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Brooks Brothers Outlet Will Be Online, That Maybelline Great Lash Lilly Pulitzer Connection

Hello-Hello, it is good to be back in action following a little market trip to Chicago. (Yes, we have new things we will be introducing to the shop, pictures and info to come shortly!)

As is so often the case this summer, the time needed to deal with business mandates a shorter visit today. (Perhaps this is the new normal here at the Prepatorium…?) We begin with big news for bargain hunters: you may not need to drive to the outlet mall anymore… kinda’ sorta’.

An online outlet mall is opening next month with many of the stores currently seen at brick and mortar factory outlets, offering the same merchandise found at existing outlet stores.  Women’s Wear Daily has the exclusive story today.

“EBay Fashion Outlet will operate round the clock and year-round, sell women’s and men’s apparel, handbags and shoes generally at 20 to 60 percent off the retail price, and will primarily target 25- to 44-year-old women.

Readers will recognize many of the brands participating in the new endeavor, like Neiman Marcus’ Last Call. Other names are new to the online factory outlet trend, like Brooks Brothers. More from WWD’s exclusive story:

For Brooks Bros., eBay marks an outlet launch online. “We are very interested in significantly upgrading our direct business and making a number of investments in people and platforms,” said Ken Seiff, the founder of Bluefly.com, who is advising Brooks Bros. on its multichannel strategy.

There are already eBay outlet malls for eBay UK and eBay Germany; as one might expect, the pages look much like standard eBay sites.

eBay UK Outlet Mall

There is also discussion that some of the brands currently being sold on the eBay UK outlet may also be available on the US outlet site. Yours truly would love to see some of those brands available here, LK Bennett, Karen Millen, and Ted Baker would be near the top of our list.  According to David Moin’s story, shoppers may be able to click links to the outlet right on the retailers’ own sites.

This is an interesting development, one we’ll keep an eye on, especially in terms of what other stores join the endeavor.

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A few quick tidbits, the first about a new book, at least one we weren’t familiar with, LL Bean The Man and His Company. Your faithful scribe wasn’t completely familiar with how Leon Bean originally started selling his products:

Orphaned in his teens, Bean started selling a boot of his own devising by way of a three-page mailer sent to holders of Maine hunting licenses. Over time, he added things like a field coat, a chamois shirt and a canvas boat bag to his mail-order inventory. All still available—along with much, much more.

The Journal carried a review of the book this morning, thus our interest in it; the book looks at how the company has managed to not just survive, but thrive.

“The company has handily outlasted not only other independent camping suppliers like Eddie Bauer—who built an empire on a down jacket and went through several incarnations before and after bankruptcy—but also later haute-preppy catalogers like Land’s End, which has twice gone through bankruptcy.

The book is available at Amazon for about $14.

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Our other morsel involves another classic brand, although one not quite as quite as old as LL Bean.

Maybelline

Maybelline’s Great Lash is celebrating its 40th Birthday, we didn’t realize the original pink and green packaging was inspired by none other than Lilly Pulitzer.  Here is more from a HAPPI story (Household and Personal Products Industry) about the mascara:

“Great Lash’s history is rooted in fashion. In 1971, Lilly Pulitzer, a then up-and-coming designer known for her bright and cheery fabrics, inspired Great Lash’s legendary pink and green tube. The unique color palette has become instantly recognizable and the symbol of an American beauty icon.

Color me clueless about that aspect of the brand, what a fun little sidebar.  In honor of the anniversary three special packaging designs are being released at Target, they were created by(left to right) Tracey Reese, Max Azria and Vivienne Tam.

Maybelline

We’ll make that our Pretty in Pink and Green for today. While not our more standard fare, it’s an iconic brand and we’re happy the product is still around.

On that note, goodbye until next time!

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Dressing for Dinner with Tory, Vuitton’s Creatures, Has Kate Designed her own Dress?!?

Hello-Hello, welcome to a new week.

We begin with a little party-hopping, Tory Burch was honored at last week’s “Dinner with a Designer” gala, put on by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).

John Shearer/Getty Images via WWD.com

We were intrigued by what the folks at The Fashion Lovers said about how guests were dressed:

“In a night where everyone dressed a little too casual for my taste, it was nice to see some stars dressed up a bit.”

Below, Haillee Steinfeld (l) and Eva Amurri (r), both wearing Tory Burch.

John Shearer/Getty Images via WWD

Other stars on hand, Teresa Palmer, Michelle Monaghan and Kristin Davis, all three ladies are also dressed in pieces by the designer.

PHOTOS: John Shearer/Getty Images via WWD.com

We’re guessing singer Eliza Doolittle may be one of those underdressed individuals being referenced in the quote above.

John Shearer/Getty Images via WWD

It is difficult to grasp why anyone would arrive at a party attired this way.

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A few very brief updates on the Kate Middleton wedding dress front, the rumors and speculation are now flying at a fast and furious clip.

  • Over the weekend Yvonne Yorke wrote “exclusively!” in a HuffPo post that the designer is Sophie Cranston of Libélula, some readers may recognize the Dulwich coat from that label as worn earlier this year by Miss Middleton.

    FAME via The Huffington Post

  • One peril of suddenly achieving notoriety on a global scale, the traffic can crash your website.

Via Libélula

  • The Daily Mail then breathlessly reported another version of the story:

“Kate designs her own dress: It’s ivory satin and lace with pearl buttons a 10ft train and a ‘nod’ to Lady Diana”

We’re guessing that before we hit publish on this post there will be many more headlines on the topic, it is all becoming very entertaining to watch from afar. (For our two cents on the designer’s wedding gowns, click here to visit sister site What Kate Wore.)

One other note, this one on a footwear line favored by Kate Middleton that we also happen to like, Women’s Wear Daily reports that LK Bennett is entering the US market.

PHOTO: Robert Mitra/WWD

The line will be available this fall at Bloomingdale’s and other upscale shops, as well as two LK Bennett boutiques.

Again, not everyone is interested in the event and all of the hoopla surrounding it. In fact, Page Six reports that NBC is scaling back some of its coverage of the event:

“NBC Universal has cut a number of pretaped segments from its “aggressive and comprehensive coverage” of the royal wedding because insiders fear Prince William and Kate Middleton are “too boring,” according to sources.

“But sources told us worries over viewer fatigue resulted in a decision to cut up to half of the pretaped footage. “They’re allotting fewer resources to it because they’re afraid it’s not going to rate well,” said one.”

According to the paper NBC denies they are cutting back on coverage.

Last week we mentioned a gift popular among those not-quite-so-interested in the goings-on:

Via Sorry But...

We have good news for stateside readers interested in the mugs, they are now available internationally.

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We also have quick word about what is being called a “True Prep” sale at online “members only” site Gilt Groupe. The sale is described this way:

“A preppy look is always spot-on for spring—think elegant lawn parties and trips around the Cape—and in this sale you’ll find pieces that go way beyond basic polo. Stock up on buttoned-up basics like cute cardigans and madras dresses, plus an array of pants, skirts, and trenches.”

Below, some of the images accompanying the promotional information (we don’t recognize *any* of the three styles shown).

Via Gilt.com

Frequent readers know we are more-than-underwhelmed by promotion touting the “members-only” aspect of the flash-sale sites, as anyone can join. (If in need of an invitation just click here.)

However, Gilt has previously offered decent discounts, so it is likely we’ll take a peek at what is offered; the sale opens (in a virtual sense) online at midnight tonight (12:01am Tuesday to be more precise).  Gilt is also offering $5.95 shipping on all orders through the 21st, nothing to scoff at IOHO. (They are currently running a Shoshanna sale, another line we are rather fond of here at The Prepatorium.)

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We leave you with a few amazing creations from Louis Vuitton.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The ‘creatures’ are all made of small Vuitton leather goods, created at the company’s request by UK artist Billie Achilleos.  Above and below, the “Grasshopper.”

Via "If Its Hip Its Here"

The Chameleon.

Via If Its Hip Its Here

The armadillo.

Via If Its Hip Its Here

A very different use for the usual offerings from the luxury leather goods company.

Goodbye until next time!

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