A “Preppy Pile-On”? We Think Not.

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!

We are going to be speedy today.  More than 200 lbs. of our Lilly Pulitzer Fall Stationery & Gift line arrived here at the Prepatorium moments ago, so you know we’re a tad busier than normal.

We have a few different takes on ‘preppy styles’ to share. Somehow we fell over a newsbit (aka ‘news tidbit’ or ‘newsbrief’) from the Manila Bulletin, “The Preppy Pile-on”.  The brief story references “preppy grunge” if there is such a thing.  We think not; the appellation is an oxymoron. However, we soldier on, sharing the writer’s description:

“A combination of classic preppy influences and American sportswear, the so-called Urban Prep look layers crisp preppy staples such as buttondowns and vests with urban wear like track jackets and baggy jeans.

Accompanying the story are a number of different looks; most of the pieces are from Max Azria’s diffusion line, BCBGeneration, and Kensie Girl.


The story includes this line:

“The look is divinely put-together yet casual cool.”

This time we must disagree with the author.


Some readers may be aware that online discounter Bluefly also has a blog; recently a post on the blog, “NYC Prep: School’s Back in Session”, looked at preppy style.

Courtesy Bluefly

Bravo’s NYP Prep prompts the post’s writer to look back at her high school years:

“Just reminiscing about that first crucial week during September, where everything from your clothes to your hair to even your backpack was open to criticism from fellow classmates sends me into a fetal position. And now that Bravo is airing NYC Prep, I can reminisce about the ultra-privileged snobs roaming the hallways too.”

The pieces shown include a Fendi belt, L.A.M.B. shirt, Michael Kors slacks,  and a Hickey Freeman tie.

Again, we’re underwhelmed.  Your thoughts on either combination of apparel and accessories?


Today’s Pretty in Pink comes to us via the Coterie Blog, where one always finds fascinating recommendations for all manner of goodies. The blog is curated with an eye towards elegance and whimsy, the ideal combination.    Recently we saw a post about some lovely ribbon at an establishment new to our retail roster, Bell’occhio in San Francisco.

In order to provide a more fully informed report, we felt obligated to personally view the merchandise.  (Ahem.)

Courtesy Bell’occhio

The Pink Oval Box (above) looks like the perfect accent for many a room or walk-in, just lovely. While the shop carries a wonderful variety of goods, from ribbons to nail brushes, the selection of pink boxes alone is outstanding, Below, the Heliotrope Boxes with Doré Trim.



We close with something we’ll call Pretty in Pink and Green compliments of the always delightful PrepSchool 101.  More accurately, this comes courtesy of PrepSchool 101’s little one, the darling Little Miss C.  Seen below, Miss C shows off her Mom’s sunglasses while sporting a Lilly shift in Cabanarama.

PrepSchool 101 Blog

At any rate, it seems Miss C is anxious to see her new Lilly Paper Doll set.

Courtesy PrepSchool 101 Blog

She came up with a creative solution to keep her busy while awaiting their arrival, and we adore the result.

Miss C’s Paper Dolls

The bows in the dolls’ hair add the perfect touch, and we thank Miss C for sharing her artistic talent with us! We are happy to report the real Paper Dolls are being unpacked as we type, so they shall soon be winging their way to a new home with the sweet-as-can-be Miss C.

On such a cheery note we say G’Bye, may the weekend be warm and wonderful no matter your locale!

Hickey Freeman & the Marijuana Leaf.

Look carefully. Very, very carefully.

Did you see it? Now we must admit, we did not. Did. Not. See. It. With a Capitol “I” for IT. You don’t know to what we are referring? It would be this:

That’s right. We are discussing the marijuana leaf seen above that is the logo of Hickey. No, this is not your father’s Hickey Freeman. But it is a blood relative, so to speak, an offspring, as it were. Now The Princess has mentioned this hip, edgy brand spinoff previously, although we must acknowledge we had not been apprised of said logo. Hhhhm. Here it is again as seen and described on the site’s custom polo page, a wonderful way to order up a custom polo shirt.

Of course, there are several additional images you may select for the shirt as well. We show only a few of those available.

As we were writing this little treatise we felt compelled to return to a NYT article about Hickey that we remembered reading, and sure enough, it did not disappoint. Did someone say edgy? Let’s just say the title of the story is “The Bratty and the Beautiful.” Honest. Here’s a taste of writer Mike Albo’s work:

As the brat heir to the Hickey Freeman fortune, the line has been given a petulant rich-boy wit. Marijuana is its prevalent theme. The pot leaf is embroidered on polos, printed on ties and displayed on the shopping bags. Other bad-boy symbols, including moonshine bottles and slot machine cherries, can be found here and there, and a popular Fair Isle sweater is woven with a print of reclining trucker mudflap girls ($298). Hickey has been meticulously designed to be rebellious; even the logo refuses to capitalize the “H.”

Duffy Hickey’s thoughts on the topic of the leaf are so very Princess, don’t you agree? Here’s a bit of an excellent story from American Public Media done almost a year ago when the line was being called “Little Hickey.” I’m just not seeing that, are you?

Along with an array of fashion-forward suits, Little Hickey features ties, shirts and pants embroidered with marijuana leaves and silhouettes of naked women — you know, the kind you see on truck mudflaps.

Duffy Hickey says he doesn’t quite get it. The first time he saw one of the marijuana-leaf motifs, he mistook it for a maple leaf.

Hickey: I couldn’t understand why we were trying to promote Canada by putting this maple leaf on the front of a sweater. And they looked at me and said, “Are you sure you understand what that is?” And I said, “Well, isn’t that a maple leaf?” And they said, “No, it’s not.”

At any rate, for those who generally shopped at the SoHo location (the brand’s first standalone shop), it has finally re-opened after five months of re-doing and redecorating. Of course, as with almost every other retailer we have encountered of late, many things at Hickey are on SALE, and from the looks of the young man below, it seems best you buy at least a few, or he may become even more distraught! (Methinks Bad Princess is sneaking out!)

In the interest of equal time and because you would expect no less, we also link to Hickey Freeman, it’s simply ever-so-much-more-our-pace. (And they are one of a select few clothiers to The Princess Consort, aka The Spousal Unit, after all.)

And while you already knew this, we share that they too, are having a SALE, including the items seen just below: a wonderful men’s striped sweater and an elegant striped dress shirt.

Now, TP is thinking that at this particular moment in time, it doesn’t get much better than blue on blue stripes from Hickey Freeman. Not right now. At this moment. Yum and a smile.

Because We Care: Hickey Freeman & J Press Deals

The gauntlet has been thrown down and we feel we must respond. The issue? Why do we only cover fashions for women and children here at the Prepatorium? Since it would be bad form for The Princess to argue with guests (and we do look at you as guests here at our little internet cottage) we won’t debate our previous offerings, instead acknowledging our own concerns that TMIOL (The Men in our Life) are being neglected when it comes to the preponderance of postings. Here’s an attempt to rectify things.

First off, at Hickey Freeman there are some screamin’ deals on ties, with many at 50% off their original price. (I know, so incredibly gauche to bring up the m word or discuss finances, but really, these days everyone is looking for life’s little economies, don’t you think?) Most of the sale ties at Hickey were originally $110 and are now only $53.10, generally a paltry amount for such fine construction and design. These include TP’s favorite, that cultural icon known as the skull. (Not. Not even.) Such a favorite, in fact, The Princess will share more in the next few days about the skull phenomenon, as she is clearly clueless on the issue. Hickey’s classic Oxford Stripe shirt (seen above) is also on sale if they have it in your guy’s size, or better yet, one that you can wear, for this is truly one of the great creations of all time. And their wool & cashmere sweatshirt is simply to die for, heaven on earth because of that fabric blend, apparently still available in charcoal, chocolate and navy. (Yes, this one also makes perfect sense for you if he’s not crazy about it.)

Then over at J Press, there are some great cricket sweaters as seen above, on sale with decent savings of about 1/3 off the original price, running now at $208.50. If your guy is looking for a sport coat, this one is a beauty, the J Press Black Watch Tartan plaid in a winter weight. And to ensure we are serving the broad spectrum of readers we seek to entertain, there are also skull ties to be had! (We are but your humble servant, always looking out for you.) Just so you don’t miss out. On another tie. With skulls on it.

Then we offer for your viewing pleasure, seersucker shorts in blue with embroidered fish. In orange. The fish are orange. On the blue stripes. I think this would be a great look at…um, at…, at a Detroit Tigers game. Yeah! One of those! That team uses those colors! So if these are what you’re looking for, they are a beauty of a bargain at only $79! (You know, TP simply adores little creatures embroidered on things. Many items of that genre reside in our closets. I just don’t think we’ve yet acquired any in quite this combination.) As always, Press has a fabulous selection of watchbands.

So, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. And there’s no need to send Sister Mary Hand Grenade after me either. Henceforth we shall do our level best to be a tad more, shall we say equitable, in our future postings. Honestly. For those stopping in for their first visit, The Princess has never hidden the fact that she was raised in the finest CAP (Catholic American Princess) tradition in addition to her strong MAP (Midwestern American Princess) roots. And you? Do you share a history with other SAPs (Southern), TAPs (Texas), or WAPs (Western), not to mention many, many other sisterhoods we’ve yet to discuss…? There are Princesses everywhere you know, simply everywhere. :-)