right on target

Have you noticed lately that whenever a new shopping center goes up, its name always begins with the words The Shops At…? (Go ahead: Google the phrase and you’ll see what I mean.)

I think the marketing strategy has something to do with the fact that The Shops At sounds a hell of a lot swankier than Mall. Let’s try it….

“The Shops at Wailea”

“Wailea Mall”

Which one do YOU think has a Gucci?

Because I’m as swayed by the swank factor as everyone else, I took notice when I received a press release announcing Target’s latest designer partnerships with Cos Bar (luxury bath items), Privet House (antique-y home goods), Webster Miami (tropical resort wear); The Candy Store (famous San Francisco candy “boutique”), and Polka Dog Bakery (one-stop shopping for man’s best friend). Guess what they’re calling this mega launch?

The Shops at Target.

I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at what I think is a crazy-cool collection of affordable clothing for men and women…home accessories…and treats for humans and canines.  I’m sharing it here with you– even though that may mean a fight at the Target doors when the introduction launches on Sunday, May 6th.

From Webster Miami…

Two-Way Deco Print Shift Dress, $39.99; Cap-Toe Wedge, $29.99

Colorblock Cardigan , $32.99; Palm Print Tank, $19.99; Jacquard Skirt, $29.99; Ballet Flat, $24.99; Sand Dollar Earrings, $14.99

Shoes: $24.00-$29.99

Palm Drop Earrings; $14.9. (You'll have to fight me for these. Sorry.)

I made the mistake of sending the Look Book to my son, Adam, from whom I received the following email shopping mandate:



Tshirt in Look 29

Shorts in Look 30

Shirt in Look 31

Tank and Shorts in Look 33

Shirt in Look 34

Shirt in Look 35

Love, Adam

Dip-Dyed Shirt, $19.99; pants, $29.99; printed belt, $19.99

Jersey Polo; $19.99; swim trunks, $29.99

Navy and Natural Fedoras; $19.99 each.

From Privet House…

Canvas totes; $19.99 each

Ceramic cheese board; $14.99

Wooden storage boxes; $29.99-$34.99

From Cos Bar…

Soaps in Orange Citrus, Blueberry White Tea, and Cucumber Melon; $4 each

From The Candy Store…

Necco Wafer and Round Swirl Lollipops; $3.49 each

Tins of Almond Butter Toffee, Peanut Brittle, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Pretzels, and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels; $9.99 each

From Polka Dog Bakery…

Dog collars in small, medium, and large; $5.99-$7.99

Sweet! Latex and rope toys; $4.99 each

And that’s just a sampling, folks.

See you on May 6th. I’ll be the one at the front of the line. (Unless that woman who scooped up all the Missoni stuff decides to turn up again.)

  • Lisa

    Love, love, love! I’ve never successfully made it to any of these Target designer ‘launches’ before but I’ve put May 6 on my calendar. Do all Targets have these items available?

    PS I love your blog Hillary!

    April 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm
  • Lisa

    Arrived about 8:30 this morning and picked up a few items from ‘The Shops’…really wanted to see the shoes shown above but I couldn’t find them anywhere. May print out the photo above and bring it with me if I can make it back to Target tomorrow. Darling navy lace skirt and some other sandals not shown above. Actually purchased a pair for one daughter’s birthday but younger daughter saw them first and somehow convinced me that she should have them! Had to go back and buy a second pair–last one in her size so they went fast!

    May 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm