1. I feel like I’ve been harping about the great sales for the past few weeks – is it only me? Has anyone else been seeing some great sale deals? I haven’t had the best of luck the past few seasons, but this season I feel like I’ve been snagging some great deals (except for a Chanel cardigan which I thought I had but ended up losing out on….grr!). But the items I’ve found, have all been 50% off more more. There’s a lot of great items hanging around still, like this Saint Laurent white bucket bag.
It’s 60% off! and quite beautiful, no? Most years I feel a classic item like this would not have made it around to second markdown. So what’s going on? Is it just the economy? Please, I’d love to hear if you’ve all been noticing way more designer items around for deeper discounts lately.
2. Have any of you been following all the drama associated with Alber Elbaz’s parting ways with Lanvin? If so, you’ll appreciate this fascinating story via The NY Times, about the behind the scenes battle at Lanvin which is playing out in French courts right now. There’s some great insider info in this piece, including some tidbits about the lack of investment in the Lanvin brand and why there weren’t as many “commercial” pieces made as there could have been.
3. Do you like chocolate? That’s a dumb question, right? I love chocolate and love trying new varieties, though clearly I haven’t been very adventurous as I’ve never heard of Mast Brothers….that is, until I read a series of articles, detailing the controversy behind this “craft chocolate” brand, and why it may not be as certifiably “bean to bar” as its claims. Start with this Slate article – Chocolate Experts Hate Mast Brothers, and then go on to this Quartz piece.
4. If you have some time, I love this oldie (from 2010) but goodie article, via Vanity Fair, about the always fabulous Jacqueline de Ribes, The Last Queen of Paris. If you like it, I might suggest a followup article, via The Washington Post, which examines her life and coverage in the light of today’s social media celebrity driven culture. There are some great photos of Jacqueline and her fashion as well.
4. This week, I’m indulging in Tales From The Back Row, by Amy Odell.
Amy Odell is the editor of Cosmopolitan.com, and the book traces her path as a journalist in the fashion industry in New York. The book is a very fun read so far, with lots of tidbits about the fashion and luxury industry. I’d describe the book as pure fluffy fun, but not too fluffy, and since it’s non fiction, I’d put it a solid rung above chick lit. Odell is also quite likable and a good writer, so I’d recommend Tales From The Back Row to anyone who’d enjoy a nice little behind the scenes read on fashion.