2019 Hoilday Gift Guide: Citizen Unveils Disney Princess Diamond Timepiece Collection, Available Exclusively at Zales

Citizen continues to celebrate its ongoing collaboration with Disney through the unveiling of a new Disney Princess Diamond Timepiece collection, available for purchase exclusively at Zales.

Citizen delights its Disney timepieces with some of the most beloved Disney princess characters including Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White. Each watch is adorned with treasured symbols from each princess that true Disney fans will cherish.

Disney Princess Diamond Timepiece Collection (Photo Credit: Business Wire)

The collection commences with a limited-edition Snow White-inspired timepiece showcased two-tone stainless steel and gold tone case and bracelet. The dial is embellished with Snow White’s floral wreath pattern etched onto elegant mother of pearl. Hidden amongst the detailing is Snow White’s signature red apple placed between the 3 and 4 o’clock markers. One diamond and one red Swarovski Genuine Topaz dance freely among the unique outer ring designs allowing them to interplay with light on the wrist. The timepiece is complete with the iconic phrase “Fairest of them all” noted on the case back.

From the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, Citizen’s new Belle inspired watch is showcased in rose gold-tone stainless steel with a beautiful mother of pearl dial. A rose seen in a bell jar is embellished in gold detailing paying homage to the enchanted scene. A collection of diamonds is placed on the dial while a single diamond and yellow Swarovski Genuine Topaz move freely along the outer ring. Etched on the case back is a reminder to always “Find the beauty inside.”

For the Princess who never stopped dreaming, Cinderella is honored in the collection with a stainless-steel timepiece that dazzles with a blue gradient mother of pearl dial. The exquisite dial features Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage etched in silver print. Complete with Roman numeral indexes, whimsical hands, and a singular diamond placed at the 12 o’clock position, the timepiece is finished with “A dream is a wish your heart makes” on the case back.

Citizen rounds out the Disney Princess Diamond collection making a splash with the princess of the sea, Ariel. The timepiece inspired by the world’s most iconic mermaid is held in a stainless-steel case and bracelet adorned with a teal gradient mother of pearl dial. The dial showcases her majestic fin etched in a shimmering print and a clam shell embellished with a diamond on the 12 o’clock marker. Freely floating on the outer ring is a diamond and purple Swarovski Genuine Topaz. “Above the waves adventure awaits” graces the case back of the timepiece.

The Disney Princess Diamond collection is exclusively available for purchase in-store and online at Zales. Later this year, two other Disney heroines will be honored through additional celebratory timepieces by Citizen. To view the full collection, visit www.zales.com/watches/citizen-disney-princess/c/011102095.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Launches a Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels

Mandarin Oriental, Milan has launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by elite jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan – Main Entrance (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

Available until 23 February 2020,A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time, Nature, Love, accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a limited-edition book of the exhibition.

Time, Nature, Love is an amazing collection, entirely signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, which through this event exhibition — in the halls of the Appartamento dei Principi and the Sala degli Arazzi of Palazzo Reale from November 30, 2019 to February 23, 2020 — celebrates all that world of creativity which the Van Cleef and Arpels maison has given shape, from 1906 to today. (Image courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels)

Taking place at the city’s Palazzo Reale, the Time, Nature, Love exhibition showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’ most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line drawings on display.

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After visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin Oriental, Milan’s spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Seta restaurant. Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan Interior (Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Milan)

A Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels is priced from EUR 670 per night, and includes:

  • Accommodation in a Deluxe Room or above with views of the city or leafy courtyard
  • Breakfast for two served daily in guests’ room or convivial Mandarin Bar & Bistrot
  • Complimentary access to Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibition Time, Nature, Love accompanied by an expert guide
  • A limited-edition book of the exhibition, Time, Nature, Love
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The package is available until 23 February 2020. Minimum two-night stay required. For reservations, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com/milan

Nordstrom Expands In New York City With Opening Of Flagship Store

Photo Credits: All Images photographed by Connie Zhou, Mo Daoud, and David Zheng (and provided by Nordstrom Inc. PR)

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Nordstrom NYC Level 1 – Handbags (Connie Zhou)

On October 24th, Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its first-ever flagship store for women and children in New York City. Located at 225 West 57th Street, across from the Nordstrom Men’s Store which launched in April 2018, the new store occupies the base of Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Customers can shop 320,000 square-feet of retail space across seven-levels in the heart of the city. Nordstrom NYC represents the biggest and best statement (as well as the biggest gamble) of what the brand has to offer.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Designer Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC – Comme des Garçons Shop (Connie Zhou)

As diverse as New York City itself, merchandise includes a curated offering across all categories. Customers can shop a comprehensive selection of apparel brands across a broad range of accessible and aspirational price points, including Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Vince, Ted Baker London, Madewell, Reformation and Topshop, complemented by an extensive selection of accessory brands like Longchamp, Chloe, Valentino, Fendi, Loewe, MCM, Coach and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Denim (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Wear (Connie Zhou)

Honoring its heritage in shoes dating back to 1901, Nordstrom NYC offers customers three shoe departments, including one entire floor dedicated to women’s shoes. The vast shoe selection will include Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose, Tory Burch, Birkenstock, UGG, Steve Madden, Nike and more.

Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes & Shoe Bar (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Shoes Conveyor Belt (Connie Zhou)

MERCHANDISE CONCEPTS

Nordstrom NYC Level 2 Christian Louboutin Pop-Up Shop featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women (Connie Zhou)

A testament to the ever-evolving nature of the New York City store, the first level will be home to a rotating series of installations, kicking off with a Christian Louboutin pop-up featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women, inspired by the Palais de la Porte Dorée Museum near Louboutin’s childhood home in Paris.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Fitting Room
Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Stylist’s Lounge (Connie Zhou)

True to its roots in shoes, Nordstrom is launching Perfect Pairs, an exclusive collaboration with 14 customer favorite brands, and a diverse group of NYC muses, bringing together the likes of Steve Madden with model Winnie Harlow; Cole Haan with poet and activist Cleo Wade; Nike with Tennis champion Maria Sharapova; Birkenstock with celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar; UGG with costume designer Patricia Field, and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 5 – Atrium (Connie Zhou)

Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects, also brings the unique Nordstrom offering to life, curating concepts within the flagship to create a sense of newness and discovery for customers.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Burberry Shop Concept Shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection (Connie Zhou)

Beginning with British fashion house Burberry, the exclusive Nordstrom concept shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, housed within a giant, immersive installation spanning five rooms, accented with wood paneled walls and raised theatre style seating, windows for visitors to illustrate or tag with graffiti, and a café featuring Nick Knight‘s Portrait of a Rose print throughout with a menu of British classics available to order.

Nordstrom NYC – Nordstrom x Nike – Level 1 (Mo Daoud)
Nordstrom NYC – Burberry Concept Space – Level 2 (David Zheng)

Kicking off fall with Nordstrom x Nike (NxN), Nordstrom has developed the ultimate women’s sneaker boutique with a distinctive view on style and sport. NxN is the place to find coveted Nike product with a curated selection of merchandise from the most compelling brands in fashion. To celebrate the opening, the shop will exclusively launch a Jordan Air Latitude 720 sneaker with Swarovski and the Nike by Olivia Kim capsule collection of sneakers and apparel, inspired by Kim’s NYC-experience during the 90s, launching in-store on October 31.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – SPACE featuring brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. (Connie Zhou)

The opening of the New York City flagship brings the exciting in-store curation of SPACE, a boutique featuring advanced and emerging designer collections selected by Olivia Kim from brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. Unique to the flagship, SPACE includes the first branded in-store shop from Acne Studios, and a one-of-a-kind Comme des Garçons shop designed with artist and furniture designer Marc Hundley.

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Nordstrom Opens Its Doors At The SoNo Collection In Norwalk, CT

This New Location Marks The Company’s Second Connecticut Store and The First Of Two East Coast Openings This Fall

This past week, leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to Nordstrom the SoNo Collection, the company’s second full-line store in Connecticut. The three-level, 140,000 square-foot store features the latest store design, a brand-new service concept, a new beauty and wellness experience, and a comprehensive offering of clothing, shoes and accessories for the entire family. The first Nordstrom store in Connecticut opened at Westfarms Mall in Farmington in 1997.

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The SoNo Collection (100 N. Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854 +1-203-299-0701) is a new 83-store strong shopping, dining, art, and entertainment destination located near I-95 in South Norwalk, Connecticut , just one hour outside of New York City. The SoNo Collection has a lot to offer, including an expansive selection of your favorite fashion retailers and an abundance of one-of-a-kind art and entertainment experiences in Fairfield County.

Nortdstrom’s newest store design concept includes lighter fixtures, more windows and natural light that connect the shopping experience to the outside world. The goal was to create spaces where customers want to spend their leisure time, to encourage a sense of discovery for new brands or styles they haven’t tried before.

Women’s apparel features fashion in a variety of price points including of-the-moment brands like rag & bone, Veronica Beard, FRAME, and Saloni; designer brands including Missoni, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta; and exclusive and limited distribution brands like Madewell, Topshop and more than 35 Nordstrom Made labels. In shoes, customers can find everything from Nike to Doc Martens to Christian Louboutin, including several Nordstrom Exclusive styles from Valentino, Prada, Golden Goose and Givenchy. The store also has four specialty handbag boutiques including Chloe, Longchamp, Givenchy and Mansur Gavriel.

Selection of Women’s Fashion at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection
Selection of Women’s Fashion at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection
Selection of Jeans at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection

Customers will also find the retailer’s latest beauty concept Nordstrom Beauty Haven, which highlights wellness, haircare and beauty tools with top trending brands and services to pamper customers from head-to-toe – whether they have 30-minutes or three hours. Services include:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Suite: A boutique brow experience with experts trained to reshape and sculpt using the Anastasia method.
  • Base Coat Nail Salon: Featuring manicures and pedicures using plant-based and mostly chemical-free products.
  • Light Salon: This light bar service brings convenient and effective five to sixty-minute treatments to customers using the latest LED technology. The facial bar offers various treatments ranging from spot treatments to peels.

Additional beauty brands include dedicated boutiques by Chanel, Atelier Cologne, Diptyque, Jo Malone, and Kiehl’s, as well as Charlotte Tilbury, Sulwhasoo, Arcona, Herbivore, Kopari and La Mer.

Selection of Men’s Fashion at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection
Selection of boots in the Shoe Salon at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection

Men’s Shoes and clothing include designer brands like Ksubi, Norse Projects, and Christian Louboutin, as well as Madewell Men, Patagonia and Topman, to name a few. The Kid’s Wear department features Tucker + Tate, Miles Baby and Mini Boden, and the store also has an At Home department, a full-service bistro-style restaurant Bazille, and Ebar, for artisan coffee and snacks.

Selection of handbags at Nordstrom The SoNo Collection

We’re eager to welcome customers to showcase our latest store design and some of the company’s most exciting new beauty and service concepts, in addition to great fashion at a breadth of price points,” said Molly Carmody, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection store manager. “We can’t wait for customers to experience the best of what we have to offer and look forward to welcoming them right here in Norwalk.”

As the retail landscape continues to evolve, Nordstrom is looking to make shopping in-store and online a seamless experience that’s easy, convenient and serves customers on their terms. The answer? A new service concept called Express Services, launching at Nordstrom the SoNo Collection for the first time. This new department features a dedicated 2,700 sq. ft. area where customers can pick-up online orders, try them on, issue express returns and access in-store alterations and tailoring services all in one place. Additional services include Curbside Pickup, complimentary Personal Styling, bra and prosthesis fitters, and more.

Opening Day kicked off at 8 a.m. with Beauty Bash – a high energy beauty party – just outside the store’s SoNo Collection mall entrance. Customers enjoyed a preview of the store’s exciting cosmetics selection as well as one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts who provided inside scoop on fall beauty trends. More than 320 employees welcomed customers when the doors officially opened at 10 a.m.

The night before opening, Nordstrom hosted Nordstrom Night Out – an opening party that raised more than $80,000 for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Domestic Violence Crisis Center. More than 1,000 guests were in attendance to experience an exclusive preview of the new store while enjoying cocktails, gourmet delights and desserts; entertainment from artists DJ Alkimist, Boutique Jazz and DJ Ian Wallace; fall fashion presentations and an opportunity to shop the season’s best looks.

At the end of the month, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection will be joined by Nordstrom NYC – the company’s first flagship store in New York City, opening October 24. NordstromThe Men’s Store NYC opened in April of 2018.

Premier LGBTQ Jeweler Love & Pride Launches on Bloomingdales.com

Love and Pride, the premier jeweler inspired by and in support of the LGBTQ community, is pleased to announce its launch on Bloomingdales.com.

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Originally launched in 2005, Love and Pride is a jewelry brand that ties luxury style with an ethos of unity, love, and respect. Love and Pride is the first of its kind: a premium designer online shopping destination for people who believe in equality, diversity, and tolerance. Founder Udi Behr designs intricate accessories and fine jewelry made with precious metals and gemstones. The jewelry collections include engagement, commitment, wedding and anniversary rings, necklaces, pendants, earrings, watches, and other accessories for women and men. Sometimes romantic, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical. Styles available on Bloomingdales.com include rings crafted in 14k white, yellow and rose gold, many of which are complete with glittering diamond insignias.

The first LGBTQ jewelry line to be sold at a major department store, the occasion marks a milestone for Behr. “Throughout my long journey building a brand that stands for equality and supports the LGBTQ community, I have had moments of triumph and moments of great challenge,” he says. “Getting Love and Pride into amainstream retailer has been on my list from the moment we embarkedon this journey in 2005. Having my collection in Bloomingdale’s is a triumph for all; for me personally, for Bloomingdale’s as a brand and for the LGBTQ community.”

Despite its only recent entrance into the mainstream market, Love and Pride have long been celebrated for its dedication to supporting the LGBTQ community. Honored with some of the most highly-esteemed industry awards, the brand’s accolades include the Marriage Equality USAAward; Matthew Shepard Foundation Essential Piece Award; and JCKDesigner of the Year Award.

A former paratrooper turned award-winning jewelry designer, Udi Behr is a native of Israel who lived through three wars determined to create things of beauty and promote peace. After learning his trade in theTel Aviv diamond industry, Udi’s fame as an original designer took off upon his arrival in New York City in 1983.

Udi has won acclaim everywhere from The New York Times to People Magazine for his iconic love and pride jewelry, including Designer of the Year honors from Luxury Magazine and the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Essential Piece Award, recognizing his continued support for the LGBT community in the workplace and beyond. His jewelry collections have been showcased in leading retail stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Fortunoff’s and Macy’s, and worn by celebrities including EltonJohn, Ringo Starr, Jay Leno, Paula Abdul, Ludacris, Pam Grier, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Stone, and Paris Hilton.

Love and Pride also featured collections for television series “The L Word,” “Queer as Folk,” “Dexter,” “True Blood” and “Star Trek.

Shop Love and Pride now on Bloomingdales.com.

Lightbox Lights Up New York With A Holiday Pop-Up

Lightbox, the laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from the DeBeers Group, kicked off CyberWeek 2018 with the opening of their first pop-up activation, now through December 2,  at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center on Monday morning.

The innovative new laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from De BeersGroup gives consumers an interactive experience for Cyber Week

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices. The company is the only brand that sources lab-grown diamonds from Element Six, the world’s leading lab-grown diamond producer, based in Oxford, England, and built on more than 50 years of groundbreaking innovation. Lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as rare, natural diamonds. But the process needed to create them is different from nature, so while they are neither as valuable or precious, they are just as sparkly. A tiny piece of lab-grown diamond, rather like a seed, is placed into a plasma reactor. Then heat that plasma to 4000 Kelvin (over 6000 degrees Fahrenheit).

Guests at The Lightbox pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Gradually the tiny crystal grows. After around 400 hours, it’s big enough to cut into a polished stone. And if they desire a bigger stone, they simply run the process for longer. They can now play with chemistry, time and temperature to make a lab-grown diamond in different colors. The very same lab-grown diamond can then be used in many cutting-edge technologies, from today’s finest audio systems to tomorrow’s quantum computers. Element Six have pioneered the use of lab-grown diamond in multiple applications, from the sharpest surgical blade to the unrivaled speaker ‘tweeters’ used in Abbey Road studios.(*Learn more at www.lightboxjewelry.com.)

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices.

For Cyber Week, shoppers will have the opportunity to experience the launch collection from Lightbox (currently only available online) featuring pretty pendants and stud earrings with sparkly lab-grown diamonds in blush pink, pale blue and traditional icy white. The jewelry is set in either silver or rose gold and Lightbox’s easy-to-understand linear pricing model is highlighted within the space, making purchasing a lab-grown diamond easier than ever. Prices start at just$200 for a quarter carat and range up to $800 for one-carat total weight, plus the cost of the setting.

The Lightbox Pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Visitors to the pop-up can engage with a customized styling display and try on jewelry from the collection. Brand ambassadors will be on hand to facilitate online orders through the Lightbox website and all orders placed at the pop-up will receive free expedited shipping. The pop-structure also features an interactive selfie video wall where visitors can share a moment.

Lightbox General Manager Steve Coe and Head of Marketing Sally Morrison were joined by models from the brand’s advertising campaign for a lighting ceremony at the 20′ x 20’light-filled structure.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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There are gifts, and then there are gifts from Lands’ End. Each item is thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted and made-to-order with ease so that the gift giver and recipient alike can experience the delight of quality, the heart of five-star customer service and the integrity of a company that cares. Lands’ End today unveils its 2018 Holiday and Christmas Collection filled with something special for everyone on the list. The complete collection can be found in the Holiday Shop at landsend.com.

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With its new Scientific Warmth Ratings Guide Families on Outerwear Choices, Lands’ End Offers a Coat for Every Level of Warmth this holiday season

There’s a quality at Lands’ End that permeates everything we do. From our designers to the pickers and packers in the warehouse, we carry with us the heart of first-rate customer service. We strive to make the holiday season easier for busy families with quality gifts that they’ll be proud to present,” said Gill Hong, EVP, chief merchant and head of international at Lands’ End.

Lands’ End offers timeless, classic style and is a part of many family traditions with gifts such as fine cashmere sweaters and our handstitched, personalized Needlepoint Stockings. But we’re also modern, with gift ideas that are social media friendly, easy to shop and heartwarming during this busy season, making Lands’ End the smart stop for all our customers’ holiday shopping.”

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Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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‘Tis the season for sharing memorable moments on social media. Soon, pages and profiles will be lit up with holiday scenes including favorite gift ideas. Lands’ End offers gifts ideas for social media mavens that will look great when scrolling on smartphones and tablets.Hol_hires_1

For a primo family photo “op,” family Christmas pajamas in the same Rich Red Multi Plaid will look fantastic for the Christmas day around-the-tree shots. Kids’ graphic tees in holiday themes including snowflakes, a Christmas tree and snow plows bring personality to holiday baking pics. For outdoor snow play shots, consider colorful down coats and jackets with faux fur trim around the hood along with vivid, cold-weather accessories including the Fair Isle Stripe Scarf, Beanie Hat and Convertible Mittens. Buffalo Check in red and navy can be seen throughout the Lands’ End gift collections in sweaters, wraps, slippers, accessories and more. This pattern stands out in just about any photo and brings the holiday spirit. Felt Animal Slippers for women with delightful creatures such as a sheep, polar bears, and even a cow will pop on the page when shown photographed alongside the Kids Critter Slippers with a snowman, a penguin and more.

Even the family dog has a place at Lands’ End. Look for a complete collection of dog vests, dog beds, collars, leashes and even dog treats and a new Pup Tent at Lands’ End. Since pets are special, plus make the most adorable photos, customers are encouraged to tag their dog sporting the latest looks from Lands’ End with #LandsEndPets. Continue reading