“Boutiques.com is a personalized shopping experience, brought to you by Google, that lets you find and discover fashion goods through a collection of boutiques curated by taste-makers — celebrities, stylists, designers, and fashion bloggers. Boutiques uses visual technology to help fashionistas discover and shop their look and creates the opportunity for designers to showcase their collections and latest inspirations online”.
How does it work? When you sign up for an account, you’re presented with an array of questions — almost like a style survey. Do you boot leg or skinny jeans? Would you prefer to wear ripped and shredded denim or clean cut? Which color washes do you prefer & do you like patterns? You’re shown a gallery of snapshots, ranging from celebrity style to street fashion, & asked what is most inspiring. It then runs through your likes and dislikes to pinpoint your actual style. A boutique is then created with a username, examples of clothing, and suggested boutiques you can follow- any boutique can be followed by any user and the more followers equals greater exposure and “ranking” (go stylistas and all of your friends and friends of friends).
How many pairs of jeans do you have in your closet, ladies? If you’ve answered between 5-10 pairs we’d say you are spoiled- oh so luckily! But we’ve got it easy (except for the dressing room hassle); So many stores offer a variety of styles, fit, washes etc. Now let’s talk men- how many pairs do they own? Most likely less than you… So ladies, it’s time to make a change by giving your man a chance to check himself out in the mirror (he is doing the hard work and doesn’t he look so cute!).
Tagg is the new, super cool menswear boutique in Hell’s Kitchen, 720 Ninth Avenue, New York City. They carry brands from the most recognized designers such as Diesel and Jbrand. To the more hard to find and funky names such as Naked and Famous and Projek Raw.
If you sign up to be a Tagg Client you’ll receive a 10% discount towards your first purchase.
They say the surest way to your mans heart is through food but we say it’s through jean shopping (and who can’t use to lose a few pounds although, we know you’ll be loving him anyway.)
– Jackie Racer
Tags: Diesel, JBrand, naked and famous, projek raw, Tagg
Jeans are the ultimate all American clothing item. They are always as fashionable as functional. Everyone’s gotta have a pair and are always wanting more… Last week Joe’s Jeans opened a new retail location in Atlanta. The concept store will cater to men, women, and children. They will offer a variety of selections in denim jeans, shirts, shoes, handbags, and belts. You can finally find all that you are looking for at the line’s 4th full retail location and we couldn’t be happier!
The sooner you strike, the sooner you break them in.
In the meantime you can follow who is wearing what, how, and where on the official Joes Blogsite.
JOE’S Atlanta Boutique | Phipps Plaza (A.K.A. fashion capitol of the south)
3500 Peachtree Rd NE, #1071A
Atlanta, GA 30326
– Jackie Racer
Tags: Joe's Jeans
Nicole Tondre and Lisa Fuller, the duo behind East Village vintage standby Circa Now, opened a second, contemporary boutique on the cusp of Little Italy in summer 2008 called Court. The space is adorned with hand-painted furniture snagged from an antique auction on Long Island and tables draped in leather. Orange-tinged dressing rooms are covered with New York artist Andrio Abero’s glam wallpaper printed with models’ faces. It’s all very cute but it gets even better because they have recently launched their own denim brand which goes by the same name as the shop.
The collection comes in all sizes but for now they only have a high waisted style however we could always use a pair of those, right? Especially since we can choose from blue, black, gray, or a white wash- OH YESSSSS!!!!
We won’t judge you on what you choose-
Court is located at 178 Mulberry St., New York, NY near Broome Street, New York City
– Jackie Racer
America’s iconic denim brand, Levi Strauss & Co, will be opening a location in the meat packing district this fall at 414 West 14th Street, between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street in a renovated historic building. Levi’s will be joining other denim brands such as the Jean Shop and Earnest Sewn in the trendy high-end downtown shopping destination.
Levi??™s could merchandise the more than 2,600-square-foot store with its highest-priced vintage line, which includes $500 jeans, or its Capital E jeans in the $100-to-$200 range, but most Levi??™s jeans are in the $50-to-$80 range. On the low end, there??™s the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. brand selling at mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart. Levi??™s also customizes jeans in a few stores.
???Our new location in New York??™s Meatpacking District is exactly the kind of site we are looking for as we expand the Levi??™s Store retail network across the United States,??? said Joelle Maher, senior vice president, Levi??™s Americas retail commercial operations. ???We have secured a prime location in an area that has become a mecca for savvy, creative and artistic consumers looking for innovative, trend-leading products. The neighborhood is vibrant and growing, and has attracted some of the world??™s top brands and retailers.??? (WWD Click here to read today’s full article).
So, look forward to a day of taking in the view from the Highline, a lot of shopping, lunching at the Standard Grill and skipping home with a new pair of Levi’s jeans.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Levis Straus & Co
LINEA PELLE STORE ???POPS UP??? AT HENRI BENDEL IN NEW YORK
Southern California Lifestyle Brand Opens Temporary Retail Space To Celebrate the Holidays
Linea Pelle, the Southern California lifestyle brand known for its custom craftsmanship and washed Italian leather handbags, belts and small leather goods, has opened a ???pop-up??? retail store at the famed New York City store Henri Bendel to celebrate the holiday season.
The Linea Pelle pop-up store, located on the third floor of Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Avenue, New York), just opened and will close its doors on Thursday, December 31. Open seven days a week during Henri Bendel hours ??“ 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday ??“ the store showcases the quality, value and on-trend designs that have distinguished Linea Pelle for nearly three decades.
A one-stop shopping destination for all things Linea Pelle, merchandise includes washed Italian leather handbags including Vanessa bags in muted colors of pewter metallic, sterling gray, dark chestnut and black, in a large Hobo and Fringed cross body clutch with hand lacing, braiding and fringe detail (retail price ranging from $250-$495). Additional bags being sold include the Dylan Bowler style as well as the iconic Dylan handbags in colors such as scotch, violet, teak & black as well as pops of parrot green, hibiscus pink, sand & azure blue. Items available only at Bendel will also be featured including the popular Lola Tote in Black, as well as the limited-edition Dylan Denim railroad Stripe Messenger Bags.
Linea Pelle??™s signature belts are available in beautiful seasonal color palates featuring iconic studs, embellished straps in gold and silver finishes. Both waist, hip and jean belts are being sold with hand crafted details such as lacing and embossing. Also available are small leather goods including cosmetic bags and wallets. The casual leather studded bracelets are also for purchase starting at $25 for a skinny studded stackable to $65-$75 for a wide multi strap cuff. Bracelets will also be on the main floor atrium during Bendel??™s ???Around The Wrist??? concept.
???Henri Bendel is a great New York location for Linea Pelle to have a pop-up shop for the holidays. As a shopping institution, they have long stood for excellence and quality, which we consider the hallmarks of our brand,??? says Meira K. Anzaruth, founder & CEO of Linea Pelle. ???We see pop-ups as an important component of the future of retail. It??™s a great way to build and enhance our casual lifestyle brand.???
Adds VP/creative director Andrew Cotton, ???This is a great platform for Linea Pelle to move into a holiday shop concept. We will offer our holiday and resort belts, handbags, small leather goods and bracelets as well as some exclusive Bendel holiday product. We are thrilled to be part of Bendel??™s new shop-within-a-shop concept.???
Distinguished by custom craftsmanship, and hand crafted from washed Italian leathers, Linea Pelle is internationally recognized for producing some of the finest leather belts and handbags in the fashion industry. Its unique aesthetic is infused with the casual chic lifestyle sensibility of Southern California. The LP Collection??™s artisan leather in gorgeous color palettes for each season is complemented by solid-brass hardware along with novelty detailing such as studs, braids and other embellishments. The results are handbags and belts with a unique vintage look reflected in every piece and style. Expanding from its signature belts and handbags, LP has expanded into wallets, coin purses, and jewelry. LP Collection is sold worldwide and has become a favorite among Hollywood celebrities, stylists and trend setters. For more information please go to www.lpcollection.com.
Tags: Henri Bendel, Linea Pelle
Sales of the Day
Weekend Deals LA: Rogan at Apartment Number 9, Vionnet, Em & Co., Keep, and More…
By Lisa Dionisio
Rogan Pop-up at Apartment Number 9
Fresh off their recent Loomstate pop-up, Beverly Hills men’s store Apartment Number 9 welcomes sibling label Rogan into the store as their newest rotating installation. This go-around they’re offering both men’s and women’s merch from the collection. View Rogan’s new fall ’09 line in its entirety including amazing wool jackets, leather bombers, and classic jeans. Faves include a super-soft black leather mini skirt perfectly paired with a classic short pleated pea coat and for guys, a Narkeeta wool trouser and comfy hooded zip-up. With fall shopping now underway, we’ve picked our first weekend stop!
When: Opens this weekend through Wednesday, September 2
Where: Rogan Pop-up at Apartment Number 9, 9877 Little South Santa Monica Boulevard, (between Charleville Boulevard and South Lasky Drive); 310-785-9001.
– Kathy Ng Hassan
Posted WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 05/20/2009
SAN FRANCISCO ??” Shoring up sliding North American sales, driving e-commerce and expanding in international markets are key goals for Gap Inc. in the next year, executives said Tuesday at the company??™s annual meeting.
The company needs ???to make North America a stronger business model,??? said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer.
???We have to get serious about connecting with customers and gaining back market share,??? Murphy said, addressing Gap??™s troubled U.S. and Canadian sales and underscoring the need to lure North American customers back into its stores.
Gap will push its online retail, now 25 percent of the business, and will introduce e-commerce platforms for Canada and the U.K. by 2010, followed by Japan in 2011.
The largest U.S. apparel specialty retail chain also will open stores in six new countries this year ??” Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Egypt and Jordan. Murphy said he anticipates additional opportunities overseas because the company??™s international business is strong.
???We are looking at China??¦we believe it??™s a timely market, a good opportunity for us,??? Murphy said.
Gap??™s North American business, which accounted for about 88 percent of total revenues in 2008, has been struggling for years, and the company hasn??™t reported a quarterly sales increase since its overall revenues crept up 0.1 percent to $3.85 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.
Sales at the chain have continued to tumble this year. First-quarter sales dropped 7 percent to $3.13 billion and were down 8 percent on a comparable-store basis as comps fell 12 percent at Gap North America, 13 percent at Banana Republic North America, 3 percent at Old Navy North America and 4 percent at international. Comparable-store sales in April slid 4 percent, as net sales fell 5 percent to $1.05 billion. Comps were down 8 percent in March as net sales declined 6 percent to $1.29 billion.
???We have to get those customers back,??? Murphy said. ???I don??™t care if you??™re a value player or a luxury player, your message has to be a call to customers.???
Among ways to reinvigorate sales, Gap is launching new store concepts, including those currently open for Old Navy, others coming this fall for Banana Republic and an outlet store concept that will debut in the near future.
???Our real estate is a little stale; it has not been reinvested in a way that I??™m comfortable with or the [company directors] are comfortable with,??? Murphy said.
Another big part of Gap??™s effort to reinvigorate North American business is Athleta, a Petaluma, Calif.-based online and catalogue retailer specializing in sports and activewear acquired by Gap in September for $150 million ??” the company??™s first acquisition in 25 years. Athleta was added to Gap??™s online store offerings last month.
Gap is expected to report quarterly earnings after the markets close on Thursday.
Tags: G-Star, WWD
by Rebecca Kleinman
Posted THURSDAY FEBRUARY 05, 2009
From WWD ISSUE 02/05/2009
MIAMI - Diesel hit the books for the brand’s third store here.
The Milan-based company took the opportunity to do something different with its store design when a long-term lease on a 2,800-square-foot space on Lincoln Road, previously home to a popular independent bookstore, became available.
Rather than spending months renovating the space and losing key seasonal traffic in the process, Diesel’s retail design team opted to make the most of the store’s library aesthetic. Book shelves were refinished for novelty merchandising and touches like vintage furniture and globes were added. Even fake library cards have been tucked into back pockets of each pair of jeans. The store opened in mid-January and will undergo a full renovation in August.
Steve Birkhold, chief executive officer of Diesel USA, estimates 80 percent of the original interior remains, including terrazzo floors, an espresso bar and vintage light fixtures.
“It lacks amenities like perfect modern lighting, but it was more important to preserve the architecture’s integrity now and even later when we renovate,” he said.
In keeping with the street’s vibrancy, DJs spin tunes before hitting nightclub gigs. Though equipped to serve beverages, the company left that component to the bookstore’s popular cafe, which relocated to a courtyard address on the property. Birkhold said other neighbors like a Base lifestyle boutique are a good fit.
The Lincoln Road location is much smaller than most of Diesel’s retail outposts, including a nearby 4,100-square-foot location on Washington Avenue that opened in 2002. That store was halved for an ongoing two-phase renovation and stocks a full assortment. Items like Diesel Black Gold, a premium contemporary denim collection, won’t be carried at Lincoln Road.
Birkhold said Lincoln Road focuses on “the best of the best” from denim retailing for between $170 and $360, T-shirts, leather outerwear, swim, intimates, fragrances, sunglasses, footwear and bags. Men’s bestsellers run the gamut from skinny to boot-cut to straight styles, while women favor skinny jeans in dark blue and black washes, along with the Basic fragrance for $68, and black clutches and wallets from $120 to $85.
“In just the short time we’ve been open, sales are up by mid-double digits over projections,” said Birkhold, who dismisses any suggestion the store might cannibalize wholesale accounts in South Beach. “We’ll have completely different merchandise than other points of sale, which should only benefit from our brand presence in the area.”
Birkhold predicts the Miami market could hold two more Diesel-branded stores in the near future, bringing the number of units in the area to five and making it one of the top three American markets for the company.
“There are certain markets where we have unbelievable success, and Miami is one,” he said of the city’s richly diverse customer base of locals, European and Latin American tourists, and consistent seasonal spikes like spring break. “You don’t have to sit long at a cafe on Lincoln Road before it’s obvious.”
Lincoln Road is part of a three-year growth strategy from Diesel that has, so far, been little affected by the economy. A nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open on Fifth Avenue in New York this month and store relocations have taken place in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.