>HOLIDAY SHOPPPING REPORT: MIAMI, FL

3 Dec

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SATURDAY, NOV. 28TH
WE DIDN’T HAVE THE DESIRE TO BRAVE THE MALLS ON BLACK FRIDAY. WE FOUND IT MORE CONSTRUCTIVE TO VENTURE OUT ON SATURDAY AND MONDAY, TO GET A SCORE CARD OF HOW THE BIG DAY WENT.

SHOPPING AT THE AVENTURA MALL –
At BLOOMINGDALES’, THE WOMEN’S SHOE SALESMAN SAID, “BLACK FRIDAY? RIDICULOUS! NO ONE COULD FIND PARKING.”
WHAT SOLD: UGGS. “WE CAN’T KEEP THEM IN STOCK. MOST OF THE SALES ARE TO THE EUROPEANS, DUE TO THE EXCHANGE RATE.”
THE STORY WAS DIFFERENT, A FEW YARDS AWAY OVER AT THE MAC COUNTER WHERE WE HAD OUR EYES DONE FOR DRINKS OUT AT THE HOTEL GANSEVOORT. MAC ARTISTS NEVER FAIL YOU WHEN IT COMES TO INTRODUCING COLORS YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED YOU’D USE. WE LEFT WITH “HEPCAT”, OUR NOD TO THE CURRENT CRAZE FOR ALL THINGS PURPLE.

THE LILLY PULITZER STORE – LILLY & CO. GET AN “A+” FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. WE ARRIVED WITH A $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THE ONLINE STORE, BUT THE MANAGER, JEN, HONORED IT AS SHE ACKNOWLEDGED “THE SCHLEP” WE’D MADE FROM SOUTH BEACH TO THE MALL TO SHOP. SHE PROMISED TO CALL AFTER SHE’D VERIFIED THAT SHE COULD OKAY THE PURCHASE WITH HER SUPERVISOR.ASTONISHIGNLY, SHE ACTUALLY DID CALL, AND THREW FREEE SHIPPING INTO THE DEAL. THE PACKAGE HIT OUR DOORSTEP IN CT 2 DAYS AFTER WE ARRIVED HOME.

Lilly Pulitzer
Aventura Mall Space #57
19501 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 705-1472

LINCOLN ROAD – THE MONDAY AFTER BLACK FRIDAY

WE DROPPED INTO THE LOBBY OF THE STANDARD HOTEL, A LATE AFTERNOON MEETING WITH KARELLE LEVY, THE FOUNDER OF KRELWEAR AND LUCY MCINTYRE, THE STANDARD’S VP OF MARKETING, AND THEIR ALL-FEMALE TEAM OF MIAMI MOVERS AND SHAKERS,WHO WERE STRAGEGIZING EVENTS FOR NEXT WEEK’S ART BASEL. AFTER ADMIRING THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, WE BOUGHT OUR KRELWEAR KNIT STARTER KIT, AND CABBED IT TO LINCOLN ROAD TO CHECK OUT THE ACTION.
WE STARTED ON ALTON, AT THE BOTTOM OF LINCOLN ROAD AND HOOFED IT TO THE END – TO WASHINGTON.
ON THE JOURNEY WE STOPPED IN TO CHECK IN ON ONE OF OUR FAVORITES,
JONATHAN ADLER TO CHAT WITH THE FORMER MANAGER WHO’S “SEMI-RETIRED” AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. HIS ENTHUSIASM WAS CONTAGIOUS – WE INSPECTED EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP.
WHAT WE WANTED: THE PROZAC, UPPER & DOWNERS COOKIE JARS, WHICH WERE SOLD OUT AND ON BACKORDER.
WHAT WE BOUGHT: THE LIMITED EDITION BARBIE BY JONATHAN ADLER AND HER REAL LIFE MALIBU DREAM HOUSE TO CELEBRATE BARBIE’S 50TH. AS HIS SITE DROLLY STATES, “[JONATHAN] CAN FINALLY MAKE AMENDS FOR DECAPITATING SISTER’S BARBIE IN 1974.” WHATEVER MR. ADLER’S MOTIVATION, FOR $49.95 HOW COULD WE NOT PICK UP BARBIE AND A PIECE OF HER CALI DREAM LIFESTYLE??
AND THAT’S THE POINT HERE – FOR DESIGNERS AND RETAILERS TO COME-UP WITH PRODUCTS THAT ARE SO OUTSTANDING THAT WE JUST CAN’T SAY “NO” TO.

SHOPPING RESOURCES:
Lilly Pulitzer

KRELWEAR

Jonathan Adler

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