Posts Tagged ‘brand’

Fashion Update: How to Get $90 Lucky Brand Jeans at Costco for Just $17, Sort Of – The Miracle of “Urban Star”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

All right, work with me here, people. Them stretchy 361 Vintage Straight jeans from Lucky Brand go for $90, right?

Or you can get them at the Lucky Outlet for like $60 or so. The outlet version has a different button but otherwise it’s the real deal.

Or you can get that very same outlet version at Costco #144 for like $36.

Now here’s the kicker. Costco also sells “Urban Star” jeans that are the same exact thing, pretty much, for just $16-something.

Look at the pockets – Lucky in the background, Urban Star in the foreground:

(Or you can get Urban Star from a reseller at Amazon for $25.)

So this means that the markup for Lucky is like 500%?

News to me.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that, just as Soylent Green is people, Urban Star is Lucky Jeans.

Forget About That CityPlace Mall in Mid-Market – The New Name is “Market Street Place” and Work has Begun

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

That proposed CityPlace mall has a new name and they’ve just started working on getting it built.

See?

“…its name has been changed to Market Street Place, reflecting how even this blighted part of San Francisco’s main thoroughfare...”

And see? 

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This is all new. The whitewash went up on Monday, I think, and now we have the ads what say SHOPPING PLACE and whatnot.

This is what it will look like, without the homeless and the criminals and the iPhone fences and the drug dealers milling around out front:

More photorealistic:

Reverse angle:

The mall has it all. Actually, it’s a mall like any other from Anytown, USA. (Boy, John King is going to looooooove this, huh?)

All right, now let’s all thank the Carlyle Group for helping us out:

“The following is a list of both current and former employees and advisors.

Business

Political figures

North America
Europe

“D-Day” Brand California Oranges: Nothing Sells Citrus Like WWII-Era Medium Battle Tanks

Friday, August 31st, 2012

What goes together better than oranges and medium battle tanks? Nothing, that’s what.

Not exactly sure that the Shermam Firefly tank displayed below saw any action on D-Day (and, anyway, lots of these D-Day tanks ended up at the bottom of the Bay of the Seine), but it’s fun to pretend:

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Spotted at the “Lifestyle format,” Starbucks-free Inner Richmond Safeway on Cabrillo.

“TIGRE 99″ has a Tiger Tail on His Motorcycle AND He’s Happy to See You – Leathers by Le Tigre, Of Course

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Kenneth Cole’s dream motorcycle as seen on Bush:

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(And here’s the nightmare.)

All right, keep on keeping on, TIGRE 99!

 

That EXPRESS Chain Store is Going to Replace Our Beloved Gold Dust Lounge with … a “Dual-Gender Denim Lab”

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

EXPRESS, Inc has just announced what it’s going to do with the former Gold Dust Lounge on Geary in Union Square – it seems we’re going to be blessed with a 16,000-square-foot “flagship” store.

Here’s what EXPRESS has to say about it:

“Located at 301 Geary Street, the Union Square location is comprised of approximately 16,000 square feet and will feature two floors, plus a mezzanine, of selling space.  One of the vacating tenants delayed Express taking possession of the space.  The property is owned by Handlery Hotels, Inc.”

Yes, that delay was the talk of the town.

Anyway, bygones.

I think this is it, a “dual-gender Denim Lab” as seen in Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia town, an East Coast version of Emeryville I guess: 

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All right, together now:

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Dual-Gender Denim Lab!

Myself, I just got a pair of “Kirkland” jeans on sale at our dual-gender Costco #144 in SoMA. $11-something. (Now that was a deal because normally they’re $13-something. And I remember when they were just $12-something, back in the day. Ah mem’ries…)

All the deets:

“COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23, 2012  – Express, Inc. (NYSE: EXPR), a specialty retail apparel chain operating over 600 stores, today announced that the company will open two flagship locations in Times Square in New York City and Union Square in San Francisco.  Both locations are scheduled to open in 2013.  Union Square, located at the corner of Powell and Geary streets, is scheduled to open next summer; and Times Square, located at the corner of 46(th) Street and Broadway – in the heart of the Bowtie – is scheduled to open in the fall.

“We are extremely excited to officially announce both of these flagship locations for 2013,” said Michael Weiss, chairman, president & CEO of Express, Inc.  ”The age old mantra of ‘location, location, location’ was certainly at work in the selection of these two properties.  These flagships will not only reflect the strength of our fashion authority within these two cities, but also serve as a gateway to our brand for international visitors and shoppers as part of our international expansion strategy,” he added.

Times Square: Located at 1552 Broadway, the Times Square location is comprised of approximately 30,000 square feet and will feature three selling floors.  The prominent location also includes a 125 foot tall, 9,000 square foot LED sign package on the facade of the building facing Broadway.  The property is owned by joint venture partners SL Green Realty Corp. and Jeff Sutton.

Union Square: Located at 301 Geary Street, the Union Square location is comprised of approximately 16,000 square feet and will feature two floors, plus a mezzanine, of selling space.  One of the vacating tenants delayed Express taking possession of the space.  The property is owned by Handlery Hotels, Inc.

Both locations will be constructed in Express’ new store design created by Japanese design firm, Wonderwall.  With uptown finishes and downtown cool, the store features design elements of refined chic and forward-thinking composition that creates individual spaces with a sense of style.  Divided into three sections of Men’s, Women’s and a dual-gender Denim Lab, products are divided by lifestyle categories and outfitted by gender.  A refined Express brand is conveyed through the use of modern industrial fixtures, displays and textures.  Mortar walls and concrete floors create an open, expansive space accented with aged oak wood floors.  Glossy white walls divide the space into rooms and provide a dynamic contrast to the natural wood outrigger shelving system.

About Express, Inc.:
Express is a specialty apparel and accessories retailer of women’s and men’s merchandise, targeting the 20 to 30 year old customer.  The Company has over 30 years of experience offering a distinct combination of fashion and quality for multiple lifestyle occasions at an attractive value addressing fashion needs across work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions.  The Company currently operates over 600 retail stores, located primarily in high-traffic shopping malls, lifestyle centers, and street locations across the United States, in Canada and in Puerto Rico, and also distributes its products through the Company’s e-commerce website, www.express.com.”

Now the Brand Ambassadors of MUNI are Loitering About at Night – What’s the Point of This, SFMTA?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

You see, MUNI, your problems aren’t really concentrated during the night, so what’s the deal here?

What function are these people performing?

Four in the day, two at night, at just one intersection:

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Oh, really? OK, but how does that help the average MUNI passenger? You know the people you disappoint each and every day? Yes, traveling to Europe on junkets (can I bring the wife, can I bring the kids!) and buying gigantic tunnel boring machines (for the useless and ultimately burdensome Central Subway) is fun, but why not instead just struggle to get an extra run or two in on a few lines during drive time? At least you’d look like you’re trying.

Don’t you realize that you’re a defective government agency, SFMTA? Don’t you think you have better things to do with your resources than operate your brand ambassador outreach program?

Or, more likely, you think, “Wow, if only we could get more money, we’d have six people out there talking to each other about what kind of weed is the best kind of weed and what was on Colbert last night ‘n stuff, and then our outreach would be three times more effective!”

How Many Brand Ambassadors Does MUNI Need at One Particular Intersection of the Western Addition? At Least Four

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Are you there, MUNI? It’s me, Margaret.

OK, instead of hiring street ambassadors to sit around and talk with each other in order to get people to feel better about MUNI, why not just have them do something to actually improve MUNI to get people to feel better about MUNI?

I suppose the people in orange are the low-levels, you know, younger, attractive – they’re supposed to be the “Face of MUNI.” The supe wears yellow. “Uh, so, what was your major in college?”

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Don’t you realize that you pass people by each and every day with full buses in this area, you know, because you all don’t know what you’re doing?

What if you were given a billion dollars each year, MUNI? You’d have all the money spent in a New York minute and then you’d cut service and then you’d come back whinging for more. Are you the worst big-city transit agency in America? No, you say? Well, which one is worse than MUNI?

In closing, MUNI sucks.

 

Remembering the Time When Buicks Had Nostrils: The Sassiest Skylark in Town

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

See?

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These days, Buick is around only because of its popularity in China.

Believe it or not.