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Behind The Scenes: How Urban Mass Produces Vintage

While Urban is big on bringing the completely new with its collab-happy creations, the company also does its fair share of recycling the old. If you’ve ever walked into your local Urban Outfitters and seen what almost look like some thrift shop fashions, you may have wondered where they come from. With its “Urban Renewal” line, designers take loads of gently worn vintage goods and figure out how to spruce them up in more trend-forward ways.

To be honest: We have mixed feelings regarding some of the Urban Renewal designs we’ve seen. Some have been absolutely cute; others look a bit like you ate three sundresses from the ’80s and puked them up. Nevertheless, we’re curious as to how these items make their ways into stores. After the jump, a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Who knows—seeing how these styles are made might inspire your own DIY project. [Urban Outfitters Blog] Keep reading »

Win This! V-Day Gifts From Urban Outfitters

Happy almost-Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single or taken, The Frisky wants to be your Valentine. Look for a contest each day leading up to Feb. 14. Prizes will include makeup, books, lingerie, jewelry, and more, but each one only lasts a day—enter now!

Urban Outfitters has curated all kinds of groovy items for their Valentine’s Day shop, and they were kind enough to put together a grab bag of gifts for us. The bag includes: Lust, a very adult card game; Oh My God! 365 Ways to Get Off, a helpful tome by Rebecca Swanner; Love by Karen Porter; as well as what looks like the book we can most identify with, Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield, a collection of embarrassing romantic tales by David Nadelberg.

WIN THIS! We’re giving away one box of Urban Outfitters goodies, but you have to work if you want it. Share your most shameful love stories in the comments by 2:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

UPDATE! The winner of the Urban Outfitters V-Day prize pack is LadyMacBeth for this comment:

I have plenty of gut wrenchingly shameful stories, but anyone from my area could put me and my screen name together. It’s a small state and my exceptional creativity combined with my lack of self-preservation and poor judgment means I’m going to cling to the veil of anonymity. Here’s something that I’m not proud of, but hey, it worked…

When a certain, younger version of my PA moved into my dorm I cleverly deduced from the number of concert t-shirts he wore that he was a fan of something called NIN.  Went and got me a CD and played it with my dormroom door open so he would hear as he passed and hopefully notice. Of course he did.  The pained look on my face (I listened only to country music and filk at that point in time.) probably gave me away.  He said he knew something was up when I told him I found the CD relaxing.

He was a CS major and very willing to share software.  I was the first person in my family to get her own computer and I was thrilled by this – I’d been doing just fine on the Works program that came with the computer but after a two sentence conversation with the future PA I suddenly agreed that I needed something called Office installed on my computer. But, of course, I’d never done that kind of thing before and had no idea how to go about it…

A few months more of these “clever” schemes and finally our entire dorm took pity on my obviousness and his oblivion and took drastic measures. We’ll have been together 16 years this week.

Thanks for all your comments! Keep reading »

Quotable: Urban Outfitters Says “Obama/Black” Was The Result Of Computer Error, Not Company Racism

Urban Outfitters Obama shirt

“Many customers have brought to our attention one of the color names listed for our BDG Burnout Henley, and rightfully so. We screwed up, and are sincerely sorry. The burnout pattern on this shirt is comprised of two colors – one is an internally developed color we called ‘Obama Blue’ and the other is ‘Black.’ Unfortunately our website database truncated this combination to read ‘Obama/Black.’ We should have caught the error, and apologize for offending anyone.”

– Urban Outfitters responds to complaints received after a T-shirt on its website was described as being the color “Obama/Black.” [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Get A Jump On Spring Jumpers

We have a hunch that jumpers are going to make another appearance this spring. Our guess: they’ll go less girly and get more edgy. As a preview of what’s to come, we’re looking at this strapless Silence & Noise number, which is slightly sporty thanks to its gray color, but also displays a certain quirkiness through the knotted chest detail. We’d rock this now with tights and flats, then accessorize it boho-style with flowy locks and braided sandals come warmer weather. [$48, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters Has Its Own Version Of Trashgate

Just a week ago, the world learned that in addition to Walmart, H&M stores (in NYC at least) destroy unsold clothes instead of donating the perfectly good, unused items to charity and those in need. Disgusting? Yes. H&M released a statement claiming this would never happen again, but not only have they recently repeated the offense, it seems we have yet another brand to worry about. A writer for Treehugger passed by Urban Outfitters on 14th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan and found boxes full of “paperbacks, headphones, hats, calendars, posters, silly home decor items, and many many cheap sneakers.” Each box was labeled “Broken Glass,” which would deter most from opening, but once passersby realized the contents were anything but, the items were up for grabs. A desperate saleswomen eventually called the cops, claiming the boxes were meant for charity. Explain, please, the need to label them broken glass then? Sounds to me like we have a new Trashgate to deal with — and another store to ban from my shopping list. [Treehugger] Keep reading »

Check This Out: Lizzie Fortunato For Urban Outfitters

A sweet story can make already-cute jewelry just that much more special. Behold Urban Outfitters’ latest accessories collab with sister-design team Lizzie Forunato. The line, called Hope Marian, is named after the girls’ grandmothers. The result lends a metaphoric quality to messily interlaced bracelets that combine bright cloth strands with vintage-inspired clasps, or gunmetal chains and rhinestones. Complete the look with the Jewels Bar necklace, which features layered metal plaques attached to braided cloth.

The duo’s work for Urban also manages to combine two other things—great design and affordable prices, with nothing over $30. Hallelujah. [Urban Outfitters via Nylon] Keep reading »

New Year’s Fun: Confettisystem’s Pinatas And Urban Outfitters Collab

They say New Year’s Eve is always a letdown, so why not let your guests take out their frustration at the party? Check out Confettisystem’s sparkly pinatas, which double as decorations and party activities. The only thing is that these designer pinatas are pricey ($135 each), so if you’re up for the splurge, why not take a whack?

Luckily, Confettisystem has teamed up with Urban Outfitters to make a cheaper holiday line (design for the masses!) which includes packets of confetti and twisted metallic tree ornaments. Unfortunately, we came too late to snatch up one of the $28 pinatas — they just sold out online — but there might still be a few at your local Urban branch. Don’t forget the blindfold! [Confettisystem.Bigcartel.com, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »

Cheapskate: Urban Outfitters

There are three things we love about Urban Outfitters: it usually has several iterations of trend pieces per season, the designer collaborations are pretty awesome, and almost everything goes on sale, unless it sells out. Here are some of our Cheapskate finds, after the jump. Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters’ Ornament Flask: A Gift That Spreads Holiday Cheer

There are two types of holiday partiers: those who drink to enhance the merry quality of the season and those who drink to escape the torture of it. If you fall into the latter category you know it can be quite unseemly, so here’s this Christmas tree ornament that’s also a flask from Urban Outfitters. We know, you’re thinking, How is that not the most obvious thing in the world? Consider the following instructions: 1. Fill with vodka. 2. Place innocently on tree. 3. Now you have a stash to surreptitiously rely on during horrible family gatherings. (For my fellow Jew friends, you could try hanging this on the menorah, but that would both incur the wrath of bubbie Sadie and be a fire hazard.)*

Of course, the ornament flask works just as well for the jolly drinker who is all about Christmas—this will complement your Rudolph sweater perfectly. [$24, Urban Outfitters via Geekologie]

* You know we’re being cynics, right? Drinking in secret during the holidays is a bad sign. We prefer to raid the family liquor cabinet and do it out in the open. Keep reading »

Review: Sea Of Shoes For Urban Outfitters Holiday Collection

The second round of Jane Aldridge (the teenage Texan behind the blog Sea of Shoes) for Urban Outfitters footwear is out and we’re still, sadly, underwhelmed. The holiday collection is a step up from her last collaboration effort which, if you recall, was painfully unoriginal. This time around, at least, we’d actually be vaguely interested in wearing two of the three pairs and the general level of copycatting has fallen down a few notches. Let’s take a closer look, after the jump! Keep reading »

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