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Barbie Gets a Goyard!

Hello-Hello and happy first week of March! Yippee-skippee, spring is on its way!

First off we must thank everyone who sent lovely little notes in light of our maudlin and morose post on Friday, that is more than kind of you. We are done moping and moving on to more normal bloggage here at the Prepatorium, beginning with Goyard;  it’s no secret TP loves hers, that is common knowledge.  Now Barbie is celebrating her 50th Birthday Anniversary with her own trunk from the luxury leather-goods maker.

Courtesy Colette

Courtesy Colette

She is also going to be sporting some new duds and accessories.

Courtesy Colette

Courtesy Colette

Über-cool French retailer Colette is celebrating Barbie’s big year with almost a month of special events at its store.  Special window displays, cosmetics by Stila and other goodies await shoppers in honor of the big event.

Courtesy Colette

Courtesy Colette

Also on display, special screen prints created from photographs that designer Karl Lagerfeld shot. A touch of Lagerfeld’s Chanel aesthetic is obvious in many of the looks. A model portrayed Ken for the photos, all of them striking.

Courtesy Colette

Courtesy Colette

And while not a huge Lagerfeld fan, his photos of Barbie and her beau are fun and elegant.

In other Goyard news, are we the only ones on the planet unaware that the legendary luggage-maker opened a store last year specializing in items for our four-legged family members?

Courtesy Goyard via Stiletto.fr
Courtesy Goyard via Stiletto.fr

The shop is located on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, almost directly across from the Goyard Mother Ship, so to speak. C’est magnifique, oui?

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A few SOTTs to share this afternoon:

  • J. Crew announced announced it eliminated almost 100 jobs from its payroll, a result of the economy
  • Nordstrom is planning on lowering its “average price” on merchandise according to a company official speaking to the Heard on the Runway blog

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Speaking of Nordstrom, on Saturday we popped in to see our oh-so-wonderful Bobbi Brown cosmetics doll, Miss Hannah, who is as sweet as they come. Whilst out and about we noticed a few things, like the remarkable diminution in inventory the store is carrying, just as they said would be the case.  And it makes perfect sense IOHO – why be forced to paw through overflowing racks stuffed so full of merchandise one can’t even get a look at the garments for sale? That became more than tedious over the last several years.

And then the most amazing sight of all occurred when we strolled over to L & T (Lord & Taylor), up on the second floor, where we were almost rammed by a woman with one of these…

Except hers had screening or mesh on the sides. You know where this is going, don’t you? Yep.

The careening pet stroller had not one, but two dogs inside.  Those who follow us on Twitter saw us describe them as weaselly little animals when we first mentioned the incident, and we stand by the description. Help The Princess understand here: why must one torment their animals by taking them to a crowded shopping mall on a Saturday?! We are more than baffled by this one, and have no problem placing it in the “It’s Just Not Done” category.  Harrumph.

On that bemused note we say ‘bye until next time!

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Brooks Brothers is Everywhere, Lacoste Collector’s Polo, ‘Prep Rally’

Hello-Hello!

Is the holiday frenzy beginning to hit you? Here at the Prepatorium we are definitely encountering some, oh, let’s call it the Enhanced Stress Syndrome, how does that sound? A little more civilized we think than ‘bug-eyed mad,’ a favorite phrase of the Consort.  Well, to brighten your holiday, before you read the rest of today’s post remember to enter the Preppy Princess Giveaway by leaving a comment today (or on any Princess post for that matter) with a holiday wish. That’s it, and you are entered for more than $60 in goodies from the Preppy Princess!

Brooks Brothers is everywhere it seems, starting with WWD’s story on their 5th Annual fundraising party for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held at the 5th Avenue store.  Below, Gossip Girl stars Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen with Brooks CEO Claudio Del Vecchio.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Also, what Gossip Girl star was seen at DFW over the holiday weekend with his Brooks Brothers shopping bag nearby? As seen in the Editor’s Blog at W magazine (yes, this is the December issue featuring Blake Lively on the cover):

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That is Ed Westwick with Jessica Szohr, shortly after co-star Chace Crawford left the trio to catch his plane.

The very next item in the W Editor’s Blog is “Prep Rally,” featuring an outfit comprised of preppy elements.

Courtesy W

Courtesy W

The pieces shown include an Elizabeth & James cotton sateen blazer from ShopBop (we believe it is called the Lizzy Jacket), as well as Cole Haan loafers and the LL Bean Cotton Sailor shirt.  The pieces are suggested as part of the blog’s Holiday Gift Guide:

“On the gift-giving front, it’s hard to go wrong with classics — especially if they’re the hip takes on preppy looks that we’ve styled together here.”

Speaking of Cole Haan, their online store continues offering an additional 30% off all Sale styles with promo code DECSALE30.

Even HuffPo (the Huffington Post, not one of TP’s regular reads) is featuring Brooks in “Girls, Not Your Father’s Brooks Brothers,” a piece by Kate Schelter.  Ms. Schelter focuses primarily on the blazers, including the Camel Hair:

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Blazer

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Blazer

Ms. Schelter popped into the retailer’s 5th Avenue flagship last week and was surprised by what she found:

“… the garments themselves were hardly the tartan, granny, prudish BB I’d remembered. They were very stylish indeed.”

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Here is a glance at this year’s Lacoste Visionaire Holiday Collector’s polo:

Lacoste Visionaire Collector's Polo
Lacoste Visionaire Collector’s Polo

Musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M. designed the shirt; it is available in a number of colorways. This was part of Visionaire’s 54th issue, honoring Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary, a topic covered fairly extensively by TP in this July post.

Oddly, the official title of the July post mentioned above was “J. Crew Says ‘I’m Sorry’ + Goyard/Lacoste/Visionaire Update.”  We say ‘odd’ in light of J. Crew’s struggles last week. Some readers are happy with the resolution of their shopping issues; La Belette Rouge says:

“The order I placed on Tuesday via the Internets was shipped on Friday. I imagine I will get it on Monday. My anger with them has been resolved by knowing I will be getting my Velvet ecole blazer for under $70.”

It seems from input we are receiving there are more concerned/unhappy/irate shoppers than those whose situations have been resolved in a positive manner; Miss Lisa at Very Busy Mom with 4 tells us:

And quick update on JCrew–still a mess. I was on the phone yesterday because some of my items were oddly cancelled for no reason and yes, still not shipped out.

Guess I am on the phone again 😦

Ouch.

Until next time!

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7 Wacky Things, The Christie’s Goyard Auction

Hello-Hello on a splendid afternoon in The Great Midwest!

Because The Princess was tagged by the Call the Preppies In, you will now be subjected to 7 random facts!

1) Although selected for the Cheerleading squad in high school TP declined because she figure skated 3-6 hours a day.

Alessia Pierdomenico/Reuters

Alessia Pierdomenico/Reuters

2) Our previous dog was a Giant Schnauzer.  Above, this year’s Crufts Best in Show winner, Philippe, a Giant Schnauzer.  Below, our boy Phred; we had him thirteen years. Our current canine is Tilly, a rescued Bulldog, one photo below Phred’s.
Phred le Deux

Phred le Deux

3) My first media job was as a radio host while in college; in my last position I was the General Manager of a CBS affiliate.

Silly Tilly on Patrol

Silly Tilly on Patrol

4) Despite all evidence to the contrary, we really do know how to cook. Kind of.

5) The Palace is about to be swallowed whole by the paper blob, because we read all the time. All. the. time. The list of periodicals we subscribe to is obscene, not to mention the pile of books from the local library.

6) Speaking of….TP has worked on numerous campaigns (issues only, never candidates) including the last two local millage requests for libraries.

7) Fairly early in the television career I was producing a live television special. Shortly after breaking into programming, the primary talent took off his microphone and walked away saying, “I’m out of words.” What followed was not pretty.

We tag Bec’s Bohemia, the Landlocked Mermaid, Mom x 2, Fashion Addict, and Fashion Herald.

This afternoon we once again find ourselves wishing the Concorde were still flitting across the pond, Heathrow to JFK or Dulles, and then back again to Heathrow, or maybe de Gaulle depending upon one’s plans. That way only 3-1/2 hours or so of one’s life were lost to travel time…well, a little more because of customs and whatnot, but nothing like today’s travel trauma.

That would make the upcoming auction of Goyard bags and luggage at Christie’s Paris almost manageable. Almost being the operative word, but still…

This will be the 3rd Annual Auction benefitting cancer research efforts at the Curie Institut in Paris. 21 women from the fashion, sports and movie worlds were asked to customize an item from the Goyard collection.

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Vahina Giocante design for Goyard auction

The notables participating include Elodie Bouchez, Cécile Cassel, Catherine Deneuve, Zoé Felix, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vahina Giocante, Chiara Mastroianni, Helena Noguerra, Linh-Dan Pham, Barbara Schulz, Audrey Tautou and Elsa Zylberstein. Bags will be on exhibit at Goyard on St Honoré.  Sigh. (The bag seen below is from a previous auction.)

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Gossip Guys and Girls, Qee at Target

We probably should have seen this one coming, but it simply never occurred to us. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and other Gossip Girls on magazine covers? Yes.  But Penn Badgely, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick on a cover together? (Below, Blake Lively on this month’s Cosmopolitan.)

And might we just show our fuddy-duddiness by commenting on how TQM (The Queen Mother) would never allow TP to set foot, nay, not even one toe in the house with Cosmo if the headlines were anything like those seen here. Not. Ever.

Perhaps a magazine cover should be dedicated to Ms. Lively and her ‘real-life’ sweetheart, Penn Badgely, seen walking to the Gossip Girl set last week in New York.

Edward Opinaldo/Splash News

Photo: Edward Opinaldo/Splash News

Ms. Lively and co-star Leighton Meester both lent their name to a very good cause, the 8th annual Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Shoe Auction; the fundraiser supports efforts to develop a new test for ovarian cancer. Below, shoes that were up for auction from Ms. Lively, then Ms. Meester. September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

TP is mortified we didn’t run this story previously so anyone interested in bidding could actually do so; we apologize for being a dolt. Below, Ms. Meester doing some charitable work for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Armory on September 20th.

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Target collaborations continue apace; this one is really very cute, at least we find it cute.  Just 2-1/2″ tall, it is a limited edition Qee, the oh-so-cute toy designer toy figure you may already be familiar with. If not, you aren’t alone, and BTW, in the process of discovering Qees we learned the proper pronunciation is “key”.

The one in the photo above as well as below are both the result of a collaboration between TOY2R and Target, and both come equipped with their optional keychain attachment. Hopefully you aren’t overly fond of the little creatures, as unfortunately you can’t have one, and neither can we.

Apparently these were made only for select Target Team Members and unless you know someone… who may know someone… who really does know someone, then it’s unlikely the little creatures will be dangling from your Birkin. (This may be heresy to some, and we do apologize for disturbing anyone’s equilibrium, but TP actually does find this a whimsical accent to a Birkin bag, although we’re not seeing it with our Longchamps or Goyard.)

AP photo/Jason Bronis

AP photo/Jason Bronis

And to all our fellow Americans coping with gas shortages that are being incredibly under-reported, we hear your pain. Ouch! As an FYI, Forbes has a story on it.

The scenes over the past several days in places like Nashville, Tenn., Anniston, Ala., and western North Carolina looked like file footage from 1979 – with bags over empty gas pumps and quarter-mile long lines of cars waiting to fill up at stations that hadn’t run out.

We close on an up note with word that our neighbors to the north will be able to order from Saks.com this holiday season. The retailer has finally made arrangements for shipping to Canada; it is long overdue.

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J. Crew Says “I’m Sorry” + Goyard/Lacoste/Visionaire Update

“Soon?” Really….? It seems The Princess requires a new definition of ‘soon,’ preferably in cybertime, if you don’t mind. As in ‘cybersoon.’ How long would that be for an online retailer? We’ve been waiting an awfully long time it seems, and there’s still no sign of a functional website. We are beginning to feel like collecting our toys and stomping off to another playground. But we won’t, as that would be a completely inappropriate display of bad manners, and also because there aren’t loads of others carrying the merchandise they stock.

However, we won’t bash the giant that is J. Crew pitilessly (oh, and aren’t they happy to hear that good news?!), lest we tempt the e-commerce gods and they seek revenge upon the Preppy Princess, and we don’t want that! We just got ourselves up and running! Another reason not to beat up upon the preppy retailer would come under the heading of “Don’t kick them when they’re down.” and they are decidedly down. As in the site is down. Down. Non-functional. But let’s remember, they have apologized. Repeatedly. We received this in our email:

Unfortunately for J. Crew, national business media are beginning to pay attention to the story, and the blogosphere is beginning to light up like candles on a birthday cake at a senior center. The good folks over at Bloomberg news are on top of things; for their story they interviewed a company flack spokesperson:

J.Crew spokeswoman Margot Fooshee said today in an e-mail without elaborating. “In our eyes, any inconvenience to our customers is unacceptable,” she said.

“As a result, we proactively wanted to address them through an e-mail and on our home page, letting them know that they might experience some delays,” Fooshee said, adding that shoppers were notified the company was trying to fix the problems immediately.

The Bloomberg story does go on to point out that through today J Crew stock has dropped 40% in the last year. Ouch.

Another site covering the story is the Consumerist; they have been the recipient of a number of customer complaints. You can see their story here; if the complaints accompanying the post are even half-truths the company has a huge problem to correct. For minute-by-minute updates, there may be no better source than the JCrewAficionada; a fun site worth a visit regardless of your situation with the company.

Of course, it is easy for us to be gracious as we haven’t tried conducting any online business with the company. We don’t want to appear insensitive to the plight of any shoppers eagerly awaiting their merchandise, or attempting to initiate (let alone conclude) a return, not to mention any bridal parties possibly ensnared in the nightmare. (Let’s not even go there?!) For it does appear to be a nightmare encompassing every logistical process connecting the niche retailer with its customers, be it order input and management, inventory and supply chain controls, shipping, returns, accounting, call center and customer service ops, you name it – somewhere today it seems we have read someone’s accusations against J. Crew for failing on one or all of these levels. In the language TP learned in B school, this is a complete meltdown. Another ouch!

This just in – we checked the site and it seems operational. At least the “Be back soon” sign has disappeared from the virtual front door. The most that one sees related to this issue is the following on the bottom of the home page:

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We’re just going to move along to our next story, an update on our post about the $150,000 Goyard Trunk with all fifty issues of Visionaire magazine inside. You may recall that we briefly mentioned the upcoming issue would honor Lacoste because this is their 75th Anniversary year.

Visionaire Lacoste Issue

Visionaire Lacoste Issue

WWD carried an article about the upcoming issue of the magazine which provides some helpful information:

Each issue, which costs $250, will include three polo shirts from the collection (in small, medium and large) and all 12 images from the contributors, contained in a shiny large, white box that looks more like a suitcase.

Editor Cecilia Dean said Lacoste is sponsoring the fall issue and came up with the idea of taking the pages of Visionaire and printing them on its polos. “There is a total of 4,000 issues,” she said. “It will be available at select Lacoste stores around the world, bookstores and museums shops. This has been a work in progress since 2006 and it turned out even better than I imagined it would.”

We find the price for the magazine surprisingly low, considering what other issues have been priced at, even more so when comparing that $250 magazine cost with the approximate expense for three Lacoste polo shirts. If you assign an approximate value of $80 retail and multiply that by three, the result is $240, just about the price for the magazine. The magazine’s proven value as a collectible combined with the presumed allure of three Limited Edition Lacoste shirts would hypothetically increase the value of those pieces far beyond the $250 cover price for this edition of the magazine. Surprising.

You know, it is possible shoppers are becoming jaded by all of the Limited Edition and Anniversary merchandise out there, it just goes on and on for so many different things…hhhhm. Actually, there is quite a bit of the 75th Anniversary Collection on sale, at least online. For example, the Ladies 75th Anniversary Short Sleeve Exploded Croc Piqué Polo is on sale (below left), as is the Men’s Graphic Logo T-shirt (below right).

Here is a good shot of Coco Rocha on one of the Lacoste polo shirts, compliments of Visionaire. The printing process must have been extraordinarily meticulous, as it looks like the shirt has been hand-painted.

Coco Rochas on Lacoste Shirt

Coco Rochas on Lacoste Shirt

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We move on now to good news from one of TP’s favorite places: Chatham. (Massachusetts, on the Cape.) The town is getting closer to banning chain stores and restaurants from the downtown business district. This is something voters would ultimately decide, but the wheels are turning and we are ever-so-pleased to hear that news. No, we haven’t removed the supersized “C” for capitalism from our tee-shirt; you know The Princess is very much pro-business and we remain that way. We just want some of our communities to retain their charm and ability to do business. Oh. Well. Okay then, I guess we are finished now with this topic. (The Princess Consort just came in and removed the Soapbox!)

Chatham Light

Chatham Light

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The Goyard Visionaire Trunk & The Shocking Pink Chair

Hubba-Hubba and Happy Monday! We hope everyone enjoyed a simply divine weekend, warm and wonderful! Today we start with an early suggestion for your Holiday Gift list: the Goyard Visionaire Trunk.

This one is a beauty, a classic steamer trunk just like the one The Princess took to summer camp every year, although ours was not by Goyard. The price for this Limited Edition (yes, I know, yet another L.E. that we’re writing about in our little preppy blog here) is somewhat more than other trunks from the company, running $150,000. That’s not a typo, this will set you back a bit. But, the beauty of this creation isn’t just the trunk, it’s what the trunk holds: a complete set of Visionaire magazines. Every single issue since the magazine’s inception in 1991. That’s fifty fabulous issues of a magazine that is more than a little unusual.

TP heard about this whilst reading the WSJ‘s online, simply a fabulous story really focusing on Visionaire’s history, basically an explainer about a publication that is almost inexplicable at times. Visionaire is published quarterly, but even single copies of the magazine can have a substantial impact on your pocketbook.

While the Goyard trunk collection will lie out of reach to most collectors, Visionaire’s individual issues are typically priced between $150 and $350.

Visionaire’s collectability, especially of its earliest issues, complicated the editors’ task of gathering ten complete collections to fill the trunks made by Goyard, a French luxury malletier. The customized steamer trunks, assembled by hand, will have shelves and insets specially designed for all 50 issues.

The Journal did another article about the magazine’s collectability back in 1998, and according to that story the magazine was always printed as a limited edition with print runs of 3,500 to 5,000. This has to be one of the best things for The Princess Wish List, don’t you think? Gives Neiman’s a run for their money when compared with the superb items from their Christmas catalog. If you are loving the trunk but aren’t really a reader, certainly not of an avant-garde publication, then Goyard will do the trunk for you as a standalone piece for only $54,000.

We’re fairly confident the upcoming issue will hold appeal for many of you, the theme is Sport and the issue is done in honor of Lacoste’s 75th Anniversary. Each issue will hold a special polo shirt the editors had designed for the event.

This one is a fun read and there is a fabulous photo slide show accompanying the story, all of it well worth a peek if you are so inclined!

Next we look at the sublime creations of Lisa Whatmough at Squint Limited. These are just TDF , and oh-so-fun! What is the preppy connection here? Well, we pondered that as well and decided there are two connections: 1) The shocking pink chair would make a lovely contribution to your preppy furniture collection, and; 2) The design of the pieces could almost be called “upscale silk patchwork that wants to be madras”. Here is the Roxborough, bright and brilliant and perfect for updating that pink room at the house!

We are fond of the Egg Chair with its retro mid-century look, but also because it looks so soft and snuggly.

The Princess Consort says he prefers the Haddon Stool, available in any height or length.

The Chesterfield will make quite the style statement,but not here at the Prepatorium; TSU (The Spousal Unit) has decredd it simply too large and too bright for the home. Harrumph.

Every piece is custom made by hand and Lisa meets with every customer before even starting on these upholstered treasures. If you want to perk up a room, these could be for you. The collection is carried by Barneys New York, although we did not find it online. We believe it is at the flagship store in the city on Madison.

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The Goyard Tote Part 2

Pink Goyard bag from iauction

We have been looking around at some of the ‘sexier’ or hotter bags being carried, at least in terms of ourselves and other Prepaholics, and have become even more convinced that if forced to bypass our standard tote, the Goyard version is near the top of the list as a replacement carry.

Bill Cunningham Goyard story from NY Times

After our initial posting on the divine bag (see photo below), a wonderful little birdie told us about an interesting story in the Times from back in December of 2006, a quick glimpse at the bag’s popularity. It’s one of those fascinating “On the Street” features looking at a specific item or trend and what’s actually happening with it on the street, not what a PR firm or designer tells you is going on. Author and photographer Bill Cunningham (if you don’t read him, you really should think about looking at some of his stories, both online from the paper and also his web pieces designed specifically to air online, *very* cool) noted that the Goyard had become the most popular bag “… on luxury mile, Madison Avenue and 57th Street. Of lacquered linen and cotton, the bags don’t shout status and there are no waiting lists at Goyard…”.

Business Week Luxury Bag story - Goyard pic

After that great tip we did a little looking around and found this intriguing post from Imran Amed at BusinessofFashion.net, (*always* a great place to stop by for fabulous perspective and insight) from April of 2007 that compares the Tory Burch flat and the Goyard bag. But then there is a cautionary story, also from the Times, looking at the simply enormous problem of counterfeit bags, with part of the focus on the Goyard.

Hope this wasn’t too tedious for everyone; I can’t seem to stop myself once I get going!

Photo Credit: Top – unknown, Middle – Bill Cunningham/The New York Times, Last – Business Week

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