One thing's for sure: Banana Republic isn't afraid to try new things. Last year they opened a concept store in NYC housing their limited edition BR Monogram collection. They're having another go, but this time with accessories and in the company's hometown, San Francisco. Given the uncertainty of the economy, and the popularity of costume jewelry, it's interesting that Banana has chosen to offer luxurious accessories at affordable price points — most of the Edition items are under $100. This is somewhat of an experiment — the Edition store will be in San Francisco's Westfield Centre, only. Not online, not in the shopping mecca we know as New York City. The store itself with be different from Banana stores, displaying items in open cases so people can play dress up . . . and we did in our SF Sugar offices!
The BR folks let us fawn and fondle over the Edition pieces. I was most drawn to the semi-precious, Bollywood-esque pieces, but there were also ultra modern goodies. Handbags will also be a part of this collection; intricate hand-woven details and soft leathers in of-the-season colors. We bid Banana luck in their Edition experiment!
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