Check out these snazzy hand screen-printed ties from Cyberoptix.
Pressler’s penny-pinching may have turned off the Gap’s core customers. Sweaters that were once 100% cotton or wool, for example, showed up in stores as acrylic blends, and people noticed. Banana Republic tried to woo the same high-end consumers as J. Crew but didn’t go far enough in offering luxury fabrics, like cashmere, that those shoppers wanted. In 2005, while department stores couldn’t sell enough $100-plus premium jeans, the Gap skipped denim and tried to push khakis. “Pressler went too far in focusing on costs at the expense of merchandising,” says Christine Chen, senior research analyst at Pacific Growth Equities. “Sometimes you just need to go with your gut and do what makes sense to get customers in the door.”
The article also mentions the way in which stores like H&M refresh their looks faster, drawing in and keeping customers in their 20s and 30s. By the time a look hits the GAP, it’s already over, and possibly expensive for the store and unflattering for the customer (skinny jeans?)—MEGHANN MARCO
Like.com is a brand-new search engine that allows you to search by looking at shoes and accessories featured in celebrity photos. Sounds lame, and it is, until you realize that you can draw a box around the exact part of the featured accessory you like… and like.com searches for other products that have that same feature.
The prospect of crazy fashion deals is usually considered “sick” as in “sweet” as in “bad like early Michael Jackson good.”
Shoppers are less likely to buy clothing if they think it has been touched by others, accordinig to a recent study at the University of Alberta.
How can Old Navy explain this dramatic price point move?
ve got a nice campaign piece for jackboots. From 1996 issue of Playboy.
• Woot! is smoking a delicious rock if they think you’re going to pay $45 for a 256MB MP3 player, even with an FM transmitter. That’s the sort of thing we expect to see given away for free, even if you can expand its memory with SD cards.
If you want good service, you’ll have to dress the part.
We don’t know a thing about the purchase-ability of this shirt, but it’s clearly going to be the next must-have item for online shopping devotes.
But it looks like there are a lot of places online that will do it. I figured that before I went off half cocked and ordered a pair sight unseen, that the Consumerist (or its readers) might have some insight into which services would be good or worth checking out.”
We recently used Etsy to commission a hand-knit beanie for just $15 from the lovely Nguyen Le, whose work we had see after a post on BoingBoing detailing her knitted ‘power cord’ belt. We like commissioning things—it makes us feel important—and it’s nice to think that one’s money is going directly to the person who made your custom kit. (We’re using a picture of Nguyen’s awesome Tangerine Felted Bag, because while our beanie is lovely, that bag is ever more so.)
• Buy a man’s poverty on eBay for a buck. And if it just takes a buck to get him out of poverty, you might be able to complain that you didn’t buy as much poverty as you were led to believe.
• For the well-off goth who’s looking to settle down, Sharon Tate’s Opal and Garnet Engagement Ring for $25k on eBay (the one given her by Roman Polanski). [via Bayraider]
• We continue to be baffled by Amazon’s ridiculously low prices on cookware recently, like this Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 6-Quart Sauce Pot with Lid for just $14. They must have over-purchased for the holidays. [via Slickdeals] Update: Reader Kim L. confirmed that the price is showing as $40 for her. It still shows $14 for us (although they are out of stock). A mystery!
Outright praise on The Consumerist is rare, but we’ve had nothing but excellent experiences with Threadless (ignoring the slight delay in their normally expeditious shipping during the Christmas rush). So consider this an exceptional free bit of shillery, on the occasion of their announcement that they will now be selling, in addition to their trademark t-shirts, hoodies.
Eustacia W. writes:
I placed an order with Neighborhoodies on November 16 for a navy blue hoodie with white lettering, outlined in baby blue and a graphic of a regal lion on the front left. They sent me the sweatshirt about a week later and the lettering on the back looked great. But the front looked horrible. The regal lion was in black. On a navy blue sweatshirt. With white lettering. Now I realize that I failed to specifically state that the graphic was to be in white so that it would match the lettering. But I also most certainly did not ask that it be done in black so that it would virtually disappear on the shirt. I would think that any reasonable person would look at this and say, “Hmm, perhaps we should contact the consumer to make sure she gets what she wants and to save everybody some possible grief.” This did not happen.