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French Preppy Style (?) and Other Collaboration Updates

Hello, and welcome to a new week, we are blessed with another bright and beautiful day.

We begin with a quick look at J. Crew’s new capsule collection from Joseph Altuzarra, described by Crew as being inspired by “Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez and French preppy style.” Here we see the designer with a model wearing pieces from the new line.

J. Crew Courtesy Photos via The NY Times

The collection launched online last week, today it arrives in stores, the Times’ T magazine has more on the collaboration:

This week, the preppy-classic brand introduced its latest combined effort––a seven-piece capsule from the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra that includes a list of closet staples like denim bottoms, cashmere sweaters and crisp, gingham shirts ($85-$345).

The Patricia Dress is $145.

Joesph Altuzarra Facebook

Eric Wilson’s story in the Times offers this perspective:

It’s perhaps preppier than what you might expect from Mr. Altuzarra, based on his three-year-old label, but it’s certainly a French version of preppy. And, in a way, it’s a logical expression of the styles of both Mr. Altuzarra, who was raised in Paris, and J. Crew.

The Sabrina Dress is done in Thomas Mason® gingham, it is available in both dusty blue, shown in the first photo above, and navy, $228.

J. Crew

Also from the collection, the Odette Blouse, it comes in pink, navy and dusty blue, $228.

Joseph Altuzarra Facebook

In this photo we see the Manon Skirt, offered in Shadowy Blue and White, $168; also from the collection, the Corrine Espradrilles, they are available in Maraschino Cherry and Apricot Mist, $345 (ahem).

J. Crew/Joseph Altuzarra Facebook

There is a lot to like with the collaborative effort, although some prices are skewed to the higher end of the scale.


Also today, two more brands that joined forces, Finnish textile house Marimekko and US sneaker manufacturer Converse.

Via Coolhunting

Full disclosure: yours truly is a little gaga when it comes to Marimekko, having been fortunate enough to be exposed to the fun fabrics as a wee prep, way back when. In the Dark Ages. You know.


There are seven styles of Chuck Taylors and four pair of Jack Purcells in the vibrant prints, they are an awful lot of fun.


One last collection launch to share today, another with somewhat preppish lines.


These are styles from the Keds for Opening Ceremony line, more from the Keds’ website:

“…for the first time, our happy heritage goes head-to-toe, with the debut of Keds clothing for She and He. It’s feel-good-style- for life, play, and the passionate pursuit of happiness.”


Some of them look eminently wearable.

Keds for Opening Ceremony

This is one we wouldn’t mind seeing in person. Sadly, Opening Ceremony only has US stores in New York and Los Angeles at the moment.  Sigh.


Filed under Collaborations, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion

Keds Clothing Line, About That Online Shopping At Work

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone is eager to embrace the promise of the holiday.

As one might expect, today’s post is brief.  We have a few new recipes to turn into colossal kitchen failures start on a little later, we imagine almost everyone else is in similar circumstances.  So we’ll jump right in with a look at the new clothing line from Keds.

Kyle Ericksen/WWD

The sneaker manufacturer is doing a collaboration with Opening Ceremony, a wonderful retailer.  The line launches this Friday, here is more from Women’s Wear Daily:

The men’s and women’s clothes are pretty much what one would expect from a nearly century-old American brand that specializes in canvas sneakers — basic, understated and faintly preppy.

Prices will run between $48 – $400, and the new collection will be available online. Our favorite thing about the story has nothing to do with the clothing line at all, it is this factoid in the WWD article:

In 1887, the term “sneaker” first appeared in print to describe Boston school children’s tennis shoes. But, it was a 1917 Keds ad that referenced how sneakers allowed wearers to sneak up on unsuspecting friends that helped make the word part of the public’s vernacular.

Today’s fun fact. 🙂


Next, something rather topical, a story about companies cracking down on employees who spend time on shopping sites while at work. The Los Angeles Times technology blog has more:

A recent survey by Robert Half Technology… found that 60% of more than 1,400 chief information officers interviewed said their companies block access to online shopping sites — up from 48% last year.  And an additional 23% of CIOs said that although their companies do allow access to shopping sites, they monitor employees for excessive use.

With websites looking like this….

Macys.com via WWD

And this….

JC Penney/JCP.com

The lure may be overwhelming for some employees; a good reason to avoid the temptation is found in that Times’ blog post:

If you work for a company of a fairly substantial size, you should assume that your company is either tracking your every move online, or at least has that capability.

“Rest assured that everything you click on is being watched,” he said.  “So don’t be surprised if you get a note from HR that says we notice you’ve been on a certain site a lot. They can track your every move.



We leave you with a Thanksgiving smile from our girl. (She worries this angle makes her look…. well, rotund.)

Silly Tilly

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and laughter.


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