Re-Tales: confessions of a shopaholic

Glovely

imageAs the season’s most in-demand accessory, elbow-grazing opera gloves should be simple to find. But having ransacked every big name department store from Barneys to Bloomies, it seems extra long cashmere-lined leather gloves in small sizes are seemingly non-existent. Having been on my radar screen since mid-October, I practically put the kibosh on the search until I stumbled upon Sermoneta – a bustling Madison Avenue boutique that only sells gloves.

A well-lit, snow white space no larger than a walk-in closet, Sermoneta’s lone U.S. location carries a deceivingly large selection of haute hand coverings. The holy grail of gloves, Sermoneta is littered with over 60 jaw-dropping styles, all of which are artfully displayed on hand mannequins that sit atop gallery-like Lucite shelves. Rather than rummage through messy bins to find your size, the shop’s stock is securely stowed behind the counter in space age-y cubbyholes.

This season’s handi-work includes sleek opera length silhouettes (a cut so coveted, they’ve re-stocked ‘em five times!), purple driving gloves with half fingers (perfect for pressing numbers on your cell), an ivory ensemble with intricate lace cut-outs, a timeless teal number with side buttons, racy leopard prints adorned with zippers, punk-infused pairs with metal grommets and a standout style with shimmery silver strips (pictured above). Prepare to pay top dollar for the finest fabrics such as rabbit fur, mink, buttery suede, pigskin, patent and quilted leathers, all of which are handmade at Sermoneta’s headquarters in Italy. With such an abundance of styles and sizes, one thing’s for certain… you won’t be leaving empty-handed.

Special Fashion Junkie Announcement: Fashion Junkie will be back on Tuesday, January 8, 2008. Have a Happy New Year!

  • Sermoneta
  • 609-611 Madison Avenue (@ 58th)
  • 212-319-5946
  • sermonetagloves.com
  • $49-$700
  • exchange or store credit only
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Head Light

imageWhile baldness runs in my family, it typically affects the men, like my older brother, father and grandfather. At least that’s what I thought ‘til I noticed clumps of my curly hair recently clogging the shower drain. Since I’m technically still of childbearing age, I can’t use those chemical-laden hair-stimulating shampoos like Rogaine. And because I refuse to wear a wig or a blue rinse until I retire to Del Boca Vista, I’ve found the next best alternative – the Hairmax LaserComb.

Far safer and superior than those pricy prescription lotions, potions or pills, the LaserComb is the only FDA-approved DIY laser therapy, hair-growth treatment. A lightweight, hand-held gizmo with an easy-to-grip ergonomic design, the LaserComb works by stimulating scalp cells with a low-level laser beam for thicker, fuller and healthier hair in a matter of weeks. Ideal for girls on the go, LaserComb comes equipped with a sleek leather carrying case and universal power supply, making it handy for overseas trips. The hidden value: it even helps control severe dandruff (who knew?).

With a lifetime commitment of only three times a week for 10-15 minute sessions, LaserComb is about as routine as brushing your teeth. Activate the high-tech tool by plugging it in and slowly glide the comb-like teeth across your scalp at 4-second intervals. Go against the direction of your hair growth, starting from front to back and then bottom to top. Once you start treatment, you should begin to see dramatic results in as little as 12-16 weeks.

Buyer beware: once you stop using the LaserComb, your hair will gradually revert back to its original thinning state. While a price of $545 may make some of you want to pull your hair out, with a lifespan of 10+ years, LaserComb may well be worth the investment.

  • Hairmax LaserComb
  • 866-527-3726
  • hairmax.com
  • $545
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journeyPod Luxury Gift Guide

Fashion Junkie’s tailor-made, NYC shopping tours were profiled in journeyPod’s 2008 Luxury Gift Guide. Check out all their fabulous holiday finds here. Happy shopping!

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Luxe For Less

imageThe only thing better than a designer handbag is a designer handbag at half price. While recently visiting Bulga’s showroom to preview their Spring ’08 collection, I wound up convincing the designer, Natalia Konovalova, to host a holiday sample sale exclusively for Fashion Junkie subscribers. Woo hoo for you!

Designed for confident women who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd, Bulga is a sophisticated and timeless handbag line with an edge. Created from buttery soft patent, pebble and metallic Italian leathers that are virtually weightless, these coveted carryalls are anything but basic. Bulga’s signature, hand crafted details include multiple zippers, hidden interior pockets (perfect for safely stowing your cash) and exquisite silk linings. This season’s au currant styles range from extra large satchels to chic clutches, in an assortment of eye-popping patent brown, taupe, black, mauve and shimmery gold and silver metallic leathers.

Need some stylish holiday gifts for the fashionistas in your life? Sprint over to Bulga’s showroom this Wednesday night. Arrive early for first dibs on the sizzling Fall/Winter ’07 and resort overstock at up to 60% off retail (normally $600-$900!), plus schmoozing, sweet treats and bubbly. Expect a dreamy assortment of discounted merch including the iconic frame silhouette, the butterfly bucket bag with leather tassels and metal grommets, over-sized totes and the must-have Misa (pictured above).

Natalia Konovalova and Fashion Junkie will also be on-hand to help you find a Bulga bag that suits your body type and purse-o-nality. So grab the girls and get set for a red-haute holiday shopping soirée.

  • The Retail Details!

  • What: Bulga Handbag Sample Sale
  • Where: 208 West 29th Street, Suite 203 (btw 7th & 8th Avenue)
  • When: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • RSVP: bulga@fashionjunkie.com
  • Prices: $250-$450
  • Payment: cash and credit
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New Year, New Website!

Building a website is not unlike building a wardrobe. You constantly have to balance form and function while keeping the look fresh, not dated. Since you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, MacroBlu – a hip Toronto-based boutique web design firm, can give your business the facelift it deserves this New Year with a fabulous new website.

Looking to generate some online buzz about your new clothing label but don’t have a clue where to begin? Don’t sweat it! MacroBlu’s team of tech experts will help you build a functional and fashionable website with all the nuts ’n bolts and bells and whistles. From full-blown shopping sites with e-commerce, interactive personal blogs, ongoing maintenance, slick graphic design, email newsletter campaigns to ad banners, Macro Blu can do all the legwork. Plus, the friendly staff will hold your hand throughout the entire development process – a rarity in the web industry.

With an impressive client roster that spans the globe, MacroBlu can seamlessly work with you, no matter where you’re located. Take a look at MacroBlu’s latest masterpieces such as Sample Studio, Admiral Road and Stillo&Purritt. They’ve also created edgy interfaces for jewelry designers such as RitaD and Basia, cool clothing stores like 119 Corbo, Accessity and New York’s own C-IN2, Meg Shops and Actex Menswear. With over 200 fashion, beauty, health and retail-related projects behind their belt, you’d be foolish to build a website without MacroBlu.

Exclusive Deal Just For YOU! MacroBlu is giving Fashion Junkie subscribers a special 15% discount off any web design services of your choice if purchased before January 1, 2008. Call 416-927-0432 and quote the promo code “MACROBLUJUNKIE” to receive your discount.

  • MacroBlu Web Design
  • 416-927-0432
  • MacroBlu.com
  • quotes vary per project
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