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Pink’s New Shirt, Talbots & Target Sneak Peeks

Hello-hello!

We are hyper-busy today, so we shall do some quick blog-bombs! (Essentially Headlines with a brief tidbit, and/or photos.)

There will be a new addition to this fall’s line of Thomas Pink shirts. This WWD story explains the upscale retailer’s announcement that it will offer a wrinkle-free shirt in its Men’s line.  An intriguing thought, although we are somewhat disconcerted, uncertain we wish to purchase ‘crease-resistant’ shirts for the Consort at Pink.

Speaking of TSU (The Spousal Unit), he was more-than-disappointed to learn one of his favorite haunts for apparel is struggling.  Mark Shale becomes another unfortunate SOTT (Sign of the Times), with word they are filing bankruptcy and plan to close stores in Kansas City, Atlanta, and Dallas. The 3 Chicago-area stores will be kept open as a buyer for them is sought; the outlet store closed on Monday. 

When visiting Chicago it is not unusual for TSU to pop into the Michigan Avenue store; he is also fond of the Galleria location (Dallas).  The retailer has women’s apparel as well, with brands many readers will recognize for their exceptional quality and style. This is a shame, as Mark Shale runs an outstanding operation with customer service unmatched by 99.% of their counterparts. 

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Those who follow TP on Twitter may remember yesterday’s Tweet about Talbots’ boosting the age of its target customer; previously they were hoping to reach Women age 45 – 55/65, now it is 45 to 65+.  Yikes.

We wanted to share a few looks from Talbots’ fall line. (We don’t know if these styles fit with a marketing plan aimed at women 65+… your thoughts?)

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

The look in the picture above seems more suitable for the under-55 demo IOHO, while this next style easily transcends age. 

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

The Women’s Wear Daily story describes some of the looks: 

“Among some of the highlights of the fall collection, are cardigans with ruffles, bows and rosettes; printed scarves and waist sashes; sheath and lace evening dresses from $129 to $149…”

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Here in the corner condo we are hopeful these photos do not represent the best of the fall fashions, as there is little that appealed to us.   

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We have an update on the eco-friendly Loomstate for Target Collection due in stores in time for Earth Day which is April 22. 

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Photo by Talaya Centeno

All of these pieces are made from certified 100% organic cotton. 

Photo by Talaya Centeno

Photo by Talaya Centeno

 It is nice to see a GO International line with menswear, just a few photos down. 

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

These next two photos are via the fabulous Nitrolicious, who has several more pictures from the group on her site.  

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Pieces in the collection will range in price from $14.99 through $44.99. The men’s collection will be in stores about a month longer than the women’s, but as with many of Target’s limited edition collections, pieces may go quickly.  

That serves as a good reminder: the Thakoon for Target Collection is now drastically reduced. The clearance pricing includes things like tops at $4.24 and dresses at $13.99 

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we have several offerings, simply because we have absolutely no self-control in some areas. (We recognize that for most readers this is not new information.)

How about the Hello Kitty Polka Dots rain coat for kids?

Of course there is a matching Hello Kitty umbrella available, also at DLL Rainwear.

No need to be alarmed about finding something of this sort for your very own: the Pink Damask Raincoat for Women.

On that cheery note we say ‘bye, as we fly out the door!

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Next Target Home Designer (Fab!), Another Gossip Girl Cover

Happy Thursday everyone, we hope today is going swimmingly for you!

We are still aglow about the Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift line we announced we will be carrying in just about two weeks, but other news abounds on the Preppy Planet that we simply must share with you! (Just take a glance at our first and/or second Lilly post if you missed the news yesterday.)

We start with word on Target’s next designer for their home collection: the Orla Kierly Collection for Target will land at your local Tarszay beginning February 1.

Courtesy Racked

TP predicts this collection will be as popular as last year’s Cynthia Rowley group at the Boutique, possibly more so.  It may not resonate as much with those favoring a strictly preppy aesthetic; the colors are more muted than the brights we adore, and the designs do not carry motifs associated with a ‘prep style.’ On the other hand, the lines are very clean; one won’t see a lot of ‘frou frou’ or fussiness with this designer.

The fabulous folks at the Decor8 blog have loads of great images of the Kiely Collection for Target in this post.  For those not as familiar with the company, we share a few looks from their apparel offerings. Below, the Sparkle Cashmere Sweater:

Orly Kiely

Orly Kiely

Some may recognize the more well-known ‘stem’ prints on their bags, totes and other items. Below, the Small Stem Large Tote:

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Believe it or not, another Gossip Girl star has landed the cover of fashion magazine. In this case it is a big deal for one Blake Lively, as she is the February cover for Vogue.

Mario Testino for Vogue

Mario Testino for Vogue

In the accompanying feature story Ms. Lively covers all sorts of ground, including topics show-related and fashion-related.

Also in G2 news, some readers may remember our post about a Gossip Girl spinoff; word now that the new show is moving forward. The details are in this story on Us Magazine’s website:

“The new CW pilot will center on a teenage version of Lily van der Woodsen (played by Kelly Rutherford) in Los Angeles in the 1980s.”

“Used to being a ‘have,’ attending a wealthy Montecito boarding school and living the high life, Lily is now forced into being a ‘have not,’ living deep in the Valley she once made fun of, and going to public school,” a Warner Bros. statement read.”

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Speaking of “cover girls,” we were delighted to open our T&C Special Issue on Wonder Women and see Diane von Furstenberg!

Town & Country

Town & Country

The special issue comes packaged with the Town & Country Weddings spring issue.  And since we are speaking of Ms. von Furstenberg, we feel compelled to advise you there is an astounding sale on some of the goodies in her online store!   (See our next item, for it also involves this designer!)

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Designers who participated in the last year’s Runway to Change fundraising efforts for President-elect Obama are now offering Inaugural items.  Below, the Obama Love Inaugural Tote Bag by Diane von Furstenberg:

Obama Love by Diane von Furstenberg

Obama Love by Diane von Furstenberg

Along with this design from Tory Burch:

Tory Burch - Runway to Change

Tory Burch - Runway to Change

Not for TP, but certainly appealing for others, to be sure.

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Are the fashion and retail arenas still rife with what call SOTTs? (Signs of the Times.) Yes. Indubitably. However we elected to stay more upbeat today and avoid dwelling on the Neiman Marcus layoffs, Goody’s bankruptcy filing, or the Gottschalks bankruptcy.

Instead, we’ll share a tidbit about Curtis Sittenfeld, considered one of the more ‘preppy writers’ on the American literary landscape.  The author of “Prep and “American Wife” started an online novella yesterday. As explained on the Slate site, where the novella is running:

“In anticipation of the inauguration, Slate asked Curtis Sittenfeld, whose 2008 novel American Wife chronicled the personal side of politics, to write an original inauguration novella. It will run in five parts, starting today and concluding Tuesday.”

Entitled “All Along, This Was What Was Supposed to Happen: an Inauguration Novella,” the first installment is subtitled “Yes, We Did” and the second, “Got Hope?” How very interesting.

And lest anyone think we forgot, we have nothing new to report on an Inaugural Gown or a daytime look for Michelle Obama.  We did see sketches of designs for Malia and Sasha Obama from the upscale children’s line Bonpoint in a story that ran in WWD this past Monday (the 12th), but were highly suspicious when reading it.

Among other things the story said “the White House stylist” approached the French firm. For openers, we expect the family will be in apparel from American companies. And “the White House stylist” ???  That would be an addition to the staff list we do not expect to see filled.  FYI, the story has been pulled from the Women’s Wear Daily website.

Anywho, we’re out the door. After all, it is a tropical -1 outside, but the sun is brightly shining.  And you know what we always say: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

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Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

Happy Weekend!

Today we start off with a few brief headlines, all of them SOTTs (Signs of the Times), none of them bringing a smile to the Prepatorium.

  • Say goodbye to Country Homes magazine; it is going the way of O at Home and Cottage Living. Waaaahhhhh!
Country Home magazine

Country Home magazine

  • The retail earnings data came out yesterday and it is beyond dreary. All of TP’s favorite retailers struggled, along with a not-so-favorite establishment, Macy’s.  The arrogant dolts that blew off the proud heritage of Marshall Field’s company announced they are closing eleven stores; click here for the list.
  • eLuxury.com will stop selling online within the next sixmonths, instead switching to a “magazine format” specializing in luxury goods.

But will we allow these headlines to drag us down here at Princess HQ?  Not on your life.  In fact, we are going to share a few nautical goodies that have caught our eye of late, starting with this Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper at Saks.

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Next, and in honor of the inimitable Nautical by Nature we present the Rogues Gallery Sailing polo at one of TP’s favorite online haunts, Gargyle.

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Here is a piece we absolutely adore from a line we love, the Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection:

We know that if another water baby, the Landlocked Mermaid, were buying the plates, she would also include the mugs. She’s just that way – if you are going to do something, then do it properly, of course. (Tee-hee!)

You can gaze at these pieces, and more, by toddling over to visit L’Ile de France, aka the French General Store.  All of their Quimper is simply gorgeous.

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Many Isaac Mizrahi fans are just starting to cope with the harsh reality of his departure from their local and online Boutique Tarszhay stores. With goodies like this Melton Coat in Pink Glow at Target, how could we not be depressed by his move to Liz Claiborne?! (We’re also considering this as today’s Pretty in Pink offering.)

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

We admit to being curious about his new designs for Liz; today we share a few early looks as seen in this story in WWD earlier this week.

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PHOTO: John Aquino

Above, a look we’re just kind of so-so on, but then we have never been big on orange, even at the beach.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We do find the more tailored designs more appealing than the casual pieces.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

If going the beach route, we probably would do Lilly Pulitzer rather than the blue and white design below, despite the higher price point on the front end. TP believes the Lilly look would outlast the Claiborne dress…oui?

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

In all candor, we have not purchased Liz in we-don’t-know-how-long, so it would take a great look to coax us back to the line.  It doesn’t mean we are opposed to seeing the new designs, as we do adore Mr. Mizrahi.

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Still looking for the perfect pair of wellies for stomping about the estate? If you are a Jimmy Choo fan, you are in luck. Hunter Boots is partnering with the renowned shoe designer, and Vivre Magazine shows us the result below.

Courtesy Vivre

Courtesy Vivre

They are Jimmy Choo’s first entry into rainboots. We think we’ll keep the ones we have.

But when it comes to dress boots, we think the Ninol in black patent has merit. We fell onto them (in a cyber manner of speaking) at the Jimmy Choo site – on sale at 50% off!

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Knowing the trauma inflicted upon the Third Coast Preppy household as a result of their proximity to a certain person occupying a certain Gubernatorial position (well, he’s still there as of this writing), we thought it important she learn a little more about her neighbor and his hair styling prowess.  (Heh-heh-heh.)

Now this is not brand-new information, and it really shouldn’t be referred to as news, for you do know what we used to say back when doing teevee news…? “If it’s news, it’s news to us.”

So here is the inside scoop on how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handles that hair….

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PHOTO: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

… compliments of this story in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

“… Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything… cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush ‘the football,’ an allusion to the ‘nuclear football,’ or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.”

Aha – the Paul Mitchell brush! There you have it. f course it’s too soon to tell if today’s impeachment vote will impact his personal grooming habits. (Ewww…!)

And on that note Prepettes, we say adieu.

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Anya Hindmarch Target Collection Early Release, Just Not at Target

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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?”
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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Target Announces Next Fashion Designer & Update on Whim Line by Cynthia Rowley

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Despite Target’s protestations that they wouldn’t need any new designers to replicate Isaac Mizrahi’s success, news came yesterday the discount retailer has indeed signed a new designer. Target announced they have signed Jonathan Saunders for their next GO Collection line. The British designer is not well know in the States, or in most of the world for that matter, having shown his first collection at Fashion Week just this February.

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Mizrahi’s design philosophy seems quite the opposite of Saunders, whose work is seen above. Mizrahi describes his aesthetic by saying: “I love great color, and clean simple lines.” In contrast, when looking at the Saunders work we are reminded of the famous advertising slogan: “How do we do it? Volume, volume, volume!” This of course refers to the sheer volume of material and number of design elements visible in Saunders Fall/Winter 08/09 Collection.

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The Princess also viewed some of this Spring’s line from Saunders; some of his work is simply fabulous. The Princess can actually visualize herself in a few of the gowns. However the majority of his pieces are simply too fussy-fussy and frou-frou for us. Sigh. Seeing how the Saunders’ work sells for Target will be most intriguing. We close this topic with two more looks at Saunders’ fall line before moving on to our much-loved Whim Collection from Cynthia Rowley.

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Now for our next topic: regular readers know The Princess has been absolutely gaga over the Cynthia Rowley Whim line at Target; frankly, we believe most of the line qualifies as Prepalicious! The bright and bouncy collection that includes everything from pink madras buckets, brightly striped coolers, sailing motif picture frames. We’ve been a tad worried the retailer might run out of some of the more critical items before the Memorial Day buying begins, as it seems things have just been flying off the shelves!

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The Princess learned today from a *very good source* inside the company that more merchandise continues to be shipped in almost daily. Those big Target semi-trucks you see on the highway are delivering loads of merchandise and workers are getting it out on the shelves as quickly as possible. Nothing is being kept back; it is all going out to make it easier for those of us a little bit in love with the line to snag those pieces we’re still looking for! Whew… that is good news. You can never have too many acrylic glasses for summer parties, right? The Princess had been somewhat concerned the situation was more of a “this is all there is folks” circumstance. We leave you for the time being with a few more photos of our very favorite line. BTW, Cynthia Rowley fans might want to peek at her website for a good look at her current and upcoming Iines; you can even shop at her online store!

Cynthia Rowley for Target Whim Dinnerware Whim by Cynthia Rowley Acrylic Glasses

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Christie’s Auction Off, Fred Leighton Bankruptcy, Barneys and Target Together?

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And you didn’t think there could be Breaking Preppy News, did you? Well, something akin to that last night with word that Christie’s‘Rare Jewels and Gemstones’ auction was off, canceled by a New York judge. News the $34 million auction was being canceled did not get to many dealers & collectors until after they arrived at the auction house for the sale. This was the sale Christie’s touted as having some of “the most important antique jewelry in history.” The jewels belong to Ralph Esmerian, owner of Fred Leighton, and he didn’t want them sold at what he called “fire sale prices.” The legal maneuvering had been going on all day, and reports say that at 4:20pm lawyers for Fred Leighton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A shocker for some, but not for others following the fight over the Fred Leighton name and assets. This was also the sale that was supposed to finance the new Fred Leighton store in Beverly Hills. Some of the pieces to have been sold last night include a $15 million pink diamond ring and a $6 million diamond brooch that was owned at one time by the wife of Napoleon III, both shown above. As of this writing (Weds., 7:30pm) it would appear the auction will not take place tonight, but your best bet is to stay in touch with Christie’s for the latest on an  unfortunate situation.

Time to move on to something much more appealing, don’t you agree? (Really, fights over the family jewels are bad enough, let alone those played out in court and in public. This is at the top of the list of things that just aren’t done. Period.) Next in the PrepBytes is the odd marriage between Target and Barney’s!

Rogan for Target ad

In another offbeat NewsByte (and it’s not even a full moon here at the Prepatorium) word is out that the Rogan for Target collection scheduled for this Spring will actually have its official launch at Barney’s. New York & Beverly Hills. Those Barney’s, yes. Of course, the surprise is not Rogan’s presence at Barney’s, as he is already well represented in those hallowed halls, but rather, the appearance of Le Boutique Target (for full impact, insert lush, rich pronunciation here, Tar-szhay). The new line, by uber-green designer Rogan Gregory will debut in May, and despite earlier word it would consist totally of swimsuits, evidently that’s not the case from looking at the print ads. It’s part of Target’s GO International Collection of Limited Edition clothing, and the store’s news release says it will “exude a beach safari vibe.” The 100% organic line will actually hit Barney’s New York on May 8th, and Barney’s Beverly Hills on the 15th. Target stores nationwide will have the goods for sale starting on May 18; they’ll be available through June 28th. If you are frothing at the mouth at this point and find you simply need all Rogan all the time, rejoice! His next New York store opens in May at Bowery & Bond. For those less familiar with Rogan’s work, he is quite the design-world darling, recipient of a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, co-creator of Bono’s line, Edun, along with Bono’s wife, Ali Hewson. He also does the eponymous and oh-so-upscale denim line and co-founded the Loomstate line as well. BTW, some pieces from the most recent GO collection, Milla Jovovich-Hawk for Target® are available now online in the Clearance section. Of course if you are seeking other Milla items, one need only visit the website.

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