As StyleList previously reported, The Limited, which is now majority owned by Sun Capital Partners, dipped its toes into the retail ocean known as Manhattan by opening a temporary pop-up shop on Spring Street in SoHo.
While this looked like the same dependable brand that had its heyday in the 1980s, it wasn't quite the same solid stuff. Arriving at the store moments after it opened for business, the place was already packed.
However, on closer inspection, it was packed with The Limited staffers who all seemed to be dressed in the same suit separates and to have the same short, sharp haircut. It was as though a pack of mannequins descended.
I am a Forenza fan from way back. I have fond memories of wearing shaker knit sweaters in high school and college. In fact, I still regularly wear a cream colored Forenza I bought when I went away to college more than 20 years ago. I walked in the store expecting to buy new ones in each of the 11 bright colors it is offered in.
Sadly, I was disappointed. The once ramie/cotton blend sweaters are now pure acrylic, which is just not my thing. I realize there are women out there who will love this, but it wasn't the revival I was hoping for.
Still, at $59.50, it's not a bad deal and while the pop-up store was open, the first 84 customers of the day, were able to purchase a Forenza for just over $20, the 1984 -- year it debuted -- price.
The rest of the store had just what you'd expect -- silk and cotton blouses, sweaters made mainly of man-made fibers, suiting jackets, mix-and-match trousers and skirts, a smattering of dresses and a few coats.
The good part of this is that the price points are quite affordable.The most expensive items -- coats and suit jackets -- range from $148 to $198. Almost everything else is well under $100, what something that will last just one season should cost.
There were four one-of-a-kind items designed by Elliot Staples, the vice-president of design for this store alone -- a paillette-encrusted camisole, a leather jacket and two dresses -- that gave us hope there is better stuff coming down the line.
And then there's also the collaboration the company has entered into with Mint's Jodi Arnold, which will hit stores next spring.
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