July 30, 1995 |
For Mercia Grassi, the backpacks tell the story. The Drexel University marketing and retailing professor had walked no more than 10 feet into Hecht's department store in downtown Washington when she spotted them, and used them, as any teacher would, to give an on-the-spot lecture of what Philadelphians can expect if Hecht's comes to town. On Thursday, Hecht's parent company, May Department Stores Co., of St. Louis, said it wanted to buy all 13 John Wanamaker stores and turn them into Hecht's.
October 9, 2012 |
To know Brenda Jones is to get hugged by her. What happens next, often, is you want to send her some fabric. She's the breast-cancer battler I wrote about three years ago whose anger at getting sick found a juicy target in those hideous, backless Johnny coats that hospitals make their patients wear. As she was recovering from radiation treatment, she learned to sew, well enough to start producing fanciful flannel gowns she calls Hug Wraps. She'd given away about 150 of them to fellow cancer patients when I first visited her home in Southampton, N.J., on the edge of the Pine Barrens.
June 22, 1993 |
In an old factory off North Broad Street, Elaine Perry rides the pedal of a rumbling, 40-year-old Singer zigzag sewing machine. She's stitching an orange patch on the sleeve of a cream-colored, pin- striped, wool flannel New York Yankees jersey with the navy blue "NY" logo on the front, and a navy No. 4 on the back. It's a replica of the original 1938 jersey worn by Lou Gehrig, down to the shoulder patch that all three New York baseball teams wore that season to promote the 1939 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows.
August 17, 1995 |
To the body of exclamatory biography that includes "Che!," "Evita!" and "Viva Knievel!," we can now add "Lamar!," a new video circulated by presidential candidate Lamar Alexander. Don't rush out to Tower video, because "Lamar!" is not available in stores. Alexander's campaign is shipping the tape to state-level Republican party organizations. "Lamar!" serves an important informational purpose, since at this point enthusiasm for Alexander's candidacy is dampened by the fact that even conservatives do not know who he is. A recent ABC News poll found Alexander the favorite of 4 percent of registered Republican voters - placing him well behind most other announced candidates.
February 18, 2010
Imagine having Creamy Corn and Lemongrass soup for lunch at the office, without calling for takeout. Imagine brand has a line of 16 new tasty soups in shelf-stable boxes that store nicely in a desk drawer. Pour into your favorite mug, microwave, and watch your office-mates drool. Lunch just got a little more fashionable with this stylish fuchsia-and-black plaid flannel insulated tote. The interior is roomy enough to store lunch and a couple of 32-ounce water bottles. Also features two front pockets and one in the back.
November 17, 1991 |
At first glance it catches most people by surprise. Yes. And not just any boxers, but novelty boxers featuring sports teams and college logos, decorative prints ranging from palm trees to Christmas reindeer, flannel numbers with cartoon characters on them. Among girls at local Catholic high schools, from the big city to the suburbs, boxer shorts are the hottest fashion accessory. The girls wear them under their uniforms in lieu of the lace-trimmed slips their mothers wore when they were in school.
September 10, 1986 |
No wonder one of New York's chic kiddie boutiques is called Tyke-oons. Now that so many of the big name designers - Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Yves Saint Laurent to name just a few - are outfitting youngsters, the price of children's clothes gives new meaning to the phrase Baby Boom. The price explosion is obvious in the boutiques, where designer labels come with out-of-sight pricetags. Send your kindergartner off to school in a $110 Ralph Lauren sweater. Or dress your preschooler in a suede-trimmed denim jacket by Giorgio Armani ($220)
October 30, 2004 |
It's not your fault. Really. This year you did not procrastinate. Instead, time passed you by. And now with less than a day until the costume-only Halloween party, you're without a getup. No need to panic; a costume is in your linen closet or folded in your clothes drawer. The obvious. Bald men, squeeze into a tight white T-shirt and blue jeans, put on a hoop earring, and you're Mr. Clean. Carry a mop and bucket for effect. Keen on the white T and blue-jean idea but not Mr. Clean?
December 24, 1992 |
Year-round, newborns at Doylestown Hospital are dressed in the handiwork of Dorris Shutt. And Christmas Day babies get a gift. Shutt, 76, of Doylestown Township, a retired maternity nurse, was recognized last month by Doylestown Hospital for her continuing effort to carry on the custom of donating hand-sewn flannel nightshirts to the hospital for newborns in the nursery. The hospital uses the old-fashioned nightshirts as attire for them. At Christmastime, however, Shutt goes one step further by making special Christmas editions of the nightshirts.
May 5, 1986 |
Cher, swathed in Indian printed silk, silver fringe dangling from her ears and a tiny flower tattoo on her bare ankle, started the applause at the Bob Mackie show when a sexy, navel-baring, beaded gown slithered down the runway. "Yeah, that's me," said the actress, who, along with Diana Ross, Carol Burnett and just about all of Hollywood, is a member of the Los Angeles designer's fan club. On the other hand, the New York social set - C.Z. Guest, Nan Kempner, Estee Lauder - is crazy about Carolina Herrera, the South American socialite-turned- designer who provides them with luncheon suits and elegant evening wear.