Last month, timeless retail giant Gap made a bold statement by announcing it would raise its minimum hourly wage to $10 for its 60,000 hourly workers nationwide. The move came as uplifting news to employees of countless Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta stores in the US, but they’re not the only ones impressed: The American brand also caught the attention of the President.
Barack Obama showed his support for Gap’s new salary initiative—which falls right in line with a Democratic effort to raise the federal minimum wage by 2016—by visiting its flagship location in midtown Manhattan this week, cracking jokes with employees and even doing a little shopping. He spent $155 on goodies for his family, including a blue track jacket for Michelle and cotton sweaters for Sasha and Malia. He opted for cardigans for the girls over Gap’s signature V-neck sweaters, joking that he didn’t want the necklines to “slip” while his daughters wore them. “I think they’d be impressed by my style sense,” he said of the picks.
Retailers are trickling in to the much-talked-about CityCenterDC—and, following this week’s announcement, it seems the shopping portion of the development is leaning increasingly accessories-heavy. A spokesperson for Longchamp tells us the luxe French label, best known for its signature Le Pliage totes, is locked down and is currently building out a space at the corner of Tenth and I streets, Northwest. The spokesperson says it’s too early in the game to project an opening date, but we’ll keep an eye on the store and update you as we collect more info.
Yesterday we brought good news to fashion-conscious Washingtonians with confirmation that those rumors of Topshop heading to the area are true. Today, Topshop spokesperson Richard Storer tells us that the 5,000-square-foot flagship store will set up shop at Virginia’s new Springfield Town Center, scheduled to open this October.
The location is a far cry from CityCenterDC, the space most often mentioned in rumors surrounding the opening. But Storer says the decision to branch out into Northern Virginia was one of careful research “of where to best place the brand within that particular territory,” and that the development of the center and the brands it will include “sit well with Topshop.” Topman won’t be a part of the new store, he adds, as part of a larger strategy to allow the two brands to “breathe” and operate separately.
Springfield Town Center sits at the site of the former Springfield Mall, which closed nearly two years ago to make way for new development. Only Macy’s, Target, and JCPenney currently remain; when construction is complete this fall, the new shopping center is likely to house Michael Kors, Banana Republic, and more high-end retailers in addition to trendy Topshop.
After weeks of waiting for a new product line to launch, there is perhaps no feeling more defeating than arriving at the store to find the blouse you’ve been dreaming about already sold out. Such is often the case with Target’s notorious affordable designer collaborations—and its latest, with print master Peter Pilotto, was met with massive crowds and ultra-competitive customers at a pre-launch in New York this week, leading us to believe the actual release this weekend will be just as chaotic. But don’t give up now—just follow these six tips for getting the most out of what can easily be an overwhelming shopping experience.
1) Prepare to lose some sleep.
Just as with tickets to a highly anticipated event, you should be ready right when Target’s doors—or website—opens to have the best chance at getting what you really want (the Columbia Heights store opens at 8 AM Sunday). The most in-demand items in past collections have sold out within minutes of launching. The Web launch time hasn’t yet been announced, but based on previous occasions, it’s likely to be between midnight and 5 AM. Be sure to check Target’s twitter account Saturday evening for the announcement. On that note . . .
2) Stay on top of social media.
Make sure to follow @TargetStyle on Twitter, as this account will spew out details regarding launch times on Target.com, and will be your resource for any website-related issues, of which there have been many with previous designer collabs. You’ll see conversations surface between customers on Facebook and Twitter that will give you insight into when people have found sizes available (stock is typically added gradually throughout the morning). And checking out Twitpics beforehand will give you a reliable sense of what products people are coveting most—and therefore what’s likely to fly off the shelves soonest.
For many long months, eager shoppers have agonized over the teasing rumor that British retailer Topshop will be opening in Washington—a very big deal considering the store’s limited number of American outposts. Today, we can excitedly announce that the speculation wasn’t for naught: The casual-cool store is officially headed our way.
It’s been an eventful year for the buzzing little corner of downtown Washington that houses the Shop Around HQ. In the past ten months, the Farragut neighborhood has welcomed Nordstrom Rack, blowdry salon Blowout Bar, Turkish suitmaker Sarar, and accessories boutique LouLou to a street that was until April lined almost exclusively with office spaces and coffee shops. We were pleasantly surprised this morning to hear the development isn’t stopping there—H&M will be the next to join the neighborhood.
Since mass retailers such as Target began rolling out affordable collaborations with designers, there have been some major hits (Missoni) and some unfortunate misses (Neiman Marcus). But somehow—even with the seeming ubiquity of these collaborations nowadays—the thrill of scoring a piece with a high-end designer label for a fast-fashion price hasn’t gotten old. The next up, London-based pattern master Peter Pilotto for Target, is no exception. The bright, colorful line, comprising a whopping 70-some pieces, looks like a designer’s typical resort line, with bathing suits, beach towels, and summery totes in addition to the usual tops, skirts, dresses, etc. The best part? The most expensive piece is still under $80. Scroll down to see some highlights from the much-anticipated lookbook before the collection hits Target stores, Target.com, and Net-a-Porter next month.
1. Dress in purple floral print, $69.99; pictured atop long-sleeve shirt in green floral print, $19.99.
2. Shirt dress in light blue floral/check print, $34.99; bikini top in black/white print, $22.99; bikini bottom in black/white print, $22.99; slip-on shoe in black/white print, $29.99.
3. Dress in red floral/stripe print, $39.99; slip-on shoe in black/white print, $29.99.
Don’t have weekend plans? Now you do. As spring collections trickle into boutiques this month, retailers inevitably begin to purge their winter and holiday supply at deep discounts. Here are 13 stores in the area that are having major sales this weekend.
1525 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-621-7500
Through the weekend, buy one item at the vintage and consignment boutique and get another for half price.
125 South Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-1615
At Hysteria’s Sale Is the New Black event, such popular contemporary brands as DVF, Tory Burch, Rachel Zoe, and more are discounted 30 percent. Through the end of the month.
3109 M St., NW; 202-338-9465
Reveal your birth year to the staff at this girly shop, and get a pair of jeans for that price. For example: 1987 babies score denim for $87. Through the end of the month.
1510 U St., NW; 202-483-0261
Be sure to swing by an ATM before hitting the buy one, get one half off sale at this cash-only vintage spot. Through Sunday.
5) Shoe Hive
127 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-7105
The Shoe Hive’s annual winter sale continues this week through the end of January, offering 30 percent discounts on all winter boots as well as a selection of other shoes and handbags.
It appears in the spring collections of the girliest of fashion labels—Yoana Baraschi and Juicy Couture, to name a couple—and is predicted to pop up on countless racks over the next year. Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a welcome feminine addition to the lineup of bright, sharper tones of years past. And the color is über-versatile: universally flattering, it makes for a great shade for beauty products, and the spring-perfect hue is soft enough to pull off during the colder months as well. Click through the slideshow for some of our favorite Radiant Orchid wardrobe items and accessories you can buy right now.