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In honor of the French house’s largest shop in the world, which opens today on London’s New Bond Street, we’ve scoured the over 180 mono-brand boutiques worldwide looking for the house’s most luxe outposts. Here, we’ve narrowed down the 6 Chanel shops on our bucket list, from the City of Lights to the land down under.
You’ve got your bikinis, flip-flops, and sunglasses ready. You’ve found the best bronzer, nail polish, and lipstick to set off your soon-to-be summer glow. You’ve got your Jitney reservation — or train ticket, or car keys — in hand. Now the only thing left is finding the perfect bag to stow all that stuff in. And, because this is Memorial Day Weekend we’re talking about, why not make it something a little patriotic? We’ve found the best and most affordable travel bags so you can satiate your wanderlust in style.
Happy National Macaron Day!! We hope you’re celebrating with a sweet treat — and a free one at that, if you’re in NYC — but even if you’re sticking to your spring diet, you can still indulge in these confectionery inspired pieces. Pistachio, coffee, salted caramel — whatever your favorite flavor, we’ve got your fashionable fix right here.
Last year, a woman pepper-sprayed her competition. Today, one man threatened to pull out a gun while waiting in a line outside of K-Mart, hundreds of young girls stampeded a Victoria’s Secret, and crazed shoppers rampaged their way through a Wal-Mart.
There may not be a single star-spangled banner amongst the merch carried by new e-commerce site Anthem Wares, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing its praises loud and clear.
Target recently released a shoppable film Falling For You, whose instant shopping concept is the first of its kind. The idea is really cool, answering the perennial question “Oh man, where did they get that? I want it!” But watching a live finale at Target’s party inside Terminal 5 on Wednesday, and finding out that stars like Kristen Bell, Nia Long, and Rose Byrne also experience the same moments as us plebes? Well, that was even cooler.
Target just launched the first episode of its shoppable short film today, and the video is actually pretty cool!
Sorry, we had to.
Get’em before they’re gone!
Heading to Coachella next weekend? Getting a head start on your packing plan of attack for Bonnaroo/Lollapalooza/Pitchfork/Governor’s Ball/Burning Man/Electric Zoo? We’ve got you covered. Well, maybe not for Burning Man. You probably just need some body paint for that particular one.
Via Jezebel comes this amazing video sendup of that painful shopgirl experience we’ve all had, in which a trendily clad, barely functioning human being says things like, “They’re vintage?” (which isn’t a question) and “We don’t have an online store?” (which also isn’t a question), before promptly closing for lunch, er, brunch.
Call us cynics, but when we got the press release announcing Forever 21′s intentions to donate 100% of today’s online sales to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, we couldn’t help but look for a catch. They couldn’t possibly mean 100%, could they?
You know how sometimes you’re walking through Ikea and you think to yourself, why does this floor plan mimic the Labyrinth at Knossos? It turns out there’s actually a method behind the madness, and that method is (what else?) to make you spend more money.
We here at Styleite love to shop (evidenced by, well, our tireless gift guides), but when we’re in serious yes-I-am-going-to-make-a-purchase mode, we either can’t flag down a salesperson to help us or we want to find our new merch by ourselves. A new survey by retail consulting firm Accenture suggests that most shoppers who have smartphones don’t want to talk to salespeople at all, instead preferring to use their iPhones or BlackBerries to find information a salesperson could easily recite.
Brooks Brothers‘ brand of classic American clothing is expensive. Likewise, so are the ultra-cool things for sale at Opening Ceremony. But our friends at Fashionista recently discovered that people who shop at the newer, hipper store spend more there than people who buy preppy staples at Brooks.
For all their disposable income and penchant for spending money on things they don’t need, ABC News found that teenagers do more harm than good when they assemble in large groups and swarm around local malls. There’s the increased likelihood of horseplay to worry about, and the general unruliness that goes in tandem with having a big bunch of unsupervised kids running around.
Styleite intern Rika Nurrahmah agreed to take on an abridged version of the shopper’s diet challenge. Find out what she wore, when she wore it, and how she coped with a limited wardrobe.
Fashion media is starting to look a lot like a quiz-heavy issue of Cosmo magazine. First the Wall Street Journal outlined the four types of luxury shoppers, and now WWD has a breakdown of the five shopping personalities — with names like Shop-a-Lot Sue and Bubble Barbie, of course — women can have. So, which one are you?
Does a love for fashion correlate with irresponsibility? Is it necessary for publications to rejoice over pre-recession shopping behavior now the economy’s finally beginning to crawl out of its crater? According to a New York Times article, consumers in various parts of the world have reacted to these problems with their wallets and their style-minded conscious with what’s called a “Shopper’s Diet.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, politician-turned-reality-tv-wannabe Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, had no problem spending $400,000 on clothes during his time as governor. This is coming from a man who often claimed that lawmakers were spending the public’s money “like drunken sailors.”