COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

UNIQLO and LEMAIRE Arrives In About 6 Weeks
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For those of you who have been waiting for the arrival of the Spring edition of the Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration, the countdown has begun. The chain's global website for the line designed by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-linh Tran went live today with flat preview images of every single item plus a bunch of lookbook shots on models to get a better idea of the pieces' fit and proportions. There are no radical surprises for spring, just more of those sophisticated basics in a muted color palette that look much more expensive than they actually are. As with last fall's debut collection, there are tons of great knits, this time in cotton. Overall, the prices actually seem a bit lower than last season, if you can believe it. Many of the sellout items from last season have been translated into lighter weight fabrics including some of those heavy woolen men's trousers that sat on the racks but seem much more appealing now in more seasonal materials. The great shirts are now available in an expanded range of colors and fabrics including bold, summery awning stripes, and there are plenty of new spring items like shorts, tanks and a great cotton blouson jacket just to name a few.
The collection arrives in stores and online on March 4th and, as with last season, the complete collection will only be available in the three Uniqlo flagships in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue, 34th Street and Broadway in SoHo, so start setting your plan of attack now. A smaller, select assortment will be available in in only three more stores in California including Union Square in San Francisco, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. Everyone else will have to on alert for the when the collection hits the web on March 4th. If last season's response is any indication, you won't have too much time to get what you want in the size you need, so set your alarms, and pick out what you want to buy early.

UPDATE:
There's good news and bad news.
First the good: Uniqlo has announced that as a result of last year's strong positive response to the collaboration, the number of stores carrying Uniqlo and Lemaire in the U.S. will be increased to nine including Chicago and other unspecified locations. It will be also be made available in 16 additional markets and regions.
Now the bad: According to the retailer, this will be the final edition of the Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration. While they had hinted that it might be a continuing program like the Ines de la Fressange line, this will be the last iteration of the collection, so don't sleep on it. It's not coming back next fall.

Uniqlo and Lemaire (Official Site)

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FOND FAREWELL:

Kitchen Cult Store Broadway Panhandler To Close This Year

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Some things just aren't meant to last forever.
While we have become accustomed to hearing about beloved independent retailers forced to close after exorbitant rent hikes or predatory competition, Broadway Panhandler will close its doors sometime this spring for a less painful reason: retirement. Store owner Norman Kornbleuth is 72 years old, and has simply reached the point where he is ready to wind the business down. Since his children are not interested in carrying on the business, and his attempts to sell the store have proved fruitless, Mr. Kornbleuth will shutter it when he decides the time has come. “We were never just about housewares,” he tells the Times' Florence Fabricant. “With my background, we could continue to sell equipment to restaurants.” Originally opened in SoHo about 40 years ago, Broadway Panhandler migrated from its namesake address in 1995 to Broome Street and then again up to East 8th Street in 2o6. Through the years, Kornbleuth developed a destination for chefs, celebrities and celebrity chefs alike thanks to the kind of personal service that is hard to replicate outside independent stores. Despite heavy competition from upscale chains like Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and even discount laden Bed Bath & Beyond, the store thrived with most of the same top brands they carried plus more arcane fare and more exclusive suppliers. The store has been known as the first stop for obscure cooking items that are easily overlooked by bigger chains. Most notable was the extensive knife counter with a selection tough to match in the city. Culinary minded New Yorkers will still have independent stores like Whisk and Bowery Kitchen Supply in Chelsea Market to look to, but it will be tough for them to match the wide selection and depth of expertise that made Broadway Panhandler a mainstay.

Broadway Panhandler, Longtime Manhattan Cookware Retailer, to Close in Spring By Florence Fabricant (NYTimes)


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Rick Owens, Jay Godfrey, Paul Smith, Thomas Pink, Zadig & Voltaire, Brunello Cucinelli, Mulberry, Furla, Trina Turk & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Blumarine, J Brand, Chantelle, Matthew Williamson, Yosi Samra, Kenneth Jay Lane, Rami Brook, Jay Godfrey, Butter Shoes, Armani Collezioni, ILA Jewelry, Paul Smith, Hardy Amies, Ben Sherman, Oliver Sweeney, Thomas Pink, TAG Heuer, Luciano Barbera, Ivory + Mason, Ermenegildo Zegna, TOD's, Alternative Apparel, Thomas Earnshaw —join HERE
RUE LA LA
7 For All Mankind, Michael Stars, Persol, Bottega Veneta, Longchamp, Lois Hill Jewelry, Vince, Chan Luu, SK-II, Ben Sherman, Zadig & Voltaire, Argento Vivo, Daniel Wellington Watches, Villeroy & Boch, Sophie Catalou, BODUM —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
Joe's Jeans, Grayers, Ted Baker, Becca Swim, Stylestalker, L.A.M.B. —join HERE
MY HABIT
Rick Owens, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, Salvatore Ferragamo, Furla, Mulberry, Fendi, Seavees, Tailorbyrd, Versace Collection, Bally, Joe's Jeans, Dolce & Gabbana, Byron Lars, Trina Turk, Foley + Corinna, Lafayette 148, Butter Shoes, Dareen Hakim Accessories, Ike Behar, Brunello Cucinelli, James Campbell, Jil Sander, Eton, BLK DNM —join HERE

NO, NOT LEFTIES:

Italian Contemporary Label Pinko Coming To Madison Avenue

PinkoSS16Generally, we would suggest that Pinko, derogatory midcentury slang for lefty communist sympathizers, would not be the best name for a contemporary women's apparel line, but we have all gotten used to a fashion line called Acne by now, so we suppose that all bets are off in that respect.
Anyway, Pinko (pictured at right), an Italian based sportswear chain is making what appears to be its U.S. debut on the north-western corner of Madison Avenue and 80th Street in the former home of a Comptoir des Cotonniers unit. The line, whose prices appear to be comparable to Sandro or Maje, has an abundance of stores throughout Europe, the U.K., the Middle East and China, but has not yet ventured into North America. The Commercial Observer tells us that its debut store will be roughly 1,000 square feet, and that's all we got fro now. No opening date has yet been set, nor have plans for further expansion been released, but the upper reaches of Madison Avenue right on the pedestrian route to the Metropolitan Museum should be fertile ground to launch this sort of brand in the vicinity of Vince, J.Crew, Nanette Lepore and their ilk. Stay tuned for more details.

Italian Women’s Fashion Brand Pinko Making Foray Into USA (Commercial Observer)


MOLLY YOUNG GOES SHOPPING:

Beyond Ballet Flats Edition

21CRITICAL4-articleLargeIn today's Thursday Styles, this week's Critical Shopper Molly Young makes her way to Soho to check out the Repetto flagship or Mecca for generations of ballet flat fans. it is not, however, the eternal ballet flat that interests out shopper this week. She gives it its proper historical context (Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse etc.), and there are clearly lots of them to be had there for both professional dancers and civilians alike, but it is the other items at Repetto that really catch our shopper's eye. The well priced sportswear gets its due, although it seems a little bit too well-priced to have actually been made in France, but the item that sticks is a fawn-colored ankle boot. "It felt like having someone gently blow kisses toward my foot from a distance," she describes, which seems tough to resist, even for $425. And yet, the delicacy that makes it such a treat for her feet is also its chief drawback, How could such a dainty piece of footwear stand up to the rough sidewalks of New York? Of her trusty shopping partner she finally says, ". . .I’m grateful for friends who remind me of the important things in life — like keeping the maximum amount of shoe between me and New York City’s fathomless secretions," —perhaps finally remembering the heartbreak of having a new pair of shoes destroyed by the very streets of the city we call home. We have all been there.

Critical Shopper: Be a French Girl. Or Just Look Like One. By Molly Young (NYTimes)
Repetto 400 West Broadway between Spring & Prince Streets, SoHo

 


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Dennis Basso, Mikimoto & Seize sur Vingt Make For A Luxurious Sale Week

Dennisbassosale2016The Sample Sale scene is on a slow simmer for the time being, but it isn't totally dormant. While it won't kick back into high gear for several weeks, there are a few choice events perfect for the season set for this week.

Starting tomorrow, MIKIMOTO will open its Fifth Avenue showroom for a three-day sale on its renowned jewelry which typically features luminous cultured pearls. It's an excellent opportunity to get a jump on extravagant Valentine's Day gifts.

Luxury handbag brand KHIRMA will also be launching a sale on Wednesday through Saturday in the West Village featuring its signature sleek clutches and other exotic skin bags. Save up to 70% off retail prices with no bag priced under $500.

Local favorite expertise in all things sartorial SEIZE sur VINGT will kick off its seasonal sale of Friday featuring its men's ready-to-wear Suitings, shirtings, sportswear, shoes and accessories. The deep discounts top out at a whopping 80% off. This year, a 2-day online preview will precede the sale starting today at noon for anyone unable to make it to the brand's Greene Street flagship store. Those who prefer to shop in person will have to wait for friday, but there should be l=plenty of shopping time as it runs through the end of the month.

Finally, on Saturday, fur fans will flock to Soiffer-Haskin for DENNIS BASSO's seasonal sample sale. The main attraction is, of course, the fur coats and jackets (pictured), but there will also be shearlings on hand as well as the designer's opulent ready-to-wear apparel and accessories along with scarves, pillows and other home accessories. Runs through next Wednesday. Be warned that security will be extra tight at this venue which is already the most strict in town. Leave the kids at home and expect to check all coats and bags going in . Photo IDs will be required for this one as well.

Most of the other regular sale venues are quiet for the week, but look for 260SampleSale's three locations at 260 Fifth Avenue and 43 and 151 Wooster Street to be open with a mix of merchandise culled form sales over the past few months.
Yeah, it's leftovers, but in the past, they have been priced to move, and there is always the opportunity to find that little gem that everyone else has passed over.

See our SALE ROLL sidebar for details and locations plus any late breaking sale events. Next week, casual furs from Joc and the popular KS clearance sale are set to take place.


THIS WEEK ONLINE:

Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, UGG, Timo Weiland, Diesel, TOD's, Furla, Ben Minkoff, & more

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

GILT GROUPE
Versace, VIX Swimwear, Honeydew Intimates, Shoshanna, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Garrett Leight, English Laundry, Dolce & Gabbana, Vince Camuto, Ben Minkoff, GBX, Mr. Turk, Jean Shop, Ron Tomson —join HERE
RUE LA LA
Michael Kors, TOD's, Seychelles, CORUM Watches, Ponte Vecchio Jewelry, Feizy Rigs, Alex and Ani, Penhaligon's, Furla, LillamP, ThomasDean, Lagos, Lafayette 148, Sue Wong, ZERO Halliburton, Mountain Hardwear, Me Too, Oris Watches —join HERE
HAUTE LOOK
UGG Australia, Siwy Denim, American Apparel, Diesel, EVER, Civilianaire, TUMI, Kenneth Cole, Vince Camuto, Tart, Corso Como/Ciao Bella, Versace Jeans, Lloyd Germany, Penguin/Random House —join HERE
MY HABIT
Fendi, Timo Weiland, Yigal Azrouël, Burberry, MICHAEL Michael Kors, ASH, Saint Laurent, Cullen, Ted Baker, Oroboros, AVI-8 Watches, Brioni, Frame Denim, Halston Heritage, Alicia Adams Alpaca, Schutz, Scott Barber, Stone Rose, Miu Miu, Ruthie Davis, Grayers, John Varvatos —join HERE

MORE MUSICAL STOREFRONTS:

Fendi Is Moving Its SoHo Store Down The Block

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has quietly closed its SoHo store on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets, but it is not abandoning the neighborhood. According to the covered up windows, next month, a new store will open only halfway down the block at 104 Greene Street (pictured above), formerly an H.Stern jewelry store.
There was an H.Stern in SoHo?
FendiWindowSoHoYes, there was, but one could be forgiven for not noticing. Wedged between the Melissa shoe store and Design Within Reach, it is one of the few retail spaces in the neighborhood that has brick walls where windows should be. Inside is a long and narrow selling space, which could be made into a compelling store, but overall, it is a dismayingly inconspicuous space for a prized, LVMH controlled luxury brand —particularly compared to the infinitely more visible previous corner location at 122 Greene.
Maybe Fendi has yet to prove through sales numbers that it deserves a larger presence in the neighborhood. Vast corporate management can be tough on its brands at times. The previous store while exceedingly well-positioned, was particularly petite, serving as a focused showcase for handbags and accessories only. It was far from an extensive representation of Fendi's offerings, and the upcoming location may offer more space with its stretched out configuration, but the store's innocuous frontage makes us wonder if it may just be something of a placeholder until Fendi finds a more visible SoHo location that is more befitting of a celebrated brand and puts it on a more level footing with other boutiques of its ilk including Chanel, Dior, Burberry, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and the like. In the meantime, we can check back in February to see how Fendi contends with its unusual new home.


SAMPLE CIRCUIT:

Rag & Bone Arrives + A Surprise Jean Paul Gaultier Finale

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As if by request, shortly after we mentioned that the RAG & BONE sample sale had been MIA so far this season, it was announced to be beginning today at its usual Chelsea Market location. In fact this is around the same time it happened last year —even a bit earlier than last year. The Shophound stopped by yesterday afternoon for the preview day (which experienced R&B sale shoppers know is only loosely restricted) and found everything pretty much as expected, which is generally what is to be loved or not about the brand in general (pictured above). The long denim table was exactly where it always is. Mostly everything we saw fell into the black, brown, olive green or gray color category. There are plenty of great vintage or military inspired shirts (pictured below), knits and coats, with a particular abundance of men's pea-coats and a bit more of the kind of sports performance inspired separates in keeping with current trends. As of yesterday afternoon, the sale was still in the late stages of set-up mode, so there may have been more merchandise to bring out. Without going into granular detail, prices seemed to be around 60% to 75% off retail depending on the item's original retail price, so Rag & Bone on sale costs perhaps just slightly more than J.Crew at full price. Fans of the brand should make haste to get themselves down to Chelsea. The first day is generally a madhouse.
While KIKI de MONTPARNASSE will continue its warehouse sale through the weekend, the only other sale of note we discovered this week is  what is being billed as a JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Farewell To Ready-To-Wear sale which is beginning tomorrow at Century 21's Upper West Side location in Lincoln Square through Sunday the 17th. This is a new venue for Century 21's recent foray into sample sales, and it promises vintage and collectors' pieces from the celebrated French designer who recently ended his prêt-à-porter line in favor of concentrating on his Haute Couture and fragrance businesses. We are not quite sure what to expect from this sale, but it sounds like an intriguing option especially with few other sale events  happening.

Be sure to check our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details, locations and any late breaking sales.
Next week, SEIZE sur VINGT's popular sportswear and haberdashery sale begins with an online preview starting on Tuesday.
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