Leigh’s partnered with the Babies Welfare Guild for their Giving In Style fashion show to raise funds for Camp Blodgett. Camp Blodgett provides educational and camping opportunities to children that might not otherwise have these special summer experiences. It always warms my heart when we can do fashion shows to shine the spotlight on some of our community’s worthwhile organizations that support programs for women and children. Once again, my Leigh’s team put together an outstanding show for our guests. As I watch the different looks come down the runway and the ease of the show, I am reminded how talented our team is! Thanks to The Guild for inviting us to be a part of your event, to our beautiful models, to my team and everyone who attended….what a success the night was and what fun the kids will have this summer at camp!
What an amazing night Leigh’s had partnering with The Dwelling Place for There’s No Place Like Home Fashion Show. Leigh’s, Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store and Snapdragon Boutique (children’s clothing) styled community leaders (our volunteer models) to raise funds for two important housing communities for women and children who are either homeless or victims of domestic abuse….Liz’s House and The Bridge Street Place. Leigh’s is committed to assisting organizations whose mission is to provide services to women and children and we couldn’t be more proud of being a part of this great event. Thank you to everyone involved in this event and to all our guests who attended…you made this evening such a success!
Friday cannot come soon enough…..warm weather and sunshine awaits me in Florida for my spring break getaway with my family. As we all can commiserate, it’s been a long…super long….painfully long (emphasis on painful) winter. I am so ready to show my toes and wear a dress without an opaque black tight (you know exactly what I’m talking about and are nodding your head right now). As you know, a girl cannot go on spring break without picking up a few new fun items to wear while vacationing. I strongly adhere to this motto and fortunately it is always so convenient for me to shop….just walk out my office door and I am surrounded by enticing clothing, shoes, cosmetics and accessories. This morning I made a few laps around the store and found way too many must-haves….I might need to extend my vacation to accommodate my wardrobe additions! As I do for you every year, I like to share my top picks for the suitcase….drum roll please…. As you can clearly see by my provided picture, I love dresses and this spring is no different. Look at the fun colors in the little Trina Turk number on the top left…love. As I have been preaching to you, white is so on trend and I L-O-V-E this white Veronica Beard dress which has an exposed zipper in the back. (Reminder: White is now a year round color…it’s not just for Memorial Day – Labor Day.) We have Joie in store this season and I loved (yes, I am overusing this word, but it’s how I am feeling about my selections) this easy, casual sundress. Joie also caught my eye with the cute floral short and fun striped top (floral and stripes…you may). Finally, I ventured outside my norm and invested in a maxi skirt by Bailey 44. I always thought you had to be tall to pull-off wearing a maxi skirt or dress, but Patrick assured me that this is not the case and even I (at a whopping 5′ 4″) could wear one. You should definitely try one if you haven’t before….regardless of your height.
Then I went to look at shoes. As I have shared in previous blogs, shoes are my weakness….how could I possibly choose just 1 or 2 pairs when we have so many FABULOUS shoes at Leigh’s?! I needed heels and flats and I couldn’t decide…just glance at my picture. How I love Stuart Weitzman and VC Signature by Vince Camuto, let me count the ways. You have to be proud of me for narrowing it down this much!
Last, but not least, I walked on over to see our amazing makeup artists in cosmetics and they hooked me up with Sun Bum sunscreen and a great moisturizer from Laura Mercier with SPF 15 so that I could enjoy the sun, but still keep my skin safe while I am basking in the rays of the warm sunshine.
Wow, I feel like I just pushed the Easy Button! I have everything I need for vacation and I got it all at my most favorite store….Leigh’s. Let me know if we can get you vacation ready too…we promise lots of fun and fashion!
Who is Eddie Borgo? After years of designing for other stylists and designers, New York based designer Eddie Borgo launched his own collection in 2008. He describes it as, “Part punk, part sleek and architectural. The Eddie Borgo collection centers on a modern definition of luxury.” He has many accolades for his work such as being named 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up as well as winning both the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design and the Tiffany & Co Development Grant in 2011. You can find his accessories in over 100 luxury stores worldwide, from New York’s Bergdorf Goodman to London’s Harrods and right here in West Michigan at Leigh’s. On our recent trip to New York, we spent some time with Eddie in his showroom as he shared with us his inspiration board for his fall 2014 collection. What a talented and likeable person Eddie is. We are excited to have his collection in store for you at Leigh’s; we think you will like it as much as we do!
Eddie has been featured in many publications. Here is a sampling of his most recent…
Our team is honored that you again have chosen us as Grand Rapids Best Women’s Clothing Store 2013-14! We were so excited to receive the news…thank you! Of course, a champagne celebration was in order and once again, our toast was to you…our customers! You are the BEST and we so enjoy our time with you. You make each day fun and we love what we do because of you. As you know, our goal is to provide you the best fashion available each season along with an exceptional experience every time you visit us and we promise you the same in 2014. Cheers!
|Hot off the wire: We want to share some national holiday news with you about your favorite local retailer! Leigh’s was recently contacted by the Associated Press to be a part of a holiday business story. It went on the national wire yesterday and we are so excited to share with you that Leigh’s is in the Washington Post, along with many other publications nationwide. We think you will be as proud of this as we are! Thanks for shopping locally with us; we look forward to seeing you in store this holiday season!|
|Small retailers plan to party till they profit to lure shoppers from big malls during holidays|
|By Associated Press, Published: November 20 | Updated: Thursday, November 21, 6:14 AM
NEW YORK — The parades and carnivals that draw people to downtown areas across the country this holiday season will be more than big celebrations. They’re part of a strategy to get shoppers into small stores.
LaGrange, Ill.’s decades-old holiday festival has evolved into more of a sales promotion event in recent years, says Nancy Cummings, executive director of the LaGrange Business Association. This year’s will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, and 66 businesses have so far signed up to take part.
Stores will have open houses, with many giving customers $5 off a $25 purchase. Trolleys will transport shoppers to shops that aren’t part of the downtown cluster, and on the way point out retailers along the route. There’ll be ice sculptures outside stores to lure shoppers to the front door. And there will be the holiday standards like a petting zoo and Santa arriving on a fire truck. Shoppers will have plenty to do across the village located west of Chicago.
“We want to get people moving around,” Cummings says.
Many shoppers are familiar with Small Business Saturday, the American Express campaign to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. But a growing number of chambers of commerce, small business organizations and local retailer groups hold events to persuade shoppers to forsake malls, big-box stores like Wal-Mart and the Internet in favor of local retailers. They also advertise on joint Facebook pages and recommend shoppers visit other stores in town.
Retailers in Royal Oak, Mich., are holding a series of events that began last Friday. That night, stores stayed open until midnight and offered special prices and refreshments, much like the come-ons Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — is known for. The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be “Shop Local Saturday.” On Sundays during the holidays, many restaurants will have free meals for children. And Dec. 11, retailers will set up shop at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. There will be music, food trucks and gifts.
The efforts make a difference. Small businesses in communities with “buy local” campaigns had an 8.6 increase in sales in 2012 from the previous year, according to the American Independent Business Alliance, a network of community business organizations. In communities without campaigns, sales rose 3.4 percent. The alliance and several other nationwide small business organizations sponsor a Shift Your Shopping campaign aimed at getting consumers to do their holiday buying in their communities. The program, in its third year, now includes 150 local business alliances and 40,000 small businesses.
The economy’s plunge in 2008 prompted storeowners to create the joint events, says Gary Baglio, president of the Royal Oak Association of Retailers and owner of Five15, a gift shop.
“If someone comes downtown to buy a dress at one store, they’re going to walk about to shop at another store,” Baglio says.
Many retailers plan solo holiday events. Leigh’s, an upscale women’s clothing store in Grand Rapids, Mich., plans five parties including one Black Friday and another aimed at men shopping for wives and girlfriends. On Black Friday, the store will open at 7 a.m., and serve breakfast, coffee, juice and mimosas. Like the big box and department stores, Leigh’s will have specials, such as fur scarves that will sell for $59 instead of the usual $98.
Last year’s Black Friday party gave Leigh’s a 12 percent sales bump, says co-owner Rebecca Wierda.
“We actually had people waiting outside the door for us at 7 a.m.,” she says. Some came straight from the malls.
The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll in Boston Dec. 12 will give Dress, a women’s clothing boutique, an opportunity to introduce itself to a new neighborhood. Dress moved to Beacon Hill in September. The event includes a tree lighting, strolling singers and horse and buggy rides.
“I don’t think we’ll see a lot of people trying on clothes,” says co-owner Martha Pickett, “but people will come in and see our store and what we have to offer.”
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