LOS ANGELES — Blue Bee Men has good reason to gloat. Next month, the Santa Barbara, Calif., specialty store will join a handful of upscale U.S. boutiques boasting a Ralph Lauren Black Label shop-in-shop. Historically, the line has been sold only in Ralph Lauren flagship locations and upper-crust department stores, although other upscale specialty retailers, such as Stanley Korshak in Dallas, have also installed shops.
At 500 square feet, the shop will feature RRL and Polo apparel in addition to Black Label slim-silhouette suits, leather bags, woven shirts, ties and sweaters, said Marty Bebout, who co-owns seven Blue Bee boutiques in Santa Barbara’s State Street shopping district with partner John Doucette.
“We’re really proud of this addition. It’s so perfect for our customers to combine RRL premium denim with incredible [Black Label] designer suitings,” said Bebout, whose customer base is split between tourists and locals.
According to Bebout, finalizing the in-store shop was a compromise of sorts with Ralph Lauren representatives, who wanted Blue Bee Men to carry Polo in addition to its existing RRL product mix of denim, premium T-shirts and canvas bags with distressed leather handles, among other items. “RRL was a home run for us from the beginning, but we couldn’t justify selling something as common as Polo,” Bebout said. “We’re a boutique and we wanted to offer clothing that is more special. But we pushed for Black Label, and agreed to carry Polo as well.”
Combining rustic and modern decor, the shop is separated into three sections, one for each line, united by flooring made of salvaged barn boards. Modern light fixtures will set the Black Label area apart, while antique shelving, armoires and vintage flea-market finds will surround classic Polo shirts and $700 RRL cashmere sweaters in the other sections.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)