Saturday, April 30, 2011

Alert! Beware TM postings from Juliana Locke/Adria Simon/Claire Bennett/Bonnie Griffing


The Trade Market fraudster cited in this post is back using a different IP, Paypal and email address. What scum. Scammers are pathetic, deplorable excuses for human beings that have nothing better to do than trick people out of their money. 

Some aliases (I'm willing to bet none of these are the person's actual name):
Juliana Locke
Adria Simon
Claire Bennett
Bonnie Griffing
Emily Griffing
Tracy with email address trcfoley@gmail.com

Some alias emails:
NYNYSF@gmail.com
iloveanthropologie@gmail.com
adriasimon@yahoo.com
bgriffingstl@yahoo.com
trcfoley@gmail.com 

Beware the same seller posting any/all of the following items:
Draped Pumps
Torsade Tee XS
Wind Rippled Tee
Gathered Alyssum Dress

PROTECT YOURSELF:
- Ask for actual photos of the item
- If you don't hear from a seller for more than 5 days, file a Paypal claim
- Beware deals that seem to good to be true
- Be wary of sellers posting items for sale on behalf of their sister/mother/friend/etc

And above all, report any deals that go south to me so I can track patterns. The local police have been contacted about this seller and a case file is open. If you have been a victim of this fraudster, you need to contact the police. Please email me to find out how.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The weekend in-store community post


Note: New posts run below this one.


I have noticed a lot of community members sharing in-store deals and spots in the comments of various posts. Inspired by the weekly Seek & Find posts started by the lovely Alexis over at J.Crew Aficionada, I think now is a good time to start a similar weekly post here.

This post is for community members to trade information. You can ask for help in finding an item, report back on what you saw in-store at your local Anthro, ask general questions, make a request, or just stop by to say hello. I love how helpful this community can be! Please note that items for sale belong in the Trade Market, as do 'looking to find' requests for past season items. Comments that erroneously get posted in this thread will be deleted.

Some FAQs....
- What does "sub" mean?It means that people are subscribing to the comment thread. You can do this by either clicking the small RSS icon at the top right of the comments section or by selecting either subscribe to "all new comments" or "replies" in the comment box in the comment form.
- Someone in the comments said they wanted to buy an item from me, but it's been x hours and I haven't heard squat. What should I do?I give people 24 hours for the benefit of the doubt. After that move on to the next person that contacted you.
- Someone said they returned an item at the store 20 minutes ago but I just called the store and it's gone. What gives?!?
A store associate might have taken a fancy to it or a customer might have grabbed it. Maybe it's just at the bottom of a big ol'pile. Unfortunately, you're out of luck.

Recommended reading:
Gigi's tips for a successful swap
Ways to find hidden inventory on Anthro's site
How do I find reviews for x item?
Ways to find style numbers on Anthro's site for sold-out items (it's right below the Lilac Ombre Heels photo)

Guide to commenting with IntenseDebate.
How to add photos to your IntenseDebate comment.

**IMPORTANT NOTE** At the moment,  the 'subscribe' feature is not working consistently in the comments. It's only working for people with IntenseDebate accounts, and only sometimes.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leifsdottir will become part of Anthropologie


Leifsdottir and its creative team are coming home to Anthropologie. Urban Outfitters, owner of both concepts, announced yesterday that Anthropologie will be the exclusive home of Leifsdottir once spring deliveries are complete. Additionally, Johanna Uurasjarvi, Creative Director for Leifsdottir, will return to the Anthropologie brand as the Executive Creative Director of Anthropologie Product Design.

From the press release:
Today Urban Outfitters announced that the Leifsdottir brand will be sold exclusively at Anthropologie stores and through its direct-to-consumer business, and will discontinue wholesale distribution with the conclusion of spring deliveries. Johanna Uurasjarvi, Creative Director for Leifsdottir, will return to the Anthropologie brand as the Executive Creative Director of Anthropologie Product Design. "We believe this change gives us the best opportunity to maximize the brand equity of the Leifsdottir label, and we are excited to welcome Johanna back to the Anthropologie business," said Glen T. Senk, Chief Executive Officer. The Company expects to record one-time costs of approximately $2.7 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year for the disposal of certain Leifsdottir assets, disposition of inventory and other related costs.

Does this mean that Leifsdottir couldn't stand on its own as a wholesale product? Not really. The marketing efforts for the brand have stepped up over the last two quarters and retail orders have been healthy by all accounts. More likely is that this is part of the continuing strategy shift for Anthropologie that recently saw Barney's New York executive Judy Collinson come on board as Anthro's Executive Director of Women's Apparel. Personally I'm very excited to welcome Ms. Uurasjarvi back into the fold. I've long adored her designs both for Anthro and Leifsdottir.

Urban Outfitters also snuck in some quick quarterly reporting: quarter-to-date comparable retail segment sales through the Easter holiday weekend were low single-digit negative. Eep. Not surprising but not great news either. Who would have thought that Free People would be the concept driving sales at Urban Outfitters? I can't wait to see Anthro's design team turn it around. This shapeless boxy stuff is driving me nuts.

What do you think about Anthropologie becoming Leifsdottir's once-and-again exclusive home?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eye Candy: Anthropologie May 2011 Catalogue


Well well well. Look which top finally made Anthropologie's website!! It's been officially dubbed the Eyeleted Corset Top ($98, review in this post and styled here) and I can't say enough great things about the top. It stays in place all day which is no small feat and it's shaped to flatter. Most of my favorite new arrivals didn't get the catalogue treatment: the Butterfly Net Dress ($158); the Frida Maxi Dress ($148) and the Upepo Tank ($68) among them.

Plenty more eye candy below...what do you think of this month's looks? Are you adding anything to your wishlist?



















Love this. A bit of classic Anthropologie design rendered in beautiful boldness.


















Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Anthropologie's Sale is back in bloom


No accessory markdowns to speak of this week, but some highly coveted dresses did finally mosey on over to the sale section this morning. Among them are the Contemporarian Dress (now $70, review here), style #19711456, the Kingston Road Dress (now $100, review here), style #20690236 and the Tuileries Dress (now $80, review here), style #20471934.

Thanks to everyone in the community who supplied markdown reports last nite!! It's always a blast playing the Sale Guessing Game with you all. If you see any 2nd/3rd/etc cuts on your wishlist please let us know in the comments. (Style #s and the new price much appreciated.) I'm sitting this one out but can't wait to hear what the community comes away with. As always, happy hunting!! Accept no imitations.


Dresses:
Cloud Art Dress (now $80, review here), style #20585279

Contemporarian Dress (now $70, review here), style #19711456

Kingston Road Dress (now $100, review here), style #20690236

Perennial Blooms Shift (now $130, review here), style #20404034

Quiet Blush Dress (now $90, review here), style #20367496

Rise & Shine Dress (now $50), style #20430369

Sail Shapes Dress (now $80), style #20169884

Sun Shades Dress (now $80, review here), style #20459566

Tuileries Dress (now $80, review here), style #20471934



Sweaters:
Along The Wharf Cardigan (now $40), style #19874445

Cricket Top (now $40), style #20578217

Duster Cardigan (now $130), style #20031290

Full Flourish Cardigan (now $60), style #20461844

Hearts Desire Cardigan (now $50), style #20263125

Oil Paints Cardigan (now $60), style #20352829

Tea & Roses Cropped Cardigan (now $50), style #20414553

Waterlillies Top (now $60), style #20297875


Tops:
After Goodbye Top (now $50), style #20394052

Banter Top (now $30), style #20296752

Bright Future Top (now $40), style #20413548

Cherangani Henley (now $40), style #20418869

Cherry Drops Corset (now $50), style #19963727

Classic Peasant Henley (now $30, review here), style #20204178

Design Darlings Tee (now $40), style #20161568

Ensnared Dolman Top (now $40), style #20462446

Ibos Tank (now $40, review here), style #19970094

Sand Lines Tee (now $40), style #20296281

Valley Breeze Tunic (now $50, review here), style #20447231


Jackets:
Easy Rider Jacket (now $100), style #20273397

Montesinho Jacket (now $80), style #20844171


Pants & Shorts:
Composed Pants (now $50), style #20359337

Doodle Shorts (now $40), style #20300166

Petaled Batik Shorts (now $40), style #20049623

Scribble Shorts (now $40), style #20238663

Slouch-And-Narrow Trousers (now $70), style #20224549

Tea Room Harem Pants (now $80), style #20225520


Skirts:
Ardennes Skirt (now $70, review here), style #20532404

Calm Seas Skirt (now $50), style #20531000

Cockatoo Feather Skirt (now $150), style #19912385

Falling Freesia Skirt (now $70), style #20513966

Imprint Fossil Maxi Skirt (now $70), style #20318887


Sleep & Lounge:
Gossamer-Tiered Tank (now $48), style #20677688