Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fashion Can't Wait

I think I have a problem. I'm not good at waiting. Whether I'm shopping for clients or personally, I am constantly in the marketplace. So, as I see things that would be perfect for gift giving occasions, I either make mental notes or purchase them straight away. Most people's birthday presents are acquired several months before their actual day, and the same goes for nearly every other gift giving occasion. Shopping early and not having to worry about finding the perfect present is definitely a good thing - but my problem is, I get so excited thinking about giving the present, and how the person will react, that I end up giving in to temptation and giving the gift early. To prevent Christmas gifts from being Thanksgiving treats, I forbid myself to do any Christmas shopping until the weekend before Christmas. I'm allowed to make notes and gather ideas year round, but purchasing is off limits until that one shopping blitz of a weekend.

The same goes for new skincare and bodycare as well. When I'm shopping and I see my favourite products on sale, I'll buy them whether I need them or not. Usually I'll put them away in the bathroom closet, hoping the "out of sight, out of mind" adage will prevail. But without fail, whenever I'm in the shower and a particular product is almost empty, I have to remind myself not to use more than the recommend portions just so I can use the newer product. Sometimes I wonder if the makers of my favourite products keep tiny scales or cameras in the bottles to judge when they're half empty so they can put the products on sale just for people like me who stock up en masse.

Maybe it's the "new car smell" theory of purchasing - the excitement and pleasure of using something brand new is powerful. Whether it's the smell of new car, the way potato chips seem to be the crunchiest when a new bag is freshly opened, or the way a new bottle of body wash seems to bring a more suds, more refreshment, and more cleansing experience. Who knows. Maybe I just like to shop and need to seek professional help! Regardless - fashion just can't seem to wait!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Whole Foods Market marketing dream

I really am the Whole Foods Market marketing dream. Actually, my father and I are. You see, over the past several months, my dad and I ride our bicycles usually 12-24 miles a day. Sometimes we stop at random stores or run errands, and other times we just ride around our city.

Just the other day, I decided we needed to ride to our local Whole Foods Market because I needed to pick up a few items. I always laugh at the customers who pride themselves on shopping at Whole Foods because of the organic and other healthy foods, yet they sling their groceries home in their giant SUVs. So much for caring about health and the environment, right?! So, I strapped on the Boblbee backpack (which just so happens to be made from airplane carbon fibre), and rode our bikes to the market. We locked up our wheels to the convenient rack directly by the door, loaded the cart with my helmet and bag, and proceeded to shop like normal. Then, instead of using those terribly unecofriendly plastic bags, I simply loaded my goods into the backpack, and rode the rest of our ride.

Whole Foods is a market that is incredibly ecofriendly, prides themselves on sourcing local goods when possible, has an amazing selection of organic foods and an incredible smorgasbord of prepared foods. I love the store, and am happy that I was able to not only shop their store, but actually live their store's mission for the day. Maybe next time, instead of just giving a rebate for bringing your own bags, they can give an additional incentive if you ride your bike there, too!

Monday, June 22, 2009

the perfect greeting card

I was at Hallmark today buying a few cards for one of my good friend's little brother's birthday. For those of you who don't know, I have a small obsession with Hallmark greeting cards. I probably send 20 cards a month to various friends, family, and clients. I love sending greeting cards in the mail. There's something a bit old school, a bit out of the ordinary in today's society of electronic centered, impersonal messaging. I usually end up buying two or three cards for each occasion, especially when there are really funny cards or cards that say just what I need them to.
While I was looking through the extensive birthday cards, I found the perfect card for one of my clients. She owns a fabulous home furnishing and fine art boutique. I met her several years ago when I stumbled upon her shop, and I have been hooked ever since. Her ability to create an amazing customer experience, with the most exquisite personal touches, should be the model for all boutique owners.

And I'm sending her this card today:

The inside of the card says, "Stupid Catalog."
I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the card! How many times have we ordered something in a catalogue, thought it was going to look one way, but ended up being the most ill-fitting, unflatering piece of rubbish?! This card alone makes the case for having a personal shopper. Personal shoppers know exactly how things are going to look, feel, and fit.
So, the next time you're going to order something in a catalogue, think twice. Be sure to check the fabric, study the pictures and identify how the garment drapes and wears, and don't be afraid to call the retailer and ask questions first! Buyer beware!

Friday, June 19, 2009

a French iPhone?

Part of being a fashion icon is having a certain sense of global awareness and exposure. Just think for a moment, if you will. If John Galliano never spent the summer in Argentina in 2005, we never would have imagined Dior's coveted Gaucho collection, inspired by the Argentine cowboys.

If Marc Jacobs hadn't invited Japan's Takashi Murakami in 2003 to collaborate with him, we wouldn't have seen the youthful avant-garde spin into Louis Vuitton's classic Monogram collection that we've seen. And now we see the Superflat First Love Monogram collection, inspired by technology, Japanese pop art, and fantasy with a reflection on the company's longtime history and tradition.

My point is, global awareness truly shapes us. Knowing what's happening in the rest of the world should not only inspire our style and fashion, but should help us live a better, more abundant, more meaningful life. Seeing how other cultures react to hardships, watching how other civilizations interpret events, and hearing how other people live in health, happiness, and harmony really enhances your own life.

Over the past several months, I've been preparing and studying to join the Foreign Service. I've always been drawn to other cultures, other views, and other people. And the opportunity to work in foreign lands, representing the country I love and claim as my own, would truly be life changing. As a part of my studies, I've been trying to read and watch as much international news as possible. In doing so, I found one of the best applications for the iPhone. It's from France 24, the French 24 hour news channel. And it streams international news live from Paris straight to your iPhone, worldwide, in French, English, and Arabic. I'm obsessed, and even have been listening to the application while I'm working out, driving, and even before I sleep.

As technology progresses, as travel becomes safer, our nations' borders seem to be closer and closer together. Take a moment to learn from others. Put yourself in someone else's shoes. After all, they may be from Christian Louboutin or John Lobb!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

an open letter to Target

Dear Target,

I must tell you how much I normally love you. Your clean, bright stores with wide aisles and friendly staff usually win my heart and my almighty dollar. You've got a complete selection of Method Home products, an impressive collaboration with Alexander McQueen and Loomstate among other fabulous designers, and even carry my favourite Origins and StriVectin skincare ranges. You've brought me an entire aisle devoted to Britain's famous Boots the Chemist, Australia's delicious TamTam cookies, and even an expansive range of fair trade and organic foods. You've helped me save the environment by encouraging me to bring my own bags, plant a better garden, and by buying my favourite Preserve products!

However, you've recently disappointed me. On a recent trip to Target, I saw some very concerning things. Two words: Ed Hardy. Ed Hardy does not go with the traditional Target shopper. Don't get me wrong - I love my Christian Audigier board shorts. But, Ed Hardy artwork does not belong at Target. Neither does the perfume or cologne. Or anything for that matter. I know that Target is and will always be more in tune with the fashionable shopper, but, as a fashionable shopper myself, we're over Ed Hardy. We were over Ed Hardy a few years ago. McQueen? Yes. Loomstate? Yes. Ed Hardy? NO!

On a recent search at your website for "Ed Hardy", I almost had a mild heart palpitation when 53 results were found. Endless versions of tattoo art, and even a trucker hat were featured. At Target!

I'm disappointed. I thought we were friends, Target. Friends don't let friends wear trucker hats. Or hang Ed Hardy "stuff" on the walls either.

In closing, I hope this is just a rough patch we're going through. I never vowed "until death do us part", but I'm not ready to go to Wal-mart. So please, get it right. Sell the things I want to buy. And please, no more Ed Hardy. Or trucker hats. Those customers are at Wal-Mart anyway.



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

luxe linens

When you have a finer eye for fashion, you typically have a finer eye for everything else too. Think about it. You're more likely to see the owner of a fabulous Dior Le Trente handbag stepping out of a chauffeured Mercedes sedan in New York than you are to see the owner of an Hermes Birkin bag stepping out of the driver's seat of a Honda Civic. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a Honda Civic, and I'm sure many Honda drivers also have fabulous taste. But my point is, if you're willing to spend the extra money on having finer accessories, it's also likely you'll spend extra money on bigger ticket items like a car as well.

Those with a discerning eye for fabrics and textiles will LOVE Garnier-Thiebaut's luxe linens for home. With the most vibrant colours, amazing patterns, and brilliant designs, GT's quality is top notch. With linens from the bed to the kitchen, you'll find the French firm's products in the most exclusive and renown hotels and restaurants the world over. It all started in 1830, when the two families united to create La Société de Tissage Garnier Thiebaut.

Green is the new black in home textiles as well. Garnier-Thiebaut's commitment to preserving the environment is at the forefront of all the company's actions. Daily procedures and processes are constantly altered and reinvented to the company's natural surroundings and control waste.

At Garnier-Thiebaut we have created a name not only for our products, but our cutting-edge technology and savoir-faire put to work. We are committed to the highest level of service standards. We balance consistency with the flexibility to cater to each client’s individual needs. It is passion that drives my team and enables them to address your service needs regardless of your location – near or far. Welcome. And enjoy the world of Garnier-Thiebaut.

— Paul de Montclos, CEO, Garnier-Thiebaut

And for more information about Garnier-Thiebaut, or to make some of their luxe linens your own, I recommend you call The Villa Fiorenza in Winter Park at (407) 644.0211.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

an ocean of colour

I'm loving these colours right now:

-- sand, tan, beige, ecru, khaki

-- aqua, turquoise, jade

-- indigo

-- coral

Monday, June 15, 2009

Demanding clients are in our future

I found an interesting article at WWD today and wanted to pass it along here as well. Very interesting regarding the future of clients and their demanding behaviours.

Arnault Spies More Demanding Customers After Downturn
Elena Berton

MONTE CARLO — Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, remains optimistic about recovery prospects for the luxury sector, but has warned that the industry will be facing more discerning, demanding consumers once the global economy recovers from the current economic downturn.

Arnault said customers would demand quality, craftsmanship, creativity and exclusivity from luxury brands. But they will also expect commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

“Nothing will be the same again, it would be illusory to think it will be the same again,” he said, speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Luxury Summit here.

Arnault also noted that the difference in customer behavior between customers in developed economies and those in emerging markets would narrow in the luxury markets of tomorrow.

“In the most developed countries, customers will want exceptional brands,” Arnault said, while noting that, “in developing countries, customers will increasingly adopt consumption models of developed countries.”

At the same time, Arnault pointed at the increasing importance of the Internet as a marketing channel to reach out to new, younger customers, even though it poses some risks for the industry, as witnessed by the booming trade of counterfeit items on e-commerce sites.

“I don’t want to stop the Internet, I want to use it efficiently, to develop growth of brands, but in a safe way,” he said.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

a Wal-Mart pub crawl?!

yes, you read that correctly. one of my fellow college alumni recently celebrated his 27th birthday with a pub crawl downtown. for those of you not so familiar with the "pub crawl" experience, it's where you and your closest friends (and/or newly acquainted friends as well) gather and have a few drinks at each of several different establishments. sometimes there may be a theme, like "hawaiian" where everyone wears a lei or a costume theme at Halloween.

well, Drew's party was a "Wal-Mart" theme, where each person had to get an entire outfit (shirt, underwear, shorts/pants/skirt/dress, shoes, accessories) all from Wal-Mart for less than US$27. i must say, there were some creative fashion victims, i mean, fashion statements among the bunch. i'm loving the humour, the excitement, and the entertainment of the following pictures:

happy birthday Drew! well done, my friend. tacky has now reached a new lovely of entertainment. and i'm loving every minute of it! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The perfect luxe handbag

It's no secret that I've worked in luxury retail for quite some time. And I think it's safe to say I have a fairly qualified eye for luxe goods. I've been a fan of Goyard, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, Prada, Vuitton, and Chanel - the luxe power players. Sometimes I'm surprised by a "lesser luxe" brand, who may be known for great quality, design, style, and price. Sometimes Kenneth Cole, Guess, and others will surprise me. Remember, I'm very picky when it comes to luxury goods, especially handbags.

Tonight, I was very surprised. Cole Haan, the higher end, trendy cousin of Nike, really has hit the mark. There is an orange Ostrich leather handbag that is absolutely stunning. And from Cole Haan.

I'm not kidding. The perfect size, with beautiful pale gold hardware and the most sensually soft suede interior. Braided leather straps, plenty of pockets for organization, and a hook-clip type closure for added security. And of course, Italian made. The bag was moderately priced at US$2700, but is on sale and a steal for US$1400.

A bag of this calibre, this style, this quality, and this construction at a "luxury house" like Dior or Chanel would cost at least four times the price. Again, I can't tell you how fabulous this bag really is in person. And since pictures are worth a thousand words, let me say no more...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Backer Buttons

Attention to detail and quality is always very important. Better jackets and outerwear will have something called "backer buttons" - these are tiny buttons sewn on the underside of the bigger, visible fashion buttons. These small flat fasteners sole purpose is to reinforce the usable buttons. They keep the buttons from falling off, getting loose, or tearing.

If your garment doesn't have backer buttons already, adding them is simple. Just follow these steps:

-- remove the original buttons

-- choose small, flat buttons with the same number of holes as the larger, fashion button

-- place the large, fashion button in place on the front of the garment, and place the smaller, flat button directly underneath the bigger button and the fabric

-- sew both buttons onto the garment

Simple, easy, and very effective at extending the wear of your ensemble.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

it's seersucker, see sucka?

I've been wearing the jacket to my seersucker suit a lot lately. Whether paired with a bright polo shirt and jeans, or a white button down oxford and slim fit khaki pants, this jacket instantly ups the style quotient and is perfect for summer!

Seersucker is a cotton fabric with a name deriving from the Persian term shir o shakar which means milk and sugar. The fabric was initially made in Iraq, yet it was popularized in America, especially for men’s clothing.

Seersucker is made by what is called a slack-tension weave, where groups of yarn are bunched together in certain portions of the fabric created a puckered, almost wrinkled look to the fabric. Which is a yet another quality for those of you who seem to be iron challenged and wear wrinkles like the latest trendy accessory! The puckering effect of the weave creates a wonderful feature in seersucker garments. They tend to be much cooler to wear because airspace is created between the body and parts of the clothing, and allow for perfect travel garments as well!

Initially, seersucker was the fabric of choice for working class men, especially when they had to work in hot weather. It later was adopted by the upper classes, and was especially associated with the Southern gentleman’s suit in America. A seersucker suit was standard wear for many Southern men during the sweltering summer months, though it might be considered gauche to wear one after September. Today you may still see older gentlemen in the south attired in their seersucker suits year round.

However, the fabric isn't just limited to the seersucker suit fashion trend. It remains a popular fabric for many different types of clothing. Seersucker pants may be popular cruise or vacation wear, and seersucker shirts and shorts are popular for both men and women. They are easy care garments, great for taking on trips, and of course providing lightweight, cool covering.

Not wishing to miss out on a good thing, during World War II Captain Anne A. Lentz designed the summer service uniform for the first female marines using seersucker. Especially in a military setting, even when women were not allowed in combat, having cool, easy to care fabrics was a mark of good sense. Despite providing several generations with comfortable summer clothing, seersucker is occasionally hard to find.

The weaving process of alternating tight and slack weaves is labor intensive and expensive. Since companies don’t make much of a profit by it, fewer companies produce true seersucker. Sometimes companies cheat by treating fabrics with chemicals to produce the puckering effect. The material is not likely to remain puckered; so if you are interested in seersucker, make sure it comes from a true slack-tension weave. It may cost you a little more but is likely to wear well.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

GQ Magazine advertising

I have been a subscriber to GQ Magazine for many years now. Actually, for more than half of my life to be more specific. Each month, I sift through everything - from the articles to the advertisements. The advertisements shed light into what trends are to come, which items and colours fashion designers and stores are promoting, and a sense of the economic abilities of the magazine's demographic. Usually, without fail, we see double page, glossy adverts from Prada, Gucci, Dior Homme, Ralph Lauren, Diesel, and many others. Sunglasses, eye glasses, shoes, cars, fragrances, and luxe travel.

But, in June 2009's US edition of the magazine, this is not the case. The adverts are boring, uninspiring, and old. My close fraternity brothers and I always joke about Dolce and Gabbana's "Light Blue" fragrance advertisement from the original campaign that includes the bronzed Italian man sunning himself on a yacht off the Italian Rivera, complete with speedo, unruly body hair, and sweat/grease. This ad is at least a year old, yet we're seeing the exact same campaign again. Same with Ralph Lauren's fragrance "Polo Blue".

It has been said that nothing in fashion is ever new. It's simply reinvented, reworked, or simply reproduced. Well one thing is for certain - either the marketing department accidentally mixed up the main advertisements for the magazine with that of an older issue, or the marketing gurus of many fashion houses took an extended vacation and simply reran old advertisements.

I'm disappointed. Don't get me wrong - I'm not expecting or even suggesting GQ to inundate the periodical with a multitude of advertisements. But, at least they can put something inspiring or something we can all aspire to have and incorporate into our own fashions.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

These boots were made for walkin'

I've always liked how rain boots look on women. I imagine a chic power player walking the streets of London with Hunter rain boots, great jeans tucked into the boots, and a Burberry trench. Recently, I saw a very well dressed gentleman wearing the male version of my imagined Brit femme fatale - Hunter rain boots, denim tucked into the boots, and a Burberry trench coat. I never really thought of this look as asexual, until I saw it in person. And I must say, I might be in the market for a pair of Hunter's famous boots.

For those of you who don't know Hunter's, here's some background information from their website:

A symbol of British country life

In 1856 Mr Henry Lee Norris, an American entrepreneur, landed on Scottish soil in search of a home for his boot making company. Having acquired a block of buildings in Edinburgh, known as the Castle Silk Mills, the North British Rubber Company (which much later became known as Hunter Boot Ltd) was registered as a limited liability company in September 1856. In the beginning there were only four people working for the company, by 1875 the team had grown to 600 members of staff.

Production of wellington boots were dramatically boosted with the advent of World War I when the company was asked by the War Office to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the conditions in flooded trenches. The mills ran day and night to produce immense quantities of these trench boots. In total, 1,185,036 pairs were made to cope with the Army's demands. The fashionable boot was now a functional necessity.

For WWII they were once again called upon to supply vast quantities of wellingtons and thigh boots. 80% of production was for war materials - from ground sheets to life belts and gas masks.
After WWII boot making had to move to a larger factory in Heathhall Dumfries, where the company has been based since, to deal with the rise in demand.

Hunter's most famous welly, the original Green wellington, was made over 50 years ago in the winter of 1955. It was the first orthopedic boot that we made and was launched alongside the Royal Hunter - another boot that remains in Hunter's range today.

In 1977, having continued to supply wellies to the Royal Households, Hunter was awarded a Royal Warrant from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. This was shortly followed, in 1986, by a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen. Providing great recognition for their work in keeping some very important feet dry!

Hunter enjoyed a record season in summer 2007 but, despite this, remained faced with major financial challenges regarding production. High manufacturing and fuel costs that contributed to the company's move into administration in 2006 remained prominent and, like many UK manufacturing businesses, Hunter was forced to consider whether it was commercially viable to keep making boots in the UK. The company also had to negotiate a volatile relationship with its landlord and an expensive and inefficient 96-year-old factory. Eventually, alternative supply sources were sought and developed in Europe and the Far East and plans were made to exit the Dumfries plant and relocate the company HQ to Edinburgh. This move was finally made in September 2008.

Today, Hunter remains the preferred welly brand for those who like to work hard and play hard - there's a great range of boots to suit welly wearers all over the world - from the Royal Family to festival-goers, working farmers and landed gentry alike.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

You can stand under my umbrella!

Ok, I must admit. That Rihanna song gets stuck in my head, and then I can't get it out and spend the rest of my day ending everything in -ella, ella, ella. But, it's only fitting, because today my favourite Marimekko travel umbrella broke. It had accompanied me on three different continents over the past six years, and today, of all days, it ended its life. Not on purpose I'm sure. But regardless, it now is in the trash. I love it's pale yellow background with bright yellow dots all over. It was the perfect bit of sunshine on a cloudy day, and actually kept the rain off of my head and main portions of my body. The strongest little umbrella in the perfect travel size. Finland's Marimekko really knows how to make an umbrella. Now, of course, I have to find a new one. So of course, I consider other options.

There is Swaine Adeney Brigg - London's celebrated maker of equestrian & leather goods since 1750. After all, they're the fabulous craftsmen who Mr Spielberg calls when he wants to buy a hat for his adventure film with Harrison Ford. Raiders of the Lost Ark makes the famous Indiana Jones hat a film star in its own right. And they also just happen to keep Royal Appointments for the UK's ruling family since Queen Victoria in 1893.

I know many designers make their own umbrellas as well. I could opt for a classic Burberry check, or a classic black Dior Homme umbrella.

Who knows what I'll get. For now, I have something new to shop for. The perfect umbrella. Here's what I want:

-- something bright
-- something lightweight
-- something very durable
-- something big enough to keep me dry, but small enough to travel with or throw in a bag
-- something not everyone else is going to have

Some say I might be picky. I just consider myself being discerning and having expectations.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stain Free Undershirts?

If you live where I live, it's hot and humid outside. And even if you don't live here, at some point throughout the year, you'll experience the sunny, warm weather we all long for. And that can only mean one thing - you're going to sweat!

One of my friends asked me a few weeks ago if I had any recommendations for undershirts and how to prevent those awful sweat stains associated with hot climates. Ask, and you shall receive!
Firstly, I'd like to start that there is not just one cause to the "yellow stains" from undershirts and on your favourite collars - it's a combination of many things. But with a little proactive behaviour, these stains can be prevented or avoided all together.

Is it the aluminum in most deodorants? Is it the bacteria or the salts in perspiration? Is it the heat from your dryer? Honestly, the jury is still out.

Many believe that the sweat stains are a result of a ingredients (like sebum, a popular wax-like ingredient in deodorants and antiperspirants, or acidic ingredients) mixing with sweat. Most natural deodorants and antiperspirants won't have these ingredients.

No matter what type of products you are using, after showering, be sure to completely dry your underarms. Then apply a very thin, even layer of the product and wait a few minutes for the product to DRY completely before putting on your shirt. This will prevent the product from getting on your clothes, prevent any additional staining, and helps prevent any additional odor-causing bacteria under the arms.

Also, the bacteria in sweat (everyone sweats, and everyone's sweat has bacteria - just some people have more and some have less) can accentuate the yellowing (and odor) associated with sweating - so try washing your underarms with an antibacterial soap at least once daily.

If you're excessively sweaty under your arms (technically called hyperhidrosis), only your doctor can truly give the best advice. However, some recommend getting Botox injections under the arms to prevent excess sweating. Rather than going into muscles, the injections go just under the skin, and last between 6-12 months. Botox works by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which, in turn, deactivates nerves that stimulate sweat glands. This treatment has been around for years, and is approved by the FDA as safe and effective.

You can also decrease sweat and odor under your arms by trimming the armpit hair. However, unless you're an Olympic swimmer or professional body builder, I don't recommend men to shave the armpit hair completely. Some things were just meant to be!

If you do have these underarm stains or ring around the collar, try soaking your whites in a mixture of bleach and water. Immediately after wearing the garment in question, try one of those enzyme solutions from the supermarket (like oxiclean or shout) first, and then soak them in the bleach and water solution. Then wash like normal, and hang them to dry. Air drying clothes helps maintain their original colour anyway, and prevents unwanted shrinking (and you thought cold water did all the shrinking!).

As for the best undershirts, look for close (but not tight) fitting shirts in a bamboo cotton blend. Bamboo fabric’s natural antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties make it perfect for clothes which fit close to your body such as socks and underwear. Bamboo clothing is also quick to absorb moisture, more so than cotton, keeping you dry and odour free; again making it an ideal choice for intimate apparel.

My favourite deodorant and antiperspirant combination is from Bliss and is called Underarmy. Here's how the site describes the glorious product:

Our mint-powered roll-on gel anti-perspirant—now in a nifty new bottle—helps circumvent sneaky sweat stains and keeps underarms feeling fresh, exuding cool and downright dry-on-the-fly, even when it's hotter than Hades. • no residue on your favorite garments• a lightweight, clear, gel formula• minty properties for a cooling sensation• your secret weapon to K.O. the B.O.

So, my friends, I hope this helps. I know there's a lot of information here. There's no exact science. And I'm not trying to plug any particular products. But, when I do wear undershirts, I wear Emporio Armani v-neck undershirts in 100% cotton and 2xist Bamboo cotton undershirts, I use Method laundry care, and I use Bliss's Underarmy deodorant/antiperspirant and I don't have those pesky yellow stains. Hope this helps!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Miuccia Prada television interview

Miuccia Prada was featured on CNN International's programme "Talk Asia" this past week. The interviews are available online! This was Prada's first interview in three years, giving comments on everything from fashion inspiration, the economic environment, and future direction of the company.

It's only fitting to have this amazing interview, as today marks my 200th entry on Thirsty.Threads!

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