Confessions of a Millennial Shopper

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Millennials are a strange beast and I’m allowed to say that because – technically – I am one. We’re the ones that ranked both Forever 21 and Target in the same top-20 brands “Love List” as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Blasphemy! The same generation that voted in American Eagle’s Live Your Life campaign and then complained when the prettiest/skinniest contestants won. The same generation where 60% are willing to switch the brands they buy, if it means getting more benefits.  We want it all – authentic brands, on-trend messaging, social responsibility … all at a good value! Read more of this post

Connecting the Dots … Bringing Online, In-store

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We all know the significant impact that e-commerce has had on today’s retailers … many are redistributing advertising spend to social media outlets, cutting overhead by cutting square footage, and putting more stock in their online storefronts. Sales are being delivered to consumers less by Sunday morning circulars and more by Facebook promotions, Twitter discount codes or Pinterest contests. But just when you thought you had it all figured out, retailers are now turning the tables … merging social media with brick & mortar stores. Read more of this post

Be Bright | Gap Falls Into Color

Fall is always colorful.  The leaves turn to bright shades of yellow and orange, crisp Macintosh apples glow a rich red, and the sky is full of bright blue.  Why then, should an autumn collection be void of all color? Exactly.  It shouldn’t. Read more of this post

California Retail: Trends and Details

On a recent journey to the west coast I saw some interesting trends in retail developments and some well thought out details. Above is Blends at The Lab in Costa Mesa where their stunning collection of limited edition sneakers is displayed “on ice” behind glass cooler doors.

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Julie Floersch: Not Your Mother’s Jeans

There’s a sense of both old and new in the denim quilts of Julie Floersch. The artist blends her Midwest upbringing with a background in fashion design to create beautiful modern designs with an air of heritage and Americana. Read more of this post

It’s Grand

No matter how many times you’ve seen it, Grand Central Terminal in New York never ceases to inspire. At 42nd and Park Avenue, it is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms: 44, with 67 tracks along them.

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Hatch Show Print

I’m embarassed to admit that we have 2 Hatch posters rolled up in a tube at home. It wasn’t until I personally experienced the history and craftsmanship of each poster’s production that I realized why my husband had been so enthusiastic about this artwork, brought home years ago.

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