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Lillian’s: Taking over the world

July 30th, 2008
by Allison Kaplan

The owners of Lillian’s have been hounding me for some time. They wanted me to come check out their occasional store (meaning, open just one weekend per month) in Hastings. Then Chaska. Then Forrest Lake. Basically, name your third ring suburb, and there was Lillian’s selling designer inspired handbags and knock-off accessories. Honestly, I didn’t pay too much attention. But now, it’s hard not to notice: Lillian’s is moving in to the city – to South Minneapolis at 50th and Xerxes and in the former Karma space at 841 Grand Avenue in St. Paul (both opening Aug. 7 to 10). It’s hard to believe they can sell enough purses in four days to justify the monthly rent in either of those desirable retail districts, but the two women who started the company in 2005 are quite confident in our endless thirst for inexpensive bags. Stay tuned!

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3 Responses to “Lillian’s: Taking over the world”

  1. Isaac says:

    YUCK! Do enough people actually buy ‘designer inspired’ bags and “knock-off” accessories to have its own franchise and 20+ stores? I have never heard of something so despicable and the website promotes it like you should be proud to carry one of these bags. I believe in affordable bags, but to me a store crammed full of look-a-likes and a punch card to earn a free bag is just too much! Punch card to earn free bags? Isn’t that reserved for local coffee shops?

  2. Jennifer says:

    YEAH! I love shops like this. A cute bag at a rock bottom price,why not? I respect the designers fashion and want a part of it, however I still want to make my house payment, so I get to do both with Lillian’s Shoppe’s and others like them. I give them a big thumbs up. As for the punch card, I say the coffee house started it and more power to the shops that jump on board and offer their customers rewards for shopping. Carry on Lillian’s, you guys are great!

  3. Sherrie says:

    Yuck is right! I always get a bad taste in my mouth when I go in one of these shops…

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