Unless you've been hiding under a rock, perhaps you've heard about our little soiree this evening? In addition to music, art, dance, films, food, booze, and other assorted entertainment, our Best of the East Bay party also features local vendors, which means that while you sip cocktails, take in the sounds and sights, you can also shop. How perfect! Did we mention it's free? In this edition of Buy Curious, we've also got the scoop on a craft fair, fashion award show, a cool new web site that combines video and shopping, and local sales, as always. Dig in, after the jump
Looks like that toxic smoky haze won't ruin your Fourth of July barbecue after all. After you've feasted on corn on the cob and watermelon, use the long weekend to get your closet in order: toss aside those tattered summer dresses from six years ago, the slacks you've worn once to a job interview, and those truly comfy shoes whose soles have worn down to nothing. Summer clearance sales are officially almost over, and believe it or not, fall is hitting the racks. While you ponder what you're gonna wear this fall, pick up some stylish summer bargains and make way for the new. Plus, a bikini and burlesque event for after the cue. All revealed in this week's shopping column
As gas prices near $5 a gallon, food prices soar, and our environment turns to shit (cough, cough), many of us are searching for ways to legitimize our still-present shopping habits. (I will only buy organic cotton; I'm supporting the economy; I'm buying high-quality expensive clothes to reduce the likelihood of them ending up in a landfill; I'm helping decrease aesthetic pollution; I'm making myself happier so I won't have to self-medicate - you get the picture.) No matter what your brand of excuse, this weekend's East Bay events will provide ample opportunity to put them to use - including a massive clothing swap with cheap food & booze, a DIY expo, and a bunch of sales on high-priced clothes you won't want to toss away next season. The Decider will thank you.
Some weeks, it seems like nothing's going on at all, not even a piddly yard sale, but apparently, that's cuz everyone's waiting for a certain weekend to have everything. Case in point: this weekend, where an abundance of sales, store anniversaries, and fashion shows will tempt you whether your tastes lean toward Kimora Lee Simmons, funky 80s neon, or sublimely urban. And it's all happening in our backyard. Plus, help support Tsunami victims with leather-free bags at a local Oakland boutique. All the info, after the jump
Yeah, so it's Father's Day this weekend. But that's just, like, some corporate marketing-ploy holiday to get us to buy things. And we're not falling for it! No siree, we've got better things to do with our precious, hard-earned dollars. Like, buy Italian-made shoes, and stuff. Er, well, maybe we could buy a pair for dad, too.
Dear Beloved Readers: We're back from our Roman Holiday, and with us (no, no expensive Italian leather, sadly) a report on Italian Style 101. So all the rumors are true: they are way more stylish than us frumpy American touristas. But you may be surprised to hear what's in and what isn't in the land of piazzas, cappellas, and cappuccinos. Also in this edition of Buy Curious, local boutiques launch some handy shopping guides, a last call for a fashion photo contest, and a fall down the rabbit hole with an Alice in Wonderland Croquet Tournament and Trunk Show.
According to the Trib, security measures installed at the Port of Oakland after 9/11 have really started paying off. On May 27, customs officials used the new X-ray scanners to discover a shipment of counterfeit Nikes worth $1 million.
One of the East Bay's retail giants, and the man who put cheap clothes on the backs of working-class families around the country, has died. Stuart Moldow, the founder of Ross Stores, died May 24, at the age of 81. According to the East Bay Business Times, Moldow started Ross Stores in 1982 and built it into a nationwide chain, with 838 Ross Dress For Less stores around the country. The company, which is based in Pleasanton, clocked in $6 billion worth of sales last year. All those who still remember the time they scored that pair of plaid polyester golf pants for four bucks will surely mourn his passing.
Right now Buy Curious is out gallivanting around Italy, eating overpriced gelato and realizing that the dollar ain't worth squat. (Don't feel too bad for us, though, we are still shopping.) But we haven't forgotten about you, dear reader. Here's the scoop on this weekend's fashionable happenings, including (I'm so jealous) the bi-annual Capsule Design Fair in Hayes Valley. Details after the jump
Federal customs officials declared that they recently cracked open a few shipping containers at the Port of Oakland and found $22 million in counterfeit designer goods. According to the Bay City News Service, the fake brand names included Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Bulgari. We'd like to make one small point about announcements like this. Often, cash estimates like this $22 million figure are derived from the retail price of the designer bags. But these items will often be sold on the street for considerably less. When the feds brag about how much in counterfeit Gucci purses they intercepted, it's often the equivalent of The Wire's phrase, "dope on the table." More P.R. than substance. But thanks for being on the job, we guess.