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couldn't resist- these astrid chairs in orla kiely fabric and a lovely chartreuse wool are too cute to ignore. throw in the white dining chair, a stylish iron bedframe, a bright red curio cabinet, an apple green napkin and a perfectly french patisserie cup and saucer? i'm in heaven. all available at anthropologie online. [per the new year's resolution, posts from box stores will be a significantly smaller percentage of the shop this year. but sometimes i just can't ignore a cute chair]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta give anthropologie credit for bringing breath-taking design to a mall near you, and setting new standard for retail design everywhere.

but it breaks the spell when you see the Made in China tags on every other item...

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares about the "Made in China" tags, that's not what we're looking at...it's the design. I'm not going to go to someones house and inspect their pieces to look for a "Made in China" tag...it has to be made somewhere......right? I don't care if it's mass produced or indie....if it's nice I'm buying it. Everything doesn't have to be indie.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me it's usually the price tag that breaks the spell....just so darn expensive.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! I have an orla bag in that pear fabric. i love it on a chair.
lisa congdon

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally good design can be mass produced & made in China (Thank you Target). And we have to be careful not to get all indie-r than thou. (Admit it, you can't beat Old Navy socks, Ikea glassware etc.)

But I find it ironic and decadent when I see a distinctly handmade looking handbag or sweater at Anthropologie with a Made in China label. Isn't part of the value of design in the craft of construction? or the character of found items? Doesn't mass produced Shabby Chic cease to be "shabby"?

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a question: Can anyone substantiate the rumor that the CEO of Anthro is reprehensible politically -- in other words, very much to the right and supporting causes of the right? I'm a sucker for the goods, especailly on sale, but am concerned, ethically, that I'm supporting this conservative agenda. Thanks.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the President of Anthro is a gay man that is VERY much a liberal. The CEO of Urban Outfitters Inc is [probably] one of 5 conservative people working for the corporation. I think it's sad that this company has gotten so many detractors recently. It shows that when you grow bigger, people want to tear you down.

And in terms of the "Made in China" vs. "Made in the USA" argument...look at the real economics of it. The majority of people in this country (and across the world) don't want to pay for hand crafted design b/c it's too expensive. It's one thing if you can buy it from your local craft fair, but what if you don't have access to local craftspeople making those things? I'm happy there is a retailer bringing great design to the masses. Target, Ikea, Anthropologie, and whomever else wants to start making great things at a reasonable price.

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I feel I have to put my money where my mouth is.

12:00 PM  

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