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Posts Tagged ‘Accessories’

Nelle for Anthropologie

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Minneapolis accessories designer Laura Nelli of Nelle is as giddy as a bride on her wedding day. Anthropologie proposed – and they pursued her! The retailer wants Nelle’s Just Bowtiful belt collection for its new wedding label BHLDN (short for beholden). The belts, $60, in shades of navy, blush and soft white, will debut on bhldn.com Friday, March 26.

This could be the beginning of a long and fruitful union: Nelli has been asked to submit designs for exclusives to BHLDN.

Worth a visit: Maria Rivolta

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’ve been mulling a column idea this week about the proliferation of accessories stores, both locally owned and national chains. So many stores now specialize in affordable baubles and trinkets – which are also readily available at virtually every clothing store, discounter and outlet, too. When I asked friends on Facebook where they go to accessorize in a hurry, the answers ranged from specialty chains like Charming Charlie and Francesca’s to J.Crew, Opitz Outlet and locals like Fringe. The numbers support the trend – I did my homework, and accessories sales are up. You know the reasons: accessories are an easy, affordable update, a justifiable indulgence and one size fits all. But I have been wondering if we’re all so well accessorized at this point, that what we really need is some new clothes.

With this in mind, I was delighted by the new Maria Rivolta store at Southdale Center – it’s the first U.S. location for the Argentinian jewelry designer and is filled with bracelets, necklaces, rings and more for less than $50. But this new boutique really stands out in the increasingly crowded field. Color. Unique design and distinct point of view. Pieces seem current, yet not-to-trend – and look like they may survive more than a handful of wearings. You’ll find yourself needing a copper and black leather bracelet or a sculpted gold ring or a bright red watch. And I suppose that answers my original pondering: there really is no end to our appetite for accessories.

Maria Rivolta is 25 percent off this weekend – details in Sales/Specials.

St. Paul on the Fringe

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Don’t be surprised to see a few extra bangles on the wrists of St. Paul shoppers next month: 50th & France accessories boutique Fringe plans to open a second location on Grand Avenue. The locally-owned shop, which offers fashion jewelry, scarves and other accessories at affordable prices, will take over the Saga Living space at 1055 Grand Ave. on June 15.

Good Rapport

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Rapportspring Budding Minneapolis accessories line Rapport is really coming into its own this spring. The new collection, now available online, features vibrant pinks and oranges, rich suede and luxe texture. These bags and bows won't go unnoticed. Meanwhile, another hot Minneapolis handbag line is poised to introduce a new collection: get ready for the April 15 launch of Harold, menswear inspired accessories from Nelle.

Hopkins can’t compete

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

No surprise here: Just four months after opening a second Fringe accessories shop at 50th & France, owner Andrea Rovner plans to close her original location in Hopkins . The old store's lack of ambiance was made even more obvious by the opening of the higher-profile, more polished store in Edina. And while inexpensive accessories seemed an unlikely fit for the notoriously posh 50th & France, it's proving to be a huge hit. (Even those with money get excited about a trendy $18 necklace!). Rovner says her Hopkins customers are flocking to Edina. The Hopkins Fringe store will close at the end of the year.

Coco & Lolly

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

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Since there seems to be no end to our appetite for accessories, women's chain New York & Company wanted in on the action. They've rolled out a new concept, Coco & Lolly, at five malls nationwide including Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. The intention is to bridge the gap between fast fashion cheapies and designer merchandise. My question: is there really a gap, with accessories so readily available and clothing stores beefing up their selection as well? It comes down to the goods, and the convenience: Coco & Lolly offers classic and trend accessories organized around five "lifestyle zones" (I bet that took a lot of meetings to come up with): workday, date night, weekend, yoga lounge and commuter. Prices are in the $30 to $100 range. Nothing I needed to buy thisminute, but lots of items, like clutch bags, belts and scarves I certainly would wear. The build your own necklace, with charms and chains to choose from struck me as Claire's for grown-ups. The little giftables are a nice touch – boutique-y items you wouldn't expect to find at the mall.


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