in our advancing personal growth years? We recognize and respect that in some cultures jewelry in many forms is worn at an early age, but these items don’t fall into that category. Nor is this about a pair of pearl studs or a sweet sixteen party.

If this were a :10 second tease for a newscast the script would read something like this: “Conspicuous consumption bumps it up a notch – tape at eleven.” Unless corrected by sound logic and even more solid reasoning, we call this such wretched excess we have no alternative but to dub it as our next AntiPrep.

One FYI in the interest of full disclosure, both photos of the Yurman bracelets above are from the Neiman Marcus site as these pictures are larger and better defined. And today’s ‘one last thing’ since we were already at Neiman’s and we are talking about kids and this simply popped up:

Truly, we much prefer leaving you with a bright and sunny child’s disposition in her perky Lilly Pulitzer Tiki dress over leaving you with the wacky remnants of the Princess’s crankenstein rant commentary on children and jewelry. As always, we welcome your thoughts on the topic.

(But honestly, don’t you think that an 8 pr 9 year-old child wearing that sort of thing is just Okay, we simply can’t leave without asking: isn’t this jewelry issue a bit beyond the pale?


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