C Day!

C as in Chanel.  The day is question is today, April 8th.  Today is the day that Chanel increases prices on it’s classic bags by 25% worldwide, decreases prices in China by 20%, initiates a leveling of merchandise to it’s customers and delivers a nod of “merci beaucoup” to Chanel’s established French clientele.

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Chanel’s boutiques in Paris enjoyed a two week business boom which created such a throng as 30 people deep line-ups across the city of light.  Indeed, what would Coco say to such behavior?

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One saleslady at the rue de Montagne store said she had never seen such crowds but then again “had never experienced such a sale at Chanel.”  The ‘sale’ was announced by a March 17 Chanel press release and the luxury fashion shopping throngs embarked on planes from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China, and the US.

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Why not enjoy the suddenly strong US dollar, the VAT return and the increased inventory and selection along with a stunning burgundy, a bowl of mussels and a crepe?  Currently the cost of a pair of Chanel patent leather ballet flats in the US is $780, Paris offers them for 400 euro, and the tax back as you leave Europe.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a little Spring time in Paris shopping?

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The items affected April 8th will be Chanel’s Boy bag, the the 11.12 and the 2.55.

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The buttery leather, rare skins and multitude of ribbon wrapped chain straps are just the beginning.  Shoes, ready to wear and haute couture will all eventually be adjusted to offer a more level playing field for all the fans of the double C.

Fashion & Finance Friday!

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW – It’s Friday!!!

Pitbull has launched an Amazon.com exclusive fragrance collection for both men and women.  Coco Chanel’s parfumiers should be shaking in their tweed adorn boots…not.

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Tom Ford hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner on Monday in New York, where Public School won this year’s top honor.  His speech was full of sound bites of advice, interestingly focusing in on the intense pace expected of designers, which was something another design team in the audience, Proenza Schouler, spoke of when reversecommuter attended an event at Boston’s ICA (click here for more).  With the Fall & Spring Collections now preceeded with PRE-Spring & Fall, plus Resort, the CHURN of fashion creativity offers a potential BURN that designers are well aware of.

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Tom also told a fun story about walking on a nudist beach in St. Barth’s and running into Anna Wintour (she fully dressed, he sans).  Tom leaned in for a very fashion-world-acceptable-kiss-kiss-hello, then realized he was buck naked!  Quite possibly my new favorite fashion story!  Not to mention the visual!!!

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Brunello Cucinelli, the undisputable king of CashCash, just released some gorgeous numbers – profits are up 10% this year.  This small luxury goods company, operating in an Umbrian hamlet named Solomeo that he single handedly restored – if you are ever near Solomeo, PLEASE take the time to experience it – magical!

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He has 720 employees, paid above the national rate, offers them 3.50 Euro subsidized gourmet meals with wine (obviously in Italia!) for their 90 minute lunches and during the recession did not lay off anyone.  In short, this company’s leader cares about his employees and his professional reputation.  Hand crafted luxury cashmere products created in Italy, and now that Brunello Cuccinelli is a publicly traded company, his decisions are having an impressive impact for his investors too – even in this economy when most luxury brands are suffering from price conscious customers.

Have a wondrous weekend – put on that cashcash sweater, and become transfixed watching the bubbles in the flute!

xo reversecommuter

Fashion & Finance Friday!

After a RIDICULOUSLY fantastic 4th, it’s almost wrong for it to be Friday!!!!  🙂

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Tsk Tsk Ingrid.  Former Tiffany’s VP of Product Development, Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun  has allegedly stolen 1.3 MILLION worth of jewelry.  Part of her job was to sign out pieces of jewelry to present to potential manufacturers to get pricing on the job.  Apparently after Ingrid left her job in February, Tiff’s discovered 164 pieces that had been borrowed and never returned.  It has since been proven that Ingrid sold the pieces to an international dealer.  Ingrid is facing up to 20 years in prison, where the inmates do not get to wear pretty shiny baubles…

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Aurevoir le nez du Chanel…Bonjour le nez junior!

Jacques Polge has been the Creator of Chanel Fragrances since 1978, and has just recently announced his retirement.  Jacques is responsible for the creation of Chanel No.5, Coco, Allure, Bleu, and Coco Mademoiselle.  Quite the incredible line-up of creations in one career.  Big BIG shoes to fill.  Luckily the ideal replacement has been found – his son,  Olivier, who has been working with his father since 1998.  Thank heavens all lovely smelly ChaCha creations will continue to be in legendary hands!  (click the blue for the explanation on ChaCha)

Squirt on your fave ChaCha fragrance, slip on a cool summer outfit and grab a glass of champs on a patio…at least once this weekend!

xo reversecommuter

All About Bridget

I Adore / Love / ADORE / LOVE Bridget Bardot. To me she is THE fashion icon, in a very elite group of maybe three or four (Coco Chanel, Jacquie O, Audrey Hepburn would be the others on my list).

Maje (a clothing line out of Paris) just announced they are launching a line of Bridget Bardot t-shirts. Hot Diggity!!!!!!

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To help celebrate my giddy state of pre-t excitement, I am wearing my Saint James striped L/S t, tres BB influence.

And, I am toying with the idea of BB inspired bangs for the summer……..

http://www.saintjamesboutique.com/

http://us.maje.com/

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