Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Clearance Alert: Wit & Delight

Wit & Delight - one of the Pinterest brands that Target is showcasing this year - is now on clearance in stores and online. On Target.com the line is only 20% off, but in stores I found it at 50% off and took the opportunity to stock up on some festive items. While this collection is geared to a beer-tasting fest, I'm going to use it for a wine-tasting party instead. I bought these cute cocktail napkins (shown) as well as the chalkboard labels to cover the wine bottles. I also bought a matching table runner in the same chalkboard material.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Soon to Target: Halle Berry's Scandale Paris Lingerie

So apparently, Academy Award® winning actress Halle Berry is also co-owner and curator of the luxurious French lingerie brand Scandale Paris. Who knew? And Halle will be unveiling an exclusive line of Scandale Paris intimates at select Target stores and on Target.com on Oct. 27.

“I fell in love with Scandale while I was in Paris, because the brand reminded me of the city itself – beautiful and inspiring,” said Halle. “I am excited for the US debut to be at Target and to launch the brand globally in 2015. I look forward to giving more women the chance to enjoy what European women have come to love for more than eight decades.”

The Scandale Paris collection is a curated collection of flattering lace-accented bras and panties, with each piece clocking in at less than $20. For a sneak peek - plus Halle's comments on the upcoming collab - check out this short video on A Bullseye View.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New at Target: Dana Tanamachi Tech Accessories

Target is introducing a new collection of iPhone cases and laptop sleeves by graphic designer and letterer Dana Tanamachi. According to A Bullseye View, Tanamachi has worked for big names like Nike, TIME and O Magazine, and is a skilled and seasoned artist who tackled her exclusive line for Target with ease. 

Her Target collection includes iPhone 5/5s cases, available Oct. 19 for $24.99, iPhone 6 cases, available Nov. 9 for $24.99, and laptop sleeves and tablet folios available Jan. 2015. You can check out the iPhone 5/5s cases here on Target.com.

Walmart sued over Converse copycat...

CNN reports that Converse is suing 31 retailers and manufacturers - including Walmart - for selling copycat shoes. It wants them to pay compensation for trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Converse first began selling its shoes back in 1917 and has since sold over one billion pairs, marketing them to sports stars, rock stars and young people. And the brand has held onto its appeal with the cool kids. Converse sales have increased by 16% to nearly $1.7 billion in fiscal 2014.

Converse says retailers selling imitation shoes have caused it "substantial and irreparable injury" by eroding its famous brand name and confusing consumers. As shown here, Walmart's version are almost identical except for being marketed under their in-house "Faded Glory" brand. Walmart's version are also only $12, whereas "real" Converse sneakers go for around $50. 

Target, on the other hand, has had a licensing agreement with Converse for years with the "Converse One Star" brand in stores and online. Target's version of the popular kicks retail for a bit less than Converse All Stars, at $30-40 a pair.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New at Target: Joules Wellies

While perusing Target.com today, I came across a new offering by the Bullseye: "wellies" (or rain boots) by the British brand Joules. They are dubbed "Britain's finest rain boots", and come in the the fun prints shown here as well as Army Green, Bright Pink, Navy and basic Black. Retailing for $69.99, these are the same styles (at the same price) offered by Joules directly, and Target is only selling them via their web site (and not in stores).

Target BOGO: Buy one sweater, get one 50% off

This week Target is having a BOGO event on all men's and women's sweaters: buy one, get one half off. Here in California - where temps are still quite summery - the thought of buying sweaters seems ridiculous. But I suppose I should take advantage of the sale prices now before all the cute styles (like the Gray Leopard Print Pullover shown in the upper left) are sold out.

Speaking of which: quantities are limited, and no rain checks. BOGO offer excludes clearance sweaters. Items may be combined across Women’s and Men’s Departments, and colors and styles vary by store.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Target announces new collab with Orla Kiely

Attention Orla Kiely fans! Target has announced a new collab with the beloved designer. This time around, Orla and Target are teaming up on yoga and gym accessories. The capsule collection includes mats, yoga blocks, water towels and headbands prices from $12.99 - $39.99.

Inspired by her own exercise routine, the designer’s first foray into fitness embraces a palette of red, pea green and charcoal. “I love color and their tonalities anchored by a strong neutral,” said Orla. “To me, the shots of red and green convey power and my signature four-petal flower print is perfect for yoga and the renewing effect it has on the mind and spirit.”

This latest collection will also include a small array of luggage and travel accessories, perfect for those traveling this holiday season or for stocking stuffers. The  Orla Kiely for Target  collection debuts in stores and online on October 19th.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Clearance Alert: Sonia Kashuk's 15th Anniversary Collection

Sonia Kashuk's limited-edition 15th anniversary collection (marking the number of years she's collaborated with Target) is now on clearance in stores at 30% off. I was able to get the Powerful Pout Lip Palette (shown here) for just $13.98, as well as the Painting the Town 15-piece mini nail-color set (a gift for my nail-obsessed teenage niece) for the same price.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Altuzarra for Target already on clearance in stores...

Today I noticed that one of my local Target stores has already put what's left of the Altuzarra for Target collection on clearance at 30% off. It looked like there were a lot of dresses and blouses (in a variety of sizes), multiple pairs of tuxedo jackets and pants (both in the black matte and red velvet fabric) as well as 4 shelves of shoes. The selection online at Target.com is still at full price, but the inventory is spotty, so check stores if there's something you've been coveting.

UPDATE: another Target store I visited today had the collection marked down to 50% off, so they certainly seem to want to move this stuff out to make room for newer merchandise.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Target Introduces "AndrewAndrew" Eyewear

Racked.com reports that the artsy NYC DJ duo AndrewAndrew are the first designers to collaborate with Target Optical on an exclusive eyewear collection. The frames are done up in AndrewAndrew's "exaggerated preppy" style and retail for $129, which includes frames and lenses. The styles debuted last week on Target Optical's site and at Target Optical locations.

If you're wondering who AndrewAndrew is, you're not alone. The Andrews are curious about how they landed a Target deal, too. "I don't know what possessed Target to think we're a good fit, but we're thrilled," one of them told the New York Observer. "They totally drank the AndrewAndrew Kool-Aid, hook, line and sinker. I don't even think they know our last names."

The AndrewAndrew Target Optical collection includes five unisex frames with 14 variations of shape, style and color. And Target Optical has an in-home try-on program, so customers can get four frames delivered and then buy the ones they want online.