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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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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It’s Baaaack – Ultimate Preppy Names

Hello-Hello, and good thoughts hoping everyone is enjoying a splendid day, not too frazzled and frenzied by the holiday crunch.

We start with a holiday greeting from one of the employees here at the Prepatorium, perhaps the hardest working staff member. If you ask her. Frankly, we think she spends more time lounging around than she does testing products, which was part of her job description. (And she promised us she was qualified for this part of the job way back when we hired her to be part of the Princess Team.)

It’s not like it’s a hard job either. This is one of the products we needed her to try out:

Stewart Dog Collar at PreppyPrincess.com

Stewart Dog Collar at PreppyPrincess.com

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Heh-heh-heh. Yep. We are talking about Silly Tilly, the largest lounge lizard this side of the Mississippi. And she just couldn’t turn down the delightful Daisy’s request for a photo op.  Of course, this all started with the Princess Consort’s Giveaway Post.  (Don’t forget to enter! Just leave a comment asking him a question; the drawing is tomorrow night.)

Tilly's Christmas Wish for You

Tilly's Christmas Wish for You

Oh, and those fabulous grosgrain ribbon dog collars?  Miss Tilly is only allowed to wear a harness because of her throat issues, no more collars. (Don’t ask; we’ll just say the most recent surgery involved removing tonsils and trying to help her collapsed trachea. She is our little Bulldog Rescue girl, health issues and all!)

Besides, when it comes to work, this is Miss Tilly’s idea of a hard day at the office.

Tilly at Work

Tilly at Work

And after what Tilly refers to as “The Episode”…..

"Never Again!"

"Never Again!"

… we were advised that she was going on strike.  (Honestly, it was just a little fundraiser put on by Vet students at the The Great Midwestern University nearby.)

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Once again, it is time to break out the Prep-O-Meter; we need to rank some names in terms of their ‘preppiness.’

  • Caldwell Rohrbach
  • Thayer Damm
  • Skyler Hopkins
  • Porter Whitman
  • Wick Kelley

Yes, these are names of real people on Lacrosse teams at real schools. Every year Inside Lacrosse selects the preppiest sounding names, all in good fun, and puts together the Inside Lacrosse Yearbook All-Name Team.

Inside Lacrosse

Inside Lacrosse

As described by the editors:

“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.”

The list is more than entertaining, click here to read all of the names on the 2009 rosters; many just shriek prep, or old school, or WASP.  If thinking about your very own copy of the Inside Lacrosse Yearbook, just click here.

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We have been sharing some of the Inaugural Day sketches submitted by menswear designers for President-elect Obama.  The request for the fashions came from WWD, and they have all been posted on their site as well as the looks, their visions of stylish looks for the next President.

Today a few of the suggestions for accessorizing, starting with Brooks Brothers and their Tie #1 in silk and cashmere:

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

And as seen in the catalog in a different colorway:

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

If you are looking for the tie Ms. Aniston wore on the cover of GQ, that is Brooks’ Black Fleece Triple Guard Stripe Tie in silk and cotton.  (No, we aren’t running the photo.) That tie is actually on sale, now $112.50 from $150.

An offering from Countess Mara:

Countess Mara

Countess Mara Tie

Having visited the Countess Mara site for the first time in forever we must say we find their marketing more than intriguing: “Countess Mara – Be a Gentleman.”

Countess Mara

Countess Mara

The next sketch is from Perry Ellis .

perry-ellis-tie

Perry Ellis

For today’s Argyle Update we offer a Black Fleece Argyle Sweater at Brooks Brothers. One of designer Thom Browne’s better looks, in cashmere with grosgrain trim.  (Quite the bargain too, originally $1000, now $600.)

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

We close with Miss Tilly giving you the look she generally wears:

Merry-Merry, Happy-Happy, & Joyful-Joyful!

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Ultimate Preppy Names & Who Do The Rich Love the Most?

Well, it is a Monday, isn’t it? Yes indeedy, we are off and running.

You have probably heard some ‘preppy’ names over the years. How ado these rank on your Prep-O-Meter? Peaking in the Red Zone?

  • Tucker Merrigan
  • Grayson Connors
  • Ashton Hotchkiss
  • Slade Patterson

We hope so, as they are courtesy of the folks at one of the Inside Lacrosse blogs, and just a few of the names featured in their 2008 Face-Off Yearbook All-Name Team. The story in the blog shares these (and oh-so-many more) after pointing out what many readers have learned from experience: the unique nature of the names bestowed upon the players.

In a comment response, a reader provides some names of female players, including: Cookie Smith and Bailey Andrews. BTW, the original tip for the story came from The Quad, the Times blog on College Sports and always a great source for those of us tracking certain players, teams, etc. .

In other news, Target is officially Number One, even beating Macy’s! Of course, they are #1 in The Princess’s heart (how could you even ask that?), the retailer is also #1 in Luxury Report 2008, topping a list of 12 department stores and mass-discount stores where wealthy consumers shop. This report is part of a new study from Unity Marketing, a niche market research group specializing in consumer habits and spending.

According to the study, almost 55% of wealthy shoppers said they bought merchandise at ‘Le Boutique’ in 2007. Following is some insight on Target’s marketing from Unity’s President, Pam Danziger, followed by the rest of the Top 12 list.

“There’s a viability today in cheap-chic that probably wasn’t there a couple of years ago — retailers like Target are really tapping into designer names,” Danziger said. “Target also attracts the interest of affluent consumers by offering viable products at lower costs.” In addition to offering selections from Liz Lange, Mossimo and Isaac Mizrahi (his contract is up at the end of 2008)…”

2. Macy’s
3. CostCo
4. Nordstrom
5. Wal-mart
6. Kohl’s
7. Sam’s Club
8. J.C. Penney
9. Bloomingdale’s
10. Neiman Marcus
11. Dillard’s
12. Sears

Now some of the data appear, at least to our addled little brains, to be counter-intuitive. Would not Needless Markup Neiman Marcus be much higher in the rankings? Where is Barneys? What about TP’s beloved Saks? Why is Saks not on the list, hunh? What about that, hhmmm?! Well, this is not addressed in the stories’ we’ve read, but it occurs to us that:

#1) The study included discount chains, like CostCo, Sam’s Wal-mart, etc. In fact, only one of the twelve retailers would be considered a true luxury brand: Neiman’s. Nordstrom is almost there, but only 99% or so at least according to industry standards we’ve seen applied previously.

#2) Not knowing the methodology it is tough to speculate (but clearly not all that tough) but methinks the sample used for the survey was not 100% “wealthy shoppers.”

That’s just our two cents on that topic. For now. Grins and giggles!

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