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eBay’s Designer Outlet Opens and Eau de Prep….?

Hello-Hello, happy Tuesday!

Once again we are ridiculously overcommitted have a few volunteer obligations the next few days, so this is really more of ‘TuWednesday’ post covering both today and tomorrow.

We begin with an update on a topic previously covered here, the new eBay Fashion Outlet Mall, promising designer duds for less.  Brands taking part in the new mall that may be of interest to our crowd include Brooks Brothers, Hanes, Elaine Turner, Hanky Panky, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Hickey Freeman.  eBay claims almost 200 other brands however (more on that number later), most of them ‘household names,’ from off-price department stores like Neiman Marcus Last Call to run of the mill retailers like Elie Tahari, Bruno Magli, Fossil and Hush Puppies.

From today’s Women’s Wear Daily story about the endeavor.

Some items are made exclusively for the outlet, and the made-for-outlet items reflect competitive pricing that is typically not further discounted. Additional discounts on all items, include MFO items, might be available during promotional periods.

(MFO is Made for the Outlet.) Here is how the home page looks.

eBay Fashion Outlet

From what we could tell the majority of brands are remaining consistent in their logo and overall look, this is the same image one sees if shopping a Brooks Brothers outlet.

Brooks Brother eBay Fashion Outlet

We decided to do a little shopping, starting with a Princess fave, Brooks Brothers. As of this writing its eBay outlet is sparsely populated, but that will change.

eBay

In fact, Brooks Brothers tells us they plan to add the full assortment of their 346 line, including children’s *and* women’s styles, really outstanding news for BB customers, especially those for whom there is no nearby outlet.

We also checked out Bobby Jones, it also offers only men’s merchandise.

At the Calvin Klein storefront there is an abundance of merchandise, including loads of items in the home goods section, 376 in that category to be precise.

Calvin Klein

Whether or not the pricing is in line with outlet pricing is an unknown, at least for this merchant, it has been ages since we looked at Calvin Klein, an oddity as we very much like this brand.

Pricing is easier for your truly to track at the Lacoste store, with only three items on the site at this point.

Lacoste

We looked at the Stealth Space Collection High-Top, $80.50 at the eBay Lacoste outlet. Here is what we discovered when comparing the price at other sources:

  • Neiman Marcus Last Call” $80.50 (regular site, not eBay)
  • Pick Your Shoes: $119.99
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The pricing does appear quite favorable at Canterbury New Zealand, the Placement Stripe polo shirt is $70 at its online store, $21 at the outlet. The two look identical, no?

'Regular Site' (L) / eBay Outlet (R)

That also is the case for CNZ’s woven shirts, its Sean Long-sleeve Shirt is $98 online, but only $19.50 at the eBay Factory Outlet.

In looking at some of the women’s shoes there also seem to be savings. The Delman Sacha shoe at ‘regular’ online merchants is $249.95 (at Shoe Buy), but only $116 at the Delman eBay Outlet. Below left we show the Shoe Buy image and the Outlet image is on the right.

Shoe Buy (L)/Delman eBay Outlet

Comparing the prices for women’s clothing is more of a challenge, there simply isn’t that much womenswear available yet.

Tommy Hilfiger has a sizable amount of goods however, and checking prices reveals some differences, in this case favoring the Hilfiger Online Store. Below we show the Three Color Stripe polo, $34.99 at the Hilfiger site, $49 at the eBay outlet.

Hilfiger Online Store (L)/Hilfiger eBay Outlet (R)

Prices are the same for Hilfiger’s Basic Chambray Skirt, $24.99, and the Little Girl Argyle Sweater is $35 both places.

So we’re thinking the pricing on the Striped Polo is more of an aberration, an oversight. That does bring up another question though, if all or almost all prices are the same, what is the benefit of the outlet store? (Scratching head.)

One other observation, the number of vendors is rather reminiscent of what we used to call fuzzy math; if you click on the Seven for All Mankind link you do not connect with an online outlet store for the brand, you are taken to the Neiman’s Last Call eBay outlet site. The same is true of CJ for Cookie Johnson, Frye, and many others.

All in all it seems a good concept. One big benefit for some consumers will be shops like the Brooks Brothers Factory Outlet, not currently offered online in any capacity that we know of. Additionally we expect the number of vendors will increase, and many of the companies with minimal offerings will boost inventory significantly, especially if this proves to be an easy way to add to the bottom line.

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We have a very quick update about the Missoni for Target collection. Here is what one now sees in stores if seeking merchandise from that collaboration.

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Finally today, word of two new perfumes from Tommy Hilfiger.  Are you ready for the name? “Eau de Prep”.

Courtesy Image via WWD

From a Women’s Wear Daily story about the perfumes:

According to the designer, it was inspired by his spring-summer 2011 Prep World collection, which celebrates all of the iterations of the preppy lifestyle worldwide.

Another look from the campaign.

Courtesy Image via WWD

More from Julie Naughton’s story in WWD:

While the traditional Tommy Girl and Tommy customers might be preppy — with the guys wearing, say, pleated khaki trousers and the women oxford shirtdresses — the Eau de Prep mind-set is that there are no rules, said Hilfiger. “The Prep World and Eau de Prep customer mixes preppy with vintage and gives it a wink and a nod. They aren’t trying too hard to be cool and chic — they just express what they feel.”

The perfumes are currently available online at Macy’s, from the description of Tommy Girl Eau de Prep:

Tommy Hilfiger has returned to his preppy roots with updated styling and a cool, new fragrance: Tommy Girl Eau de Prep. It’s all about the classic life with a twist and Prep has never looked so fresh.

Really? The scent is $70, it is also available in a Men’s version. We leave you with Tilly’s reaction to word of ‘preppy perfumes’.

Until next time!

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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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Of Preps and Sloanes, Neiman’s New Bargain Stores, Nautical Notes

Hello, happy Monday!

We begin with an intriguing story from the far side of the pond, this one from the student newspaper at Oxford. Published Friday, “Sloanes versus Preppies: the rise of upper middle class cool” is just as it sounds, the piece examines similarities and disparities between the groups.

“Two social groups of upper middle classes have particularly captured the imagination of thousands, prompting the production of numerous books, articles and aspirational clothing. They are the British Sloanes and the American Preppies.”

For those not as familiar with Sloanes (originally Sloane Rangers), the term became popular in the 80’s. Princess Diana is frequently referenced as an example, there were also Sloane Ranger Handbooks, not unlike TOPH.

“Exclusive, wealthy and well-connected, Sloaneys and Preppies may seem superficially similar in their lifestyles. However, scratch the surface and you quickly realize that the conservative and intellectual bunch of Preps is miles away from the “casually cool” set of Sloaneys from Kensington and Chelsea.”

Marta Szczerba’s story delves into many facets of life, including how each group spends free time:

“For both Sloanes and Preppies, sports and second homes are an integral part of the lifestyle. Sloanes love entertaining in country homes in Suffolk, having lunch dates off King’s Road and play tennis or lacrosse. Kids probably had ponies when they were little (which have since been traded into Mulberry bags). Holiday destinations include Scotland, Cornwall, south of France and Monaco.”

“Don’t look for Preppies in the city on the weekends. They are not there. They go to the country, to their second home to cook, go antiquing, nap, recharge batteries and socialize in country clubs. They are sporty and with a natural competitive streak, but their preferred sports are, well, clubby. Golf, sailing, tennis, squash, polo, biking, fishing are sports preps adore.”

We enjoyed the comparison of fashion styles between the two groups, here is a bit of that perspective:

“Preppies scorn the messy look often worn by Sloanies. As the True Prep handbook states, “Sweat suits are for sweating. You can try to get away with wearing sweats to carpool, to pick up the newspaper, or to drive to the dump, but last time you were at the dump, the drop-dead-attractive widower from Maple Lane was there, too.”

This one is a fun read, if so inclined here is the full story.

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On the heels of our post about factory outlet stores and the merchandise they carry, word that Neiman Marcus is opening yet another line of discount stores, different from the existing Last Call stores.  The new stores will be called Last Call Studio; the Times has the story:

“The new Studio stores will carry lower-end products, bought directly from vendors, not the scuffed but still new pair of Manolo Blahniks (as high as $1,995 at Neiman’s) that can show up at Last Call stores (for about two-thirds as much). “

“A prototype of the Studio store in Dallas looks more like a career-wear store — an Ann Taylor or a Chico’s — than it does a Neiman Marcus or an outlet store. Clothes are simple and conservative, and muted colors like black, taupe and pink reign.”

Matt Nager for the NY Times

Last week we mentioned customers can now shop Last Call online; the Times story notes that Nordstrom Rack is also available online. We would caution anyone heading to the Rack online – the selection is fairly limited at this point, presumably it will be expanded as the days go by.

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Next, a few nautical notes we think our treasured readers may enjoy. The first is a line of sailcloth bags we weren’t familiar with from True Wind USA.

The company’s bags are made in the USA, and they are super-durable.  We like the Classic Tote Bags, but there is a great selection of sizes and styles.

Next, with apologies to any of our Facebook Fans who may have seen our mention already, the nautically inclined chair from Halo Styles caught our eye.

Keeping with the signal flags theme, Nautica is shooting next summer’s catalog, and sharing pictures as they go.

Click here to see the photos on Twipic, or on the company’s FB page to take a peek at the upcoming styles.

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There has been all sorts of chatter about the upcoming Lilly Pulitzer Furniture Collection that launches in the spring (most recently we posted about it here and here); we wanted to let everyone know there are a number of additional places to see more photos.

  • Above we see pictures from Jamie at Furbish Studio, she has scads of amazing photos showing many of the eclectic color combinations, her description of the new line is perfect:

“…it was the perfect match of dorothy draper meets the sorority house meets jonathan adler meets delight.”

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We close with today’s Pretty in Pink and Green.

The Polka Dot Yoga Tote is just now in the shop, from the ever-so-talented Candi, who also does our Ribbon Flip-Flops and other accessories.  (Can anyone help a dopey Princess who can’t seem to figure out if “polka dot” is one or two words….?)

Goodbye until next time!

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Is It a “Faux Clearance” at Those Outlet Stores?

Hello, happy beginning of a new week, hopefully everyone was able to garner a little bit of rest and rejuvenation over the weekend.

We begin with a closer look at what is actually being sold at factory outlet stores, a timely topic in light of These Challenging Times. This story from Bloomberg points out the majority of what is being sold at the discount stores no longer comes directly from the retailers.  Some may recall that 30 years ago when such stores were becoming part of the retail landscape that almost all of the wares came right from the regular-priced version of the company.

As savvy shoppers are aware, this is no longer the case.

“Increasingly, merchandise is made specifically for the outlets and sold nowhere else at full price (even though it may be made by a top brand like Calvin Klein), says retail consultant Steven Dennis, who dubs the phenomenon “faux clearance.”

The story notes there is now a shortage of luxury goods available at many outlet stores, in part because retailers are manufacturing less, but also because of the abundance of online ‘flash sales’ sites like RueLaLa and Gilt Groupe.  The quality of the goods offered is also a topic of discussion:

“”You don’t have nearly the quality you had in the recent past and you don’t have the degree of discounts,” says Dennis, founder of Sageberry Consulting and a former Neiman Marcus senior vice-president. “It’s hard to believe all of these players can operate 50 to 100 outlets successfully. There’s going to be a shakeout.”

In some cases only 10-20% of the merchandise being sold at the off-price store actually comes from the full-price retailer:

“At Saks’ Off 5th stores, 10 percent to 20 percent of the merchandise is clearance from Saks’ full-priced stores, about 20 percent is Off 5th store-label goods, and most of the rest is made for the chain by vendors, says spokeswoman Julia Bentley.”

J. Crew recently opened its Online Factory store; the retailer makes it clear to shoppers that everything is “…designed exclusively for Factory at J. Crew.com”.

The company is attempting a sense of urgency, a “buy now, time is running out!” mentality, with messages like this weekend’s:

“Pssst… this is a limited assortment, so hurry – you only have three days to shop”

Crew also reinforces the ‘limited time and merchandise’ message by keeping the site active only on weekends.  From the Journal’s story announcing the outlet plans:

“The New York-based clothing retailer is gambling that it can expand sales without cannibalizing demand for more expensive merchandise at its mainline stores. J. Crew is among the first to risk selling outlet gear over the Internet.

Anne Kadet at the Journal recently wrote about her expedition to a factory outlet mall in a piece titled “High Price for a Bargain,” here are her thoughts on J. Crew’s offerings:

“But it all felt a little confusing. When I asked a J. Crew clerk how to tell the factory lines from the discounted overstock, she cheerfully replied, “You don’t!” And to my eye, the construction on some merchandise didn’t look so hot. These stores might make sense for folks seeking the mall look for less. But if it’s not as well made, it’ll wear out faster, and that means another trip to the store. No thanks!”

The trend is confirmed by this column from Australia’s Inside Retailing:

“These stores serve not just to clear merchandise from their full price stores, but also to access a more thrifty but aspirational consumer with branded merchandise made specifically for the outlet itself.”

As noted in this post two weeks back, Neiman Marcus has opened a dedicated Last Call site.  And the company has opened a store near Dallas featuring only goods made specifically for its Last Call stores.  Neiman’s Last Call wares are described this way on a mall owner’s site:

“Last Call from Neiman Marcus offers a consolidation of marked down merchandise from the upscale retailer’s 32 stores nationwide, as well as Bergdorf Goodman. Last Call offers quality merchandise that shoppers expect from Neiman Marcus at significant savings. Prices at Last Call are typically 40%-80% off the original selling price.”

Back to Anne Kadet’s tale of her trip to an outlet mall:

“… I started with the more affordable retailers I’d typically shop in the city, like Gap, Coach and Ann Taylor. These mid-price shops, it turns out, mainly stock “factory” merchandise specially made for the outlet stores. Spokespeople for Coach and Ann Taylor later told me there’s no difference in quality, and that the factory lines include classic designs that originally sold at the retail stores.”

The company is wise to exploit the online channel, expenses are much lower when compared to a physical stores, the issue remains cannibalizing its existing stores, begging the question: will the off-price business move to a model more driven by online sales as opposed to brick and mortar stores?

If shopping at off-price venues do you care if the merchandise comes from a full-price store, or if it is something made only for sale at the outlet store?  Have you noticed a degradation in quality at off-price shops?

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With last night’s finale of Mad Men we say goodbye to Don and Betty for another season. Sadly, there really wasn’t much of Betty this year, and when we did see the former Mrs. Draper, she was less of a stunning, stylish mid-century mom and more of a neurotic shrew, certainly not anyone you would want on your Junior League committee, to be sure.

Betty was ‘replaced’ by a number of women, below we see Don with Megan.

A number of friends have asked if we enjoyed the finale.  Yes, we liked the show, but we were also a wee bit disappointed, hoping for more of the dramatic tension we saw in last year’s final episode.  Below we see Don making The Call, he really is the poster boy for “What is a Cad?”.

Meredith Blake’s piece on Show Tracker is outstanding, this may well be our favorite portion:

“It’s a scenario that I think will be familiar to many women: You do the hard work of making someone into a good boyfriend, then your new-and-improved boyfriend moves on to someone else. It’s like you found this great fixer-upper, you gutted the whole place, pulled out all the ugly vinyl siding to reveal the original moldings underneath. Then all of a sudden someone else is moving her furniture into your exquisitely remodeled home. So not fair!”

The Journal’s Speakeasy blog offers this:

“It will obviously have a profound effect on future seasons of the show. But in the eyes of this longtime fan, that’s not exactly a good thing. The engagement is an enormous misfire—a baffling plot twist that’s surprising but not at all logical.”

The episode does have us thinking we may have misread CreepyGlen, perhaps his name should be JustPlainGlen; his goodbye to LittleSallyDraper was actually rather sweet.  As was the wistful tone in Betty’s voice in one of the final scenes.

 

Jordin Althaus/AMC-TV

 

In reality, that wistful tone may be emanating here in the corner condo at Princess InterGalactic HQ, we liked those characters together, more of a DonandBetty. But that is forever gone, and it is time to move on. Sniff.

With that we say g’bye until next time!

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A Monday Melange (with Preppy Overtones)

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Monday, we are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium.

We begin with a note of gratitude, directed to all who helped keep The Consort out of trouble occupied while we were away. Honestly, the timing of events while out-of-town was reminiscent of our years in news, when employees would brace for spot news anytime we left town. It seemed that way for our latest escape, no sooner did we hop on a plane than we heard about a Lilly Pulitzer furniture collection launching, as well as Lilly’s home being for sale. (Many thanks to those kind enough to send along the URLs for the Lilly Pulitzer house listing the Consort wrote about here.) We hope to scare up a little more information on what will be a major furniture line later this week.

Back to standard fare, it is Fashion Week again, this time in Paris, considered by some to be the only place to show.  (Ahem.) A few personalities of note, the Nuclear Wintour Anna Wintour is seen attending the Chloé show, and on the right we have Liv Tyler and Justin Timberlake at Givenchy.

We will have more styles as the shows continue, particularly Dior and Chanel.  Below, several classic, androgynous pieces from Dušan Paunovic, a line we were not familiar with until this week.

Franck Mura/WWD

Also seen in Paris, these styles from Viktor and Rolf peaking the Outrageous-o-Meter in the red zone.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

Of course, each and every Fashion Week always brings its own brand of tragedy, to whit, more entrants in the When Pink Goes Bad sweepstakes.

Giovanni Giannoni/WWD

These are all styles from Pierre Cardin, but there were many other candidates.

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There were a few lines line showing in Milan last week that we weren’t able to get to; Moschino‘s Spring 2011 Collection definitely had touches of nautical and preppy amid the red/white/blue palette.

Grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish shoes and repp tie silks were used on belts.

Below, bangles and other accessories backstage at Moschino.

Isabella De Maddalena/WWD

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Another Milan show we haven’t yet covered, DSquared2.

Twin brothers (and business partners) Dean & Dan Caten offered styles with a preppish slant.

More photos from WWD’s Davide Maestri.

To say we covet the gray flannel suit would be an understatement.

From Women’s Wear Daily’s review:

“The tailoring was terrific, as usual, here done in more leisurely cuts. It all had a stylish prepster vibe, which, by night, turned heavy on the men’s wear references, seen in le smokings and silk dresses with dickey inserts.”

We adore the modified dinner jacket shown above left; here is more exquisite formalwear.

Knowing that at Milan Fashion Week simply everyone wears black, let’s play a round of “Spot the Prep” in this picture from the DSquared2 show.

Name That Prep

Yeppers, it is the one and only Kiel James Patrick on the scene; hoping for some outstanding styles at the Milan shows, we dispatched our team of crack CPFCs (Certified Princess Fashion Correspondents) to Milan. Kiel was joined by the immensely talented and lovely Sarah Vickers, also clad in bright and vivid colors, no monochromatic black for this preppy pair.

Almost Exclusive to The Princess

Here Kiel is seen getting the scoop from one of the models.

On Assignment!

Kiel even took a video at the show, click here to see that slice of fashion bliss.  (We have it on good authority that a certain young designer’s merchandise was the talk of the town in Milan, our hats are off to Kiel and Sarah, the product line is looking terrific.)

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We have an interesting SOTT (Sign of the Times) today: because Louis Vuitton is concerned about running out of merchandise, the company’s stores in Paris are closing an hour earlier.

Louis Vuitton

From the Financial Times:

“Along with Vuitton’s other standalone Paris stores, the shop is trying to sell fewer products and preserve stock for Christmas.”

Hmmmm.

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And under our Sales & Savings heading, news that Neiman’s Last Call merchandise is now available online.

Last Call at Neiman Marcus

We haven’t done more than quickly skip through the online offerings, we hope to have a little more time to graze at the site later.  If you do pop in for a visit, do let us know what you think!

Today we shall leave you with a delightful Pretty in Pink pair from Tory Burch.

Tory Burch

October brings Breast Cancer Awareness month, 15% of proceeds from sales of the limited edition Rain Boots and Umbrella will go to the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation), up to a total donation of $20,000.

On that note, g’bye until next time!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Moschino: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
  • DSquared2: Alberto Pellaschiar/AP
  • DSquared2: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
  • DSquared2: Davide Maestri/WWD
  • Anna Wintour: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
  • Chloe show: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

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Sneak Peeks: Zac Posen & John-Paul Gaultier for Target, Longchamps Sale

Hello-Hello and welcome to a Thursday Friday!

Many thanks to all for their lovely comments  on yesterday’s post, we appreciate the support more than you may realize.

Back to today, there is lots and lots going on!  In an effort to jam it all most of it into this post, we’ll do some of the newsbytes headline-style

  • Our Twitter followers saw this yesterday, but for those who don’t Tweet, we were spreading the word that Longchamps is on sale at Magnums (the best online dealer for the brand IOHO, and more importantly, an authorized vendor), with discounts of up to 40% on some pieces.  (A bit of unsolicited advice: if interested, don’t dilly-dally here, go shop now, styles sell out quickly at these prices.)
  • The Longchamps site also has markdowns on some merchandise; if unable to find your heart’s desire at Magnums, it is worth a visit.
  • Also in Longchamps news, WWD reports today that model Kate Moss has done a line for the luxury label, scheduled to launch in stores February 11.  Ms. Moss has been the brand’s face for several years.
  • How could we not do this for today’s Pretty in Pink?
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  • Other bullet points today:

    • Jimmy Choo is doing a line with Uggs.  No, we did not make this up.  (However, another individual here in the office did ask if this makes the new collection “Chuggs”.)
    • Word is that Bloomingdale’s is working on opening outlet stores to better compete with Neiman’s Last Call and Saks’ Off Fifth.  Lord & Taylor’s first outlet store opens in February.
    • Women’s Wear Daily also has a story about the future of Martin & Osa, the concept store American Eagle Outfitters debuted in 2006. The story quotes retail analyst Liz Smith:

    “The older customer AEO attempted to target with M+O proved hard to please and AEO has struggled with fit, design and building awareness for the new brand,”

    Ouch.

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    WWD also has the news about a new face at Polo Golf:

    Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

    Webb Simpson has been signed by Polo Ralph Lauren as a brand ambassador.

    If interested in seeing precisely what looks Mr. Simpson is wearing, he is currently playing in the Sony Open in Honolulu. (Pssst, if in need of any polos from the Women’s Golf line, these are on sale!)

    Polo Golf

    That pictures looks like a pile of ice cream sherbet to us. Yumalicious.

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    We have an early look at the Zac Posen for Target collection via Refinery 29 and Fashionista.

    The collection is slated to be in stores April 25.

    Fashionista has images of all the looks.

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    But that is not the only designer line for Le Boutique Targét we have photos from – Refinery 29 snagged pictures from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s upcoming collection.

    This group launches March 7.

    From their story on the collection:

    “At times the looks can look sweet, ranging from prim floral A-line skirts to bustier tops with a chipper, sailor’s neckline. But other times the looks can be positively head-scratching.”

    And finally, Fashionista is reporting that Target’s next designer collaboration will be Tucker by Gaby Basora.  Below a few looks from that line:

    Photo via Blackburn & Sweetzer

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    We leave you with two delicious looks, the first a different take on a classic.  Regular readers know are familiar with our completely irrational devotion fondness for Hello Kitty; below, the Hello Kitty LOVE Pendant in sterling with Pink and White sapphires/diamonds. It is available at some Zales stores.

    The second item is related to someone’s addiction to appreciation of a certain snack food:

    Hershey's

    The Hershey’s Kiss Pendant in sterling is rather cute, perhaps a little something for a Valentine on your list.

    With that sweet thought we say g’bye for now, hoping everyone enjoys a simply splendid weekend.

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    The List: a Preppy Black Friday

    Hello-Hello and Gobble-Gobble!

    For those thinking about an excursion (there’s a euphemism!) of a retail kind in the next several days, we offer our list of Sales and Savings this Thanksgiving weekend.  We may update it once again before the weekend concludes, but are more likely to revel in the company of family and preparations for our Pink & Green Monday!

    That’s right, 20% off everything at The Princess for one day only, complete with our free gift wrapping! Use promo code PGM at checkout to receive your discount on all of our preppy goodies!

    Here is information on other preptastic retailers; well, mostly preptastic. As always, check with your local store, shopping center or outlet mall for specific hours and details.

    J. Crew: Already underway online, take an additional 20% off merchandise only, use promo code EXTRA20 at checkout.

    J. Crew Outlet stores: before 8am Friday morning take an additional 40% off Clearance merchandise, other weekend discounts at Crew outlets include 30– 50% off select holiday styles & 30–40% off select Crewcuts holiday styles.

    Lacoste: Already underway online, 30% off all merchandise, use promo code THANKS09 at checkout to receive the discount; ends 11/30/09.

    Lilly Pulitzer: On Friday only spend $500 and receive a limited edition Resort Tote like the one seen below (a $200 value); gift wrapping is also complimentary all day on Friday.

    Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

    Polo Ralph Lauren: Already underway, 25% Off, use promo code HOL2009, ends 12/7/09

    Ralph Lauren Factory Stores: 20% discount on purchases of $150+ after midnight Thanksgiving night/Friday morning until 10am.

    Brooks Brothers: Friday & Saturday 7am – Noon receive an additional 15% off your entire purchase; receive an additional 5% when using your MasterCard or your Brooks Brothers Platinum MasterCard.

    Brooks Brothers Factory Stores: 40 percent off all items until Sunday, and an extra 10 percent off of this Friday and Saturday until noon.

    Banana Republic: We have heard but have not confirmed that on Friday only cashmere sweaters will be Buy One, Get One free

    Banana Republic Outlets: 40% Off Any Purchase.

    Ann Taylor: “Style Steals” on various items now through Sunday.

    Ann Taylor Loft: “Style Steals” on various items now through Sunday.

    Tommy Hilfiger Outlet Stores: 40% off the entire store all day on Black Friday and additional discounts for specific days; to download coupons providing these markdowns, click here.

    The Gap: Already underway and online-only, 50% off all regularly-priced  Men’s & Women’s Sweaters, Kids & Baby Cozy Fleece styles.

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    Here is what we can share on the more standard department stores, offered with an apology for the more East Coast-centric emphasis:

    Saks 5th Avenue: Starts online Thursday and at 8am Friday in stores, up to 60% off original prices on selections for her & him, various additional offers too lengthy to list; also free shipping for any online order, use promo code HOLIDAY9, offer valid through midnight Monday night (the 30th)

    Neiman Marcus: The Women’s Apparel Sale is already underway with up to 40% off original prices; there is also free shipping on any online orders until midnight 11/3/09, use promo code NMNOV at checkout.

    Neiman Marcus Last Call: Shoppers using their Neiman’s card will receive an additional 25% off, ends 12/1; select stores are open midnight-8am as well, click here for details.

    Barneys: their sale is already underway online with up to 40% off on select merchandise.

    Bergdorf Goodman: free shipping with any online order, use promo code SHOPBG at checkout.

    For more information on special sales, promotions and the like, here are a few general interest sites that may be of assistance:

    With that, farewell until next time, and may everyone enjoy a simply splendid Thanksgiving!

    Gobble-Gobble.

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