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Keds Clothing Line, About That Online Shopping At Work

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone is eager to embrace the promise of the holiday.

As one might expect, today’s post is brief.  We have a few new recipes to turn into colossal kitchen failures start on a little later, we imagine almost everyone else is in similar circumstances.  So we’ll jump right in with a look at the new clothing line from Keds.

Kyle Ericksen/WWD

The sneaker manufacturer is doing a collaboration with Opening Ceremony, a wonderful retailer.  The line launches this Friday, here is more from Women’s Wear Daily:

The men’s and women’s clothes are pretty much what one would expect from a nearly century-old American brand that specializes in canvas sneakers — basic, understated and faintly preppy.

Prices will run between $48 – $400, and the new collection will be available online. Our favorite thing about the story has nothing to do with the clothing line at all, it is this factoid in the WWD article:

In 1887, the term “sneaker” first appeared in print to describe Boston school children’s tennis shoes. But, it was a 1917 Keds ad that referenced how sneakers allowed wearers to sneak up on unsuspecting friends that helped make the word part of the public’s vernacular.

Today’s fun fact. 🙂


Next, something rather topical, a story about companies cracking down on employees who spend time on shopping sites while at work. The Los Angeles Times technology blog has more:

A recent survey by Robert Half Technology… found that 60% of more than 1,400 chief information officers interviewed said their companies block access to online shopping sites — up from 48% last year.  And an additional 23% of CIOs said that although their companies do allow access to shopping sites, they monitor employees for excessive use.

With websites looking like this….

Macys.com via WWD

And this….

JC Penney/JCP.com

The lure may be overwhelming for some employees; a good reason to avoid the temptation is found in that Times’ blog post:

If you work for a company of a fairly substantial size, you should assume that your company is either tracking your every move online, or at least has that capability.

“Rest assured that everything you click on is being watched,” he said.  “So don’t be surprised if you get a note from HR that says we notice you’ve been on a certain site a lot. They can track your every move.



We leave you with a Thanksgiving smile from our girl. (She worries this angle makes her look…. well, rotund.)

Silly Tilly

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and laughter.


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Target’s New Designer, That New Gossip Girl, Stella & Dot Adds Handbags

Hello-Hello, and happy top of a new week!

It has been a little busier than normal here at the Prepatorium, more on that later. But first, we have a quick look at the newest addition to the Gossip Girl cast. Although we don’t watch, a number of readers are fans, so we attempt to stay abreast of developments on the show, below we see Elizabeth Hurley shooting a scene with Chace Crawford last week.

Flynet Pictures via The Daily Mail

The show is in production for its next season, shooting on the UES. Ms. Hurley plays a character named Diana Payne,we also show Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley working on the set last week.

Splash/AKM Images via The Daily Mail

The new character is apparently that of a ‘media mogul,’ obviously a very attractive one.


Next, word from Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) that Le Boutique Targét is adding another designer line, this one from Gwen Stefani. The Harajuku Mini collection will debut in November, with pieces for “babies, children and tweens,” according to the trade publication.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Prices for the line will run $3.99 to $29.99. Sharon Edelson’s story points out that Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection is one of very few successful fashion endeavors being done by celebrities.


Next on the menu today, a look at a new accessories collection from a company called Sloane Ranger.  The line is just being launched, from its website:

“Inspired by the streets of Sloane Square, It was time to bring the Sloane’s effortless cool and confident styling across the pond.”

Many readers remember Princess Diana as the most well known individual associated with the moniker. Here are a few of the company’s iPad/Netbook cases, retailing at $20.

And here are some of the belts being offered, they run $18.

Thoughts on the new wares? Intrigued? Yawn? Cute?


Women’s Wear Daily also has word about Stella and Dot, the jewelry and limited accessories line sold through private trunk shows. The company is adding handbags to the merchandise its stylists will be offering, below we show one of the bags.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

The initial handbag collection will consist of five bags, here is more from the WWD story:

“A clutch; a convertible, three-way style; a cross-body bag; a wristlet, and a key pouch will comprise the first collection. Prices start at $44 for the key pouch and go up to $258 for the convertible bag. “

Stella and Dot already offers jewelry totes and rolls.


Finally today, one of the reasons we say the weekend was a little chaotic.  Facebook fans have already heard that we hired a new shipping manager, seen on the job below overseeing Friday’s shipment of Lilly Pulitzer Agendas to Princess customers.

Courtesy Tilly T. Bulldog

It was good to have new personnel on the job, we had quite a few Lilly Pulitzer Agendas to get ready for today’s shipping run.

Above we show boxes being prepped for shipment, below, some of the boxes ready to go.

The Prepatorium

And more boxes filled with Agendas going out today.

The Prepatorium

Of course, with this many orders one counts on the shipping supervisor.  You’re wondering where that employee is aren’t you? So were we.

Caught Red-Pawed

We finally located her, tracked by the sound of her snores.

Honestly, you just can’t get good help these days.


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CK Bradley’s Latest, Those Prep School Lacrosse Names, & Preppy Wine

Hello-Hello, happy Monday-before-Christmas!

The crush of business and volunteer commitments prompt us to do yet another one of these dual posts that shall have to suffice for both today and tomorrow (Tuesday), we are just crazy busy right now. (And guessing most of our cherished readers are as well, it is that time of year.)

We have loads of little tidbits and treasures, beginning with a look at some of the Fashion Business Faux Pas in 2010, at least as determined by BNET (the CBS site).  A few include companies with a preppish bent, here is a sampling:

  • “Talbots’ flagging effort to dump the frump -– The women’s apparel chain squeezed out a profit in the last quarter, but it’s scarcely out of the woods. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to see the light of a real sales boost any time soon, even with a profusion of trendy leopard prints. Talbots needs to get an infusion of original designs and a new merchandising scheme in place -– fast.”
  • “Ralph Lauren’s little brand-equity shredderJCPenney’s (JCP) management sipped too much of Ralph Lauren’s (RL) red-white-and-blue Kool-Aid. Indeed, the retailer’s agreement with the designer (which came with a hefty $1 billion sales tag) stipulated that any unsold apparel and home furnishings with labels and logos that could not be removed without damaging the merchandise had to be destroyed. Though it’s fairly common practice among retailers with overstock to ship the goods en masse to the bargain bins of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (TJX) -– the destruction clause is surprising (not to mention tacky) coming from the always-impeccable Lauren.”

Ouch. To read Lydia Dishman’s story in its entirety, click here.


Next, a look at what CK Bradley has been up to since closing down her eponymous accessory company.

CK Bradley

As she hinted earlier this year, the talented designer is now making skiwear with a new line called Après by CK Bradley. Below, hats from the collection, they are hand-knit in Vermont.

Apres by CK Bradley

More pictures of the new styles.

Bibs will run $450 and the jackets are going to be $550, those wonderful hats, $65.

The line is officially launching in January, but items can be pre-ordered by emailing ckbradley13@gmail.com.  Click here to see the Facebook page for the line if inclined to learn more. (This definitely brings back memories of our first trip down Vail Mountain, it seems forever ago!)


Also today, we get to indulge in one of our favorite annual rituals: sharing the Inside Lacrosse All-Name Team. Every year the publication goes over rosters of actual lax players at schools across the country, selecting those with the preppiest sounding names for inclusion on the All-Name teams, published in the magazine’s Face-Off Yearbook.

Last year’s post on the topic better explains the practice:

“Lacrosse has long been known for its prep school roots. And while that changes and diversifies rapidly every year, it still crops up in some of the 1,000-plus names that appear in IL’s Face-Off Yearbook.”

Here is a sampling of the players selected this year:

  • Baxter Lanius IV, Defense, Lehigh
  • Brewster Knowlton, Goalie, WNEC
  • Remington Steele, Goalie, Limestone
  • Seabrooke Carter, Attack, Florida Southern

As you can see from looking at some of those names, the Prep-O-Meter is almost peaking in the red zone.  We love the photo illustration accompanying the story.

Matt Cain/Inside Lacrosse

But here is the best part about this year’s update: editor-in-chief John Jiloty tells us they have added a Women’s All-Name team. How about these names?

  • Fielding Kidd, Defense, Yale
  • Beasley Hays, Midfield, Colgate
  • Sheehan Mulholland, Attack, Niagara,
  • Kearney Sneath, Midfield, Quinnipiac
  • Seton Hartnett, Attack, Holy Cross
  • Kirby Mundorf, Goalie, Monmouth

Call us crazy, but the Women’s All-Name team is much deeper than the Men’s, and shows much stronger bench strength than the Men’s, no doubt about it.

Again, it is all in good-spirited fun, as explained by Mr. Jiloty:

“As with every All-Name Team, I feel required to post the obligatory line about how this is all in good fun, and we’re just playing around with a funny, tired lacrosse stereotype.

Please take no offense at inclusion on this team. Wear it like a badge of honor … on your Vineyard Vines blazer.”

Both the magazine and the Yearbook may be purchased online, click here for more info.  Of course, if ever looking for gifts for your favorite lax player, our Personalized Lacrosse plates are always fun, and the lacrosse ribbon in our Custom Belts continues to be a hot seller.


We leave you with something we learned about from the always-on-top-of-things Meg over at The Preppy Life.

Preppy Vines via The Preppy Life

Popped Collar Pinot” and “Preppy Vines Pinot Noir” are actually new offerings from Preppy Vines Winery.

Preppy Vines

The wine may be ordered online, if interested in a discount code for the pinot or pinot noir, pop over to the Preppy Life and read Meg’s post. To learn more about the wine visit Preppy Vines, or chat with them via their Twitter link or their FB page.


We leave you with this seasonal image of Silly Tilly, she was feeling festive over the weekend and got into the computer in a desperate attempt to elf herself.

Sadly, there was some sort of operator error technical malfunction. There is no dancing Tilly video to share. We shall persevere in our efforts to create such a thing.

With that, g’bye until next time!



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Gap, Banana Republic & Lands’ End Spring 2011

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Thursday filled with all manner of fun and fashion.

Today we confront that strange circumstance of barely moving into a new season in real life, while appraising light and summery fashions for the next season. It is always disconcerting.

With that caveat we begin with a look at Banana Republic for next Spring.

Women’s Wear Daily reviews the new styles; as one would expect, the color palette is muted, showcasing BR’s olives and khakis.

Along with muted gray and taupe.

A timeless navy was used as well.

A number of floral dresses helped soften the collective look.

As did the splash of coral and peach incorporated into the mix.

For your MOTH (Man of the House), basic BR pieces.

Classic profiles seemed to rule the day.

We do adore a basic v-neck sweater.


For those wondering about styles from BR sister company, The Gap, here are a few images from that Spring 2011 line.

Ben Wright/WWD

These also come via a WWD story.

One of the first things we notice is the higher waist on some pieces.


Our final group of spring fashions come from Lands’ End and Lands’ End Canvas.

We do like many of the styles, they carry upbeat colors in timeless silhouettes.

The styles are classic Lands’ End, from Women’s Wear Daily review of the regular Lands’ End group:

“Land’s End continued to evolve its preppy practicality with updated takes on heritage pieces for spring. Sailor-stripe shirts, fit-and-flare dresses and rain gear, including performance trenches, were key looks for women.”

A nautical feel was evident throughout much of the collection.  Here is a bit of the WWD Canvas review:

“…the Canvas collection, which targets an audience with “a younger mind-set” (early 30s), as president Nick Coe said, rounded the one-year mark. Spring’s focus was on washed oxford-cloth shirts, gingham shorts and fitted knitwear with an emphasis on brights, as well as more trend-driven denim and khaki.”

We must confess we can’t comfortably distinguish in some of the photos what pieces are from the Canvas line and what are not.

But for those who “like” the Canvas FB page, quite a bit of the spring collection may be seen at that location.


Lest we not meet our obligations to keep our cherished readers up to date on inane and meaningless Goings-On of the Gossipy sort, look who was at a Vogue party Tuesday night.

Getty Images

The image does prompt us to ask if you think Mr. Westwick is sporting what we used to call a pompadour?

In other important G2 news (heh, heh, heh), word that there’s been a breakup for two of Gossip Girl’s stars.

Us Magazine

According to Us Magazine, managers for Blake Lively and Penn Badgley have confirmed the couple has split.


We close with a rather strange phenomenon we are experiencing here at Princess InterGalactic HQ; it is the case of the vanishing Halloween candy.

As background, we do like planning ahead for things and an enormous bag of candy was purchased weeks ago for the little ghosts and goblins brave enough to cross the moat and show themselves at the palace doors. This morning we discovered a good portion of said sweet treats are gone, vanished.

Neither one of us has any idea how it disappeared, but here’s where the fickle finger of blame is pointing.

If that isn’t a guilty grin, we don’t know what is. Now, there’s no need to fret about Silly Tilly, Miss TUWABVB has jumped to her defense. Again.

Has anyone else had this strange occurrence, the candy purchased so earnestly in advance of the big day is just… gone?  (With apologies to those who may have seen this on our earlier Twitter and Facebook pages, we simply couldn’t resist.)


  • George Chinsee/WWD: All Banana Republic images
  • Ben Wright/WWD: All Gap images
  • Kyle Ericksen/WWD: Lands’ End


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Friday Fun at the Prepatorium

Hello-Hello, and Goodbye-Goodbye!

Pourquoi you ask?

Because Silly Tilly the-tubby-dog has tendered a special request for playtime with the Princess.

We are acceding to her wishes, at great personal cost, mind you. (Heh, heh, heh.)

Until next time, we hope you have special playtime with your friends and family this weekend!


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