It's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy For American Apparel

American-apparel2In what has been seen as an inevitable move, American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late on Sunday. The move will allow the company to restructure a massive debt load as it continues to transition to new management after the ouster of controversial founder and former CEO Dov Charney.
WWD reports that the filing will allow for $90 million of debtor-in-possession financing, most of which will go toward restructuring the company. It will also cut the chain's debt from $300 million to an estimated $135 million, reducing annual interest by as much as $20 million. Those are big numbers which demonstrate how dire the company's situation has become. While American Apparel's management continues to battle legal challenges from Charney, a great deal of its troubles stem from issues that developed under Charney's management such as enormous amounts of excess inventory that had to be sold at margin destroying clearance sales, as well as expensive investment in operational systems that ultimately functioned poorly.
In a public statement, current American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider stated, “This restructuring will enable American Apparel to become a stronger, more vibrant company. By improving our financial footing, we will be able to refocus our business efforts on the execution of our turnaround strategy as we look to create new and relevant products, launch new design and merchandising initiatives, invest in new stores, grow our e-commerce business and create captivating new marketing campaigns that will help drive our business forward.”
One of the effects of the bankruptcy will also likely be an opportunity to close poorly performing store locations. While a few American Apparel store locations have vanished in recent months —like the recently shuttered Upper West Side unit in the Ansonia building— we may see more locations go dark as the chain has the chance to jettison particularly unprofitable stores.
While a lot of people hear bankruptcy and immediately think "going-out-of-business", what this news means is that the company now has a stronger chance of moving forward successfully and reinventing itself for a post-Charney future. Instead of the slow motion train wreck it has been over the past year, American Apparel just might be a chain we can watch as it evolves into something new.

American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy (WWD)


Escada, Jimmy Choo, Sandro, Tahari, Michael Kors, Brunello Cucinelli, Prada, Rebecca Minkoff, Frette, M Missoni, The Kooples, Icebreaker

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!

Cinzia Rocca, Parker, M Missoni, Miguel Ases Jewelry, Imanimo Maternity, Rogue, Ray-Ban, Camper, Bottoms Out, Marc New York, Psycho Bunny, Lladró —join HERE
Escada, Mauviel, Frette, Montblanc, Prada, Gucci, La Mer, Zobha, Splendid, Earthrocks, Rivkah Friedman, John Varvatos, Charles Tyrwhitt, Elizabeth and James, Shun, Kapital K, Stuhrling, J Brand, Vera Bradley, Icebreaker, Staub, Tarina Tarantino —join HERE
Seychelles, Sue Wong, Escada, Dawn Levy, Anne Klein, Cuisinart, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, MICHAEL Michael Kors  —join HERE
Rebecca Minkoff, Terani Couture, Diesel, Free People, Minnetonka, Robert Graham, TailorByrd, House of Harlow, Sandro, Tahari, Sofia Cashmere, Sky Brazabra Beauty, Jean Shop, Joseph Abboud —join HERE
Jimmy Choo, TOD's, Lucky Brand, Versace, Porsamo Bleu Watches, Gracia, Donald J Pliner, Florsheim, Jeremiah, The Kooples, Andrew Christian, Fendi, Brunello Cucinelli, Marc Jacobs, Thaddeus, Valentino, MUK LUKS, Hook & Albert, Prada —join HERE


Did You Get Anything From
Uniqlo and Lemaire?
Too Late Now.

As predicted, eager shoppers were lined up early this morning outside the city's Uniqlo branches to get  first pick of the highly anticipated Uniqlo and Lemaire collaboration line. Whoever they were, they succeeded in denuding the store's shelves and racks of much of the collection.
Because The Shophound had things to do in the early AM (like sleeping) we decided to check things out a few hours later in the early afternoon. We started at one of the only stores in America to have the complete collection, the 34th Street flagship (pictured above and below) where we found not much left for men or women. The only category that seemed to have any breadth of product left was outerwear, but by the time we got to the store. store staff was scrambling to fill in the empty shelves and racks with other merchandise. Some of the sweatpants and cotton chinos were also available, but the standout knitwear was nowhere to be seen, and the disarray caused by ravenous shoppers was only beginning to be tidied up.
Then it was on to the other store slated to carry the full selection, the Fifth Avenue flagship, where we found more stuff, but still some chaos. Customers were no longer waiting outside, but were still lined up around the showcase shop at the top of the escalators that housed the new collection (pictured below). Inside, racks were packed with more outerwear, and some more of the basic separates, Again, much of the knitwear, particularly the cashmeres, were sold out, but the women's sweaters with the concentric square patterns were still available as well as some of the merino styles. As at 34th Street, however, most of the other styles were equally ransacked with maybe one or two odd pieces lingering. Racks set outside the glass enclosed shop featuring the line were also still swarming with shoppers.
So clearly, the line can be called a hit. Don't bother trying to shop online. Most of it is already sold out. The good news is that everyone who missed out will now be able to better prepare for the next season's offerings, as the line has been promised to go for at least a few more seasons. Uniqlo's next collaboration set for launch is the Carine Roitfeld capsule collection, set launch at the end of this month and already getting rave reviews from editors who previewed to this week in Paris. Again, distribution will be limited to only four stores in the U.S. including the Beverly Center unit in Los Angeles, SoHo, Fifth Avenue and select items only at the 34th Street Store. Roitfeld fangirls should be warned. Uniqlo looks like it is on a roll this season.


Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2016 Show Is A Dreamy Lady Gaga Video

Tom Ford
is busy with a new movie right now, so the question of where and when he would show his Spring 2016 women's collection has been in the air over the past few weeks. He announced that there would be no runway show this season, and teased a video that has finally hit the web this morning, and it looks like more fun than any runway show you'll stream this season.
Ford enlisted photographer Nick Knight, a gaggle of the hottest models on the runways including Mica Arganaraz, Lexi Boling, Kayla Scott, Xaio Wen Ju, Valery Kaufman, Aymeline Valade, Lida Fox, Lucky Blue Smith, Alex Dunstan, David Agbodji and Tarun Nijjer and, the real surprise, Lady Gaga, who recorded a special cover of Chic's "I Want Your Love" for a disco soaked 3 minutes and 36 seconds of pure fashion pleasure in the form of an old fashioned Soul Train-style runway party. On his website, Ford explains how it all came together,

Instead of having a traditional show this season, I wanted to think about how to present a collection in a cinematic way that was designed from its inception to be presented online. I have always loved "Soul Train" which used to be on TV in the 70's; as it was as much about the clothes the music. I asked Nile Rodgers to collaborate on a new version of one of his great hits from that time, "I Want Your Love," and worked with Gaga to record the vocals. I then staged a full show in Los Angeles and filmed it with Gaga on the runway, Nick Knight directing and Benoit Delhomme as our director of photography.

Now, why won't anyone let models move like this on the real runways anymore?
Watch and rewatch over and over again below.


The Kent & Curwen Sale Is A Can't Miss For Erstwhile Simon Spurr Fans

Well it is turning out to be a bonanza of a sample sale week for stylish gentlemen of New York. We just heard about the KENT & CURWEN  sale a few days ago, and knowing that the British label just decided to abandon its revamp plans in favor of a completely new direction in collaboration with soccer legend David Beckham, we thought that this might be an interesting opportunity.
In fact, it's more like a fire sale.
For the past few seasons, Kent & Curwen has already been undergoing a revision under British born, New York based designer Simon Spurr, whose own much admired label collapsed after he was separated from it in 2012. Spurr's collections for Kent & Curwen showed him in fine form with all of his strengths as a designer on display; sleek tailoring, inventively engineered knitwear, and superlative outerwear. The brand and its owner were apparently so confident in his creative direction that they leased an expansive flagship boutique on Madison Avenue last year to show it off. The label found its way into Bloomingdale's and Sals Fifth Avenue, both stores who carried Spurr's label previously, and things seemed to be going well until, after barely a year in business, the Madison Avenue store quietly shuttered over the summer, and the label's Fall 2015 collection was mysteriously absent from any men's fashion week, only to be unveiled late in a muted presentation. It was not so much of a surprise, then, when the company announced its new Beckham partnership with great fanfare a couple of weeks ago indicating that Spurr had left the brand.
But back to the sale. We asked one of the Kent & Curwen staffers there if they were clearing out of the Spurr-designed product to make room for the new Beckham lines and she said that, in fact, the merchandise was actually meant to be stocked in the Madison Avenue store that no longer exists, so, for the most part, it is all Fall 2015 merchandise in classic Simon Spurr stye —and it is a all a bargain. We are talking $15 neckties and $60 sweaters —$90 for $500 - $600 cashmeres— and $1,500 suits for $395. We found boxes of soft cashmere scarves for $30 each. And there's tons of everything, including Leather outerwear for that retailed for up to $2,000 for a mere $395 —and few designers know their way around a leather jacket like Simon Spurr (a full price list is posted after the jump). There are stacks of dress shirts and racks of slim trousers, with more merchandise rolling in as we shopped.
The only drawback is that to enter the sale, one must go to Trump Tower.
Yes, that Trump Tower.
While we are loath to have anything to do with anything Trump or Trump-adjacent, it is worth braving the pink marble atrium. You will have to go through the attendant at the elevators just to the left of the building's Fifth Avenue entrance, and visitors will be personally escorted up to the 14th floor by a doorman, which, all things considered, is a perfectly reasonable security precaution at the moment. The sale is in a raw, recently gutted space that is divided into a small first room with casual items and accessories, and a larger back room full of tailored clothing, outerwear, shirts, ties and more of everything. Apparently the sale had been going on since this past Monday before we internet folk got wind of it, and it will continue on weekdays only through Friday the 9th, assuming that there is enough merchandise to keep it going. Even if you aren't a Simon Spurr fan, it is still a great opportunity to refresh you fall wardrobe with some smart, sophisticated clothes at a fraction of their retail price tags. Don't dawdle.

As usual, all details can be found in our SALE ROLL at left which is worth keeping an eye on these days as unexpected sales have been popping up all over the place.

See a price list after the jump

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Almost But Not Quite Edition

01CRITICAL1SUB-blog427In today's Thursday Styles, Critical Shopper Jon Caramanica is extra critical.
First, he spends several paragraphs on the typical New York apartment dweller's closet dilemma. Does an over stuffed closet mean you have too many clothes or not enough closet space? Who can say –besides Marie Kondo whom we don't even want to get started with.
This philosophical storage discussion is all to lead us to Tomorrowland, not the section from the Disney theme parks, and certainly not the cinematic misfire from earlier this year, but the Japanese sportswear brand which just opened a sprawling boutique on Broome Street in SoHo (pictured at left).
The problem with Tomorrowland's wares is not that they aren't appealing, but are they appealing enough to try to cram into your already overstuffed closet/armoire/dresser/makeshift under-bed storage apparatus? It seems pretty clear that our shopper has not yet come to terms with his own wardrobe space issues. "What you have to watch out for are inessentials that look and feel like essentials," he writes, "clothes that are elegantly designed, well made, reasonably priced and seemingly unique, but which don’t solve an unsolved problem."
This is a problem peculiar to cities like New York where there is an embarrassment of retail riches to choose from, and one has the luxury of discernment. You might not necessarily have to pounce on the first great thing you see because, in all likelihood, there will be five more great things around the corner, anyway.
So he gets picky.

It was hard not to get excited looking at these clothes, though when I tried them on, that enthusiasm faded slightly. The fabrics felt just a hair too deliberate, even for the colder seasons.

It is all gorgeous stuff, but nothing there sings out "You must have me now!" in the right key. In fairness, our shopper concedes that the store is in its early days here, and given a couple of seasons, could hone its offerings better to the wants and needs of New Yorkers —or maybe just to our shopper. Tomorrowland may be better tomorrow, but The Shophound stopped by for a quick look last week, and we thought that Tomorrowland looked pretty damn good for today.

Critical Shopper: Reason to Keep Coming Back to Tomorrowland By Jon Caramanica
Tomorrowland 476 Broome Street between Wooster & Greene Streets, SoHo


Is Nordstrom Planning A Rack Store Just A Block From Its Manhattan Flagship?

Traditionally, prestigious department stores have made an effort to keep their outlet stores a safe distance away from their full-line flagships. After all, why confuse the issue for customers? It looks like Nordstrom may be busting that paradigm as The Real Deal is reporting that executives from the off-price Nordstrom Rack are eyeing a space at 3 Columbus Circle (pictured above) for a new location along with another on West 34th Street. That would put a Rack store less than a block away from the huge, full line flagship store that is being built at the bottom of a skyscraper at 225 West 57th Street. The Rack would be in the southeast corner of the building, replacing a Bank of America branch, and literally across Broadway from an entrance to the mother ship store that is expected to open in 2019. While the flagship will be a whopping seven floors, the proposed Rack store will be also be a sizable 40,ooo square feet over three levels, giving Nordstrom something of a mega-shopping headquarters that has never been seen among Manhattan's rarefied department stores where shopping neighborhoods have been strictly stratified, and outlets are more preferably sequestered in discount centers like Woodbury Commons. Outside of independent off-price chains like Century 21 and the defunct Lehmann's, Filene's Basement and Daffy's, Manhattan had traditionally been an outlet-free zone for its luxury department stores. Lately, however, that has been changing, in part thanks to Nordstrom which first entered New York City with a Rack location just off Union Square. Now a Bloomingdale's outlet is set to open later this season at 72nd Street and Broadway, and Saks Off 5th will open in the Financial District at 1 Liberty Plaza, just on the other side of the Word Trade Center complex from an upcoming full line store in Brookfield Place. Still, if this deal comes to fruition, Nordstrom will be the first one to have its own outlet located practically across the street from one of its largest flagship stores.

Nordstrom Rack eyeing 3 Columbus Circle space (The Real Deal)


The Paul Smith Sale Is Packed With Goods + Late Additions From
Patrik Ervell And Kent & Curwen

It has turned out to be a great week for menswear sales in New York.
The Shophound checked out the PAUL SMITH sale yesterday (above) and we can report that it is crammed with merchandise. It's the first time in a few season that Smith has held a public sample sale, and it shows with an abundance of everything everyone loves from the designer including his signature patterned shirts, tailored suits and witty sportswear. While there was a decent selection of women's shoes and apparel in the front section, the large back section, in a reversal of the usual arrangements at the venue, is full of menswear. In particular there were tons of men's shoes at the press preview ranging from $25 for flip flops to a measly $125 for the most expensive Italian-made shoes and boots plus collectors' styles from a collaboration with legendary English shoemaker John Lobb which retailed for $1,295.
That might be the best bargain anyone will find all season. There are also stacks of art, photography and fashion books from the boutiques as well as other tableware and gift items priced with color coded dots that top out at a mere $40.
Suits are going for $450, and most apparel is in the 60% to 80% off range or even more. The friends and family preview was pretty packed this morning, so we would imagine that this will be a busy sale that could get picked clean pretty quickly by Paul Smith devotees who have been waiting for this one for a long time. Shop early, and look for a partial list of prices after the jump along with some looks inside.

Yesterday morning, a few more important sale notices hit the web including PATRIK ERVELL's sample sale which is a seasonal mainstay for stylish New York men. It begins on Friday the 2nd and runs through the weekend in SoHo where up to 80% off retail prices on clothing and accessories is promised.

Another late-breaking event that the city's men won't want to miss is KENT & CURWEN's sale starting on Thursday the 1st in Trump Tower in Midtown. The venerable British brand has been trying to raise its U.S. profile over the past couple of years with updated creative direction by industry favorite Simon Spurr. Currently it can be found in Bloomingdale's and Saks, but its sprawling Madison Avenue flagship abruptly closed recently after barely a year, and the label just announced a major new creative collaboration with David Beckham that has again left Spurr out in the cold (Somebody please reunite this designer with his label already!). We don't know exactly what will be included in this week's showroom sale, but it is likely to be a housecleaning of Spurr's collections which is good news for the designer's many fans still mourning the collapse of his beloved signature label.

As usual, all details can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with any late-breaking listings

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Autumn Specials With Paul Smith, Bonobos, Trina Turk & More

Fall has arrived, and though there are still a few more weeks before the Sample Sale schedule fills up again, there are a few heavy hitters appearing this week that are with taking note of.

The LORO PIANA sale continues this week through Thursday the 1st at Soiffer Haskin with one price reduction already announced, but things will really heat up starting today when PAUL SMITH arrives at 151 Wooster Street through the weekend. We haven't previewed the selection yet, but it's the first off-site sale for the label in several seasons, promising what is expected to be several seasons worth of apparel, shoes and accessories for men and women as well as home items, books and other gift items.

Uptown at 260 Fifth Avenue, the popular RENT THE RUNWAY seasonal clearance also starts today through Sunday featuring gently used party dresses at a fraction of what you might find them for even in one of the many designer resale shops around town.

On Wednesday, Chelsea Market will host a triple header sale featuring men's trouser experts BONOBOS who are promising up to 70% off sportswear from the label, TRINA TURK's women's contemporary designer apparel accessories plus rustic bags and accessories for everyone from WILL LEATHER GOODS.

Finally, on Saturday, fans of luxury linens will be making their annual sojourn to Soiffer Haskin for a four day PRATESI sale featuring the most luxurious Italian bed and bath linens as well as cashmere blankets and other opulent home goods.

For details and late-breaking sale info, keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, Club Monaco's popular sample, stock and slightly irregular sale returns as well as the increasingly popular Maje sale.


Adam Lippes x Target, Uniqlo And Lemaire & Gap x GQ's Best New Menswear Designers In America All Hit Stores This Week

In a particularly bountiful season for designer collaborations, this is a big week for a good portion of this fall's most anticipated collections. Adam Lippes for Target, Gap x GQ's Best New Menswear Designers in America 2015 (pictured above) and Uniqlo and Lemaire all arrive on store racks this week. Let's review them below so you can prepare yourselves for a potential stampede to the mall.

ADAM-LIPPES-x-TargetFirst up is Adam Lippes's plaid infused line for Target which dropped yesterday morning in stores and online. Oddly, it has not caused the kind of excitement that some of the popular chain's other collabs have. Perhaps it is because it is only a component of Target's larger tartan-promotion for the fall season, or maybe it is just because the chain hasn't really invested in the same level of advertising for it as they have for other past collaborations —seen any TV ads?. Regardless, it looks great in photos and a few pieces appear to have already sold out online. The collection includes both men's and women's apparel including plus sizes as well as accessories and items for the home and even pets. It has a luxe, casual feeling, and it looks like a sleeper, so don't put off an in-store visit.

Over the past four years, Gap x GQ's Best New Menswear Designers in America has become one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of the year thanks to some stylish, fast-shopping men who cleared the racks of last year's crop in record time. It officially drops tomorrow, but if you text "GQ" to 36888 to sign up, then you can shop online starting right now. You will want the head start. This year's group of official up-and-comers- includes NSF, The Hill-Side, David Hart and STAMPD, each one filling its own separate niche in the range of men's fashion. Some potential fast sellers (pictured above) include NSF's washed leather hoodie with sherpa lining for $450, STAMPD's black leather backpack with a white stripe for $195, master tailor David Hast's tweed sport coat and trousers for $150 and $98 respectively, and the Hill-Side's quilted camo-print bomber for $130. There are tons of great items to be had from each designer, and online shopping is recommended for the best selection. We don't have an official list of NYC stores, but typically, the Gap locations with the best selections are the Fifth Avenue flagship, which usually devotes the little side-store to the collaboration, the Flatiron location on lower Fifth Avenue, The Herald Square and Times Square stores and the Upper West Side location near Lincoln Square. As always, shop early for this one.

Finally, Uniqlo and Lemaire (above) will be released online and in stores this Friday October 2nd. This luxurious looking collaboration for men and women has been generating an enormous amount of online anticipation, particularly for those who have been waiting for a sophisticated follow up to the chain's much loved +J collection. The knitwear pieces for men and women look especially enticing, but the stylish basics throughout the line all look like winners. While a fraction of the collection will be available in every Uniqlo store, only a very select group of stores worldwide will have the complete line in stock including the Fifth Avenue Flagship and West 34th Street locations exclusively in the entire United States. Chicago shoppers will also have the complete line at their upcoming store on Michigan Avenue, but not until it opens later this month. As far as we know, those stores will have regular hours on Friday, but look for the lines outside the doors that we used to see on the +J launch days of years past when the SoHo Uniqlo was the only one in America.

Of course, there are still big collaborations coming from Carine Roitfeld and Uniqlo and, probably the 800 pound gorilla of the season, H&M x Balmain coming in late October and mid-November, so shoppers may want to pace themselves, but the season is getting off to a strong start right now. Plan carefully.


Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Halston Heritage, Elizabeth and James, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Oakley, Mr. Turk, Tateossian, DVF

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!

Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Helmut Lang, Elizabeth Cole Jewelry, Halston Heritage, T.Tahari, Longines, Versace, J.Brand, Bespoken, W.R.K., Dolce & Gabbana, Alpina Watches, Autumn Cashmere, PAPI, McCarren & Sons —join HERE
Diane von Furstenberg, Eyebobs, Breville/Viking, Royal Copenhagen, Christy Towels, Gucci, KEEN, Boga, Crane & Lion, Alex and Ani, Soia & Kyo, Kumon, Philip Stein Watches, Sperry Top-Sider, Oakley, Devon Leigh, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Charles by Charles David, Joan Vass, Felix & Lola by Rivkah Friedman, Tom Ford —join HERE
Nautica, Stila, Buffalo, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Wacoal/B.Tempted, BCBGeneration, Chan Luu, Cuisinart, Gracia, Proenza Schouler, Beats Audio, Givenchy, Michael Kors, Philippe Matigon, Tommy Hilfiger —join HERE
AG Jeans, Autumn Cashmere, New Balance, Lindbergh, Bliss, Stuart Weitzman, Escada, Swarovski, Issue New York, JohnVarvatos, Inhabit, Rogue, Creative Recreation, Zwilling J.A.Henckels, Kenneth Cole, Elizabeth and James, Mr. Turk, Via Spiga, BECCA Cosmetics —join HERE
Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Velvet, Nina, Portolano, Charles by Charles David, Valentino, Bosca, Halston Heritage, John Varvatos, Tadd, Bruno Magli, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tateossian, Jack Spade —join HERE


Want Les Essentials Will Open In A Former Marc Jacobs Store Next Month

Last month, The Shophound discovered that Marc Jacobs had quietly closed one of his colony of stores in the West Vilage (above left) with little sign of who would take over the lovely little shop on the corner of West 4th and Bank Streets. This week the New York Times solved that mystery when it announced that the widely admired cult accessory brand Want Les Essentials de la Vie will open its first standalone boutique next month in the West Village, accompanied by a photograph of the label's founders, identical twins Byron Peart and Dexter Peart standing in front of the unmistakable arched windows of the former Jacobs store (above right).
Now that we know that one of the prettiest storefronts in the neighborhood won't be dark for long, we can look forward to the opening of the Montreal-based brand's new boutique. The label's steady rise over the past nine years is chronicled in the Times article, which indicated that while the shop will stock both men's and women's complete Want collections, including the new men's shoe line, it will also, as is the current vogue among independent designers, carry items from other vendors including apparel from Comme des Garçons Forever and objects by Viennese designer Carl Auböck.
There's no specific opening date announced for the Want store, but as the Jacobs store was previously set up as an accessory shop, and it is not a huge space, an opening in October seems quite reasonable, and it will add to what is turning out to be one of the best seasons of new store opening s that we have seen in some time.

The Montreal Brothers Behind a Jet Set Leather Brand (NYTimes)
Storefront Shakeup: Marc Jacobs Eliminated One Of His West Village Stores


Seattle Comes To SoHo edition

24CRITICAL5-articleLargeThis week's Thursday Styles sends Critical Shopper Molly Young to SoHo for a survey of Totokaelo, the vertically sprawling new boutique from Seattle that has become an auspicious addition to Manhattan's shopping roster. Our shopper, a Pacific Northwest native, offers an illuminating interpretation of Totokaelo's abundance of luxurious but loose, often shroudlike garments, "There’s something about the temperature and moisture content of the air there that makes a person want to swaddle herself in garments that are half hug, half anesthetic." The same appeal holds in New York, which has its own pressures that might make a person want to spend the day swathed in something cozy.
After a detour into the store's subterranean men's department —a literal man-cave— Young ascends the many levels of women's offerings to further explore. Totokaelo's signature look is not to be approached without some expertise, however, as our shopper describes some of the items she has encountered as making her look like "a sack of cornmeal" and, comfort benefits notwithstanding, "uniquely unflattering to all of my body parts". As for a peculiar preponderance of jumpsuits, our shopper writes, "If you’re in the mood to hit the playground or just to obscure your secondary sex characteristics, any of these will do the job."
Well, that is a very specific customer, but as we know, in New York, there is a store for every kind of person.

Critical Shopper: Jumpsuits, 7 Days A Week at Totokaelo’s SoHo Store By Molly Young (NYTimes)
Totokaelo 54 Crosby Street between Broome & Spring Streets, SoHo.


Signs Of Sale Life With Sferra, Links Of London & More

Experience tells us that there will be a consistent but low grade of Sample Sale activity for the next several weeks before things heat up again, but there should be one or two bright spots every week.
You still have a couple more days to catch the WP LAVORI sale in SoHo featuring racks of well priced, classic outerwear from BARACUTA and SPIEWAK and shirts from BD BAGGIES. We visited yesterday, and it had not yet been discovered by eager shoppers, so there is likely to be plenty of merchandise. Shoppers will also find a small selection of luxury knits form Avon Celli as well as a few items form the Lavori-produced Woolrich John Rich and Woolrich Woolen Mills labels. You have until tomorrow to shop until the same space gets turned over to LINKS of LONDON on Thursday evening. This sale is promising up to 75% off watches and semiprecious jewelry through Sunday the 27th.
If it's your bed that needs dressing, you have from today until Sunday to head to 260 Fifth Avenue to get a big discount on SFERRA's luxurious Italian linens for bed and bath. This is always a popular home sale, and has now moved to a reliable but new venue for the label.
The week's big name won't make an appearance until Sunday when LORO PIANA makes its seasonal appearance at Soiffer Haskin. By now we are pretty familiar with this sale featuring an ultra-luxe assortment of Italian-made selection of sportswear, accessories and, most importantly, cashmere knitwear and scarves for men and women. Loro Piana starts out at the highest of the high end price wise, so even at a discount it goes for a big chink of change. However, it is classic stuff, and a worthy investment if your style runs toward the traditional side of things. Bolt of luxury fabrics will also be available for those who like to make their own clothes. Ends on October 1.

Next week, get ready for some civilized pandemonium over the first Paul Smith sale in several seasons as well as gently used and even more gently priced frocks at Rent The Runway's seasonal clearance. As always, keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and late breaking events. Shop well!


Paul Smith, Catherine Malandrino, Miu Miu, Victorinox, Liebeskind, Prada, Z Zegna, Rebecca Minkoff, WeSC, Rebecca Taylor, Wolverine

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!

Miu Miu, Catherine Malandrino, Elorie, Paul Smith, Prada, Joomi Lim, Mackage, DL1961, Splendid. Tumi Luggage, Moncler, Vintage Shoe Company, Dockers, Z Zegna, Nick Graham, Sebago, WeSC, Citizen Watches, DeSanto Accessories, Matteo Bedding, FlashPoint Candles —join HERE
Aquatalia by Marvin K, Jared Lang, I. Reiss, Illestava, BluePrint Cleanse, Wade & Belle, 7 for All Mankind, Kitchen Aid, Seda France, Kate Aspen  —join HERE
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