There’s an interesting article in yesterday’s New York Times Style Section about Patrick Robinson, the new creative force behind the Gap. As you remember, I rarely go to the Gap, but ever since a few weeks ago I have noticed that it’s completely different — the fabrics are lighter, the designs more feminine, and the colors beautiful. I particularly like their focus on grays, taupes and purples. These differences are exactly what the article highlights, along with giving a good snapshot of the challenges facing the Gap.
On other news, Target is opening 4 mini-boutiques in Manhattan in September to highlight the made-for-Target-designer lines — I find the whole concept fascinating though I assume these stores will be mobbed. Target (and Kohls come to think of it) have done a good job at attracting major designers to make lower-cost counterparts. I like that because it means that there is no trademark violations of copying designer stuff yet still gives people more affordable access to good design. As for the mini-boutiques (or pop-up bodegas, as they are also called, so they may not be permanent) — let’s just hope they are not too small. The Brooklyn Target clothing section is ALWAYS mobbed, and that’s a big store.
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