Friday, June 22, 2007

Anya Hindmarch: A World of Difference

So bear with me for one more post about this "I'm not a plastic bag" bag - or rather, this whole bizarre phenomenon surrounding the bag.

Anya Hindmarch upper east side's store clerks really pampered their eager shoppers. On the day of the launch, they handed out fresh breakfast pastries and bottles of water for those who stood in line as early as 5 a.m. I've never been to a sale where clerks are this thoughtful. Nice touch. H&M should really follow their example.

Then, I went on To my surprise, the company was selling the bag online! As I tried to put 2 bags into a virtual shopping cart, a bright red disclaimer message popped up. "You are not eligible to buy this bag."

I didn't realize I have to meet some sort of eligibility requirement to buy a $15 canvas bag. I felt like one of those poor souls who reject. "Is it my bangs?" "Is it my occasional psychotic behavior?" "Is it my obsession with stovepipe jeans and crocs?"

Nevertheless, rejection of any kind is not a good thing, especially to an eager consumer who's very willing to open her wallet. A not so nice touch.

Then again, on, one can buy a "I'm Not a Smug Twat" bag for 20 British pounds plus shipping. The bag is a reaction to the IT-bag phenomenon, a reaction to the craziness of fashion.

Maybe I'll buy that instead and proudly tote the real message.

Photo credits:, The UK Dailymail.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Designers High-Street Collaborations Roster

WHOA. Once started, these designers high-street collaborations just keep coming! Some are a dime and a dozen, and some are definitely worth mentioning. Look out for more updates from this blog!

H&M: Announced yesterday that the Swedish clothing retailer will collaborate with Roberto Cavalli for a one-off collection this Fall. Stayed tuned for preview pictures. But for now, we know that the collection will be launched on Nov. 8.

Target: The Minneapolis retailer always get it right. Come July 15, clothing designer Libertine will launch its one-off collection under the GO International project. Also on the same day, CFDA-nominated accessory designer Devi Kroell will debut her affordably-priced handbags designed especially for Target. Kroell's pieces will feature faux-leather hobos, evening clutches and pouchettes in this season's metallic colors.

For Fall, British designer Alice Temperley (known for her ultra feminine silk gowns and delicate embroidery) will design for GO International. The pieces are mostly black and grey with excellent sweater-style dresses and flowing LBD.

At the accessories front, Holly Dunlap, of ballet-slippers Hollywould fame, will also design an accessories collection for Target. Rumor has it that the collection will debut sometime in Oct.

There's also rumors that Erin Fetherston will design for GO International for this upcoming winter holiday season.

Kohl's: Hold on to your hats ladies. Vera Wang will introduce an affordable line this Fall at Kohl's called Very Vera by Vera Wang. Stay tuned for its preview.

Payless Shoe Source: After three successful collaborations with Abaete's Laura Poretzky, the affordable shoe retailer will pair up with New York-based designer Lela Rose for a shoe/handbag collection starting this Fall. No word yet on whether this collaboration will be one-off or continuous.

So many collections, too little time to wear them all!

June 20: "I'm not a plastic bag" bag launch

As anticipated, Anya Hindmarch's "I'm not a plastic bag" bag launch generated as much buzz in the U.S. as it did in the U.K. back in April. In Manhattan, eager shoppers waited in long lines as early as 5 a.m. -- all in hope of getting the IT bag of the season.

I was there, right in the middle of all this action, at Anya Hindmarch's upper east side store on 60th street.

Is it worth the wait?

"Well, it's a nice sturdy designer bag that cost $15, plus it gives a positive message, " said Chamine, a fellow shopper whom I bonded with while waiting 4 hours in line for a bag.

Throughout the morning, curious onlookers gawked and asked about the long lines, which stretched all the way to Park Avenue. After realizing we were all waiting for a bag, some chided, "GO GET A JOB!" A construction worker who were working nearby even offered his own canvas work bag for $5. "Look! It even has an American flag on it!!" Nobody budged, of course.

The bag features sturdy canvas and rope handles. It can hold a lot -- I'm talking about holding an extra bag plus my handbag plus all the crap in my handbag and also 2 bottles of water.

Now if only I have the strength to lug all these things around all the time.
Photo Credits: The New York Sun

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

More June Sample Sales!!!

Ladies: Prepare your wallets!!!

WHAT: Botkier sample sale
WHEN: June 14-17 (thurs-sat)
WHERE: 72 Greene St. (between Spring & Broome), New York, 646/747 414

WHAT: Catherine Malandrino sample sale
WHY: Dresses, were $450, now $249. Tops, were $465, now range $149-$285. Need we say more?
WHEN: June 21-23 (thurs-sat)
WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W 18th St., 5F
HOW: Please RSVP at

WHAT: Lauren Moffat sample sale
WHY: Dresses, were $408, now $150.
WHEN: June 12-14 (tues-thurs)
WHERE: 214 W 29th st., between 7th & 8th ave., suite 1503 NYC

WHAT: Rebecca Taylor sample & stock sale
WHY: Designs at prices ranging from $5-$275
WHEN: June 27-28 (weds-thurs)
WHERE: 336 W. 37th St., 11/f, NYC

WHAT: REYES sample sale
WHY: All merchandise to be 40-80% off retail price.
WHEN: June 27-29 (weds-fri)
WHERE: 52 Walker St., 5F, NYC

WHAT: Tracy Reese & Plenty by Tracy Reese sample sale
WHY: Frocks now $99
WHEN: June 19-20 (tues-weds)
WHERE: Loft Eleven, 336 W 37th St., at 8th Ave., 11F.

WHAT: Alexander Wang's sample sale
WHY: Prices up to 60% off
WHEN: June 21-23 (thurs-sat)
WHERE: W hotel Union Square, 2/f

WHAT: Miguelina's sample sale
WHY: Dresses and tops are $50-$290
WHEN: June 20-22 (weds-fri), 11-6
WHERE: 20 W. 36th St., near 5th Ave., 6/f.