With all the current buzz this week about high end and luxury happenings can I just interject a dose of reality? Let’s face it, no matter how lured I am into a Balenciaga or a Loutboutin I am at heart a practical girl. Rarely will you ever see me purchase anything for my closet that doesn’t get paid for with green or a debit card, so if you happen to see me carrying my favorite Gucci bag you now know there were no credit cards involved in the making of that ensemble.
On that note, I must give a little street cred to Banana Republic, all those LBD’s little navy dresses, little gray dresses and little cardigans I have purchased over the last few years are still part of my regular rotation, so I can’t wait to devour the latest BR concepts. The two independent men’s and women’s BR stores that were formerly in the center of the mall have now relocated in to one fabulous uber boutique.
The new concept has a fresh modern feeling and houses two higher end lines Heritage and Monogram along with the favorite fare that we have all grown to know and love. The store is newly designed with a boutique inside a boutique vibe that is sure to make shopping a delightful excursion.
Another staple on the closet horizon J Crew moves to bigger digs which they will no doubt need. I don’t know if it’s just me or has this season’s offering been one of their best in years? Like all stores, the Crew has had their ebbs and flows but somehow they seem to be back in the groove with really chic looking pieces at affordable prices. The fact that they always stock wearable tops and skirts for under $100 is reason enough to peruse the racks regularly.
Fans of Michael Stars adorable t-‘s will also be excited that the store is launching it’s very first AZ boutique. Can one really ever have enough perfect t-shirts and turtlenecks in a rainbow of colors? I think not.
Though there is already a For Love 21 accessory store at SFS in a very wallet friendly move Forever 21 will also unveil at 15,000 sq ft apparel store and the comparably priced trend spot Love Culture will open their doors as well. You can expect runway inspired items from both locales, including piles of jewelry and accessories to zhuzh up your fall wardrobe.