Thursday, August 27, 2009
Follow this link for the kids clothing sale.
Monday, August 17, 2009
the dutch to english translation is not perfect but you get the gist....
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
the only silver lining seems to be that apparently the Olsthoorns are back in control of the name Oilily?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
anyway, according to this paper the dutch equivalent of the bankruptcy process is underway.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The boutique childrens clothing sale runs through the end of this week but don't wait too long because the good stuff will be gone.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
and old friend/colleague of ours has recently been nominated by GQ as a Local Hero/Man of the Year, so we thought we'd beg for your vote.
Allen has turned his son's prolonged battle with Fanconi Anemia into a vehicle for helping other sick kids.
You can read his GQ bio and vote here.
and if you truly want to be reminded that there's nothing more important in life than your kids, go read his blog, Dear Henry.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I've recently come across Beau-Coup, its a great resource for baby shower gifts. No more running around from retail store to store trying to find something unique. It's all there at the click of a mouse, no wasted gas or hours trying to find something special.
Even better, when you're putting on the baby shower, they're an all encompassing destination for baby shower favors. They've got a huge selection of all sorts of neat stuff that will make the event special. I mean, who wouldn't be impressed by personalized mints for your girlfriends shower?
I've got them bookmarked in my browser for the next time I have to put on a baby shower. They are definitely a one stop shop for baby gifts and baby shower supplies that will help make the day a fun and fabulous event.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
despite a rising vacancy rate on the Mile, they don't call it magnificent because rent at childrens clothing retails storefronts is cheap. methinks, one of them is not long for this world.
Any thoughts on which one it will be?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Oilily V-School Backpack and the Oilily V-Cat Back Pack, both are great options for your kids who love fun colors and want to stay away from boring old LL Bean canvas.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
It will run August 15-16 from 10-6PM. Of course, if you'd rather avoid the crowds of downtown Jackson and stay outside before fall comes, you can always head online to trendytogs, see the full collection and avoid the sales tax.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Here's the deal:
"Oilily opens the doors of its 'Creative Studio Challenge' and invites you to enter the depths of your innovative mind to create a beaded mandala artwork that will be featured in Oilily's Spring/Summer 2009 collection.
Creativity is at the very heart of Oilily's brand essence, and art plays an integral role in everything we do. Each season Oilily weaves together the worlds of Fashion and Art to create original and eye-catching collections for independent women with a passionate interest in contemporary, artisan fashion. 2008 sees us take this connection one step further with the introduction of a seasonal 'Creative Studio Challenge' for creative and innovative students or (semi) professionals with a specific interest in fashion, art, or design"
The contest will benefit a charity called Monkeybiz, which is:
"Oilily and the non-profit organization Monkeybiz share a like-minded attitude towards creativity and individual freedom. By celebrating creativity and nurturing the tradition of South African beadwork, Monkeybiz empowers disadvantaged women in the townships of Cape Town through economic development and employment. "
how very cool.
We're expecting big things from our readers! We'll post a follow up if we can find some of work out there (or if you're participating and want some free press, send a link our way!)
Thursday, August 07, 2008
how about this oilily girls shirt for that first day at carpool?
Nothing says childrens clothes like this funky Oilily dress, nothing says oilily on your little girl like purple velvet, royal purple velvet!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
It's an AIFW official video report: Oilily 2008 part 1 Amsterdam Fashion Week Jennifer Delano voor Artist Magazine.
I admit that I'm not too familiar with the magazine but you can get a decent look at the clothes. There's 2 videos that include part 1 and part of the Oilily fashion show in Amsterdam.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
no word on what he bought, at least he was in the right place. give us a call Matt and we'll help you fill up the closet with boutique girl clothes.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
So I've been trying to do just that... like any good email service, it has an unsubscribe button at the bottom. After 4 unsuccesful attempts with the button over 6 weeks, I called them and spoke to a very nice person at Fairchild who insisted I would be taken off the list. Three weeks later, I'm still getting my daily email from WWD.
seriously, how hard can this be? i mean WWD is owned by Fairchild Publications, who I think is owned by Conde Nast.
now that I look it at, it appears their list mgmt is being done by this company... http://www.espcomp.com/ . Time for a quality check, I think.
maybe a 6th try to unsubscribe to WWD will be a charm.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
No word on exactly what spawned the lawsuit, I guess it would be unfair to immediately assume just it was greedy lawyers. I wonder if there are thread count experts, who will be flown into to court to show off their ability to put their head on a pillow and be able to discern the difference between 300 and 400 count...
If you feel you've been a victim, follow the link to the website detailing how to apply to class action status etc, here.
I've often wondered about labeling in kids clothes as well. There have been many times when I've picked up an outfit and wondered if it was really labeled correctly. In these days of totally outsourced manufacturing, it's very touch for a clothing brand. I'm glad Oilily has kept theirs local.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
they used a simple green, yellow and red approach letting the customer know whether the products return rate was below average, average or above average. You can actually see the "return o meter" here
they claim to have seen these results:
Still, compared to last year, they’ve seen:
o 10% drop in their returns
o18% higher clickthrough rate on product pages
o 26% increase in overall sales
I had never heard of them before and certainly the online shoes market is pretty saturated. And returns have always been a challenge online, but they've turned it into an opportunity to provide better customer service.
Of course, some shoe sales certainly were impacted and I am sure there are some unhappy manufacturers out there (the ones that care anyway). But still an interesting story.
Would you be interested in seeing the "return o meter" for childrens clothes. Is it enough to know that Oilily dress or catimini outfit was returned or do you really want to know why it was returned. many online retail sites have implemented technology that allows customers to review products and claim similarily impacted results on sales.
great idea, anway.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
so from friends at Springwise, sweaters with a full provenance from These Flocks, the tag even comes with a picture of the sheep that donated his coat.
we hear from more and more people who are interested to know where this children's clothing brand or that is manufactured. what about you? do you care where oilily, catimini or lili gaufrette is manufactured? are you more likely to buy one over the other because of this?
if you're already paying USD150 for a girls dress, would you pay USD160 to have it built here?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
it includes key pieces like this Oilily Tamar Skirt or this Oilily Backpack.
it's not too late to find a couple of key pieces to bring together your collection for Winter. It'll even make it in time to find it's way under the tree!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Catimini is a French children's clothing company, Catimini is recognized for it's unique flair and stylish boutique children's clothing. This European childrens clothing brand out does itself every season with fresh and new innovative looks. Catimini brings fabulous styles and fabrics!
here's a great catimini coat for the holidays
Friday, November 30, 2007
"They left the cash till and main shop displays untouched but, in the stock
room, emptied two tall racks full of bagged outfits that parents had asked
to have kept aside."
Assistant Margaret Bowden, mother of shop owner Lucy, said: “It’s not the
money or the stock that we’re bothered about, it’s really not – it’s the
disappointment in the faces of our customers.
you can read the full article here. police will be on the lookout for really well dressed kids.
Monday, November 26, 2007
and it's still not too late to get ahold of a holiday dress for that special occassion, i love this skirt from Jottum
you also need to check out some new boutique childrens clothes mark downs such as:
cakewalk - This beautiful mini floral dress by Cakewalk will not stay in the closet for just special occasions. Embellished with lace and embroidery, this hot pink frock is the cat’s meow. Five small buttons keep her snug as she plays with the two hanging beads of the cuckoo clock appliqué.
Catimini - We love this fun poncho from Catimini. It's easy dressing and adorable. Navy, purple and winter whites combined to create this fantastic poncho.
Oilily - Lace up those skates with Oilily this Winter! 100% cotton long sleeved tee, light orange body features skates in multi-colors and scrolling of Oilily, sleeves are orange. or this Oilily jacket
Room Seven - Room Seven makes twirling around colorful fun! The company’s signature skirt is made of a patchwork of handsome fabrics — all stitched expertly together for the kind of quality you’d expect from a top brand. The elastic waist is growth-spurt proof and its endless flowers a treasure.
or other neat stuff like this girls skirt from Wati or boutique girls shirt from Lili Gaufrette... ah sale season!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The princess and the little girl are in the Oilily Soho flagship store doing some shopping trying to find a dress for the ball.
five steps to something brown and cozy, six steps to ...
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
“The reaction so far has been great,” Mr. Crociata said. “We feel like we’ve hit
on something that’s entertaining and, in our testing, has shown it’s
influencing purchase intent.”
Seriously, they bought 10 episodes. I know he's managing a huge budget but this is weak...
On the other hand, the folks at Nike show us all how it's done with their new Nike + program. Their shoes talk to your IPOD, your IPOD talks to their website. From your browser, you've got access to all sorts of value added stuff and community. And check this out, (P&G!) you can even buy stuff.
Here's Nike's Trevor Edwards
“We’re not in the business of keeping the media companies alive,” Mr. Edwards
says he tells many media executives. “We’re in the business of connecting with
i know they're different types of products but the articles were back to back and the contrast was pretty stark.
Monday, October 08, 2007
according the LL Bean:
Although customers typically order more frequently from the site when they do not have to pay shipping charges, Mr. Fuller said the average order size drops. Because the company holds retail prices steady during the promotion, according to Mr. Fuller, shipping costs diminish the profit margin of each sale.
but switch to Overstock
Overstock has found other, somewhat puzzling, behavior among its customers. The
company has for years offered $2.95 shipping fees on all sales. But according to
Patrick Byrne, Overstock’s chief executive, the site will occasionally drop the
fee to $1, “and suddenly people start ordering $400 bookcases and beds,” he
said. “The average order size goes up unbelievably.
and then to the analyst
According to Patti Freeman Evans, an analyst with Jupiter Research, a technology
consulting firm, “retailers are trying to be smarter about free shipping. It
definitely gets a response, but those customers may have bought anyway, even
without that offer.”
Ms. Evans pointed to a case study last year of Timberland
that found that the online division would have had to generate 40 percent more
sales to justify the cost of an unconditional free shipping promotion.
so what do you think, are you waiting to buy that holiday dress til you get that free shipping offer. I know the mother of oilily fan has her own shipping rate multiplier (meaning she'd drive hours thru rain, sleet and snow just to avoid $6 shipping!)
Monday, October 01, 2007
"The current Fast Company reports that when Ikea started charging a nickel for shopping bags, consumption went down by 50% (95% in the UK)."
isnt it amazing? apparently Ikea donates the nickel to some green charity. incredible how forcing the customer to make a choice (even if it's only for $0.05) changes the way they act.
I've been thinking about this with shipping in online retail, kids clothes for me but anything really. people hate to pay for shipping no matter how little it is, doesnt matter if it saves them a two hour drive in traffic, $20 in parking and all the aggravation, $6.95 for shipping sends them over the edge.
would you rather the cost of shipping was included in that oilily dress?
Should UPS and FEDEX create a program to incent online retailers to bundle shipping into the price of the goods? if i were them I'd brand some baseline of service and try to eliminate the choice (especially when cheapest option probably means USPS) and sell it that way.
"Here's one practical application. If you make something with low marginal cost
like a CD, consider offering a second one (same title) for a nickel or a
dollar. Why? Because if a customer buys a second as a gift, they've just
helped you spread the word..."
maybe waiting for the dinosaurs to do it is silly, i guess its on the childrens clothing boutique
Monday, September 24, 2007
did you see this? Oilily spend and save sale at trendytogs.com. looks like the more that you spend on boutique kids clothes the more you save.
for me, this Oilily sweater takes the cake...
Oilily Jora Jacquard Knit CardiganKnown for their jacquard sweaters. This sweater from Oilily is clearly a gorgeous sweater, a heavy knit sweater featuring colors in soft pinks, purples, reds and aqua, crocheting along the neckline and cuffs, zips at the front.
Monday, September 10, 2007
according to L'Oreal
"Consequently, L'Oreal has decided to take legal action to protect the
consumers, preserve the quality of its selective luxury distribution network and defend the reputation of its trademarks."
in all fairness to our friends at eBay, a quick search for L'Oreal or Loreal returns thousands of products, many of them lot quantities. I wonder if they propose that eBay should hire a staff of folks to confirm that it's an actual L'Oreal retailer dumping excess quantity as opposed to some counterfeiter.
French newspaper Liberation said L'Oreal estimated the damage done to its
business from counterfeit goods sold via eBay at "probably several million
One has to wonder if someone at L'Oreal has ever bothered to count the money they've lost as a result of cannablization because of the sheer volume of the real stuff that out on eBay. Or for that matter the loss of margin as the retailer tries to compete against other retailers dumping it out there. Or perhaps even further the loss of value because of perception of the brand at its "selective luxury distribution network" .
It'd be a heck of a lot easier for ebay to identify the counterfeits if there wasnt so much real stuff out there. and yes, i know coutnerfeiting is a big problem.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
or the former Commission of the US Patent Office, Charles Duell, in 1899, saying "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
and, on the flip side, we can safely predict that there will be no shortage is bad predictions in the future. validating our point this morning, our friends at Jupiter Research and this piece of fluff ( article )...
“Pretty much, most of the people who are ever going to be buying online are online,” said Patti Freeman Evans, senior retail analyst with Jupiter Research. “From the standpoint of behavior change and big shifts in adoption, it’s happened and it’s done.”
huh? never mind that her firm says that growth rates are still growing by greater than 10% through 2010 and retail is a zillion dollar market...
"Jupiter is expecting online retailing to dip below double-digit percentage growth rates sometime by around 2010, and to plateau at some future date after that." (same article)
of course, the whole article is silly so we're inclined to cut her a little slack. but then, really, if you were paid to make predictions on this stuff, wouldn't you be betting for; behavior would continue to change, more big shifts in adoptions and generally online retail to continue to reek havoc?
obviously, everything's already been invented
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
“If I see something on Style.com, all I have to do is e-mail the picture to
my factory and say, ‘I want something similar, or a silhouette made just
like this,’ ” Ms. Anand said. The factory, in Jaipur, India, can deliver
stores a knockoff months before the designer version"
It used to be that the knock-offs were of poor quality and sold through low visibility outlets that while it frustrated the fashion industry, it was only a minor irritant. But, modern technology and market demand has created an industry that appears to thrive off the "look alike" market
"can deliver her version of runway styles to stores four to six weeks
after an order. "
apparently Anna Sui has led a group of designer to target the demand side of this problem. They've specifically called out (and sued) retailers like Forever 21 to try to bring a halt to the practice. Anna claims that they've ripped off 26 designs.
it seems unlikely that the designers will have any luck. we've seen issues like this in boutique kids clothes market especially around Oilily. of course, we worry more about the counterfeiting issue where people try to pass off low quality knock-offs as the real thing. But this is a bit different, where you have a reasonably reputable retailer selling and therefore vouching the quality of the goods.
Of course, they contend that they're serving 2 different markets.
“Some people don’t want to spend $300 on a pair of jeans just because of the
name,” said Siovhan McGearey, 16, from London. “They may look nice, but why
pay $300 when you can go down the street to Forever 21 and get jeans that
are $30 that look exactly the same?”
But then, we all know that the real differences between the 2 items are slight. but then, we also know the value of being original and unique is well, priceless.check out the $1,700 versace dress on the left, and the $130 piece of "flattery"from bebe
since copyright law is unlikely to be changed, it's hard to imagine a great solution for the designer. demand and technology will only make it harder for them...
Friday, August 31, 2007
I happened to see this job opportunity and thought somebody out there might be interested - no pay (but really, I mean, you should be paying them for this opp)
Job Location: OILILY 103 Forest Avenue River Forest, IL 60305
Visual Intern Description:
We are seeking a student, recent graduate, or individual who has a strong interest in learning about the retail fashion industry through the perspective of visual merchandising ... This is a position that would be great for a fashion student, a visual communication/design student, or anyone who wants to work for a great company that is growing, changing and creating exciting work.The position involves the following day to day tasks :* photoshop production (this is a MUST)* packing and shipping,* brainstorming window display concepts,* installation of windows in Chicago area stores,* assist with special visual projects at the home office including photo shoots* various interdepartmental projects.The ideal candidate is extremely self motivated, does not require too much supervision, can handle variation in work flow (sometimes heavy, sometimes light) and is highly adaptable.
Necessary job skills: Photoshop, Microsoft Office (word, excel), Adobe Acrobat.This is an UNPAID internship. Days are flexible, but we would like someone who can work at least two days a week through the fall/winter season. Position is available immediately.
There is a link on the page to apply!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
i saw this article today on BPM today about people reselling luxury clothing/jewelery out on ebay - not surprising or new (i know). but I was interested in this quote from Coach in the article...
"Luxury leather goods maker Coach sends letters telling people that they can't shop at its stores if they are found selling Coach products on eBay. "Unauthorized distributors lack the proper commitment to the Coach product," says Andrea Resnick, the company's spokeswoman. "
are they serious? no doubt, we'd love to see brands become more aggressive on their approach to EBay. I think it's impact (and harm to the brand, etc) is way underestimated. But back to Coach, how does this work in practice? do their cashiers have a "black list" that they check on every transaction? according to their website, they have 500 stores, not to mention the various department stores that also carries their stuff. And i would think, at some point, it's their own shortsightedness (eg Rafe selling to Target) that creates the arbitrage opportunity in the first place.
we'd love to hear from anyone at Coach (or a Coach letter recipient) on the realities related to this program.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
all of the companies listed in the articles appear to offer more or less the same things; wallets, bags, hats.... this company, ducti, has some decent looking wallets and woman's handbags (if you're into duct tape!)
i guess, I'm not surprised to see there's a long tail in duct tape fashion, a quick search of google for "duct tape wallets" returns about 28,000+ sites... amazing
Thursday, August 02, 2007
check out this story from the local Chicago newspaper about a person trying to steal some OILILY childrens clothes right out of the designers warehouse!
"A man was observed loading pallets into a pickup truck at Oilily Corporation, 103 Forest in River Forest the afternoon of July 25. After he left, the contents of five boxes on the dock, valued at over $4,000, were missing. The license plate of the truck is registered to a Cicero man, who was later identified by Oilily employees. "
doesn't sound like he managed to get away with the goods!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Anyway, it's worth a look when you are buying something on the web and it's reasonably easy to search by site name. as the domain name says - retail? me? not!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
apparently this lunatic floated 193 miles in his lawn chair suspended by 105 helium ballons. he used water jugs as ballast and a BB gun to pop the balloons when he was ready to land.
Friday, July 06, 2007
have you seen the latest oilily, amazing the Back to School stuff is right around the corner.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
you can pretty find Hello Kitty on everything, here's a cool hello kitty car to get you started...
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Here's some history behind the brand
Jottum! is a cry of excitement.And also the imaginative brand of clothing made in Edam. It owes its fame to Dutch quality and boundless originality.And the name? Well, that's a strange story.Since the 14th century, jots have been appearing in the small Dutch city Edam. Eye-witnesses describe cheeky little chaps with long arms and legs. They always wear yellow caps. Jots simply love cheese, from sweet-milk to cheddar (and even grated). For centuries, the population of Edam has been guarding its warehouses. They were forced to: a hungry jot is resourceful. Between 1920 and 1929 they launched a veritable invasion. Cheeses disappeared by their dozens.Edam was in an uproar.
But the tide turned on 21 June 1929. That night, the seamstress Klaar Klosje caught a sleepy jot. Her triumphant cry Jottum! echoed through the town. (Roughly translated it means "I've got him!") Klaar immediately noticed the jot's cute clothes. After some prodding, the jot admitted that they made their own clothes. And had been doing sofor centuries. In subdued as well as eye-batting colours. And from fabrics that are perfect for adventurers - jots love rough and tumble. Shortly afterwards, the jots entered into a unique agreement with the Edammers. In exchange for 50 kilos of cheese a week, they would help Klaar Klosje to design children's clothes. To express her gratitude, the seamstress named the clothing line Jottum. This agreement with thejots - which is framed and hangs on our wall - has never been changed. Nor has our conviction that children are entitled to the best. This applies to cheese, but equally to clothes.
here's a profile of designer Anky Groothof (mother of 6!!) from their website;
"I am a mother of 6 children ranging in age from 15 to 28. I am married to actor/theatre producer Frank Groothof. Since my childhood, I have enjoying working with textiles, especially clothing. I have always been fascinated by the fact that by taking something as simple as a piece of fabric and making an item of clothing it is possible to create a complete new world as an extension of your imagination. My father was a furniture maker and when the upholsterer came by to upholster the newly made chairs, he gave me all the remnants that his daughter, the curtain seamstress, had saved for me. And because at the time there was little money to buy what you needed or wanted, I developed a keen eye for the potential of what was available. Like turning my uncle’s old chalk stripe suit into a trendy dress. This proved a fertile breeding ground for developing my creativity. Besides clothing, I’ve also designed costumes for theatre productions, but my true passion lies in making clothing collections for children. Which is what I have been doing for Jottum since 1996.
a romantic, a perfectionist, always seeking harmony, in relationships, in form, in colour and model, in light and mood. Finds it difficult to make concessions in this respect.Always tries to find the right balance. Can be very unhappy when it eludes me. People say that I want to make the world more beautiful by the way I dress, for example (people often think that I’m on my way to a party). Personally, I’m not conscious of my motives, it’s simply the clothes I like to work in. For me, it’s just the human function that clothes can have, it not only expresses your personality, your origins, your state of mind, your position or the task that you are facing at a given moment, but in particular the atmosphere that you want to have around you in order to support the mood that you’re in. What is more, with something as relatively attainable as clothing in which taste, colour, form, fantasy, personality and culture are reflected, you can add something to your environment. As far as that is concerned I often regard what I see on the street in the Netherlands as very ugly. It is fascinating to then see how creative people dare to be, perhaps precisely as a result of a lack of money, fantasy and good taste. It need not necessarily be expensive to make something of your clothes. Just look at other cultures, the rich embroidery, clothes made from all kinds of fabric remnants, beads, ribbons, etc. The love and attention reflected by it, the pride with which it is worn. This is also an important point of departure in my designs. To make a child feel proud and happy about the clothing he or she is wearing and made from materials that feel good, in which pretty details have been incorporated and that reflect the maker’s love for the child and the profession."
Quite interesting... easy to look at her designs and know there's alot going on/into them.
let me know how it works
Monday, June 18, 2007
now word from Alarm:Clock that they've raised another $15m, bringing the grand total to over $27m. Apparently the new cash is to expand into other categories like accessories and shoes. seriously, is the hand bag business that good? how is this possible???
the people running the business have fairly impressive backgrounds, VC's are legit... what am I missing?
would this work in childrens clothes?
Saturday, June 16, 2007
i have to admit this Oilily Dress is killer, Oilily Scuffle.
the blues and yellow from this group from Catimini are so bold, check out this Catimini skirt, with the blue Catimini Shirt.
so, there, we've gone and enabled your habit... don't click, show some self-control and wait til you're back from the beach.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
but, now I've come across, the next great idea, Ridemakerz, make your own remote control cars, targeted at boys... build-a-bear should buy the company now.
can you beleive Oilily Fall 2007 are just around the corner? jottum and many more too!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
anyway, this comes from Springwise...
apparently, you can mix up your musi just the way you like it
"Using a simple and user-friendly interface, customers build their own personal muesli. First, they pick a foundation (oats and other grains), then add fruits, nuts and seeds, and finally extras like organic gummi bears and alfalfa. Prices and quantities are tallied along the way (60 eurocents for 30 grams of chopped almonds, 40 cents for 45 grams of dried apricots, etc), and a 575 gram pack costs around EUR 5-9, depending on which ingredients are used. Shipping is extra."
the site itself is in German, working on finding an English translation (for now, we'll take it on faith that this is actually what it says).
so what about it, if Oilily gave you some patterns, embellishments, could you do it better?
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
so i wonder then, we spend all this time creating a shopping experience for parents so that they can buy pampolina and jottum kid clothes - should be give up on the parents? should we make the browsing experience for parents and design the checkout process for their web savy chipie wearing kids?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
now the WSJ has found what they called "blog payola" or "blogala"and picked on Joy Unexpected, a blog done by a young mom about her life and kids. ok, so maybe she's not totally pure and it's actually a commercial enterprise, big deal, but doesn't WSJ have anything better to do?
as someone who does partnerships/ad buys occasionally with other "mommy" type blogs, i will say that if you want to see it on the blog, you better figure out what size kids clothes their daughter wears and don't ask for it back (-:
Monday, May 14, 2007
i've not read the full report but one interesting metric...
"Return rates for clothing bought online are about twice as high (14 percent) as other products bought on the Web, Shop.org said, giving retailers the cost of restocking and reselling merchandise"
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Sainsbury's & designer, Anya Hindmarch, seems to have had good intentions - needless to say, now there are people will always find something to complain about...
the celebs started using them and, of course, they're sold out.
but don't worry, you can still yours on ebay, $180 bucks and up, of course, profits there unlikely to be used to save the world.
i am in the wrong business
Monday, April 16, 2007
of course, copying and blatent rip-offs have existed forever in fashion and with the near zero cost of exhanging this information electronically, the problem has grown. so, maybe embracing this technology will help one designer avoid the plight facing the music industr.
eventually, they'll offer a "family tree" of each design showing how it's improved with each new designers iteration. interesting to see where this goes, obviously there's massive market for hobbyist sewers, we'll see how far upmarket this goes.
OILILY has done some of this with their Open Studio allowing externally artists to submit new t-shirt designs and then using the ones the deem best. this model has been developed further by things like cafepress. i think this is a great next step for Open Studio, let's make the process democratic by sharing the designs and allowing the market to decide.
Monday, April 09, 2007
perhaps some of that vintage oilily will make it's way onto 21ltd!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
NYT has an article here about the increasing number of kids clothes brands that are doing them. I can remember when the outlet store was a place where you could actually find a great deal for childrens clothes but now, they are outlet malls everywhere and the brands have made them an essential part of their overall sales strategy resulting in ann outlet store that isn't really that different from the regular store.
I'm sure before to long, we'll have sample sales in every city and every season.
looks like fun!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
"The idea is that most women have 15-30 bags sitting in their closet collecting dust. Like many luxury products a designer handbag is a good investment. They retain a large portion of their initial purchase price. This new service will turn designer handbags into a liquid cash asset and thereby allow woman to reinvest in a new one.” according to their CEO.
She claims that she can get 80% of the original purchase price... if you're a bag brand like OILILY shouldn't this be your program? get your loyal customers 80% of their original purchase price for their old bag and then be right in front of them when the get the cash with a new bag to buy!
now if we could only do this for shoes!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
It's Wednesday, March 21 from 4-6PM,
465 West Broadway, NYC 10012
Looking for something to have the Open Studio team customize? i've got some great ideas for the OILILY Kisbo tee! see you there!
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
you can see the pictures here
no word on whether it actual help sells more shoes.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
the gov't estimates clothing is $13k of that $279k. those of you with closets full of OILILY are curve-busters
a couple of sample stats: 10 years worth of Nike sneakers? $1k
itunes downloads for 10 yrs.? $3,400
bottled water delivery for 17 years for the family? $6,205
amazing how this stuff adds up. perhaps just a silver upbringing and mommy/daddy use the extra mil to upgrade the beach house when the kiddies are long gone
Friday, March 02, 2007
you may have heard of already of Tom's Shoes for Women, essentially they donate a pair to a child in need. at any rate, they're about to release some shoes for kids , Tiny Toms.
the shoes are pretty cool and as a result of their generosity, they've been picked up everywhere in the press. but then I wonder, if they're fashionable... are you still buying them? are there better ways to do good?
Friday, February 02, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
the Times of London has interesting story this weekend about the role of "shills" and fixed auctions on EBAY.
I can remember when it seemed EBAY was a "good" place and I am sure to some extent this type of thing has always happened. More and more, I am convinced that EBAY will have to come up with a more reliable "trust" mechanism or risk loosing their mainstream audience (and growth multiple in their stock).
between the shills and the couterfeit products (fake oilily! gasp!), is the few bucks you save on EBAY, really worth the risk?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
real time feedback on what your shopping buddy thinks of that oilily outfit with dragging them into the dressing room with you?
check out a picture here
what do you think?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
the same awesome theme on this OILILY backpack, either way the mermaid just rocks
Monday, December 25, 2006
Also, they have OILILY SALE, up to 60% off of OILILY's fall 2006 collection.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
here's their timeline:
Cakewalk the facts:
1992 Founded by Olly's and Vilenzo International NV
1996 Launch Cakewalk Shoe collection
1997 Launch Cakewalk USA
1997 Introduction of Cakewalk Boys collection
1998 Investment by Vilenzo International NV (100% ownership)1999 Introduction of Babywalk Collection
2002 10 years Anniversary of Cakewalk
2002 Launch Cakewalk Asia & Eastern Europe
2003 Introduction Windows Shop System
2003 Launch Baby New Born collection
2004 Opening 10th shop in shop
2004 Investment by WE International BV (100% ownership)
2005 Introduction Underwear Collection "UNDIES"
2005 Launch of Kids Sunglasses in coorporation with Baby Banz of Australia
2006 Cakewalk voted Best European Brand
2006 Launch Cakewalk Swimwear
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
i think back to Bill Murray's move Stripes...
HOWARD: "My name's Howard J. Turkstra.I'm from Kansas City. My hobbies are fast carsand fast women. Because... That's why guys inmy car club call me "The Cruiser."
WINGER: " They should call him "The Dork.""
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
details are sketchy on the US magazine web site but apparently all you have to do is complete their survey to win $1,000 OILILY shopping spree.
at any rate, US Magazine? I just happened to see it in the supermarket.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
anyway Oilily SOHO is a big step forward to OILILY retail profile here in the US.
Check it out when you can!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
just so you remember the details...
"The 5000-square-foot, loft-like store will augment the New York retail space devoted to OILILY’s women’s and children’s line, located at 820 Madison Avenue. In addition to housing the brand’s entire product assortment each season, OILILY SoHo will offer limited edition collections from the Dutch design team, featuring vintage themes from icons of OILILY’s past collections. It will also take part in introducing the brand’s first limited edition collection for SPRING 2007: “The Artisan Series Open Studio Collaborative Collection.”
here's a map for the new oilily boutique
can't wait to check it out.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
"OILILY TO OPEN UNITED STATES FLAGSHIP CONCEPT STORE IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN SEPTEMBER 2006
(PRLEAP.COM) (New York, NY, August 25, 2006) OILILY, the luxury Dutch fashion label, will open its first United States flagship concept store in New York this September. The new store, located at 465 West Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets), will offer the label’s seasonal women’s, children’s, and baby collections, as well as a showroom, where future collections will be on view. The new flagship environment markedly raises OILILY’s presence in New York – and in the United States – creating a lifestyle context for its contemporary fashions and a venue to express the brand’s values: art, culture, humanism, casual elegance and luxury, modern design, originality, creativity, and passion. "
you can read the whole release here:
they'll even be offering some class OILILY... sounds really cool, can't wait to check it out