Aug 312014
 

Hello again, we hope our US readers are enjoying the long Labor Day weekend.  We have a quick post with several newsbytes and then a glance at Labor Day weekend Sales & Savings.

First, Kate and William enjoyed a Thursday night out, dining in the pub at The Kings Head Hotel, not far from Anmer Hall, their country home. Camilla Tominey’s story in The Sunday Express has details on the couple’s ‘date night,’ and there is also a story in The Daily Star Sunday. (Photo is lower right.)

The Sunday Express

The Sunday Express

Kate was wearing a print blouse or shirt underneath a black crewneck sweater, jeans that look like her J. Brand skinnies and her go-to Pied a Terre Imperia espadrille wedges.

Dune London

Dune London

The other photographs published yesterday show the couple as they returned to London from Norfolk, where Anmer Hall is located. The Mirror has a gallery of photos from the couple’s arrival at King’s Cross; those images may be seen here, and also at Pop Sugar and the Daily Mail. Lupo was with the pair, but not Prince George.

In the pictures Kate is seen wearing a button-front shirt beneath a v-neck sweater and her skinny jeans. She was carrying her trusty D Bag by Tod’s, as well as an oversized tote that turns out to be by Sandstorm Kenya, the brand’s Odyssey model.

Tan Canvas & Leather - OdysseyThe company showcased the bag in its blog and posted about it on Facebook during the tour.

Sandstorm Kenya Facebook Page

Our thanks to Jill S for sharing the identification on the WKW Facebook page.  At the train station Kate is seen wearing her Mint Velvet ‘Bibi’ plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

Mint Velvet

The Duchess was wearing a jacket that looked quite like her Ladies Defence Classic (no longer available) from Barbour.

Additionally last week, there were reports via Twitter that Kate was shopping at Harvey Nichols on Wednesday, with one group of Twitter posts saying she was looking at Roland Mouret dresses, the other saying she purchased Clarins products. The company has held a Royal Warrant for 7 years.

There is very interesting news from a story in the The Sunday Times claiming the Duke and Duchess could do a royal tour in China.

PLANS are being drawn up for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to make a historic royal tour of China, The Sunday Times can reveal.

Sources have confirmed that Kensington Palace and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are in talks about a potential trip that which would take place next year.

The story is behind a paywall, available only to subscribers.

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Also this weekend, a quick note about a US brand’s entry into the UK market, the news comes via WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.):

Lands’ End has begun opening shops-in-shop inside the House of Fraser department store chain in the U.K.

The first Lands’ End shop-in-shop, 395 square feet in size, opened in the Norwich location of House of Fraser last week. Four other shops will open through September at the British retailer’s Lakeside, Birmingham, Bournemouth and Bristol locations

The WWD story notes that Lands’ End merchandise is being offered online at House of Fraser. For our friends across the pond who might not be as familiar with the brand, I would compare it to a cross between Joules and Orvis, without the emphasis on fishing, hunting and other gear.

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Many of our US-based readers are enjoying an extended weekend as Monday is Labor Day, marking the unofficial end of summer and the return to classes for many students. It is also the time when retailers are heavily discounting summer inventory in efforts to make room for fall styles.  I thought you might like a brief list of the sales and savings opportunities being offered this weekend.

Shown from left to right: the ladies floral-lined Beadnell, the Barbour Axle in black, and the Cavalry Polarquilt.

Orvis US

Orvis US

Reiss

Reiss

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

J. Crew

J. Crew

  • Off 5th (the Saks Fifth Avenue discount site) is taking 40% off one’s entire order, although there are some exclusions). Use promo code LABORDAY for the additional 40% off, and if your order totals more than $75 use promo code SHIP75 for free shipping. This brings the price of a popular repliKate down to about $168: below we show the Via Spiga Faux Fur Collar coat, we wrote about the piece in this post last week because of its similarity to the Temperley Odele coat, at that time the Off 5th price was $223.99. The cost at Macy’s was quite a bit more, running $359.99 before the Macy’s extra 15% discount. (See next bullet point.)
Saks Off 5th

Saks Off 5th

  • Macy’s has multiple promotions running this weekend, including 20% off a sizable amount of merchandise throughout the store, and an additional 25% off clearance merchandise. Use promo code DEALS for the extra savings.
Macy's

Macy’s

Last Call

Last Call

With that we say goodbye until next time!

NEXT APPEARANCE: Monday, September 8th at St. Hugh’s College. (More info here.)

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 262014
 

We have some quick updates to share, beginning with an addition to Kate’s Calendar: September 8 she will join William in opening The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building at St. Hugh’s College. Oxford is considered to be a “premier centre for the study of China,” here is more from the news release:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the China Centre by joining others in a traditional Chinese ribbon-cutting ceremony in its courtyard garden

The royal couple will be met by members of staff, students and friends of St Hugh’s College before being taken on a tour of the new £21million China Centre. They will also be introduced to major donors including Hong Kong philanthropist, Mr. Dickson Poon CBE.

Those who follow the retail industry will recognize the primary benefactor’s name, one of his companies owns upscale retailer Harvey Nichols. St. Hugh’s is a college at Oxford University.

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Also today, an update on the poppies art installation at the Tower of London. Readers will recall that almost 900,000 ceramic poppies have been handcrafted at the Paul Cummins Ceramic Studios in Derby, the majority made by volunteers specially trained to work on the project. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial military fatality of World War I.

Tower Poppies Planters Facebook

Tower Poppies Planters Facebook

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Aug 232014
 

Hello and happy weekend to all. We are back with word about Kate’s upcoming trip to Malta, as well as an early look at Beulah London’s fall/winter collection and Sarah Burton’s first public comments of any length regarding Kate’s wedding gown.

As many are aware, the Duchess will represent the Queen at activities celebrating the island’s 50th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom. The country is a Commonwealth nation and will play host to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2015. Here is a condensed version of the itinerary for the official visit. (For those curious about event timings when that information is released, Malta is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time in the US, 1 hour ahead of London.)

Saturday September 20:

  • The Duchess will formally call on Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Malta’s President, at San Anton Palace, the President’s official residence. This is where Kate will be staying Saturday night, also where the Queen stayed when visiting the country. Kate will also make an official call on Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat and his wife at the historic Auberge de Castille in Valleta.
  • Later on Saturday the Duchess will view a series of military drills at the Palace Square in Valletta, including a re-enactment of the In Guardia, a 16th Century event in Malta’s history. (For a live look at the Square via webcam, click here.)
VisitMalta.com

VisitMalta.com

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