October 2007

Top 5 frighteningly fine finds

Centuries ago, at the entrances to Spanish cemeteries, flags of French pirates and containers with poisonous substances all displayed skulls and crossbones, which later led to the symbol's association... read more..

Not your average designer

I immerse myself in the unusual, be it golfing in Malibu, Calif., without knowing how, paragliding despite a fear of heights or joining a parade in Amsterdam to preserve old homes. (Of course, I usual... read more..

Mid-scale retail on the analyst's couch

Do mid-scale department store shoppers on the West Coast have a love for Macy's that East Coasters don't seem to share? According to the recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Department Sto... read more..

Star sighting: Kate Hudson

Since rocketing to fame as groupie-with-a-heart-of-gold Penny Lane in the film Almost Famous, Kate Hudson and her bohemian-California-girl style has become weekly play in the pages of the celebrity go... read more..

Rocks that rock

On a sunny afternoon in New York City's Greenwich Village, a penthouse photography studio on Bethune Street displayed hundreds of gemstones. I'm not Blackbeard, but this certainly felt like finding a ... read more..

No heir heads here

Just as we've grown accustomed to celebrities slapping their names on everything from clothing to perfume, a new trend has emerged among their daughters. Offspring from Mick Jagger, Donald Trump and t... read more..

Girl for pearls

When it comes to jewelry designs that draw my eye—and my checkbook—I tend to have a penchant for bold '20s designs that evoke the Art Deco era. My prized possession is a Florida flea market find: a go... read more..

Manfredi, a refuge in Manhattan

Coming from California, I'm used to even the fanciest stores maintaining a laid-back feel, and now that I live in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, I find the stores have a similar quality. But w... read more..

Star sighting: Sharon Stone

At 25, I can't help but feel just slightly offended when someone I encounter learns of my age and responds, "What? But you look like you're about 18!" I figure someday I'll thank my parents for passin... read more..

Star sighting: Maggie Grace

Actress Maggie Grace, best known for her turn as Shannon on the ABC show Lost, hits Swiss watch brand Parmigiani's after-party for the Los Angeles premiere of The Jane Austen Book Club. In the film, G... read more..

Search engines on Favorite 50

Based on the results of a survey conducted by Big Research, Stores Magazine created the Favorite 50, a list of the most frequently used online retailers. Of course, the study tells us who's on top in ... read more..

Q&A with Ryan Ryan

Like knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, designers relentlessly try to get celebrities to wear their designs, but much like the Holy Grail, the mission can be impossible. Jewelry designer Ryan Ryan... read more..

If only Santa's elves were real

Consulting firm Hay Group has revealed that 26 percent of leading American retailers surveyed in a recent study said they are hiring fewer seasonal workers this year. An article on Reuters Shop Talk b... read more..


Approximately 16 percent of consumers said they would no longer patronize a store after a bad experience, according to an article on the National Jeweler Network that reveals the results of a study co... read more..

A rakhi for the rest of us?

For all of India's exoticism—the rickshaws, the smell of curry from the streetside food vendors, the women sweeping down the streets in colorful saris—it also has certain qualities that remind me of t... read more..
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