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FALL 2018 THE LIFESTYLE

MITCHELLS | RICHARDS

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MITCHELLS/RICHARDS FORUM FALL 2018

SIXTY MAGICAL YEARS CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY & THE FRIENDSHIPS

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GREETINGS FROM THE MITCHELL FAMILY

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Where did the 10 years go since our 50th? It’s hard to believe that it’s been 60 years since Ed and Norma Mitchell opened their little suit shop down the Post Road in Westport and brought in their coffeepot each day. We hope they would be as proud as we are of the eightstore, bicoastal retail and e-tail R A T E B business we have become. I L This fall, we have much to celebrate! After a major expansion and renovation of Marios Seattle last year, this year was Westport’s turn. We are thrilled to unveil the stunning transformation of Mitchells of Westport. Come discover the beautiful new spaces: new boutiques and jewelry counters, a new men’s lounge and dressing room and an expanded shoes and 1 We look forward to8toasting you at accessories section for women. 9 1 5 2 0 - season. one of many celebrations in store for8this Like Westport, Richards of Greenwich and Mitchells of Huntington also will be introducing lots of exciting new designers and expanded collections for fall. Our Style Advisors look forward to making you look great and feel great in this season’s finest. Thank you for sharing this spectacular journey with us: It is together that we make the magic. Here’s to the next 60!

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STYLE GUIDE FEATURES 12 MITCHELLS RESTYLED 18 SIXTY MAGICAL YEARS 41 MITCHELLS BY APPOINTMENT 44 BOOK REVIEW: SELLING THE HUG YOUR CUSTOMERS WAY 58 TO DIVE FOR 72 PINK: THE HISTORY OF A PUNK, PRETTY, POWERFUL COLOR 74 GIVING BACK: BE A PINK SUPERSTAR 76 EATING OUT: CRACCO MILANO 93 HAVE YOU SEEN OUR NEW BLOG? 106 FEET FIRST!

FASHION 34 WHAT’S NEW 46 TURNING ON THE CHARM 62 WOMEN’S DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 66 STYLEWATCH: JEWELRY 78 SCHOOLGIRL GLAM 94 WEAR WITH ALL 100 FASHION’S FUTURE IS SUSTAINABLE

DEPARTMENTS 5 WELCOME LETTER 24 SCENE & HEARD 30 FALL 2018 TRUNK SHOWS 110 AT YOUR SERVICE 112 RESERVE IN STORE

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MITCHELLS RESTYLED

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We couldn’t be more excited to share this stunning transformation of our store and its newly added designers and exquisite collections―all of which support our mission to offer you better product selections and personalized service than ever before. The renovation allowed us to add five new designer boutiques to the men’s department, introduce new and expanded collections to our women’s department and double the size of our jewelry selection. We now offer brand-new men’s lounge and fitting rooms, an expanded shoe and handbag area...and that’s just the beginning! While our business is constantly evolving, our mission will always be the same: to make you look good, and even more importantly, to make you feel great. Thank you for the opportunity to dress you, celebrate with you and share this magical journey with you these first 60 years, and here’s to the next 60! Our age-old motto rings as true today as it always has... “Once a Customer, Always a Friend.” We look forward to celebrating this magical milestone with you. Come see us soon! ■

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S PECI A L OCCASION S D E S E RVE TH E EXTRAORDIN A RY 111 year s of design and c raf t sma n s h ip

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A Magical Store. A Magical Story. Our founders, Ed and Norma Mitchell, always wanted their customers to feel at home. Norma loved books and she loved children. You would often find her in the “Kiddie Corner,� reading a storybook to a child while parents shopped. It is in her honor that we present you with our own little storybook...

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FIGHTING HUNGER IS ALWAYS IN FASHION Models wore fresh spring looks from designers Rosetta Getty, Fendi, Brunello Cucinelli and more. Photos courtesy of Serendipity

Over 60 ladies gathered at Mitchells for lunch and shopping to benefit Filling in the Blanks, an organization founded in 2013 to fight childhood hunger by providing local children in need with meals on the weekends. Founders Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer welcomed the crowd before lunch from Marcia Selden was served. Then the fashion show began, featuring the chicest women’s looks from Mitchells’ spring 2018 selection. The women’s department was transformed with a fresh new layout that brightened the room, while pops of color and natural textures kicked off the season. Mitchells was proud to donate a percentage of sales from the event to Filling in the Blanks. ■

Left: Models from St. V’s rocked the runway in fabulous evening wear.

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This year marked our seventh annual Women at Heart event to benefit St. Vincent’s Regina L. Cozza Women at Heart Program. It was founded to help underserved women in the area by providing early detection, diagnosis and proper treatment of heart disease, as well as to raise awareness of how to decrease the chances of developing heart disease. Mitchells was adorned in red and full of energy as donors bid on live and silent auction items, watched a spring fashion show and took delight in a special appearance by the Queen of Hearts herself! This year’s fashion show featured doctors, nurses and heart disease survivors and their family members modeling bright, beautiful and, of course, RED fashions from Mitchells. Longtime friend and supporter Dave Price served as master of ceremonies, and hair and makeup services were generously donated by our friends at BlowDry Southport. ■

Above: Second from right, Dr. Rafael Squitieri, St. Vincent’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery and guests

Diane Auger, president of the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation Far left: Master of Ceremonies Dave Price welcomes the crowd.

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& GIVING BACK

NEAR & FAR GALA

A GRAND AFFAIR What a grand affair it was! Hundreds of guests joined us for an evening of glamour, giving and 1920s-style fanfare at this year’s Near & Far Aid Gala. Dancers and cigarette girls entertained the crowd, which bid on live, silent and wine auction items to raise funds for the organization. Mitchells presented an exciting fashion show featuring the best of spring 2018 designer looks for men and women, and guests danced the night away to the tunes of a Harlem jazz band in the speakeasy-themed space. Over 60 years ago, Near & Far Aid was founded with the mission to eliminate the causes and effects of poverty in Fairfield County, Conn. This annual gala event is just one of the ways it works to accomplish this goal throughout the year. ■

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Marlow Mitchell walked the runway in a show-shopping J. Mendel evening gown.

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& GIVING BACK

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+ EAT GREAT FOOD Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families. In April, we hosted its second annual benefit at Richards of Greenwich. It was a night to remember as more than 250 supporters came together to shatter the stigma of addiction. More than $622,000 was raised, vital funds going directly to ensure that Americans with substance use disorders have access to treatment based on proven research. Larry Leeds, chairman of Buckingham Capital, received the 2018 Brian Mendell Award, given in honor of Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell’s son, who passed away in 2011 after a long struggle with addiction. Richards owner Bill Mitchell, who is in recovery and understands the importance of changing the conversation about addiction, says, “What Shatterproof stands for is what I try to advocate: That we must end the stigma and promote recovery!” We’re grateful to all who attended and showed their support for this important cause affecting the lives of so many of our loved ones. A special thank you to our co-chairs: Megan Flanigan, Rick Swift, and Joanie and Maurice Reznik. ■

Top left and above: Larry Leeds accepts the 2018 Brian Mendell Award from Jeffrey Assaf, event co-chair Maurice Reznik and Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell.

Top left: Jack and Bill MItchell pose with Shatterproof’s founder Gary Mendell. Above: Russ Mitchell at the podium Left: Maurice and Joanie Reznik, Larry Leeds and Megan Flanigan

Left: Karen, Russ and Andrew Mitchell-Namdar pose with friend Amy Katz and Richards' Style Advisors Iwona and Bruce Kelly. Photos by Bruce Plotkin Photography

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GIFF’S FOURTH YEAR

MAKES AN IMPACT Richards was honored to host this year’s Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) Program Announcement Party in May. GIFF’s founders and directors—Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Carolyn deVeer and Ginger Stickel—shared the list of upcoming festival films, events and celebrity appearances with over 200 patrons and donors. The festival programmers set out to strengthen the voice of female artists this year, and they accomplished their goal: 50% of the directors and writers featured were female. Keeping in step with current events and its overarching mission, “Make an Impact,” GIFF continues to be a shining celebration of film and philanthropy with the power to raise awareness on a global level. ■ Scott Mitchell and GIFF founder Wendy Stapleton Reyes

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SAFIYAA

Founded by Daniela Karnuts in 2011, Safiyaa celebrates femininity and all that makes a woman beautiful with unapologetic confidence. Striking silhouettes in luxe fabrics and rich colors are fused with artisanal craftsmanship to create a demi-couture collection for day to night. Signature feminine tailoring is as powerful as the evening wear is elegant. The elements of a woman’s wardrobe are elevated yet effortless.

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NEW FRESH FOR FALL!

DISCOVER THE SEASON’S HOT NEW DESIGNERS & EXPANDED COLLECTIONS!

DESOTO

Desoto was launched in Berlin in the summer of 2015. The concept was to develop a high-quality, 100% cotton jersey knit shirt with maximum comfort and elegance. The Desoto shirt offers the customer a non-iron, comfortable and modern fit. Sustainably produced in Europe, the fabrics offer elasticity (without Lycra) and a unique flexible design that guarantees unlimited freedom of movement and a perfect fit. This “new dimension shirt,” with all of its distinct features, provides the modern-day traveler a great option for daily business or leisure time.

MALIPARMI Malìparmi was founded in Padua, Italy by Marol Paresi in the 1970s. This inquisitive, eccentric woman with a love for travel was driven by instinct and passion. These values remained guiding principles when her daughter, Annalisa, took over the helm. Malìparmi’s products are unique because they are handmade, using techniques from across the world that are rooted in history. Malìparmi has a strong “cultural exchange” in India and Indonesia, where the company’s creativity and style meet the manual expertise, love for the work and deep craft knowledge that exist in these regions.

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FRANCESCO RUSSO

An inventive cobbler with a taste for tradition, Francesco Russo traces his passion for ultra-feminine shoes back to childhood. “I was looking at my mother and my sisters getting dressed,” he recalls. “As soon as they wore heels, they immediately turned into magnificent creatures.” After 20 years designing for brands including Costume National, Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, following an idea of shoes as both an architectural object and seduction tools, Russo went solo in September of 2013, launching his eponymous label.

BALDESSARINI Baldessarini is an international premium fashion brand for men who share a passion for craftsmanship and quality materials. The collection ranges from classic tailoring to casual sportswear, complemented by shoes, bags and accessories. Baldessarini garments are designed to become true companions, rather than fast-moving trends. Men who wear Baldessarini know where they are going in life and can carry off unlikely combinations with a smile and a wink. They are adventurous, sometimes surprising and always relaxed.

LE KASHA

SWIMS was founded in Oslo, Norway in 2006 with the simple idea of transforming the practical utility galosh into a classy and branded lifestyle item with a bold personality. While Scandinavia is famous for clean and minimalistic design, Norwegian brands are particularly functional and able to adapt to the highly contrasting seasons. After introducing our customers to SWIMS footwear last year, we now bring the brand’s accessories collection of overnight bags, totes, toiletry bags and umbrellas.

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SWIMS ACCESSORIES

Founded in France in 1918, Le Kasha was part of a revolution in the way the women of the 1920s dressed. An innovative fabric made with Kashmir goat hair blended with a revolutionary new fiber, here was a material that looked elegant, draped beautifully and was comfortable, while still being easy to care for. Coco Chanel cemented Le Kasha’s reputation forever, when she used it to create her first suit collection.

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AZTECH MOUNTAIN

Born in Aspen, designed in New York, worn everywhere, Aztech Mountain produces adventure-ready performance sportswear for the globally active man. The brand and its product are rooted in Aspen’s Alpine culture, but the team brings a wealth of experience from labels including Marc Jacobs and Acne Studios. With Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski racing champion Bode Miller on board as co-owner and chief innovation officer, the performance and function of each style is seamlessly combined with luxury textiles and perfect fits.

BAGUTTA

Understated, stylish Milan is the birthplace of Bagutta, a name that embodies the very essence of the city. Steeped in tradition with its gaze fixed firmly on the future, Bagutta is classic, contemporary and conservative with an edgy twist. Enjoy fine attention to detail including the collar button with logo, gusset label, convertible cuff and impeccable construction.

SANTONI

Since its creation in 1975, Santoni has pursued its vision of refining the cultural heritage of Italian excellence and distinctive design. Quality, passion for detail and beautiful handmade workmanship are the defining elements of the brand that innovates while being faithful to tradition. The women’s collection promotes an idea of conscious and inclusive femininity, while emphasizing the sophisticated, authentic and unique aesthetic and spirit of the brand. The interplay between masculine and feminine elements remains at the core of Santoni’s women’s collections.

C.P. COMPANY

The original Italian sportswear brand, C. P. Company was founded in 1975 by the iconic designer Massimo Osti. For more than 45 years, C.P. Company has pursued its signature hybridization of function and radical fabric innovation.

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WOMAN BY COMMON PROJECTS Founded in 2004, Common Projects is an ongoing collaboration between artist and designer, founded by Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami. Inspired by utilitarian design and luxury products, the designers set out to create minimalist luxury design basics and accessories. They reduced each product to the lowest denominator and incorporated the finest materials and processes. Their inspiration is derived from common everyday objects, which are infused with a tailored approach. Common Projects’ offerings are practical yet luxurious.

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RACHEL GILBERT

Founded in 2007 by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert, the brand offers intricate hand-embellished designs for formal wear, as well as a selection of modern occasion separates, worn by some of the most iconic women of our time and celebrated across the globe. Luxury infiltrates every element of the brand, from the style of the garments produced to the finest quality presented at flagship boutiques: Paddington-Sydney and Armadale-Melbourne.

TINTORIA MATTEI

Founded in 1954, Tintoria Mattei recalls an era of timeless elegance, a sophistication intrinsic in gestures and customs. All shirts have a retro look and an attitude that corresponds to the nature of the man wearing it: a globetrotter with a penchant for enjoying life by focusing on the images and passions of everyday living. The fabrication of cuffs, finishing of the placket and two shallow-hole buttons (that Mr. Angelo, the founder, used in the 1950s) are details appreciated by the man who looks for beauty in small, meaningful gestures.

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MOORER

MooRER was founded by Moreno Faccincani in 2006 with a philosophy that form and function must unite. MooRER focuses on Italian tailoring with the refinement of precious and natural materials. Siberian goose down, zippers, pulls and buttons are galvanized and hand polished. Made in Italy, MooRER’s products include special details, such as covered zippers and pocket placements for wallets and cell phones styled for a metropolitan man.

James Perse was founded in 1994 in Los Angeles, Calif. The company’s signature design philosophy – the pairing of elegance and sophistication with simplicity and comfort – is born from a passion for minimalist architecture as well as West Coast indoor-outdoor living and the casual clothing inspired by it. This philosophy has underlined each step in the development of the James Perse brand, which has become synonymous with Southern California life and style.

NEW FALL’S MUST-HAVES

M. SINGER

Founder and Creative Director Matthew Singer is committed to “redefining what comfortable looks like.” He creates core basics and essentials for the modern man with a classic sensibility. All products are 100% made in the U.S.A. and deliver strong value with beautiful quality fabrics.

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NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD British Designer Nicholas Kirkwood launched his namesake brand in 2005, challenging the conventions of women’s luxury footwear. Kirkwood immediately gained much critical acclaim for his collection of striking, architecturally inspired, sculptural pieces with a blend of genres, subverting the relationship between tradition and modernity.

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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand was born in 2000, merging the creative spirit of Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo, two young Venetian designers. Since the beginning, the company has distinguished itself with innovative but artisan-spirited products. Today, Golden Goose Deluxe is best known for its sneakers, which have a refined and modern style with a vintage feeling. We are pleased to introduce our customers to Golden Goose boots, which is actually how the brand got started.

NOW IN WESTPORT!

GOLDEN GOOSE BOOTS

BORRIELLO

Borriello was founded in 1980 in Naples by Clelia Borriello. Attention to detail and styling led to the instant success of the shirts. Today, Borriello is made in accordance with the great tradition of the Neapolitan shirt that innovates without betraying its past. Today, their shirts are still made entirely by hand by artisans who are keepers of this ancient knowledge. The choice of precious fabrics, combination of colors and constant search for new motifs create a unique combination of charm and beauty.

Founded by its namesake designer in 1910, Ermenegildo Zegna is an iconic men’s luxury fashion house and family-run Italian label. After decades of offering the brand’s suiting and sportswear, we are delighted to bring our customers its stunning accessories, including its lightweight Leggerissimo polycarbonate smart trolley suitcase, fine Nappa leather accessories and Stuoia leather collection, coming later this fall.

EXPANDED COLLECTION!

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA ACCESSORIES

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MITCHELLS BY APPOINTMENT PRESENTING THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE MITCHELL STORE FAMILY-NYC Offering an enhanced VIP experience + a convenient location in New York City where you can meet with your Style Advisor.

We are thrilled to share with you the addition of Mitchell Stores’ new showroom in Manhattan! Located at 720 Fifth Ave. on the 10th floor, Mitchells by Appointment now offers you an enhanced VIP experience. Mitchells by Appointment provides a large variety of products, services and experiences in a sophisticated and intimate setting. In addition to a full selection of made-to-measure programs, you have access to all nine stores’ inventories, both online and by request in the New York location. Mitchell Stores’ eight men’s and women’s specialty stores are best known for exceptional service; exquisite designer clothing, jewelry and accessories; and multigenerational relationships with designers and customers alike. Overseen by Style Advisor extraordinaire Franco Salhi, the showroom has a full tailor shop with three master tailors. Mitchell Stores’ Director of Men’s Special Order Programs, David Lynn, is also available to work with you at the Manhattan location. And for your convenience, your Style Advisor from Mitchells’ & Richards’ (or the website) is happy to meet you in the city for whatever help you may need. This is an exciting time for all of us, and we look forward to sharing it with you!

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BOOK REVIEW No one knows more about selling than Jack Mitchell (chairman of nine luxury fashion stores that are among the most respected businesses in the world), and no one better explains the art and science of establishing an emotional connection between buyer and seller. His newly released book, Selling the Hug Your Customers Way (available on Amazon), is a powerful read for sellers of all types, guaranteed to improve your business and enrich your life. For those of us who know Jack Mitchell (and his brother, Bill, and the entire Mitchell family), it’s no surprise that all three of his highly acclaimed books have been about hugging, for this is a family that lives and breathes customer service. From that first day back in 1958 when Ed and Norma Mitchell opened a little menswear shop in Westport, Conn, with three men’s suits (and an always-full coffeepot that Norma would schlep daily from her home), Mitchells has always been about caring for friends and neighbors. (Editor’s note: I remember Ed Mitchell on the selling floor at Mitchells when he was well into his 90s, greeting customers by name and asking with genuine interest about their families, their lives….) Here, we chat with Jack about how selling the right way can add profits to your business and pleasure to your life. You’ve had widespread success with your two previous books on the power of hugs; why a third?

SELLING THE“HUG YOUR CUSTOMERS”WAY An interview with award-winning author, retailer and corporate speaker Jack Mitchell.

This one teaches the actual selling process, step by step, with real-life examples. I’ve always been passionate about selling but early in my career, I believed that passion was enough. I didn’t understand that there’s a method, or that selling is something that can be learned. After years of selling, I now know that it’s less about making the sale and more about allowing the buy, creating a relationship and an environment in which the customer feels comfortable and valued. I’ve given about 250 speeches around the world since I first launched Hug Your Customers in 2003; I know the process works, not just for stores but for all kinds of businesses. What exactly is the process? I hate to oversimplify since the book uses anecdotes to explain the stages, but essentially, the process involves: making the connection, decoding the mission, showing and sharing (not show and tell but show and share), allowing the buy, kissing goodbye and throwing in one for good measure. Each step is described in depth with advice from various experts. Bottom line: Great sellers don’t sell, they connect with their customers and inspire them to buy.

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Do you believe that some people are born sellers? Some people are born extroverts, but this does not guarantee great salesmanship. It’s more about personalizing the experience; it’s a process that can be learned. Not all of our top sellers have effusive, outgoing personalities, and sometimes people with big personalities can be too aggressive. What do you look for when you hire sellers? They’ve got to have integrity (something psychological tests can’t always pick up). They need to be positive and passionate with a sincere desire to grow. They have to have upbeat, pleasant personalities and a genuine interest in connecting with people. They have to be real. What are the most frequent mistakes sellers make? Many of them rush the sale. It’s important to mirror the customer’s pace and know that certain shoppers prefer to take their time. Also, while most customers want the seller’s opinion, it’s best to know as much as possible about the customer’s taste and lifestyle before you offer yours. Another mistake is not setting up for the next visit: Always hand out your business card; always write a note after the visit thanking the customer for their purchase and perhaps mentioning something you discussed outside the sale. The challenge of selling, and the fun of it, is seeking out new ways to connect with your customers, who often become your friends. Any other tips? Talk less and listen more. Make sure that the first item you show a customer is the one you think best suits them. (Research has shown that at least 50 percent of sales will be the first item shown.) Sellers should always be themselves and avoid sounding scripted; at one luxury hotel chain, they’ve asked their associates to stop saying, “It’s a pleasure.…”

Sellers should watch how other great sellers operate and pick up a few tips. And buyers and managers should spend time on the selling floor, keeping a few dozen clients of their own so they’re in a better position to inform designers/manufacturers about what customers are looking for. Why should I read this book if I’m not a salesperson? We’re all selling something at various times in our lives. Doctors sell their healing ability when they’re with a new patient. Lawyers sell their persuasive talents and knowledge of the law. When we apply to a college or go on a job interview, we’re selling our qualifications. Day after day, in all walks of life, most of us are selling something to someone. How can customers find the right salesperson, one who won’t talk them into something that’s not right for them? (We’ve all been there!) You can usually get a feel for a sales associate in the first few minutes, if not seconds. First off, do they ask, “Can I help you?” which is the exact wrong way to begin a relationship, rather than greet you warmly with a smile, allowing you to indicate when you need assistance. Do they look you in the eye? Do they ask your name and get a feel for who you are before suggesting something? Do they listen well enough to suggest styles that are right for you? A good seller shows passion without pushing, and makes you feel comfortable even when you’re “just looking.” Is there a single message in your book that you consider all-important? Yes: Always tell the truth. All the time. This is the key! When sellers build authentic relationships with their customers based on caring, trust and mutual respect, this results in genuine friendships and loyal customers for life.

“I met Jack a few years ago and he disrupted my way of viewing customers. Emotional connection is not part of the game; it is the game!” Fabio d’Angelantonio, CEO, Loro Piana

RAVE REVIEWS!

“Jack Mitchell has built an outstanding culture of customer focus and appreciation. At my invitation, he has lectured to our FlightSafety teammates. Jack is the very best!” Bruce Whitman, CEO, FlightSafety

“This is, hands down, the clearest and most inspiring explanation of the selling process I have ever read. Everyone can use this book.” John Davis, former professor, Harvard Business School

“The Mitchell family’s selling culture is one of the finest in the world of luxury retailing. This book is a must-read for anyone who has customers and wants to keep them emotionally connected.” Gildo Zegna, CEO, Ermenegildo Zegna “Out of the 1,000 business books I’ve read, this is the first to capture the elegant process of allowing people to buy.” Robert Reiss, CEO, The CEO Forum “This is a must for everyone who is interested in sales—not just in selling things but in selling yourself to people in a way that they’ll support you and never forget you. Read it!” Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus, The Esteé Lauder Companies Inc.

“No one likes being sold to. We like being cared about—and Jack Mitchell has uncovered the key behind success in selling. This book will revolutionize sales in all businesses.” Judith E. Glaser, author and CEO of Benchmark Communications Inc.

“The lessons in this wonderful book will make us not just better sellers but better people.” Christopher Jones, television correspondent and commentator

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THIS PAGE THERMAL SHIRT, FLANNEL SHIRT & JACKET: FAHERTY JEANS: FRAME SHOES: POLO OPPOSITE: THOM BROWNE

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Roatán is a learning diver’s dream.

“Was that a shark?!” I enthuse, a City Fish fresh out of water. “Suckerfish,” mumbles Mayan Divers’ head divemaster, Mark. Mayan Divers, housed within the Mayan Princess Resort in Honduras’ Roatán Island’s West Bay area, is where I chose to get PADI (aka scuba) certified. Six of us spend the morning diving the Meso-American Reef (the world’s second-best place to dive after the Great Barrier Reef). After exploring El Aguila shipwreck, we poke around the Three Brothers divespot, site of the aforementioned dorsal-finned Jaws doppelgänger. Certainly survival would have been more thrilling had that sucker been a shark, but discovering eagle rays, spotted moray, loggerhead turtles and schools of parrotfish, damselfish and trumpetfish wouldn’t disappoint even the most seasoned divers. Roatán’s diving is world-class thanks to its proximity to Pixar-quality marine life. Top diving locations can be reached merely by swimming from the beach. Others are a 10-minute speedboat ride away. (In Belize, accessing that same stellar reef involves a boat ride of up to an hour. In Cozumel, the conditions permit only drift diving.) To descend into Roatán’s waters is to witness every cinematic cliché imaginable. Technicolor schools of angelfish breeze by. Polka dots and plaids, magentas paired with cyans and yellows—has the fashion world been ripping off these fish for

runway looks? A lurking eagle ray in shallow waters causes an out-of-water glittery arc as sergeant majors make their escape— for now. Floating through the anthropomorphic symphony of swaying sea fans and rising sponges, Finding Nemo’s friendly shark, Bruce, comes to mind. His declaration that “fish are friends, not food” becomes my mantra. My certification teacher, Paul—my very own neutrally buoyant Buddha—calms anxieties through mimed Zen poses and deep breathing. I mimic him, eyes closed until I regain my own natural buoyancy. Only when it is time do we make the gradual ascent to the surface, that first push up into the air a gentle, breezy jolt back to reality. With so many dive outfits and tourists far more interested in snorkeling and drinking frozen Monkey Lalas, Roatán is a learning diver’s dream. Groups are small and classes often one-on-one. In less than three days, I complete my open water dives (four) and shallow water drills. Rather than sit in a classroom in the Caribbean for two days, I took the knowledge portion online before departing. My aquatic credentials mean I can now dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet below the surface. Suddenly a new fear enters my mind: With such vivid dives in Roatán, does that mean everywhere but the Great Barrier will pale by comparison? “You’re just getting started!” Patient Paul quickly assures.

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THOM BROWNE

Thom Browne began as an award-winning menswear designer. His traditionally based handmade suits have evolved into collections recognized by museums, including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Browne’s innovations in tailoring have been identified with impacting the paradigm of men’s and women’s fashion. In 2011, his first women’s RTW Collection was launched during Fashion Week. Today, he is one of the most sought-after designers in women’s fashion.

Women’s Designer

SPOTLIGHT OUR BUYERS SEARCH THE WORLD TO BRING YOU THE MOST EXCITING NEW DESIGNERS AND COLLECTIONS!

ISABEL MARANT SHOES & HANDBAGS

Born in 1967, Isabel Marant found her aesthetic influenced by her French father, German mother and West Indian mother-in-law, as well as her travels in India and Africa. In 1990, she created her own world of merging style, launching a small collection that grew to become Isabel Marant as we know it today. We are excited to now offer her shoes and handbags to our customers!

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NEW FALL’S MUST-HAVES

GABRIELA HEARST Gabriela Hearst was raised on a ranch in Uruguay. She honored her heritage with the launch of her eponymous label in fall of 2015, also taking over the operations of her family’s ranch. Gabriela wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace, where things are created with care and detail. Each garment is made with impeccable construction and noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places she loves that made her who she is: Uruguay and New York. Combining the utilitarian and the beautiful, she creates long-lasting garments that hold memories for the woman who wears them.

NILI LOTAN

Since its launch in 2003, Nili Lotan has been synonymous with sophisticated, timeless wardrobe staples. Her expertly crafted pieces have earned success with fashion editors and celebrities, who seek quality essentials to take them from day to night, casual to formal. Nili’s collections blend her Israeli heritage and New York sensibility – her signature army jackets, bohemian peasant blouses and airy beach dresses are reminiscent of Tel Aviv, while her iconic silk cami dresses, luxurious knits and refined suiting evoke Tribeca, her home now. Nili has a dedicated following among fashion’s elite, including Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Stylewatch Fall 2018

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Alberto Milano ADJUSTABLE LARIAT NECKLACE

Renee Lewis SHAKE NECKLACE

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CULTURE WHAT’S IN A FRIENDS COLOR? OF MITCHELL STORES

PINK: THE HISTORY OF A PUNK, PRETTY, POWERFUL COLOR FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, CHECK OUT A THOUGHT-PROVOKING EXHIBIT ABOUT THE MOVEMENT’S FAVORITE COLOR. Why do we associate pink with feminity? How does society ascribe meaning to a color? These are some of the questions probed at FIT’s intriguing new exhibit about one of our favorite colors. The color pink provokes strong reactions, both positive and negative. Because of this, it has been called the most divisive of colors. Yet attitudes toward pink are changing, and pink is increasingly regarded as cool and androgynous. The stereotype of pink for girls and blue for boys only gained traction in the United States in the mid-20th century, and the symbolism of pink has varied greatly across world history. By placing men’s, women’s and children’s pink clothing from both Western and non-Western cultures

— including India, Africa, Mexico and Japan — in a historical context, the exhibit corrects popular misconceptions and encourages viewers to question clichés and perceived opinions. The exhibition has two sections. “Pretty in Pink” chronicles traditionally “feminine” pink clothes from the mid-19th century through the 20th century, illustrating the feminization of color in the 19th century. We see how different shades of pink came in and out of fashion, evoking different ideas about femininity. The main gallery highlights key concepts in the history of pink. “Pompadour Pink,” features 18th-century ensembles, including a woman’s pink robe, a man’s pink

habit and a man’s pink banyan. These objects show how pink was a new and highly fashionable unisex color in 18th-century Europe. In that period, pink was also important in painting and interior design. There is also a small section on the pink-versus-blue gender coding in children’s wear, a binary that was still in flux in the late 1920s, when opinion was divided as to whether pink was for boys or for girls. The final decision seems to have been influenced by publicity surrounding a millionaire’s purchase of the paintings Blue Boy and Pinkie. The exhibition places pink in a global context. In India, for example, pink has long been worn by both men and women, while in Mexico the color Rosa Mexicano is linked with national identity. Western designers have drawn on these associations; as Diana Vreeland once said, “Pink is the navy blue of India.” Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking Pink was explicitly tied, in her mind, with Asia and Latin America. Pink has played a notable role in both political protests and music connected with rebellious youth. The transgressive role of pink is emphasized across several platforms featuring both men’s and women’s clothes, ranging from vernacular garments to avant-garde high fashion. Featured items include pink pussy hats and looks associated with music genres ranging from punk to hip-hop.

“IT IS SOCIETY THAT ‘MAKES’ COLOR, DEFINES IT, GIVES IT MEANING.” — COLOR HISTORIAN MICHEL PASTOUREAU 72

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FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK CITY SEPTEMBER 7, 2018– JANUARY 5, 2019 PINK: THE HISTORY OF A PUNK, PRETTY, POWERFUL COLOR is organized by the museum’s director and chief curator, Dr. Valerie Steele. Pink features approximately 80 ensembles from the 18th century to the present, with examples by designers and brands such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, Jeremy Scott of Moschino and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. Related to this exhibition is a book published by Thames & Hudson and a free symposium scheduled to be live streamed on Oct. 19, 2018.

Top to bottom, clockwise: 1960 dress by Christian Dior, 1920s evening dresses, 1978 Zandra Rhodes ensemble (England) and Comme des Garcons’ “18th-Century Punk” Collection

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GIVING BACK

BE A PINK SUPERSTAR This adaptation of Golden Goose’s original model was designed by Golden Goose exclusively for Mitchell Stores to celebrate our upcoming 60th Anniversary and our commitment to the fight against breast cancer. We’ll donate $100 from each sale of this exclusive shoe to Pink Aid and the Breast Cancer Alliance to fund research and compassionate services for those undergoing treatment. For specific details about the amazing work of these two charities, go to PinkAid.com and BreastCancerAlliance.org. Come in to Mitchells or Richards to make a purchase or visit mitchellstores.com.

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EATING OUT

CELEBRATING TASTE

An acclaimed chef’s new Ristorante Cracco in Milan is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

The iconic glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, known as the salotto (living room) of Milan since it opened in 1867, now has a sala da pranzo (dining room). In February 2018, two-time Michelin star chef and renowned restaurateur Carlo Cracco opened Ristorante Cracco, raising the bar for Milanese dining. The five-story eatery feels as much like a glamorous townhouse as it does a modern restaurant. An iron elevator, encased in glass and bronze, transports guests among the café, pasticceria, chocolaterie, wine cellar, restaurant and private event and gallery spaces. Located in the heart of the Galleria, built in Renaissance Revival architectural style, Ristorante Cracco is helping to reestablish the arcade as the crux of Milan’s luxury fashion industry, as well as a place for residents to gather, spend leisure time and exchange admiring comments about local artists. The centerpiece is the 50-seat haute cuisine restaurant, which boasts distinctive interiors designed by the famed Studio Peregalli. The lobby ceiling features original floral frescoes in vintage pink and powder blue. These hues are repeated in oversized blooms on hand-painted wallpaper. Instead of one grand dining room, Cracco offers a dining area that comprises multiple small rooms with moody lighting to create a more intimate experience. The bas-reliefs panels, arches and pilasters confirm that not an ounce of sophistication was sacrificed to create warmth. Most nights, Chef Cracco, whose rugged good looks and distant demeanor have earned him comparisons to Clint Eastwood, is handson in the kitchen. The Alain Ducasse protégé’s innovative take on Milanese traditional flavors is on display in many of the dishes. He plays with lobster, uni, foie gras, veal Milanese and crunchy golden saffron risotto. A chunky handmade spaghetti with guinea fowl and roasted yellow tomatoes and cocoa-crusted turbot served with parsnips in smoked tea are among the headlining main courses on his rustic-style menu. Other standouts include black squid ink ravioli; roasted sweetbreads scented with licorice and grilled blue lobster with cinnamon butter. Desserts are seasonal, but guests will never go wrong with anything made with chocolate. The café recalls the aesthetic of storied 1920s European coffee shops. It features globe wall lamps on curved brass stems, intricate marble floors that echo details from the Galleria and hand-painted walls covered with artfully faded damask motifs. Here pastry chef Marco Pedron works his magic with brioches and glossy dark pralines. With a chic space for Milanese and visitors alike to gather, enjoy good company and admire art, Cracco has created more than a fine dining experience. He’s built a salotto with a spirit of benvenuti amici (welcome, friends).

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A FEW HIGH-QUALITY SUITS TAILORED TO PERFECTION ARE A MUST IN EVERY GENTLEMAN’S WARDROBE.

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Stick to a monochromatic color scheme and make sure your turtleneck fits like a glove. Opt for a breathable, lightweight fabric, steering clear of chunky cable knits.

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FASHION’S FUTURE IS

SUSTAINABLE BY LAURIE SCHECHTER

Ermenegildo Zegna Oasi Cashmere features colors derived from a dyeing process using only natural elements such as flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots.

2018 has proved to be a benchmark year. Sustainability, according to the Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company report The State of Fashion 2018, is an ever-increasing driving force for innovation in the fashion industry. The vigor hails particularly from the luxury sector, by individual brands and large conglomerates alike. Abundant energy and resources are being applied in ambitious efforts toward a more sustainable fashion world, on many levels and with varying degrees of focus, including supply chain traceability and transparency; efficient use of water, energy and chemicals; low-impact material use and a reduction of material waste; promotion of economic health; and employment for workers. AG, for example, takes the denim manufacturing challenge, a typically notorious water, chemical and energy waste offender, and attacks it on multiple fronts. Ozone Technology minimizes chemicals and energy while cutting water consumption by 50 percent. Fabric yardage is maximized in cutting patterns to reduce fabric waste while scraps are recycled; up to 1,400 pounds per week are repurposed as home and car insulation. Eton shirts’ belief: “The first step to a more sustainable clothing industry is to promote durable and timeless products.” In practice they closely control their supply chain, nurture long-term relationships with select manufacturing partners, employ uncompromising efforts to foster fair labor and utilize fabrics with less environmental impact and prolonged life. Fabrics they oftentimes source from high-quality finishing suppliers, certified by Sustainable Textile Production (STeP), an independent certification system for sustainable manufacturing processes in the textile industry. Many brands aim to include a human as well as

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a merchandise aspect. Their philosophies, policies and actions integrate environmental, social, human and economic goals, bred into their company DNAs. Two notable Italian brands are among them: Brunello Cucinelli and Ermenegildo Zegna. Ermenegildo Zegna founded the brand with the view that high-quality product was closely tied to the beauty of the environment and the wellness of the people involved. This ideology lives on through Fondazione Zegna, promoting international humanitarian initiatives conserving environmental and cultural resources, cultivating sustainable development in local communities near and far, supporting scientific and medical research, and educating and training young people. Their Peru by the Fondazione Zegna program provides water and improved eco-sustainability for the area where the treasured Vicuña are raised. Even Zegna’s global stores, designed by Peter Marino, include blonde wood interiors reconstituted from sawdust. asi Cashmere brings a new dimension in eco-sensitivity for Ermenegildo Zegna. The collection features colors derived from a sustainable dyeing process using only natural elements such as flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots. Inspiration came by way of the company’s Oasi Zegna, a 100-squarekilometer natural preserve founded in 1993 in the mountainous region surrounding Trivero. Brunello Cucinelli’s early life in the countryside without running water or electricity, working the land with his family, planted the seed for his future sustainable pursuits and formed the very tenets of his business. “The great dream of my life has always been to work for the moral and economic dignity of mankind,” says Cucinelli. His company’s emphasis on cashmere reflects not only its focus on high quality but also cashmere’s ability to last, the symbol of its value. “It is something you can pass on to your children,” he says. Along the way he has created a corporate culture that emphasizes the community and enhances the quality of life wherever his work takes him. Whether revitalizing an entire Italian village close to home or cultivating the hyperlocal production, handcraftsmanship and sustainable sourcing of the cashmere from Mongolia and Northern India, Cucinelli is practicing his “humanistic capitalism.” Why should we care? Fashion’s status as the second-most polluting industry after the oil industry, for starters. Studies also report over 60 percent of global Millennials would spend more on brands that are sustainable. Cleaning up the fashion cycle, closing the loop from design to disposal and making it sustainable, is good for our future and good for business. So why not embrace an enhanced-value, sustainable and fashionable lifestyle when luxury designers make it easy by doing the work for us? Your future fashionable self will thank you.

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Eton utilizes fabrics produced with less environmental impact. Brunello Cucinelli emphasizes cashmere’s ability to last and even be passed down to future generations.

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FEET FIRST!

Ten easy questions for To Boot’s Adam Derrick. BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN 1. Give us a little background on how you got into the footwear business. I was a young man just out of school working at CBS News during the week but not making enough money to pay my rent. I started selling cowboy boots on the weekends at a cool store that had just opened: To Boot! As it turned out, I liked (and was better at) my weekend job than my news desk job. I had a lot of design ideas for detailing and customizing the boots, and fortunately, the styles I designed sold out! My now-husband Robin owned the store and convinced me to join the company.

2. What happened next? I went to Italy and learned what it took to make the world’s finest shoes. I wanted to marry New York style with Italian artisanship. We expanded the store to encompass every kind of men’s footwear, and I set out to fill it! We started wholesaling to the country’s best men’s specialty stores and I learned a lot from

my customers. I looked at their biggest clothing vendors and wanted to make the perfect shoes for the sportswear and clothing they were stocking. We are now sold in only the very best menswear stores throughout the USA and Canada.

3. What are the key styles men must have in their footwear wardrobe for fall ’18? We’re having a huge sneaker moment right now and I’m very excited about our sneakers, especially a Nappa calf glove leather sneaker on a featherweight rubber sole. (I can’t wait to get a pair for myself!) And of course, a boot! We are, and always will be, the boot experts. I’m excited about our boot collection; there’s a lot of newness. The boots are shorter, also lighter weight and easy to dress up or down. In the dress shoe world, I would recommend either a very sleek, modern silhouette, a laceup or a monk strap in a polished or Saffiano grain leather, or else something from my new Aerograph collection, which is a new way of

Options Abound: Don’t let your look get stuck in a rut.

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6. What are your thoughts on the nowubiquitous sneaker trend? I love it! The new variety in sneakers gives guys reasons they never had before to buy multiple pairs. As in women’s, men are now buying color: Our two colors that sold out fastest in men’s sneakers this past spring were pink and baby blue… really! Guys now want a wardrobe of sneakers in addition to all their other footwear. We still need to teach some guys how to wear sneakers though. Certain sneakers belong only in the gym or a runway show or a very dark club!

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7. It is said that women judge men by their shoes: What are they looking for exactly? Well that is true; think of the expressions “well heeled” or “down at the heels.” That directly relates to a man’s footwear being the main signifier of whether or not he has money. That is, of course, always of interest, but I think women today look at a guy’s footwear as more of a personality “tell.” They can tell if he’s fashion aware, if he puts things together creatively or with flair. But I don’t want to generalize; women are not all looking for the same things! Wearing quality footwear that is kept clean and polished makes a good impression. Of course, some ladies can recognize if a guy is wearing To Boot or Gucci or whatever. That’s always a good conversation starter!

8. What is the must-have shoe for fall? They’re all my children­— don’t ask me to pick one favorite! So I’ll give you three: a great sneaker definitely, maybe a suede sneaker in navy or gray. A new Chelsea boot is a must in a textured leather, and a clean cap-toe lace-up.

9. Why are shoes so expensive these days?

doing burnishing; it picks up only the details of stitching or perforations. It’s very cool.

4. What mistakes do men make when coordinating footwear with apparel? There are so many great options available now, I think it’s a mistake to let your look get stuck in a rut or fixed in time. Even classic looks evolve. I like mixing things up a bit: sneakers with pants and a soft-shoulder jacket, polished brogues with dark jeans, a trim boot with a suit. Matching your belt to your shoe isn’t essential, but it’s always correct and it makes dressing for work easier in the morning.

5. What type of shoe works best with a suit? With jeans? In general, you can’t go wrong with a great boot with jeans, or a hand-burnished oxford with a sartorial suit.

Are they really? I only wish the customers could be at my factories to see what goes into each pair. The finest leathers receive over 200 hand-executed steps, from cutting and lasting to brushing and burnishing. If they saw the amount of time and craftsmanship involved, they would know that the $295 to $495 my shoes cost is a great value.

10. Any tips on shoe care? Know your climate and what the shoes will face. If there’s lots of rain and snow, they should be sprayed with a stain protector before the first wear so you don’t forget to do it when the weather turns. Always use cedar shoe trees; they pull moisture out of the shoe and maintain the shape. And always rotate your shoes. Don’t wear the same pair without at least two days rest in between each wearing: This will greatly prolong the life of the shoe... which goes back to my original point about the importance of a full shoe wardrobe!

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in-store services

EXPERTISE

MADE-TO-MEASURE

Our legendary Style Advisors have been with us an average of over 10 years and are passionate about developing trusted relationships with customers and advising on all clothing, jewelry and accessory matters. They always go the extra mile to ensure that your shopping experience is efficient and enjoyable and that you are fabulously well dressed.

In all of our stores, we are known for our extraordinary Made-to-Measure Advisors, who will help you create bespoke suits, shirts, sportcoats and more. Choose from exquisite fabrics, buttons, linings and details from the world’s top fashion houses. Custom shoes, leather goods and other items are also available by request.

COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP

CLOSET CLEANING

BESPOKE JEWELRY

The only thing nicer than buying our merchandise is gifting it. We make it even nicer with complimentary wrapping. You choose the perfect gift… we’ll do the rest.

To help you integrate new purchases with old, enjoy a complimentary closet consultation. A Style Advisor will visit your home and make suggestions on how to edit, mix and match your wardrobe. An expert tailor can be on hand for adjustments. If desired, we will also create a photo catalog of your wardrobe for future reference.

As a full-service jeweler, we offer custom design services and can help you design the piece of your dreams. You can work with your own sketch, or with a famed design studio, such as Kwiat or Oscar Heyman, to turn what’s in your head into something on your neck... or wrist... or ears... or finger!

CLOTHING DONATIONS Service is important to us, not only in our stores, but also in our community. We will help you clear out unwanted items in your closet, while providing for a local charity. We coordinate the donation and will even make the delivery for you.

FASHION EMERGENCIES You never know when a fashion emergency will strike, so we’re always prepared, even after hours — just dial your main store number and follow the prompts to be connected to one of our family’s homes, and we’ll come to your rescue!

VIRTUAL CLOSET Through our new MWorld services, we keep a visual electronic inventory of your wardrobe to remind you and your Style Advisor of what you have and in what size. A wardrobe is a serious investment. There is no substitute for building it wisely, with the guidance of someone who takes the time to know your wardrobe, lifestyle and needs.

COMPLIMENTARY ALTERATIONS Whether you purchase in-store or online, we offer complimentary expert alterations on all regularly priced merchandise. Down to the last detail, we ensure that each article is tailored masterfully just for you. Alteration fees apply only on sale items 40% off or more.

RETURN & EXCHANGE POLICY We want you to be 100% satisfied with everything you buy. If you are not completely happy with a purchase, feel free to bring it back within a reasonable period of time. We want to make sure you love your new items as much when you get home as you did in the store!

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HOME DELIVERY We understand you have a busy schedule and want to do all we can to lessen the demands on your time. This is why we provide local delivery if you live in a reasonable proximity to our stores.

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT We understand how precious your time is. Call or email your Style Advisor for an appointment and we’ll get you in and out with record speed!

ABUNDANT PARKING

BUTTON UP

To ensure your shopping experience is as stress-free as possible, at many of our stores we provide you with ample complimentary parking that is both convenient and secure.

A loose thread or button can be just the thing that unravels your day. Bring in any suit or outerwear with buttons that need repair and we’ll re-attach or tighten them for you, on site and free of charge.

CAPPUCCINO, COFFEE, DRINK & SNACK BAR

FUR CLEANING, STORAGE & REFURBISHMENT

In this hectic world, sometimes a hot cup of coffee is just what you need... Cold drinks, snacks and M&Ms are always on hand for a pick-me-up, too.

We offer a full array of fur services, including climate-controlled storage and fur makeovers through Oscar de la Renta Furs. Come for a free consultation and see how we can transform a dated fur into a new favorite.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY As a family business, we feel it is essential to create a shopping experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family. At all of our stores, we provide interactive play areas so your time with us can be relaxed and your children can have fun. Treats and soft drinks are always on hand.

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The most efficient way to shop!

Reserve-In-Store While some days you may want to lose yourself in the store for hours, there are days when you’re busy or away from home or just want to shop in your PJs. That’s the time to use our Reserve-In-Store option. Go online and shop the inventory of our nine stores. Make as many selections as you want and choose the Reserve-In-Store option. Your Style Advisor will let you know when your items are waiting for you to try on, touch and feel before you buy. No obligation to purchase. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

1. Select it.

Browse products online and shop the inventory of our nine stores. Select as many items as you want using the "Reserve in Store" button.

2. Reserve it. Your Style Advisor will round up all your requested items and contact you to come in ‒ at your convenience.

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3. Try it.

You get to see, touch and feel before you buy. Your Style Advisor will have everything waiting for you.

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4. Love it!

If you don't love it, you haven't bought it and don't have the hassle of shipping it back.

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