Walmart has pulled a line of jewelry designed by Max Azria for the Miley Cyrus brand after tests conducted by the Associated Press proved the jewelry contained high levels of cadmium. This metal is considered toxic because long-term exposure can cause bone softening and kidney failure and can lead to problems in brain development in young children. Cadmium is also considered a carcinogen. The AP made Walmart aware that the jewelry contained cadmium back in February, yet the world’s largest retailer said the task of testing products already on its shelves would be too difficult.
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As one of the more controversial retailers out there, you may live in denial that Walmart could ever produce anything classy. (Having Miley Cyrus design a line doesn’t quite help the image, though we do love Norma Kamali‘s offerings at the store.) This may change with the help of Whitney Port, who was spotted wearing a cute jersey dress that’s apparently from the store’s juniors collection, Susie Rose. Proving our instincts wrong that Whitney’s dress would be the only wearable thing in the mix, we found that there are actually quite a few pieces that show off a real sophisticated edge. A $16 romper nails basic preppy style, while elegantly draped ruffle tops will only set you back $12. If you’re interested in buying something, keep in mind that Susie Rose is a juniors line—like that’s ever stopped us before—so you’ll want to size up. Check after the jump for a few more looks from Walmart’s Susie Rose collection. What do you think? [Fashion Indie, Walmart] Keep reading »
The Fourth of July is just over a month away (47 days, to be exact), which means you still have plenty of time to order this scary Norma Kamali eagle tank top from Walmart. Dressing in red, white, and blue is easy and expected; wearing our national bird shows true patriotism. [$8, Walmart] Keep reading »
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 »
Shame, H&M, shame. Last week we learned that both the trend-forward retailer and Wal-Mart engage in the odd and wasteful practice of destroying unsold merchandise, and throwing it in the trash. Both companies scrambled to come up with apologetic statements, a rep for H&M vowing that it was an anomalous error that wouldn’t reoccur: “It will not happen again. We are committed 100 percent to make sure this practice is not happening anywhere else, as it is not our standard practice.”
Yet when New York’s WPIX recently returned to the scene of the crime, reporters came across an employee hauling bag after bag of shoes into a truck. When asked where the bags were going, the employee clearly stated, “In the trash,” as if it should be obvious. When they questioned if he was aware of H&M’s wasteful shredding and trashing method, he got shy, repeatedly saying, “I can’t comment on that.”
Of course, all of us are watching this, completely appalled. Why wouldn’t H&M or Wal-Mart drop the clothes off at a charity? It would require the same manpower and resources. Yet, there is a reason why retailers wouldn’t want their merchandise going back into circulation. Keep reading »
Where does unsold fashion merchandise go to die? In an ideal world, it would go to charity. For H&M and Wal-Mart, it apparently gets slashed so it’s unwearable, and then chucked in the garbage. One New Yorker made this sad discovery when she happened upon tons of black trash bags filled with H&M clothing ruined with intentional cuts and holes. Some of the items even included winter jackets that retailed for as much as $129, and the store location was down the street from a charity coat collection post. It looks as if Wal-Mart is also guilty of this wasteful procedure even though a company rep told the New York Times that clothes are “normally” donated.
How can this be?
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I have a confession to make. I’m a little obsessed with Norma Kamali‘s line for Walmart. I’ve bought several of the well-made pieces this year, and I am constantly checking the site for new additions. I don’t know how I missed the Sleeping Bag Jacket, which Erin has been sporting rather stylishly lately. Even though I visit Walmart.com regularly, I very rarely scope out the other available clothing. And now I’m kicking myself because the retailer has really stepped up its fashion game. The George line is pretty cool, as is Faded Glory (I know, shocker). Plus, you can find really great wardrobe staples for less than $10. After the jump, check out my favorite Cheapskate fashions from Walmart.
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In August, we heard cult ’90s makeup brand Hard Candy was coming to Walmart stores at lower prices. Well, the time to paint your nails funky colors and wear matching jelly rings has arrived. Hard Candy lipsticks, glosses, eye shadows, concealers, and, yes, nail polish, are available now. The products have retained their cute packaging and playful palette, but they’ve kicked the hefty price tag. Back when Hard Candy launched in the 1996, LA retailer Fred Segal sold bottles of pale blue polish for $18 a pop. These days, everything costs $10 or less. And, if you don’t live near a Walmart store, buy online — shipping costs just 97 cents. Needless to say, our nails will be painted forest green as soon as the postman delivers our order. [Walmart] Keep reading »
I’m not going to lie — I like Wal-Mart. Sure, I prefer Target, but there’s something fascinating about Wal-Mart. I mean, I bought a t-shirt there the other day for $3. Three bucks! That’s, like, a sandwich. Anyway, thanks to the crappy economy, Wal-Mart is the go-to shopping spot for many Americans, whether they’re looking for clothes, food, or furniture. But did you know that Wal-Mart also sells caskets? Yes, it’s true. They’re only available online — I guess it wouldn’t be too cool to turn down an aisle and find yourself surrounded by caskets — but the store’s got quite a selection for those frugalistas with someone to bury and looking to save. Ranging in price from $895 to $2,899, there is an array of styles to chose from: Lovely in All Ways, Dad Remembered, and Lady de Guadalupe. I’m partial to the American Rose with soft pink crepe interior myself. [Via Urlesque] Keep reading »