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“Wannabe preppy” & “Dressy-preppy-heritage”, to name a few

Hello cherished friends, and welcome to another gorgeous springtime week in The Great Midwest.

We begin with a few more looks at the preppish aesthetic from the far side of the pond, beginning with an in-depth piece on Tory Burch in the Telegraph.  Friday’s “Tory Burch interview: America’s new fashion sweetheart” asks: “… will her wasp style win over the British?”

Tina Tyrell/The Guardian

The story continues:

Tory Burch is an embodiment of her brand. It’s not just the physical attributes – though her very petite, very blonde, very pretty looks are certainly not a hindrance – it’s everything from her privileged background to her impeccable Upper East Side lifestyle, her ubiquity on the New York party circuit to her complicated private life, her Hamptons mansion to her much-photographed personal style.”

The article takes a solid look at the company and its success, a worthy read on a brand and designer we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.


Another prep-style brand was also profiled this weekend; The Guardian has a stellar story in “Jack Wills: the Sloane Ranger Rides Again“.  Here is the subhead:

“Clothing brand Jack Wills is a raging success. It doubled its profits to £42m last year and turned British teenagers on to the allure of preppy dressing. But where did it come from, what does it want, and why is it so mysterious?

Many readers know that most consider Sloane Rangers to be England’s equivalent to our preps.  Yesterday’s Guardian story begins this way:

“You know what’s everywhere? Jack Wills clothing. Like Starbucks and Glee!, Jack Wills snuck up on us from behind and overwhelmed us without us really noticing.”

“Five minutes ago, our impressionable youth was a varied bunch. They were dark, distressed and emo, or a bit too tarty for their age…. Now they’re a sea of wannabe preppy – of branded jersey, stripy scarves and rugby-referencing detailing.”

Clearly this references the brand’s popularity in Britain,, not stateside.  But as discussed in our recent post, “A British Invasion Hits the Vineyard,” the company’s first US store has opened on the Vineyard, with more coming to preppish locales like Nantucket, Boston, part of the broader Wills expansion plan for growth on this side of the pond.

We liked the writer’s test of the brand; Polly Jordan actually tried on many of the styles.

Karen Robinson/The Guardian

And Ms. Jordan’s reaction to the styles?

“… how transforming. I do not look like me. Not at all….  I imagine myself inhabiting the bouncy, youthful world in which these clothes belong. A world free of the tyranny of high heels, middle age, underwire bras, hang- overs, tube commutes and the nine-to-five slog. I want in! And then… I take the clothes off. I am 38 years old and entirely subject to the tyranny of high heels, underwire bras and so on. I make my escape from the store.

We thought most everything looked splendid on Ms. Jordan.  There’s no denying that Wills offers some cute, enticing pieces:

As an expert interviewed for the story puts it:

“The collection is actually very relevant this season. The Jack Wills staples – the varsity jackets, the flippy skirts – it’s on the money for the sporty/ preppy trend.”

Toddle on over and read the article if so inclined, it is fun for anyone, but of special interest for students of marketing and public relations.


We have one more lengthy newspaper story to share, there is also a recent article looking at a brand now openly committed to distancing itself from the ‘preppy’ moniker, J. Crew.  The San Francisco Chronicle story probes how J. Crew fits in with other mass-marketed menswear brands, ultimately deeming it the best of that genre.

I was in … for an informal tour of mass-market menswear. I skipped the department stores (apologies to Tommy, Calvin and Ralph), in favor of a spin through the stand-alone shops, the majority of which conformed to type almost perfectly.

I finished my tour with what is increasingly the best bet for fashion-conscious American men (and those who aim to dress as if they don’t eat in a dining hall), when it comes to mass-market, midpriced mall fare: J. Crew.”

Below we share  a look from J. Crew’s fall Men’s collection.

Courtesy Image via SF Chronicle

Kudos to Crew for the plaudits.

Additionally the story offers a brief overview of the just-launched LL Bean Signature and Lands’ End Canvas lines.

“Two other venerable catalog companies have recently introduced lines aiming for a bit of the dressy-preppy-heritage market. Could their success bring a fleet of brick-and-mortar stores, too?”

Below, two looks from the Signature women’s collection.

From Mr. Britt’s story:

“Twill blazers rub elbows with gingham shirts; canvas pants in colors that won’t scare the locals and shawl-neck cardigans lend a breezy August-in-Kennebunkport vibe…. “

More from the story:

“Lands’ End’s Canvas line comes in a tick less pricey than Bean, but offers a similar look. Windblown American sportswear with a decidedly midcentury turn is the game here…”

Below, a Lands’ End Canvas style:

Lands' End Canvas

For the entire story, pop over here.


We leave you with a very special Pretty in Pink.

Is this not the cutest gift bag ever? This pink and green faux Bermuda Bag arrived here at the Prepatorium filled with all sorts of long-distance love. And as much as we adore our goodies, we also went gaga over the bag, wishing we had a gazillion or so, we would definitely offer them to our Princess clientele!

On that pretty image we say G’bye until next time!


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Sneak Peeks: Target Shoe & Purse Collections, Coach Poppy Line

Hello-Hello & Happy Day!

Today we start with a sneak peek at the next limited edition shoe collection for Target. These are from the Miss Trish of Capri for Target line, due in stores and online April 5. Below, the Starfish Sandals.

Courtesy Target
Courtesy Target

The collection will be available until mid-June; price points are going to be about $29.99.

Courtesy Target
Courtesy Target

And don’t forget the Felix Rey handbag line due at the Boutique on March 29! Below, a photo from the designing duo’s website; we do not expect to see this bag at Target.

Courtesy Felix Rey
Courtesy Felix Rey

This next photo is hypothetically a bag from the upcoming Target collaboration.



And thanks to the always-on-top-of-things Nitrolicious, here are a few more bags from the Felix Rey line:

Courtesy Target via Nitrolicious.com

Courtesy Target via Nitrolicious.com


Now you know, there is absolutely no way TP can breeze through the Tar-szay site without adding at least a Pretty in Pink to the mix. Or an Adventure in Argyle.  Or both.  And these little beauties seem to land somewhere in there!

We offer the Toddler Girls’ Circo® Jenna Plaid canvas shoes for your consideration.

Courtesy Target
Courtesy Target

Ladies, do we not also need these in big, grown-up girl sizes?


Women’s Wear Daily reports that Coach is debuting a new line, Poppy,” they hope will appeal to a wider demo.  We are speculating this shall either be a smash hit or utter disaster for the upscale leather goods firm.

Below we share a bag from the collection.  The. Red. Sequin. Handbag.

Coach Courtesy photo via WWD
Coach Courtesy photo via WWD

The poppy flower has been associated with Coach for some time, featured on different items.  The story describes the collection:

“… from a tote covered in a profusion of red sequins to “Gossip Girl”-worthy tiaras to pochettes covered in strands of gold beads.”

Here are a few of the aforementioned tiaras, although we wonder if they could possibly be headbands? Which would actually be more in keeping with Gossip Girl.

Coach Courtesy photo via WWD
Coach Courtesy photo via WWD

Coach president Reed Krakoff is quoted throughout the story:

““It’s going to excite the existing Coach customer, as well as draw in a lot of age groups. It’s been a fun exploration of who the Coach woman can be.”

Coach Courtesy photo via WWD
Coach Courtesy photo via WWD

Excited? In a manner of speaking. You could say that.

And just as some lovely designs sans logos were popping up on our accessories radar, like the ever-so-wonderful Bleecker Clutch:

Coach Bleecker Clutch
Coach Bleecker Clutch



Speaking of Gossip Girl and accessories, we were intrigued by this look on Leighton Meester. She and co-star Chace Crawford are seen working on the show in New York Monday.


Also spotted on the set Monday, Taylor Momsen, in a look not quite as tailored as Ms. Leighton’s.



Fans of the hit show will be pleased to know the CW Network announced yesterday it has renewed G2 for another season.


Yesterday we read a sad SOTT (Sign of the Times) over at Mom x 2 about retailer Conrad Egan closing in Florida.  Then last night TQM (the Queen Mother) called, inquiring about us being up to speed on the looming closure of Walton-Pierce.

What?!? Noooooooo!

As described in the Detroit News:

“We know what this means: another ending. More closure to days of gentlemen and ladies, fine handwriting on embossed stationery, certain conventions of class and character long associated with the Grosse Pointes.”

“The store also famously seized upon the Lilly Pulitzer-style, pink-and-green, country club look that became synonymous with Grosse Pointe matrons,…”

Ouch. This one hurts.


In an effort to end on an up note, we close with a new addition to the Preppy Princess: here is the Grosgrain Ribbon Handbag!



Just in time for spring, these are made in classic, grosgrain ribbon atop cotton canvas, a great combination available in three colorways:

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They’re they perfect size, roomy without looking like an overnight bag, and we priced the bags in a fiscally friendly fashion. We would love to know what you think of them!

Until next time, grins & giggles and thoughts of spring!


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Anya Hindmarch Target Collection Early Release, Just Not at Target

Does the greeting card below remind you of anyone who calls you? We thought it might. It seemed appropriate to attempt humor again this afternoon, just in case the market craters again. The Princess is beginning to think she should start contacting friends, if only to leave messages on voice mail asking, “It’s 5pm…do you know where your trust fund is?”
Here in the corner condo at InterGalactic Headquarters for the Preppy Princess we are thinking that if financials start to augur in right before our eyes we may need to change channels. It is unlikely The Princess Consort is going to be desirous of talking us off the ledge again.
We do find the following story from The Hill interesting, although it would have been wise for editors to think through this particular title for the article:
House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash

When we saw the title by itself we actually thought to ourselves “How can limiting email to the House of Representatives possibly prevent a crash on Wall Street?”  At any rate, the story explains the following:

“The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill.

As a result, some constituents may get a ‘try back at a later time’ response if they use the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill defeated in the House on Monday in a 205-228 vote.”

We feel validated; yesterday afternoon we thought our online activity was markedly slower than normal, and here in the office we are fortunate enough to have a T1 line. It didn’t make sense, but then, neither did most of yesterday.

One suggestion: do not even think about using email to contact your elected Representative in our nation’s capitol unless you enjoy the exploding brains experience. (Yes, it is quite tacky to have used such a expression but we are at a loss. No pun intended.)  We attempted to get to the main “Email Your Representative” page several times so as to better share the experience with you; not a bright idea.  Each and every time it froze our browser (using either Safari or Firefox on an iMac) and ultimately shut down the browser.

We are hopeful the much-too-kind Europa Fox won’t deem this post inappropriate for a recipient of the Smile Award…especially when leading into discussion of such a fun topic!

She is just too wonderful, bestowing upon us a SMILE award. You know Europa Fox, international style star and truly our eyes and ears on the other side of the pond.  More importantly, a wonderful mother to the completely adorable Caspar. In fact, when Caspar is of age in another 19 years or so The Princess Consort knows he is being replaced. It is simply understood. Now here are the rules for spreading the smiles to fellow bloggers:
  • Must display a cheerful attitude.
  • Must love one another.
  • Must make mistakes.
  • Must learn from others.
  • Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
  • Must love life.
  • Must love kids.
Rules when receiving the award:
  • The recipient must link back the the award’s creator
  • You must post these rules if you receive the award.
  • You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
  • You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted.
  • You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
  • You must create a post sharing your win with others.
  • You must thank your giver.
So now that it is our turn to share the Award with others, here we go :
  • Preppy Pink Crocodile is a daily read for her fun and fabulous posts, not to mention the recipes, oh yes indeedy, those recipes!
  • Mom x 2: Exquisite taste and lots of fun, this is another must-read, and her recipes are also a smash hit here at the Prepatorium.
  • Preppy Lizard: Liz exudes elegance while remaining down to earth, a combo we find extremely hard to find. She also has extraordinary taste and has done Interior Design as a pro; the woman is a genius at this.
  • Fashion Herald: You could almost say the Herald shops for a living. And she has friends with names like ChristmasTime.
  • Tickled Pink & Green: A witty writer, Miss TP&G demonstrates her good taste day in and day out, and she can also write. Goodness, can this woman write!

Thank you Miss Fox!

Some readers may remember our post back in June about some of Target’s designer collaborations, part of their GO International initiative. New collections that launch next week (Sunday, October 12th) are handbags from Anya Hindmarch and shoes from Sigerson Morrison. However, visitors to the Hindmarch site can purchase the bags now.

Anya Hindmarch Target Look Nine

Anya Hindmarch Target Look Nine

Abve we show the Look Nine bag in navy and black. Below, Ms. Hindmarch’s Look Five for Target, already out of stock on her site.

For those not familiar with Ms. Hindmarch, she is best known for her “I am not a plastic bag” environmentally friendly tote, but she has designed handbags since the 90’s.


We leave you with one more greeting card image from someecards, an online greeting card company. It is also a financially friendly site (our newest moniker for these trying times), as all of their cards are free.



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The Preppy Princess: Early Warning Signs

Discovered in the basement – need we say more?

The Original Preppy Purse #4

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The Hermès Birkin Book

Bringing Home Birkin Book

The Princess has always adored the Birkin. Besides its tastefully clean lines, its single most appealing design element is the one that is missing. This would be the logo. There is no logo on this treasure, launching it into the Land ‘O NoLogo (all one word) and that is truly a beautiful thing. After all, why would there be? Why detract from its elegant lines and uberchic profile, let alone its overall wonderfulness. It’s beyond Prepalicious but as we haven’t come up with a word describing that state of mind or status, we’ll just leave it at that and pray our fabulous readers will send us some ideas. You know, TP has always hoped Santa might put a Birkin under the tree. She is still hoping. Sigh. Probably the best she can hope for in the immediate future is what looks like a “must read” this summer: “Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World’s Most Coveted Handbag” by Michael Tonello. If you feel this is like a three-alarmer and you simply must have this book before anyone else on in Laguna Beach or Palm Beach or Pebble Beach, let alone someone from the UES, as in now-now-now, then pre-order prior to its April 22nd release date from publisher William Morrow. BHTB is “The one-step, one-stop shop guide to buying a Birkin” according to The Huffington Post. There is more praise from Publisher’s Weekly; they say BHTB is “Both a hilarious raid on fashion’s strongholds and a memoir that satisfies like a novel. Fashion die-hards, and many others, will be delighted from beginning to end.”

If you want still more info, the book’s back cover offers this: “For more than twenty years, the Hermès Birkin bag has been the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury, and wealth. Though the bag is often seen dangling from the arms of celebrities, there is a fabled waiting list of more than two years to buy one from Hermès, and the average fashionista has a better chance of climbing Mount Everest in Prada pumps than of possessing one of these coveted carryalls. Unless, of course, she happens to know Michael Tonello . . .” BTW, we also found this on Amazon at a lower price, $17.13.

Handbag of the Fabulous

If you missed “Handbag of the Fabulous” when it came out in 2006, it’s also on the same topic. (Imagine that!) This one is a tad more, well, textbooky-backgrounderish, if that makes sense. But author Roslynn Gaiter Matthew also made it a great read. You can get it from publisher, Early Rise Publications, or go the more conventional route and try your local independent bookseller, always a wonderful approach! If you are still thinking big-box seller, Barnes and Noble is out. Amazon does have two copies as of this writing.  As described on the back cover: Enter any room wearing an Hermes birkin and heads will turn. It is perhaps the only leather handbag in the entire world that millionaires will dish out over $13,000 to buy one bag.

Ooooohh..one more thing. While stumbling about online we did find this site, Créateurs de luxe, saying they are sellers of two items: the Kelly Bag and the Birkin Bag. Upon checking their eBay store it appears they have quite the selection, so you may want to toddle on over and take a peek!

Photo CREDITS: #1) William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2) Early Rise Publications

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