by Mark Ellwood
Santa Shops on eBay
by Marsha Collier
–Clarissa Parashar, eBay PowerSeller and owner of the eBay store Perpetual Vogue
The kids’ concert is tonight, your brother’s coming Saturday, and when are you going to shop?
Who has time for fun at the holidays? You will, when you learn these techniques and tactics for successful online shopping from Marsha Collier, the undisputed empress of eBay. Even if your previous forays online have produced only frustration–or if you’ve never tried at all–this step-by-step guide will make you a pro.
Here’s how to shop safely, target your searches, make a list and check it twice, and even handle customer service problems. Discover the best sites to shop for teenagers, your boss, or hard-to-please Aunt Agatha, find out where to purchase perfect last-minute gifts and get them in time, and even pick up post-holiday bargains without ever hitting the mall. Your gift? Time!
The Icons and the Iconoclasts
by Jo-Ann Furniss
The fashion house Louis Vuitton has long been the ultimate symbol of luxury, its storied brand a glamorous invitation to a world of adventurous savoir faire. Recently, innovative collaborations with the most exciting artists and designers of today have reinterpreted the house’s famed monogrammed pattern, signature bags, and couture shoes, clothes, fine watches, jewelry, and accessories into unique and vibrant expressions of the brand and its heritage.
Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, this limited-edition book celebrates the luxury brand’s spirit of innovation and collaboration by giving six of the world’s iconoclasts (Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo) the opportunity to create a personally inspired bag and/or piece of luggage using Louis Vuitton’s iconic and globally recognized monogram. Highlights include classic and contemporary images and sketches, along with bios of the artists and designers that lend insight into the inspirations behind these very special collaborations. An absolute essential for lovers of fashion, art, and photography, Louis Vuitton: The Icons and the Iconoclasts is an exquisitely crafted volume on the timeless style and daring vision of Louis Vuitton.
The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide
by Carolyn Schneider
The Ultimate Consignment & Thrift Store Guide is your international road map to the worlds best consignment, thrift, vintage & secondhand stores.
Find out where to shop and save thousands of dollars on nearly new designer clothing & accessories, furniture, household items, sporting goods, books & much more.
Locate the best stores to bring your gently used clothing and other items and turn them into cash.
Features hundreds of listings in the US, Canada and other countries.
Handy tips to help you become an expert bargain shopper within the palm of your hand.
For the smart, savvy shopper.
Entertainment Weekly says, These no frill listings are invaluable
The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style
by Lilliana Vazquez
Stylish bargain-hunters have been flocking to Lilliana Vazquez’s CheapChicas.com since 2008 for tips and tricks on how to shop smart, copy their favorite designer looks, and dress chic for less. Now a go-to destination for women eager for affordable fashion, the site has established Lilliana as a nationally recognized style expert.
Now, in The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style, Lilliana is spilling her secrets! Fun quizzes will help readers define their style and budget. And Lilliana lays out the best places—from stores to flash-sale sites to their own closets— to score stylish deals. Approachable and beautifully designed, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style is the must-have accessory for 2013 and beyond.
Collecting Louis Vuitton
by Paul Pluta
The Fashion File
by Janie Bryant
Bryant’s book will peek into the dressing room of Mad Men and reveal the design process behind the various characters’ looks. But it will also help women learn how fashion can help convey their personality. She will help them cultivate their style, including all the details that make a big difference.
Bryant offers advice to ensure that a woman’s clothes convey her personality. She covers everything from where to find incredible vintage clothing and accessories to how to pair those authentic pieces with modern shoes and jeans. Readers will learn how to find their perfect bra size, use color to convey a mood, and invest in the ten essentials every woman should own. And just so the ladies don’t leave their men behind, there’s even a section on making them look a little more Don Draper-dashing. O:P
by Byron Hawes
The world of the hypebeast has led to a virtual destruction of the traditional delineation between street and “high” fashion. Limited edition pieces enjoy global cult status, draw thousands of hopeful purchasers, and can resell for up to 10-20x retail immediately after release on sites like Grailed.
There is an entire culture surrounding these launches, or “drops.” Streetwear aficionados travel intercontinentally to attend them, almost like concerts, and wear their rarest shoes and gear, flexing for each other while chatting, comparing, and hoping to cop one-time-only limited pieces. Kids rock grails and geek out, like an OG subreddit come to life. These lines comprise some of the most interesting fashion events in the world, and are fast becoming streetwear’s equivalent of the fashion shows that haute ateliers host each year at fashion weeks in Paris, New York, Milan, and beyond.