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The Birds, Bugs, Fish & Fowl on Your Chest + Jason Wu Targét Update

Hello-Hello, and happy middle of the week.

Today we share a story from last fall about logos on polo shirts, obviously it is a topic we have nattered on about relentlessly occasionally mentioned in this space. More from Charleston’s Gazette-Mail:

“Polo shirt” has become a standard name — like “T-shirt” or “khakis” — to describe a knit shirt.

But after recent visits to my college-age children in Alabama and Virginia, I’ve learned there’s a zoo full of animals adorning the chests of students on campuses throughout the South.

Part of the article examines the broad (growing ever-broader) variety of logos now adorning the ubiquitous shirts. The story is illustrated with this graphic, showing just some of the many icons now besmirching seen on the shirts. (In reality, some of the icons are pretty darn cute. I still prefer mine sans logo, but that fish is darling.)

W. Virginia Gazette-Mail

For those not familiar with each and every logo shown in the illustration, here is a quick rundown, beginning with Psycho Bunny (a Consort fave)…

Psycho Bunny

Southern Proper

Southern Proper

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines

Southern Point

Southern Point

Southern Tide

Southern Tide

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren

Southern Marsh

Southern Marsh

And Eddie Bauer.

Eddie Bauer

The writer, Sara Busse, brings up a little family history in the article.

My dad, far from preppy and not a golfer or a tennis player, wore the little penguin shirts (by Munsingwear) around the house on Saturdays. Now Brad Pitt wears them. Dad was cool. Go figure.

Here is a 1970s era shirt like the one Ms. Busse describes.

Vendetta Vintage

But back to the present.

Look for Southern Proper’s Labrador retriever, or Southern Point’s German shorthaired pointer. These will set you back $75 or so. If you like bigger dogs, Southern Dignity is set to launch a Great Dane-embroidered shirt just in time for Christmas.

We did not see a Great Dane on Southern Dignity’s site, perhaps we overlooked it. (Who knew so many brands started with the word Southern?!)

A brand that certainly would have fit on the list would be Loggerhead Apparel.

Loggerhead Apparel

For a more in-depth look at the history of the shirt itself, Ivy Style offers ‘Le Crocodile: How Lacoste Became the Preppy Polo of Choice and Kyoto Maiko has a post on the topic as well.

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We were familiar with most of the brands discussed in that graphic up above, but always enjoy learning about new companies.  Here is a name that was new to us, Mahi Gold, offering styles ideal for wearing “from the boat to the beach to the deck to the bar.” Below, the Seaview Shift in both aqua and pink, the Claire dress, and on the far right, the Coastline Dress.

Mahi Gold

The company was started by brother and sister Michael and Becky Gorman, we like knowing the collection is Made in the USA. Another plus – everything is crafted of soft (but durable) organic cotton with a touch of Lycra for stretch (and comfort). They even have dresses available for your little one, below we show the Seaview Shift Dress for Girls and Toddlers.

Mahi Gold

To see a list of stores where you can buy Mahi Gold products, click here.

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Our other item today, a reminder about Sunday’s launch of the Jason Wu for Target collection.

Jason Wu for Target

Because the much-buzzed-about collection is only being carried in ‘select stores,’ Targét has even created a a Facebook page listing stores by zip code that will carry the line.

Jason Wu for Target

Target’s online photos are delightful.

Jason Wu for Target

Last week the company celebrated with a big do, below we see Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz in pieces from the line.

Getty Images for Target via The Daily Mail

There are reports pieces from the collection are already on eBay. We aren’t even going to look, and hope to find a little something when the line is for sale this Sunday.  (For a peek at our post showing most of the collection, click here.)

A quick reminder about our Jack Rogers Giveaway, if you haven’t already entered, scoot on over and do just that, entries close at midnight on Friday.

Goodbye until next time!

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A New Retailer to Love, Also, Ralph & Oprah Together Again

It’s another busy Tuesday, so we jump right in with word of a new emporium offering SSP (serious shopping potential).  Behold, the just-opened C. Wonder.

Kyle Ericksen/Women's Wear Daily

Located in Soho, the boutique is the brainchild of venture capitalist and retail whiz Christopher Burch. Sometimes known as the former husband of Tory Burch, he has been one of the primary contributors to that brand’s success.  Below we see Maria Menounos (large photo), Kelly Ripa and Chris Burch, and Kelly Rutherford, all at the store’s grand opening.

Via PopSugar NY

We have been reading about the new shop for some time, it looks simply delightful. One aspect we particularly appreciate? It seems to have a touch of whimsy, much like that found at Kate Spade, an appealing characteristic for a retailer.

Via Design Wire

The boutique carries all manner of merchandise, including apparel and accessories.

Courtesy Photos

C. Wonder also offers homegoods.

Via Racked NYC

A montage of the housewares from HGTV.

Via HGTV

Most prices are less than $100, making this a fiscally friendly place to shop, always a bonus. Mr. Burch has aggressive plans for expansion, more from the Journal:

Three additional C. Wonder stores will open this year at the Westchester, Garden State Plaza and Roosevelt Field. Approximately 20 more will open in 2012 across the country.

Ultimately Mr. Burch hopes to have as many as 300 stores. Nor is this the only store being launched by the financier, the recently opened Monika Chiang in Los Angeles is one of his endeavors, he has several other brands in the works as well. The always fabulous Saving the Best for Last blog was on hand this weekend for the grand openin and says we’ll love the place, below we share a few of her photos. (Click here to read her post on the shop.)

Via Saving the Best for Last

We like what we have seen and heard about the store and its merchandise, not to mention the cute pink and green shopping bags!

Via PopSugar NYC

The brand’s strongest online presence right now is its Facebook page, probably the best bet for those of us not within visiting distance at the moment, at least until a more robust website is up and running. You can also follow C. Wonder on Twitter if so inclined.

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Our other item today, last night’s big doings at Lincoln Center. The festivities offered something for everyone, with an oh-so-chic dinner, Oprah Winfrey’s live interview with Ralph Lauren and a showing of next spring’s Ralph Lauren line.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

Above we see the designer and Ms. Winfrey, as well as Dylan Lauren, and newlyweds David Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren. (yes, it is the first time I have written her full name since the wedding, how fun?!) Here is more from a Women’s Wear Daily story:

In a sequel of sorts to their televised tête-à-tête earlier this year, Lauren coaxed the former talk show host back into the interviewer’s chair for the evening, which dually benefited the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (to the tune of more than $7 million dollars).

Below, Jessica Alba and Cash Warren.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

Also on hand, Barbara Walters, Camilla Belle and Martha Stewart. (Ummm…how are we feeling about Martha’s platforms?)

Steve Eichner/Kristen Somody Whalen

TV types in attendance included Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Hilary and Bryant Gumbel, along with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz.

Dimitrios Kambouris & Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren Getty Images

Here is a better look at some of the party frocks, from left to right: Camilla Belle, Dylan Lauren, Jessica Alba and Lauren Bush Lauren.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren

Clearly it was the place to be last night, to see and be seen.

With that, goodbye until next time!

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Holiday Weekend Sales & Savings

Hello-Hello, happy almost-long-weekend!

Today’s Friday Fun is more of a fiscally friendly update, those who enjoy partaking of holiday Sales and Savings opportunities may find fodder here, we do try to focus on stores with a preppish aesthetic, in addition to the general department stores.

We begin with prep stalwart LL Bean, offering a 10% discount on everything, well as free shipping on every order.

LL Bean

Lands’ End is promoting its new markdowns.

Lands’ End

For those shopping online, Nautica offers 30% off everything with promo code WKND30.

Nautica

Eddie Bauer also is touting its markdowns.

Eddie Bauer

Other shops with savings:

ToryBurch.com

Neiman Marcus is promoting some fairly significant savings online and in its stores.

NeimanMarcus.com

In case that small print isn’t easy to read, Needless Markup Neimans is also offering free shipping on all orders with promo code SHIPNM.

Saks and Saks Off Fifth have solid bargains to offer, as does Neiman’s Last Call.

There are sizable savings at Ralph Lauren.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is also offering 25% off everything at its Polo factory stores, with an additional 20% off your entire purchase, that sounds like a fairly good deal, no?

There are also great offers at Ann Taylor and Loft, Banana Republic and Gap, and many other retailers.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend, I know we’ll be spending a little time enjoying some tennis. 🙂

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That New Preppy Style Book & When Anti-Preps Attack…Each Other

Hello-Hello, happy Thursday, it is another glorious day here at The Prepatorium, hopefully the sun is shining wherever you may be. (Unless you are in Texas, where we would wish a nice, steady moderate rainfall for you. TUWBVB, I Pick Pretty, Hopsy, all of you, we feel your pain.)

We begin today with an update on something we have chatted about previously, the upcoming release of Preppy: Cutivating Ivy Style.

Rizzoli

WWD carried a story about the book today; photos from the upcoming publication are shown, including this image of men from Deerfield‘s class of 1961.

Private Collection photo via WWD

(Can we talk about all of that fabulous madras?!)

The book remains on track for an October 4 release, David Lipke’s story is titled The Progression of Preppy Style, an apt description.

“The book, out in October, is a scholarly exploration of the roots of preppy style, enlivened with a treasure trove of historic photos and illustrations. The photos of boarding school students from decades past are particularly fascinating, as they show how consistent the look has been, even to this day.

Another image from the book, one that many readers will recognize, a still from the film Love Story with Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw.

Photofest via WWD

More from Mr. Lipke’s review:

President Kennedy’s influence on preppy-dom is recounted, as are the contributions of other pillars of prep, such as Katharine Hepburn in her tweed skirts, Grace Kelly in her cashmere twinsets and Howard Hughes in his golf knickers. Edward, Prince of Wales, is of major import for many reasons, key among them that he popularized sporting clothes as casualwear and insisted on unstructured designs with minimal linings.

Getty Images & Rizzoli via WWD

The writers are Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle, the duo co-authored “Tartan: Romancing the Plaid” back in 2007.

“Preppy isn’t just a way of dressing, it’s a culture and a language,” explained Banks, in a navy Lacoste shirt and red chinos. “It’s all about nuance.”

There is also a look at different interpretations of the style, below we see an image from the immensely popular blog Street Etiquette, the site did a piece last year on the “Black Ivy“.

Courtesy of Street Etiquette

On a related note, The Times has a story today with the founders of Street Etiquette, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs. There is an accompanying photo essay, “The New Dandies: Prep Fashion With a Twist”.  From the story, “Pushing the Boundaries of Black Style“:

“Instead, this generation emphasizes the basics: great fabrics, aggressive tailoring, thoughtful accessorizing. It’s a return to style as a source of dignity, a theme that has run through generations of black American style, from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights era to the mixed messages of the hip-hop era.”

Back to the book, more from the WWD story:

“Modern-day designers like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have transformed preppy style with their own versions of the campus classics.

“Ralph Lauren made preppy lusher and more desirable,” said La Chapelle. “Every generation has its own interpretation of preppy.”

An advertising image from the 1997 Polo by Ralph Lauren collection is included.

Courtesy Polo by Ralph Lauren via WWD

We look forward to reading this one, it is available for pre-ordering through Amazon.  Rizzoli is also publishing Ralph Lauren’s eponymous book in October.

Via Rizzoli

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Speaking of Mr. Lauren, Women’s Wear Daily also had a brief preview of his spring 2012 mens’ collections:

“The flagship Polo collection continues to speak to the “diehard preppy,” Lauren said, with natural-shoulder three-button jackets with wider lapels and traditional patterns of herringbones, gabardines or plaids.

John Aquino/WWD

The trade publication noted there is a “country-club grouping with seersucker and patchwork patterns”.

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Finally today, something for our “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category. The story is about something we used to call ‘reverse compensation’ when working in tv; it refers to a practice that became common in the 1990s when local tv stations had to start paying the networks to be affiliates. In the former business model the networks paid stations to be affiliated with them.

At any rate, you can probably imagine where this is going: yesterday’s carefully timed publicity stunt news that über-AntiPrep retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has offered to pay another AntiPrep to *stop* wearing its clothing.  Really.

Elisabetta Villa /Getty Images via MSNBC

From an Abercrombie publicity release news release, evidently referencing someone referred to as “The Situation” from Jersey Shore. (The entire cast of this program have been declared AntiPreps.)

 “We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.”

The Times has a story on the topic, including these side-by-side photos of Abercrombie bags and Mr. Situation.

Benoit Tessier/Reuters (L) Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images (R) via The NY Times

Two things come to mind:

  1. “Hello Pot? This is Kettle calling”.
  2. They deserve each other.

On that note, goodbye until next time!

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The New Ralph Lauren Line Launches & A Look At That Hamptons Trailer Park

Happy new week to everyone.

We begin today with news that merchandising master Ralph Lauren continues adding to his company’s growing collection of labels, he has just debuted another one, Denim and Supply.

Denim & Supply

The new line launched last Thursday, like Rugby, it has its own dedicated website , Denim & Supply, but may also be found at Polo Ralph Lauren. (More in a moment about why we are scratching the ‘polo’ word in the title of Mr. Lauren’s company.) The collection is described as being “born out of the warehouse and artistic communities of Brooklyn…” and is clearly aimed at a younger consumer.

Denim & Supply Courtesy Photos via The Cut

More from Haute Living:

“…don’t expect to see any pastel polos. The line is an edgier, more downtown take on the brand’s celebrated American heritage roots with an added emphasis on creating a rugged, individualized style.”

Three more looks.

Denim & Supply

And here is a snippet of GQ’s story:

“Denim & Supply features urban-ready gear like nautical fleece pullovers, richly-knit ragg sweaters and beat-up denim jackets, in a color palette inspired by more natural settings and worn-in flavor….all geared to attract a slightly younger, more rock n’ roll set than say, Polo.com.”

Denim & Supply

Prices for the new line range from $39.50 to about $300. There clearly are few (if any) styles that will work for your decrepit, tragically unhip correspondent, is there anything that holds appeal for you?

Our mention above about the word ‘polo’ in the title of Mr. Lauren’s company comes via this story in Women’s Wear Daily:

“Say goodbye to the Polo in Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

At the firm’s annual meeting on Thursday, shareholders voted to change the company name to Ralph Lauren Corp. The move is a result of just how much the corporate identity has evolved over the years, with several brands and labels that do not carry the Polo name and logo.

Will it impact anything for average consumers like us? Nope, it just struck your goofy correspondent as moderately interesting. 🙂

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Our next tidbit comes via Curbed Hamptons, the blog that focuses on real estate and neighborhood news in the Hamptons.  We thought readers might enjoy seeing what a mobile home park looks like in the upscale enclave, courtesy of the blog’s “Everything is Better in the Hampton, Even Our Trailer Parks” post.

Cully/EEFAS via Curbed Hamptons

The site updates a previous post about Montauk Shores Condominiums, a development of mobile homes with a tony zip code and a beachside location.  Curbed shared several listings for mobile homes in the trailer park, below we show one of them listed at $650,000.

Via Curbed Hamptons

You can read more about the listing if so inclined, or see the entire post at Curbed.

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Speaking of cramped quarters, our final item today takes a look at some rather posh playhouses for the little prince or princess at your palace. The Times recently ran a feature on just this topic, “Playhouse Proud,” below we show Harper Hearne and her brother Drake playing in their snappy digs.

Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times

Not all of the playhouses offer such modest accommodations, the Times story looks at a more lavish model.

“…the main attraction at parties held at the Houston home of John Schiller, an oil company executive, and his wife, Kristi, a Playboy model turned blogger, is the $50,000 playhouse the couple had custom-built two years ago for their daughter, Sinclair, now 4.”

Here we see Ms. Sinclair and her daughter enjoying the wretched excess playhouse.

Megan Thompson Lovoi for The New York Times

More on this particular playhouse from writer Kate Murphy’s story:

“The little stainless-steel sink in the kitchen has running water, and the matching stainless-steel mini fridge and freezer are stocked with juice boxes and Popsicles. Upstairs is a sitting area with a child-size sofa and chairs for watching DVDs on the 32-inch flat-screen TV.

Megan Thompson Lovoi for The New York Times

How does Sinclair’s mother describe her daughter’s home away from home?

“I think of it as bling for the yard,” said Ms. Schiller, 40.”

Indeed.

The piece also shows playhouses from Lilliput, makers of the “Medieval Castle” on the left, and the “Grand Victorian” seen on the right.

Courtesy Photos via The New York Times

Lilliput has a broad range of models, including Mickey’s Diner, offered at roughly $10,000. (I’m feeling quite ignorant, I didn’t realize Mickey had a diner.)

Lilliput Playhouses

Of course, if yours truly were going for one of these, here’s our choice.

Smart Playhouses "Illinois" Model

The problem with all of this? Invariable other family members want their own fancy house too.

Best Friend's Home

Some just don’t respond well to “no. And then the pouting begins.

Tilly T. Bulldog

There you have it.

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Mad for Plaid: Summer 2011 Version

Hello-Hello, welcome to the start of a new week.

We are once again brief, beginning with a look at something the folks at FabSugar put together, a look at one of our favorite fabrics entitled “Why Madras is Perfect to Wear Right Now“.

“As far as prints go, madras has earned its stripes as a preppier staple. It makes us think of New England Summers and looks fresh and seasonal on our button-downs, bikinis, and even sneakers.”

The story offers several items in the material, including this J. Crew jacket and this A.P.C. Dress.

Also featured in the piece, the Converse Madras sneakers and a Rugby ‘Erin’ Bikini.

The FabSugar story made us think about how much we do love this textile, and we went off on a search for more. Of course it is an exceptionally good time to add to your plaid collection, many retailers have discounted summer goods significantly. Below left we show the J. Crew Boys Shirt in Teal Madras (was $48, now $29.99), on the right we have a men’s Button Down in Eureka Madras (originally $69, now $49.99).

LL Bean also has some bargains to offer, including this Meetinghouse Plaid Skirt, almost 50% off at $29.99. (Although the cut of the skirt will not be flattering on everyone.)

Back to the gentlemen again, Macy’s offers the Izod Madras Shorts at $34.99 (left), the Nautica Madras on the right are also on sale at Macy’s, now $39.99.

Although we don’t generally think of madras as being pastel, the girls’ sun-faded Jacket and Bermuda Shorts really do look cute, and both are on sale.

Because the ladies seem to get short-shrift when it comes to madras apparel and accessories (notwithstanding specialty boutiques like Cape Madras and Just Madras), your trusty scribe is tempted to buy one of the men’s classic Short Sleeve Madras Shirts at Lands’ End.

There are some cute things at Kohl’s, like the Chaps Plaid Sundress for infant girls, now $16, it was originally $32.

Also darling for your little darling, the Sophie Rose Sundress at $12 from $24, this is from Kohl’s as well.

The Woven Pajama Shorts for Juniors at Kohl’s come in a wonderful array of vibrant colors and plaids, they are now on sale for $7.99.

6pm (Zappo’s discount site) has some madras shoes, including the Vineyard Vines Flip Flops (for men or women) at $31.50 (approximately 30% off MSRP) and the men’s Ralph Lauren Lander.

Because we can’t help ourselves, we share a few more things that could look very cute on your Princess, the Ralph Lauren Madras Top (on sale at Saks for $20.99) and the Juicy Couture Sundress (remarkably free of logos, color us amazed), not on sale at Saks, priced at $98. (Ahem.)

Finally, the perfect gift for yourself, or someone else, the personalized Madras Postage Stamps at Neimans.

Neiman Marcus

They are pricey, $45 for twenty .49¢ stamps, but they are mighty cute as well.

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We leave you with a mention of an upcoming ‘style standoff’ (double ahem) at flash sale site Gilt.com, Wednesday’s ‘Preppy vs. Edgy’ event.

"Preppy vs. Edgy" at Gilt.com

We bring it up only because there will be some bargains with a preppish slant, including needlepoint belts by Tucker Blair.

Gilt Groupe

(We also admit to thinking the timing is perfect, Wednesday is the Consort’s birthday (shhh) and he did have a few ‘edgy’ traits at one time, especially when he was riding his Harley.)

With that we say goodbye until Wednesday!

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