I was in New York last week to host a dinner for the US launch of my cookbook. Sadly I was struck by the most hideous cold, and spent most of the time holed up in my hotel room, feeling sorry for myself. Happily I managed one afternoon on Fifth Avenue before I left, and made a beeline to the new Lands’ End pop up, before heading to the Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree, (because I just love madding crowds).
I was looking for winter woolies at Lands’ End, but instead ended up buying two coats for my over-indulged Dachshund Lettice – as above. (For details see end of post.)
So to Lands’ End – the online and catalogue retailer has gone analogue for the holiday season: a 9800-square-foot pop has mushroomed on Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street, and will stay open until 31st January 2016.
The Lands End holiday campaign by Bruce Weber anchors the store’s VM, with huge Weber stills blown up on the walls, and the ad playing in the windows. (You can watch the ad here – it’s lovely.) The merch on sale is an edit from across the brand in all its categories from womens- and menswear, to home and gifting.
I was particularly excited to see an entire rail of dog coats and, even better, lots of XS numbers, which are generally hard to find. (Lettice weighs just 3kg, and is very narrow so she needs Chihuahua-size coats.)
There’s a same-day monogramming station for bags, pets, Christmas stockings – pretty much anything monogrammable – set up on the first floor but sadly I had a plane to catch, so couldn’t get Lettice’s coats done. However, the wait was just an hour, even mid-afternoon, so I reckon it’s worth visiting either at the beginning of the day before the backlog kicks in, or dropping your purchases off with the sewing ladies and popping in later to pick them up.
There are all sorts of holiday treats on sale, and piles of the cold weather gear that Lands’ End does so well.
This is the cashmere poncho of my dreams. Not Cheap at $369/£262 (only available on the US site; international shipping fees apply), but definitely covetable and see below for discount codes!
(Check out the lovely cashmere Aran turtleneck too on the US site, and on the UK one here.)
NB: Do keep checking on line as there are new seasonal discounts each day. At the moment there is 40% off across the US site, using the code ALL40 and pin 1717 at checkout, and 30% discount on the UK one today and tomorrow using 30XMAS at checkout).
DOG COATS: Sadly Lands’ End UK doesn’t sell the Pet range on-line at the moment, so you’ll either have to buy via the US site – but do take into account the $28 international shipping fee for orders under $100 ($39 under $200), or head to New York yourself.
It’s super hard to buy coats small or long enough for Miniature Dachshunds, especially ones that have adequate tummy coverage. (They get very wet and cold undercarriages, given that their legs are only 3″ long.) And often they look pretty but aren’t really fit for purpose. Lands’ End dog coats, are, frankly, amazing.
That’s Lettice at top modelling her new snowflake print Dog Puffer Vest. Not only is it very pretty, but it’s the real deal. There’s a water-repellent nylon shell, and the fill is 71% down, 29% feathers. That probably explains the somewhat eye-watering in-store $44 price tag. Goodness I must reeeeeellly love you Lettice.
I also bought her the classic Lands’ End Dog Squall®. It’s also got a water-resistant nylon outer shell for wind, rain and snow protection, and a full lining of soft, warm, anti-pilling and anti-static (important for pet hair!) poly fleece. There’s a clever reflective strap and binding to help drivers see the dog on nighttime walks.And, importantly, for sausage dogs, there’s a harness slot on the back to take a lead. The plain version comes in blue, pink, red or yellow, and it also comes in plaid /tartan here.
If buying online, Lettice’s Dog Squall jacket is £20.96 / $29.50 in lots of colours, and especially a bargain if you are buying for a giant dog in XL). Her Snowflake Puffa is £31.62/$44.52. It’s also available in tartan.