Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 
If you’re anything like me, your summer agenda is filling up fast with parties and events. This week, my picks have all your sunny celebrations in mind. It’s time to start planning. Now.

Rue La La's Most Coveted 6-02

  1. Whitney Stern Diamond & Gemstone Ring. A stunning cocktail ring is always a great conversation starter.
  2. LANVIN Coffee-Table Book. A great gift for any fashion lover on your list (including yourself).
  3. Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Zip Wallet. The little sister to the “anti–It bag” will double as an oh-so-chic clutch.
  4. Valentino Rockstud Leather Slingback. These edgy pumps have become a classic – just choose a color and buy them already.
  5. Tahari ASL Floral Print Dress. Sweet and refined, this will be your go-to number for summer weddings and showers.

 
Check out these picks and more on Rue La La this week.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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June 2, 2014

Reading Between the Lines: A Breakdown of Contemporary Label Names

The meaning behind a label’s name isn’t always as straightforward as Chanel (it’s Coco’s surname). Today, many designers go for more elusive monikers, often paying homage to muses and family members. Here are the stories behind a few of our favorites.

The Stories Behind Contemporary Fashion Label Names

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May 15, 2014

Designer Talk: Proenza Schouler Dishes on the PS1 & More

Right now, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez – or more commonly known to the style set as Proenza Schouler – are on top of the fashion world. Last night, the design duo, famed for creating the PS1 satchel (a.k.a. the It bag), visited the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston to chat womenswear with Curator Helen Molesworth.

BLG-Proenza

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September 27, 2013

A Bright Look at the Proenza Schouler Family

Punch up your springtime outfits with neon, tangerine, & cobalt

A Bright New Look at the Proenza Schouler Family

From neon to tangerine and crossbody bags to the fabled PS1, the design duo that is Proenza Schouler knows a thing or two about wearable luxury. With soft leather, gunmetal or gold detailing, and carry-everywhere silhouettes, this already-coveted collection went one step further and added electric hues to its resume.

For those of us craving spring (and not even halfway through January), this collection is the perfect warm-weather wardrobe fix. Amp up your winter staples (like cable knits, dark denim, and the trusty LBD) with a hue-happy handbag, and watch your winter blues fizzle away. (You can thank us later.)

Our Proenza Schouler Handbags & Shoes Boutique opens Sunday, January 13, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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January 13, 2013

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Linda Lightman of Linda’s Stuff

The dream job for a self-proclaimed shopaholic? For Linda Lightman, founder of shoplindasstuff.com, it’s making coveted items available to the whole world. From have-to-have-them designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Proenza Schouler, our  Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique warrants a total fashion frenzy. Here, I caught up with the e-commerce guru on where her big idea came from and what she loves most about the UPS man.

First off, how did you get started?
12 years ago my kids had old video games that they wanted to sell. We went to the local game store to trade them in for new ones, but we were only getting about $5 for each game that we originally bought for $50 or more. My son suggested putting our old games on eBay instead to see if we could get more money for them. So, we went home and put them online and the sales were amazing. We were getting almost full price for the same games on eBay.

And then that transitioned to clothes and luxury goods?
Yes. I decided to start selling my old clothes on eBay instead of going to the consignment shop like I usually did. Once I ran out of things to sell, I ended up helping my friends sell their old things on eBay and that business grew from word of mouth. Now I partner with stores and retailers to sell merchandise that they are getting rid of or need help selling. The stores wanted to be able to have a fresh new look all the time, and I was able to help them do that while still helping them make a profit off these items.

Tell us about your warehouse.
I was selling everything out of my home, but I ended up having to hire people to take photos of the merchandise and help me run my business. Now I have 85 employees and a 25,000 square foot warehouse.

That’s incredible. What types of items sell the best online?
Handbags and shoes definitely sell the best on our site, but designer clothing, jewelry, and men’s clothing all do really well too. I came to find out that as long as we were selling discerning designer names, then people would buy them. Sometimes people come onto the site looking for something specific, like a classic quilted Chanel handbag, and find a vintage Chanel dress that they didn’t know they needed until that very moment. The best thing about it is that there is something for everyone.

As if I have to ask, what do you love most about what you do?
It’s like Christmas every day. We get hundreds of boxes in the morning, and for a shopaholic like me, it’s unbelievable. We love when UPS comes, because we get to see all the new items coming in and what’s hot now. I love what I do.

Our Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique opens Tuesday, September 25, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 25, 2012