WORLD-CLASS: Anthropologie is featured in the new Sundance Channel series, Man Shops Globe, (not to be confused with the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food) featuring Keith Johnson, the stores' buyer-at-large. Complete with mini-webisodes on the Sundance Web site, the series takes viewers along on Johnson's quest around the world to find quality artisan goods. So instead of buying that mass-produced Ikea end table, Sundance advises us to first consider these other worldly goods that can be found at every store in this "hand-picked" national chain. So, good for Sundance, good for Anthopologie. Good for us? Well, at least we know we'll think about Johnson and his around-the-world journeys every time we shamelessly plunge our hands into Anthropologie's Penny Candy Jar ($98USD), with a tilted opening just begging to be spoiled with sweets. Find in-store at Anthropologie in South Windsor or order online.
TECHNOLOGY FRIENDLY: Jil Sander nearly caused a catastrophe at Uniqlo in Manhattan, when she showed up herself to weed out the crowd at the launch of her collaboration line, +J. Lucky for us in Connecticut, we can reap her genius without the madness. Unfortunately, it won't be coming with the penny for your thoughts price that Uniqlo does, but, at last, Jil Sander's Web site has finally set up shop. Her super chic, simplex (that's simple but complex, and yes we made it up) line might not come cheap but with that ever-so-splurge-inducing phrase - free shipping - her collection can now be bundled up and sent straight to your doorstep with a click of a mouse.
MY MY MADISON: Cecil Lyon, founder of Leatherman LTD and Eliza B., told us to check out Greenwich-designer Kristin Williams, of K. Madison, who makes preppy jersey frocks and pajamas covered in bright geometric patterns. Turns out the Pennsylvania-born designer first did a stint at Vineyard Vines (explaining both her prep-taculous and newly formed Greenwich roots) before branching off to start her own line. Her concept is "sleep wear you can wear anywhere." Want This really hates to see girls wearing fleece pajama bottoms with cartoon characters on them to the grocer (in fact, we even hate that people wear them in the privacy in their own homes) but can't find ourselves objecting to making a Target-run wearing one of K. Madison's trimmed modal Troon Bird Tunics ($92USD.)