Breakfast at T. J. Maxx

Yesterday morning I attended T. J. Maxx’s Buyer for a Day at the store in Flatiron.

Over breakfast, Alison Deyette talked to us about what buyers do at Marshalls and
T. J. Maxx, and how they’re different from buyers for other stores. She also showed us some fall trends buyers are currently picking up– keep an eye out for boots of all kinds, statement necklaces, and sweater dresses in unexpected shapes.
Alison Deyette shows us some fall trends.
We learned about how Marshalls and T. J. Maxx work directly with designers to stock current, in-season merchandise at up to 60% off. Buyers for Marshalls and T. J. Maxx stores buy an astonishing 40 weeks of the year, not just at times when seasonal collections become available. I also never knew that by working directly with designers, buyers are able to obtain colors sold exclusively at Marshalls and T. J. Maxx stores.

We also covered the principles of Fashion-Quality-Brand-Price. Buyers use these principles to provide on trend, first quality merchandise from brands customers know at up to 60% savings vs. department stores.

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Spots Again | J.Crew and T by Alexander Wang

September 12, 2011

I have been wearing a lot of leopard lately. It’s definitely my pattern of choice for fall… and it is definitely fall now. I’m pretty much a week behind in photos because fashion week upset my schedule a bit. Last Monday it was actually still 85 degrees out and I remember being hot in this. And wishing for my shirt to stop wrinkling where it meets my skirt.

I couldn’t get to the area with the good view uptown because they were washing windows, so I took these on one of the elevated walkways at Waterside on the East River. While I was there some boys were trying to talk to me from an upper deck– they were wondering what I was doing. I should have handed them business cards but they were too far away.

I’ve gotten so much better at not caring when people talk to me when I’m out taking photos. Most people just stare curiously, but some ask about the camera or to make sure they’re not in the way of photos. It’s probably actually easier to take photos in New York, though. All kinds of other crazy things happen on the street so a tripod with a camera is hardly worth stopping for.

I’m wearing my new J.Crew leopard blouse, T by Alexander Wang skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo heels, and carrying my Foley + Corinna (again).

Something Old, Something New

I noticed recently on The Clothes Horse that Rebecca has been carrying her vintage black Coach bag. I’ve been looking for a black bag… and then I remembered that I have the Station bag, too. While it won’t go with all of my outfits, I’m enjoying its classic style.

The Station bag is one of the classic styles available on the Coach Classics page (how are you supposed to bookmark with the pop up layout?), but I’m sure it would be easy to find on Etsy as well. I’m also a fan of the Court bag. Too bad most Coach stores don’t carry the classics, I’d like to see it in person.

This is a new skirt! I got it at the Alexander Wang sample sale, and I bought the matching jacket too. It’s a casual fabric, so basically I have a little suit that sort of feels like loungewear. Both jacket and skirt are from the T line but I did get a dress from the flagship line. It’s very similar to the dress I already have. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.