Dots & Stripes (Boden Is the New J.Crew?)

British retailer Boden was founded as a mail-order business in 1991, two years after Popular Merchandise Inc. rebranded itself as J. Crew. Both companies found success in catalog sales, but J. Crew’s retail store ambitions overtook the company’s catalog-based model early on. Unlike J. Crew–which went public in 2006, and then was taken private again in 2011, Boden has opted…

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Floral & Gingham (+ Updated Infinite Style by Ann Taylor Rant)

  I ranted at length about Infinite Style by Ann Taylor last year, and then made a bold prediction: it’s doomed (if not to oblivion then, at a minimum, to irrelevance). While my feelings about Infinite Style haven’t changed, an update is warranted as new information have come to light. What I didn’t realize when I wrote my original post…

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Scallop & Gingham (+ Cyber Spring)

Dramatic temperature swings have defined the first weeks of spring this year. But, for a brief moment last week, it felt like summer. I was ecstatic for the chance to wear all of my new warm weather favorites, and to be able to share some of them with you in partnership with Ann Taylor. c/o Ann Taylor Linen Blend Ruffle…

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Yellow Rain Jacket (+ National Stripes Day)

Nearly a year ago, J. Crew announced that it had trademarked its own Hallmark holiday, designating March 31 “National Stripes Day.” And fashion media ate it up, giving the retailer tons of free, positive press. Never one to let a perfectly good (made up) holiday pass me by, I will happily wear stripes on National Stripes Day (not that anyone…

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Floral Jumpsuit

Amid tepid performances in every retail segment, Urban Outfitters managed to grow its 4Q sales by 5.7%, helped most by an 8% increase in comparable sales at Free People. I can’t say I am particularly surprised by UO’s performance in recent quarters, as I have contributed substantially to its growth in recent months. Les Wexner, chairman/CEO of L Brands (admittedly… View Post

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