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What I’ve Learned From Luxury Resale: Dries Van Noten

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Since shopping on TheRealReal.com, I have learned a few valuable lessons, particularly when it comes to footwear: Americans have enormous feet. A couple numbers get lost in translation when buying Italian and French footwear. American sizing does not directly translate so while a 39 may show up as “9” on a chart, you are a 10… or 10.5. Sad, but true. I spend more money re-buying crappy shoes than I would purchasing one pair of high-quality shoes. I can better identify my style preference and proactively learn about brands that cater to my aesthetic vs. being told what is fashionable by social media and fashion magazines. Example: I love Belgian...

Shop: Warby Parker @ Nordstrom

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Shop Warby Parker at Nordtrom Here’s an interestingly situated shopping opportunity for you: Warby Parker,a store that began exclusively online, then moved into brick and mortar, is now selling as a curated capsule collection through Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom has now sanctioned glasses as cool and Warby as eyewear purveyor of cool. I appreciate Nordstrom attempting to keep it fresh with the Pop-Up concept, and giving Director of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, a job that all other e-commerce and merchandising professionals will lust after forever. I also like to call her by her unofficial title, Chief Imitator of Jenna Lyons. Jealousy aside, Warby Parker is great and for $95 including lenses, you...

Fringe Benefits: 6 Jewelry Picks for Cheap

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Whenever I revisit Forever21’s online catalogue it’s not long before I’m saying to myself “How do they do it?!” While extremely cheap quality and sickeningly trendy style remains at their core, the brand does offer some undeniably cute jewelry and clothing… and it’s all DIRT cheap. So, how DO they do it? If you think about it logically, you can figure out the answer for yourself. If you can’t figure it out, then refer to their long history of labor violations both in the US and abroad – hint: 12 cents is the going rate for a vest that sells for $13.80. (That makes the going rate for a $2.80...

An Open Letter to Forever 21: Get your ship(ping) together

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Dear Forever 21, You’re missing an opportunity and it’s called post-25-year-old millennials. Since graduating college, we are too busy and self-important to shop at your physical stores, too impatient to rifle through your endless pages of online options, and have become savvy enough to know it’s not worth investing serious dollars in single row stitching and Katy Perry inspired prints. But all love is not lost: I will still come running back to you when I have important adult business like my pajama bar crawl this weekend. And I know you still care about me, Forever 21, because I’ve watched your style and your clothing assortment not only grow to...