Hello-Hello, we thought it might be a good week for some Friday Fun.
We begin with news about an upcoming collaborative effort announced this week: Target and Neiman Marcus are teaming up for a joint collection. Women’s Wear Daily has more:
The Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection will be sold beginning Dec. 1 at all 1,763 Target stores and the 42 Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online at target.com and neimanmarcus.com.
Among the designers included in the line: Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs. Merchandise will be priced from 7.99 to $499.99, WWD says that most items will cost less than $60. Below, the logo that you will be seeing when it comes time for promotion of the limited edition goods.
Each of the 24 designers has created 1 to 3 items for the collection, back to the WWD story for what is in the line:
“…gifts in men’s, women’s, children’s apparel and accessories, as well as other categories that some of the designers are getting into for the first time, such as sporting goods, home decor, pet accessories and accessories for electronics.”
Here is the other designers participating: Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Brian Atwood, Eddie Borgo, Derek Lam, Judith Leiber, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Philip Crangi, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Robert Rodriguez, Rodarte, Skaist-Taylor, Thom Browne, Tracy Reese, and Jason Wu.
As with so many of these partnerships, executives believe things will sell out quickly.
(At the risk of sounding cynical, can you say ‘eBay’?)
That is not the only news about a high-end retailer teaming up with a lower-priced chain: Nordstrom and Topshop have announced a partnership as well. This September the upscale company will start offering Topshop merchandise in 14 of its stores, some of the pieces will be exclusive to Nordstrom.
To get women excited about shaking up their wardrobes again, Peter E. “Pete” Nordstrom, 50, the president of merchandising, has cut a deal to sell clothes from Topshop, a London-based retailer known for mid-priced trendy styles — punk-inspired pinafores and ladylike tweed — that defy easy characterization. It’s the sort of fashion people don’t expect to find at Nordstrom. And it could draw in new customers — or turn off existing ones.
And why we are seeing so much of this now? Back to Business Week:
At a time when wary U.S. consumers obsessively comparison-shop online and open their wallets only for must-have products, retailers are falling over themselves to lock up merchandise shoppers can’t find anyplace else.
Hmmm. Thoughts on either or both of these? Will it cheapen the brand for either Neimans or Nordstrom, or is it a savvy move for the discounters? Too soon to tell?
Two final tidbits today, the first one of those “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” kind of items. Behold, the Sock Sandals.
Thank heaven Geek Alert was all over this:
Meet the Silly Sock Sandals. No need to rub your eyes, seeing is believing. Now for the first time socks and sandals have joined forces and have melded into one. Imagine the smiles you’ll receive as you sport the silliest socks known to mankind. Furthermore, you’ll save valuable time getting ready for the day.
The time-saving benefits are something we somehow overlooked. Heh-heh-heh.
Our final morsel comes via the Times, it was too cute to overlook, a story about posh dog houses.
The article looks at a number of different styles, including this one that model Rachel Hunter commissioned.
Evidently it was intended to look like a miniature version of her Mediterranean-style home.
Then there is this one, intended to look like the Grant Humphreys Mansion in Denver.
Having lived a block from the house for years and years, I was surprised the replica didn’t resemble the real deal a little more.
Regardless, they are all fun to look at, there are even abodes for other pets. Oh my.
To enjoy the slide show in its entirety, click here. Jennifer Kingson’s story is not only a great read, it offers some great resources for those interested in upgrading quarters for the four-legged family members.
We want to thank everyone for the lovely comments and email the past few days. They mean more than you might realize, we can’t tell how much we both appreciate them.
May everyone enjoy a wonderful weekend!