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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Eileen Fisher

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Meet Eileen Fisher; designer extraordinaire and creator of her own eponymous clothing line. Her comfy high-end line features everything from pajamas to business casual clothing. Her unique flare manifests itself in each of her pieces, which are designed to be comfortable, yet fashionable. Eileen’s line was premised on simplicity. She was irked by the fact that men have such an easy time getting dressed in the morning, while women’s clothing is forever getting more complicated. She doesn’t believe in runways or huge in-your-face events, she believes that clothing is made for real life.

Despite Eileen’s rise to fame in the fashion world, she didn’t follow the most traditional path to the designer life. Check out these 5 things you didn’t know about Eileen Fisher:

1Fisher’s Lack of Fashion Background

That’s right folks, this savvy designer who makes clothes for everyday use is not a graduate of FIT or LIM. Rather, she attended University of Illinois, starting out as a math major, before switching to interior design.

2. The Inspiration for Fisher’s First Piece Was Derived From the Japanese Kimono.

Those who have been exposed to the Eileen Fisher line are quite aware that none of her pieces look anything like the traditional kimono. Rather than the actual garb itself, Fisher was astonished by how this traditional article of clothing has withstood the test of time, and is still incredibly relevant. “I was intrigued that the kimono was the only shape in Japan that they used for years, how can you make a design to last that long? A design that belongs to a moment, but also, transcends a moment.” (Ellen Fisher quoted in an article in Fashionista.) This inspired the quality of simplicity in her line.

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3. She is an Entrepreneur as well as Designer

        As mentioned previously, unlike most famous designers with renowned brand name lines, Fisher had no formal education in neither fashion nor business. The first piece of clothing she made was done in her home, using a sewing machine and a pair of scissors. “If I had some technical training, maybe I might have gotten the idea off the ground earlier,” said Fisher.” On the other hand, because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do or how I should do it, I just did it differently in my own way.” (http://fashionista.com/2016/04/eileen-fisher-fashionista-meetup)

4. She’s an Activist

         Not only is Eileen an established designer, she also plays a large role in assisting women and girls by activating their leadership potential. The “Activating Leadership Grant” funds programs that help women and girls activate their natural leadership qualities. Each year of the grant has its own unique theme. Non-profit organizations that fit the category apply, and are awarded on a relevance and need basis. 2016, the 7th year of the grant accepted organizations that follow the theme of applying leadership attributes.

5. There’s a Sample Sale coming up!

Want to see what all the hype is about? Come check out the Eileen Fisher sample sale at the boutique’s 9th street location. The sample sale will feature a peek at the spring line for up to 50% off in select sizes. Winter line in various sizes for 40% off. Keep in mind this sample sale is only two days long so save the date! March 11th and 12th

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5 Sample Sales in NYC This Week

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Tuesday here… and that means another week of work, another week of winter and another week of wonderful shopping in New York City. If you are on the lookout for awesome designers selling merchandise for over 70% off, search no longer. Sample sales are your answer. Below I am listing 5 new sample sales this week in NYC. For more sales, personalized updates and details, check out the ShopDrop App. Only joy and no regrets.

1. Bruno Magli Sample Sale

Italian footwear is in and it is available at a 75% discount for both men and women for a few lucky days. Make sure to take full advantage and outfit your shoe-drobe with some elegant European styles.

What: Bruno Magli Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14 — Sun, Feb 19: 10AM-7PM
Where: 260 Fifth Ave, NY
Hosted by: 260 Sample Sales

2. Hatch & Twobirds Sample Sale

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Hatch & TwoBirds

If you have a bun baking in the oven and find shopping for clothing to be an extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive activity, worry no longer. All Hatch items are on sale — 70% off. Yup, that’s definitely the way to go!

What: Hatch & Twobirds Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14-Thu, Feb 16: 11AM-7PM
Where: 412 Broadway, 5th Floor, NY

3. Cremieux Sample Sale

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Cremieux

Men, listen up! French tailored suits are now in New York. Yes, and they are selling for 70% off. Although a credit card sale only, you can get all sorts of goodies for dreamy prices: shirts are 3 for $85, pants — 3 for $95, blazers-$99, suits-$199, and sweaters for only $65!

What: Cremieux Sample Sale for Men
When: Wed, Feb 8 – Fri, Feb 17: 10AM-6PM
Where: 166 Mercer St, Suite 6A, NY

4. Vaute Sample Sale

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Vaute

Like the environment? So do we. Shop 100% vegan, made in NYC fashion at a 70% discount during the Vaute’s annual two-day sample sale. You’ll find clothes for every season: Summer, Winter and everything in between.

What: Vaute Sample Sale
When: Fri, Feb 17-Sat, Feb 18: 12PM-8PM
Where: 114 Stanton St, NY

5. The Line Sample Sale

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260 Sample Sale is throwing a party! At The Line, you’ll find everything ranging from handbags to accessories to footwear and ready-to-wear. Bring your mother, daughter, brother and sister and go!

What: The Line Sample Sale
When: Tue, Feb 14 — Sun, Deb 19: 11AM-7PM
Where: 150 Greene St, NY
Hosted by: 260 Sample Sales

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NY Fashion Week Spotlight: Inbal Dror

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Inbal Dror is one of the rising stars in wedding fashion. Educated at the Shenkar school of design and Tel Aviv, Inbal reaches that perfects bridal style combining elegance, purity and sensuality. Although each gown is unique, the entire collection stands out in its brilliant use of sharp edges, created with thin lace, tiny sequins and form-fitting luxurious materials.

The Middle Eastern origins of this bridal designer are evident in the richness of the materials and the flow of the dresses. Yet something about the build of the dresses gives the brand a unique western and urban feel.

To close the 2017 NY fashion week in style, Tahor Group is hosting a “Happily Ever After” event featuring the famous Israeli bridal designer, Inbal Dror. To get a feel for the free-spirited designer yourself, secure your spot at the event make sure to RSVP.

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3 Tips for Shopping in a NYC Snow Storm

NYC Snow Storm

Despite the overwhelming desire to stay home in front of the TV on snow days, munching on leftovers and catching up on Netflix, these frosty afternoons are actually the ideal time to go shopping. Only a few brave souls will choose to venture out onto the New York City streets, leaving stores vacant and merchandise untouched. However, as the thermometer slips to lower temperatures and the snow transitions from the purest white to all 50 shades of gray, trekking out into the city can be a little tough. Here are 3 quick tips to make your snow day shopping excursion doable and rewarding.

1. Wear a slightly lighter coat. Although one’s natural inclination may be to layer up in a bulky winter jacket, when it comes to shopping on a snow day, less is more. Although NYC does get rather chilly, running in and out of stores tends to have the opposite effect. Additionally, store managers are just as aware of the temperature outside as you are and tend to crank up the heat. A giant coat often is not ideal when half of your day is actually spent indoors, trying on clothes in a dressing room.

2. Make a route. Shop smart. Know where you’re going and what you’re getting before you leave the house. ShopDrop at your service! ShopDrop is an app that will tell you which sample sales are happening in your area. It also displays the sample sales on a map, so you know exactly where to find them as well as what hours they are open and what deals you can find. Don’t go out without a plan; use this guide to sample sales to know exactly where you should be going.

3. Wear Practical Winter Boots. Boots, not booties. It was a fun ride in the dry Manhattan fall when the fad of short boots took over the city streets. With every corner coated in deep, hidden puddles, and snow banks up to your shins, these cute little booties just won’t survive. It’s worth investing in a pair of waterproof winter boots that will keep your feet dry when roaming the streets of the city on days like today. Maybe mom was right when she told you that sometimes, practicality is more important than fashion

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Why Online Shopping is Ruining Your Friendships

No group of friends would be complete without that one preachy member, intent on convincing everyone that technology is ruining their lives. “Our phones have become our extensions! Our news feeds have become our home screens, and let’s face it, we don’t talk in person anymore,” she’ll rant. The rest of the group will ignore them, but you’ll sit there pondering, what if she’s right? What if she has a point?

​The other day I was walking in Greenwich Village and stumbled across a pet store. I could see puppies playing in the window. A little girl was gawking at their cuteness, begging her mother to hand over her iPhone so she could take a picture, before the puppy shifted to a slightly less photogenic position. When I was a kid, I was begging to pat, hold and play with the puppy, today’s youth merely wants to capture it on a screen.

​​Yes, there is value to the statement that technology is ruining human relationships, despite its undeniable benefits and conveniences. But that could only refer to endless scrolling and browsing. Could it be that online shopping has the same effect?

​​Throwback to the days when hanging out in the mall with your friends used to be the thing to do on weekends. The mundane act of purchasing a new jacket or pair of shoes used to serve as a unifying activity for a group of otherwise bored people. I still remember entering stores with a mission: to find that perfect new blazer, or the jeans from the famous ad. This carefully selected item would then become the prize you used to decorate your wardrobe, your friends were your comrades ‘in hunt.’

​Don’t get me wrong, I’m not denying the convenience of online shopping. There’s nothing that makes you quite as happy to be living in the 21st century as ordering your basic necessities from the comfort of your bed. However, what I am pointing out is that group shopping is now becoming a relic of the past. Hanging out at the mall with friends, asking for their opinion on how I look in that dress with the pink flowers, on what to buy doesn’t happen anymore. Instead, we send links from our Facebook and Instagram pages hoping for the same effect. Let’s not give up those Lizzie McGuire days when shopping with your friends served as a social bonding activity. Don’t get trapped behind a computer screen. Next time you need to buy something, grab a friend, leave the house, and check out some great brick and mortar stores. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

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6 Funny Fashion Ads

Although commercials usually present opportunities to click the ‘skip’ button or to search for other videos to watch or catch up on emails, there are always a few that pleasantly surprise me… Below I am listing some ads that inspired a laugh or at least a chuckle on my end. As always, comments and additional funny ads are welcome!

  1. Rolling on the floor from this Satis Fashion Footwear commercial

2. H&M by Madonna

Count on Madonna to bring you to tears from her “be like me” attitude…

3. Although a BMW commercial, this one has a lot of fashion innuendos.

4. Lambuji Fashion

Hey, who said Americans have to always be the funny ones? This Lambuji commercial had me laughing on the floor.

5. H&M recycle your clothes

And trust H&M to make recycling sexy by questioning every single stereotype under the sun.

6. LittleWoods Christmas “Own It”

Finally, this beat filled and exciting commercial brings a new meaning to the two words ‘own it’

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