3.1 Phillip Lim for Target (My In Store Experience)

Happy Monday Loves! Long time no see.  First let me say thank you to everyone the checked up on me via twitter, facebook and my contact page.  I loves ya’ll but I just needed a little break.  I don’t think I have ever stepped away from my blog for this long in the three years I have been blogging. The break was much need and I am rejuvenated and ready to go.

This past Sunday the much anticipated 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection was released.  As we all know Target has mastered the art of collaborating with high fashion designers to bring its customers affordable pieces.  In the past I really didn’t get into the hype and most times just viewed from the sideline especially after the Mulberry for Target and Missoni madness.  However, I was super excited when I found out Phillip Lim was collaborating with Target. I mean his pashli satchels are everything but definitely not in this girls price range.  I knew I needed to score at least one purse once I saw the entire look-book.  There were a few clothing items I wanted but my main focus was on the PURSES!


 Sunday Morning: 7:57am, I went from being right at the front door, first in line…

to standing by the rack of purses empty handed!

After much anticipation this past Sunday I arrived bright and early to Target in Midtown Miami.  I was first in line.  After awhile a few other individuals showed up but not many.  In total there may have been about 30 people waiting for the doors to open at 8am.  About 15 minutes prior to opening the store manager came out and informed us the collection was located on six racks to the immediate right as soon as you enter the door, which included men’s and women’s items.  I am thinking cool but I was kind of disappointed because I knew that they didn’t have much stock.

Let me just remind you this my first time ever lining up for a Target collaborative collection release. I wasn’t really worried about not getting what I wanted because like I stated there wasn’t really a crowd of people waiting.  Hmph, boy was I shocked at how fast things went from sugar to s***.  Despite being first in line with Jeanee we were ran over by the crowd when the doors opened and when we did reach the purse rack it was empty!  People had literally grabbed 10 purses in one swoop and were already heading to the cashier. I was done!

I stood at the rack waiting for more purses to come out but as the employees were wheeling out the carts they were swarmed! I was able to dash over and grab the two purses I wanted.  Jeanee was able to get her grey tote when someone put it back on the shelf.  I was seriously disgusted with the whole thing and was just happy I got what I wanted.  I can confidently say I am done with this type of shopping, there wasn’t anything fun about almost getting ran over for a purse!

The quality of the items I purchased is awesome, especially if you are into vegan leathers. I wish I could have had the opportunity to see and feel a few of the more popular items such as the two-toned blazer and the leopard body-con dress.  Now it’s time to wait and see what makes it to the clearance rack.

In the end Jeanee (blog.shopdirtylaundry.com) and ended up with the pieces we wanted.  Target needs to setup some purchasing restrictions before the release of another collaborative collection.  I am thing something along the lines of this:

– purchase limitations (no more mad dashes to grab everything)

– open the store early and stagger the customers so everyone has a pleasant shopping experience

– clear clarification of which items will be available online and in-store

As a long time Target customer see previous posts about them here, here, and here. I love their clothes shoes and accessories but this experience had me thrown, especially since most people were only buying in large volumes to throw stuff up on ebay, case in point.  In the end Target loses money and most people are kind of over the hoopla of these collections, well at least I know I am.

Enough of my rant, did you score anything?

Hopefully these items make it to the clearance racks so I can snatch them up, I really love the black jewel collar dress, prefect for the holiday season.


P.S. check back tomorrow for a surprise!