Welcome to Beauty Diary: Seven days of getting glam with an industry insider. From publicists to professional makeup artists, this is a week in the life of someone who lives and breathes beauty.
As the founder of New York-based Korean beauty e-tailer Soko Glam, Charlotte Cho's job is to source the very best cosmetics from Korea (no small task in a country where the average skincare routine involves eight products), test them out, and, if they make the cut, place them one click away from her customers—a mix of Korean expats, global beauty buffs, and women who have just discovered the multitasking pleasure of Netflix-ing in a sheet mask.
For this week's beauty diary, we followed Charlotte on a Seoul workcation—where she hit up the city's night markets, got an impulse bob, hung out with Korean it-model Soo Joo Park in a Chanel-strewn suite, and gave us a sneak peek at some adorably-packaged products that might make it on the site next season.
· Shop Soko Glam [Official Site]
· See More Photos from Charlotte's Trip [Instagram]
· All Beauty Diary Posts [Racked NY]
· Korean Beauty Brand Tony Moly Brings Its Cuteness to NYC [Racked NY]
Dossier Journal is at it again with pop-up shops. Just after wrapping up its summer market with rotating vendors at the South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn-based arts magazine has teamed up with Etsy Wholesale for a Lower East Side shop that'll be open for the month of September.
According to WWD, Dossier Journal's creative director Skye Parrott and collaborator Stephanie Tran teamed up to select the 30 vendors on hand. That includes wall art, accessories, home goods, jewelry, children's clothing, and some Made in New York pieces as well.
Though the show is run by Dossier, it's an important test for Etsy as well, which plans to open its own shop near the company's new corporate headquarters at Dumbo Heights. "We are going to continue to play and experiment," with physical stores, Etsy wholesale senior program director Vanessa Bertozzi told WWD. "You will be seeing more of Etsy in real life."
They'll be open daily from 1pm through 8pm and will hold special workshops on most Saturdays. Don't think you'll be able to make it in person? Check out all the goods in their online store.
· Etsy and Dossier Launch Pop-Up Shop in New York [WWD]
· The Dossier Outpost Has Landed at the South Street Seaport [Racked NY]
· How Etsy Will Influence Retail in the Dumbo Heights Buildings [Racked NY]
Photo via WWD
Finding simplicity in Times Square is no easy feat—but it just got a little bit easier with today's debut of Skagen, the accessories brand that creates beauty out of straightforward design. Named after a Danish seaside town, it's best known for its watches but also carries jewelry, bags, and small leather goods for both men and women.
"We're going to expand the notion of what a watch business can be," company president Jennifer Pritchard told WWD. "Since we're not a fashion brand, what we need to do is build a vocabulary of products that people can collect and use over a long period of time."
Skagen already has stores in malls and outlets across the country—including Illinois, Texas, California, and New Jersey—but is looking to expand its stateside presence. Locations weren't specified, but they're looking for "areas conveniently placed for international travels," according to the paper.
· Skagen Readies First New York Store [WWD]
· All Now Open Posts [Racked NY]
Alexander McQueen fall 2014
September has started, and that means sample sales will be picking up soon enough. There's already a few notables on the calendar, like the first-ever Tamara Mellon sample sale and the return of the Paragon Sports warehouse sale. Plus, Alexander McQueen returns after a five-year hiatus, and Scoop NYC is back with more discounts—though not at its own stores.
Click below to see all the sales for the month. The list may be small now, but we'll constantly be adding as we hear of more. And if you've got any intel on sales we don't have listed, let us know in the comments section!
Tuesday, September 2
Showroom Seven: Up to 90% off designer clothing; 263 Eleventh Ave [Dealfeed]
Orrefors Kosta Boda: 70% off and more on floor samples; 200 Lexington Ave [Dealfeed]
Desiron: Up to 70% off home goods; 200 Lexington Ave [Dealfeed]
Last winter, when labels like Tom Ford, Miu Miu, and Christopher Kane were thinking about this fall, they sent models in A-line mini-dresses—some done up in kaleidoscopic prints, others sliced with PVC panels or layered with turtlenecks—stomping down the runways in Chelsea boots. And now that those designs (and their imitations) have trickled into stores, you have a choice: go full-on Mary Quant (usually a good move), or borrow the look's easiest element—the shoes—and wear them everywhere (always a good move).
We've rounded up 12 takes on Chelsea boots (a.k.a. Beatle boots), including styles made for channeling Paul McCartney (black leather, slightly distressed) or Mick Jagger (pointy, patent). See our picks—all shoppable in NYC!—in the gallery.
· All Editor's Picks [Racked NY]
Deal: Up to 70% off furniture floor models, accessories, and home decor.
When/Where: Tuesday, September 2 through Saturday, September 13. Mon-Fri 9am—5:30pm. Sat 12pm—4pm. Closed Sun. 200 Lexington Ave between 32nd and 33rd Sts, Suite 702 (212-353-2600).
Deal: 80% off men's and women's clothing, shoes, and accessories from brands carried by the boutique store. A Rag & Bone denim bomber jacket is $66 (was $330), a Helmut Lang jacket is $139 (from $695), Stuart Weitzman booties are $99.60 (from $498), and a John Varvatos linen v-neck shirt is $37.60 (from $188).
When/Where: Tuesday, September 16 through Sunday, September 21. Tue 9am—8pm, Wed—Thu 10am—8pm, Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 10am—3pm. 260 Sample Sale, 260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th Sts (212-725-5400).
Link: Scoop NYC
Carolina Herrera sees you walking around in your Adidas slides and fashion overalls, and she is not amused. "If you look at the people walking around the streets of New York at this moment, it is horrendous!" the designer told the September issue of Haute Living magazine, as reported by Page Six. "I have never seen people so badly dressed in my life! It's amazing the way they look!" Herrera cites crop tops as the most visually offensive clothing item, which makes sense for someone who has championed the white button-down shirt so fiercely. [Page Six]
Some of the merchandise on offer; Images via Instagram/Fort Greene General Store
The Hank and JoJo as you knew it is no more—but only because it's something so much better. The DeKalb Avenue shop that used to feature just children's clothes and toys is rebranding as Fort Greene General Store in the coming days, and the in-store buying team will cater to all ages.
Fort Greene Focus reports that alongside the same kid-friendly products, customers can look for jewelry by Kira Kira, vintage from Honeysuckle and Hearts, products from Moleskine and Herschel Supply Co.. In the future, look out for dedicated trunk shows and Instagram-only sales.
· Fort Greene General Store [Official website]
· Hank & JoJo Expanding As All Ages Shopping Haven [FGF]
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, four items of note:
Best Bets Daily: The staples of a classic wardrobe
Byrdie: New uses for essential oils
GiltCity NYC: 30% off at J. Crew Factory (pictured)
Into the Gloss: Travel beauty tips from a model
The New Potato: The wrong way to "glow"
Pulsd: Yoga classes for a buck
Refinery29: Where to eat in NYC this fall
Style.com: Every cultural thing to do this season
Well & Good: Mixing fitness with self defense
WWWD: Updating the black blazer look
The Zoe Report: Behind the scenes with Rodarte
From boutique to bongs—that's the story of the address that formerly housed Honey in the Rough. The indie boutique shut down this winter after revealing a mom-centric makeover in 2013, and its official replacement is the Dubai Smoke Shop. Think they'll have any crossover clientele? [Bowery Boogie]
New York has a smoothie-inspired facial mask bar now [Well + Good]
See Mary Katrantzou's costumes for the New York City Ballet [Style File]
The Kim's sign is down, may come back [Bedford + Bowery]
How millennials changed the grocery shopping game [Racked]
Beyoncé's hair now resembles a bob [MTV Style]
Career advice from InStyle's Fashion News Director [Fashionista]
Angelina Jolie wore a Versace wedding dress [The Cut]
Photo by Driely S. for Racked
Fall into your autumn wardrobe at Beautiful Dreamers
Meet New York City's hottest trainer of 2014!
Back to school for adults: 14 Life-Organizing Stores in NYC
Chatting with Sarah Jessica Parker about bags and bold colors
Workout clothes that show your New York football team pride
Relive the glory of the Afropunk Festival through its epic street style
A Nolita store that knocks out office wardrobe shopping and a mom date
It's your last chance to win free workout classes from BurnThis!
A. Cheng; Photo by Driely S. for Racked
Headed to the beach this Labor Day weekend? Your loss, since there's plenty of great sales to shop in New York City, from indie boutiques to department stores and everywhere in between. Whether it's an extra discount on spring and summer sale merchandise or final discounts at Scoop NYC sale, there's so much to check out during the three-day weekend.
Read on to check out our list of 41 sales, which we'll be updating as more announcements roll in. And if you've heard of one that's not on here, let us know in the comments section.
7115 by Szeki: 15%—50% off spring and summer styles.
A. Cheng: Take an extra 20% off sale items.
ABC Carpet & Home Warehouse: Sale continues with up to 80% off furniture and home goods.
American Two Shot: Take an extra 10% off sale items.
Beam: 50% off select merchandise.
Brooklyn Fox Lingerie: 40% off spring and summer lingerie and up to 60% off past season merch.
Cadet: Sample sale continues with up to 80% off menswear.
Cloak and Dagger: Take an additional 30% off sale items.
Club Monaco 30%—50% off sale and clearance merchandise.
Comptoir des Cotonniers: Take an extra 10% off spring/summer merchandise, already reduced 60%.
Condor: Moving sale with up to 80% off all merchandise.
Courtshop: Summer styles are 50%—70% off, including both Courtshop denim and other brands.
Diane von Furstenberg: 30% off select styles.
Duo: Take 25%—70% off storewide.
Electric Feathers: 30%—50% off all merchandise.
Everything But Water: Take an additional 50% off sale merchandise.
Express: 40% off storewide.
Fred Perry Surplus - Sample sale begins Saturday with up to 70% off.
Free People: Sample sale continues with up 70% off womenswear.
French Garment Cleaners: Take an additional 20% off spring/summer sale items.
Gap: 40% off the entire store
Items of Interest: Everything in the back of the store, from sofas to accessories, is 20% off, and custom upholstery is 15% off.
JackRabbit Sports: Up to 50% select apparel.
Kate Spade Saturday: Take an additional 25% off sale items.
Kirna Zabete: Spring/summer clearance sale continues with 75% off.
Life:Curated: Up to 80% off spring and summer styles.
Narnia: Take an extra 50% off sale items, with prices starting at $10.
Onassis: Up to 70% off spring/summer styles.
Otte: Take 20% off storewide (excludes fine jewelry, Kenzo, and Isabel Marant).
Ride Brooklyn: 30% off regular bikes and up to 40% off of road bikes.
The Rising States: 60%—70% off spring/summer merchandise.
Scoop NYC: End-of-season sale continues with deep discounts on spring and summer merchandise.
Shoe Market: 50%—70% off all spring shoes.
Spiritual America: Take an extra 10% off sale items, already marked down up to 70%.
Sunglass Hut: Up to 50% off select styles.
Teddy: Shop the closing sale at the Upper West Side location.
Thistle & Clover: Final markdowns on select summer merchandise.
Thomas Sires: 20%-60% off women's apparel—buy three items, get one free. Select home goods and accessories are 20%—50% off, and kid's clothing is 10% off.
Urban Outfitters: Extra 40% off sale merchandise.
Violet Pepper: 15% off new fall arrivals, and take an extra 50% off sale merchandise.
Yumi Kim: Up to 50% off summer styles.
And in case you're looking to take a field trip to Woodbury Commons:
Celine: 40% off summer apparel.
Diane Von Furstenberg: 40% off the entire store (excluding the wrap shop).
Joe's Jeans: 30% off the entire store.
Kate Spade: 40% off your purchase, plus take an additional 20% off handbags.
NOHO—Mr. Mickey's annual Celebrity Sidewalk Sale is back! Join Paper's editorial director at Screaming Mimi's (382 Lafayette Street) this Saturday, August 30th between 12pm and 6pm, or Sunday, August 31st between 1pm and 6pm, to shop new and vintage designer clothes, accessories, and beauty products. As always, all proceeds go college scholarships for students at the Vivekananda Public School in Odisha, India—a school built with funds from past sidewalk sales.
EVERYWHERE—Sephora is rolling out Sunday morning beauty classes in select NYC stores. Choose between Perfectly Paired Lips and Cheeks, Contouring and Highlighting, How to Apply False Lashes, and more. For info and a list of participating Sephoras, go here.
Deal: Discounts on women's activewear from Phat Buddha, Naked Sports Gear, Yogasmoga, and Prismsport.
When/Where: Tuesday, September 16 through Thursday, September 18. Daily 11am—7pm. Clothingline, 261 W 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 2nd floor (no phone).
Deal: Deep discounts on women's designer merchandise. Stock includes samples and slight irregulars.
When/Where: Wednesday, September 3. 11am—7pm. Clothingline, 261 W 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 2nd floor (no phone).
Deal: Deep discounts on fall apparel and accessories for men, women, and children.
When/Where: Tuesday, September 9 through Thursday, September 11. Daily 11am—7pm. Clothingline, 261 W 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 2nd floor (no phone)
Deal: Furniture and home goods floor samples starting at 70% off. Crystal votives and candleholders are $5.25—$67.50 (from $17.50—$225); hand-blown glass bowls, vases and sculptures are $15—$600 (from $50—$,2000); and crystal bowls, vases and drinkware are $10—$300 (from $50—$1000). Bring your own bags and packing material. Credit card only.
When/Where: Tuesday, September 2 through Wednesday, September 24. Daily 10am—4:30pm. 200 Lexington Ave between 32nd and 33rd St, Suite 602 (212-684-5455).
Link: Orrefors Kosta Boda
Alexander McQueen fall/winer 2014
You may not want to blow your paycheck on all those Labor Day weekend sales, because we just learned that Alexander McQueen is hosting a public sample sale for the first time in five years. Back in 2009, the sale was held at Metropolitan Pavilion and featured 80% off retail and $300 bags.
Discounts have not yet been specified this time around, but we've come to expect big price tags from sale host Soffier Haskin—like a $1,075 sweater at Hèrmes last year. Look out for a full sale report on opening day.
· Dealfeed: Alexander McQueen [Racked NY]
· All Sample Sale Coverage [Racked NY]