Posts from September 2012

Building a Legacy

As we gear up for the first day of our Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow (it's tomorrow!), we've enjoyed learning more about COH, one of our favorite denim brands. It's really interesting that AG, another one of our favorite (and best-selling denim lines!), is a partner & visionary for the COH brand. Adriano Goldschmied "always brings the next thing," and it's certainly clear in his work that he is paving the way for the future of denim.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at our Trunkshow! Come early & get the best selection of COH jeans - you'll be glad you did!

<3 Keriann

The Citizens of Humanity Philosophy

Such a great company (we can't say enough good things about their denim!). If you don't own a pair of their jeans yet, our Trunkshow (starts this Thursday!) is the perfect time to get a pair (or two) in your closet. We'll make jean shopping fun with champagne, sugary treats, 10% OFF, and a free gift with any COH purchase!

Our excitement for this Trunkshow is growing by the day! Will we be seeing you this weekend? (We sure hope so!)

<3 Keriann

Q&A with Deena Lender

Some may say that September is a month of switching gears. This is certainly true for us. Instead of dreaming of sunny days at the beach, we have apple-picking, fall-scented candles, football and Frye boots on the brain. 

I mean, how could we not be excited for this transitional month, especially when we have so much exciting stuff planned for Bliss - it involves “fall makeovers” for both our stores (think cashmere sweaters, plush corduroys and wool scarves!), a NYC buying trip, and our first-ever trunkshow with Citizens of Humanity! We’re thrilled (and you should be too), particularly since there will be free giveaways, denim raffles, mountain-high piles of jeans, and our COH sales rep will be in town.

Meet Deena, our super helpful & knowledgeable sales rep from COH. Trust us, she knows her denim! That said, keep reading to find out more about her career at COH, details on her (denim) wardrobe, and other secrets - all pertaining to denim:

First of all, thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A blog with us. For our readers who aren’t as familiar with Citizens of Humanity as we are, can you tell them a little about the company?

Here’s a little history about the brand & our founder, Jerome Dahan. It’s pretty interesting stuff:

Parisian-born Jerome Dahan founded Citizens of Humanity in 2003, but his passion and experience in denim started long before then. In 1981, he discovered his talent for design & took a job with Guess Jeans - a job that would forever change his life. At Guess, he felt like something was missing & made it his goal to one day recreate the market for the next generation of jean wearers; he had a plan for the future of denim.

In 1999, Dahan conceived the idea that became 7 for All Mankind - a brand that would change the industry like only a few brands ever have. Dahan introduced new fits, new denim fabrics, new washes and new finishing techniques (which included Dahan’s signature vintage center crease line that made both a flare and boot leg look slim & sophisticated).

After leaving 7 for All Mankind in 2002, Dahan took the opportunity to fully bring his vision to life with a new brand - Citizens of Humanity! Dahan set his company up for success by bringing in a skilled team & joining forces with his long-time mentor Adriano Goldschmeid (in 2007). Today, he takes great pride in being a brand that is not only about craftsmanship & quality, but also about people and creating a culture that focuses on creativity & inspiration. Made in the U.S., COH jeans have truly changed the denim world with their cutting-edge details, supreme comfort and perfect fit.

“We are all Citizens of Humanity.” - Jerome Dahan

How long have you worked for COH?

I have worked for COH for the past 9 months; however, I had been the showroom fit model for over 2 years and an avid promoter of the brand before that. I still have my first pair of Citizens I bought back in 2007!

Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow

What? We’re hosting our first-ever Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow! It's going to be one super exciting & extra special event. Here’s what you can expect:

Take 10% OFF all COH! Now that back-to-school shopping is done, it’s your turn to treat yourself.

Allow our denim experts to find you the perfect pair of jeans while you sit back & enjoy champagne & sweet treats!

Deena, our COH sales rep, will be in our Portland store on Thursday & Friday of the event. (Stay tuned for our Q&A with Deena - it will be on our blog tomorrow!)

Free gift with any COH purchase - it’s a good one too! (While supplies last, 1 per customer.)

And lastly, we’re having a daily RAFFLE for a free pair of jeans (of your choice!). You’ll receive 1 raffle ticket for every COH item you purchase... and we’ll draw a winner each day of the trunkshow! (Those are some seriously good odds!)

When? Thursday, September 13th - Sunday, September 16th

Where? The event will take place in both our Portland & Portsmouth stores! (However, our sales rep will be visiting our Portland store only!)

Why? Because we love denim, especially Citizens of Humanity jeans! Come check out our new fall arrivals - plush corduroys, a high-waisted straight leg (so awesome!), and we’re even getting a skinny black “leatherette” (coated denim that looks like leather!). Start making room in your closet...

We hope you’re as excited as we are! It’s the perfect way to start the fall season.

P.S. Be sure to tell your friends! After all, aren’t shopping trips with friends even more fun?

<3 Keriann

Summer Flashback

Well hello, September. In the fashion industry, this is the month of thick fashion magazines, must-read fall trend guides, New York Fashion Week, and for us here at Bliss, one of our biggest buying shows of the year - Coterie. There’s no denying it, we’re just 4 days into September & we have fall on the brain. Maybe it’s because we can hardly wait to trade our iced coffees for warm pumpkin spice lattes at Bard Coffee, or because we can’t keep our hands off our new cashmere sweaters... but whatever it may be, it’s safe to say that fall is officially here.

So, before we fully dive into our new season of coats, scarves, corduroys & leather boots, let’s take a look back at our summer here at Bliss. (It sure has been a good one!)

MAY:

We entered the month of May on a high; our store celebrated our 10 year anniversary during the last weekend of April. We had a party full of things we love: gelato, Prosecco, our customers, free giveaways and a storewide sale (of course)! It was a memorable event that really set the tone for the months ahead. 

Next up was our AG Trunkshow! With stacks & stacks of the latest denim styles, our AG rep in town, and a gelato cart, this event reminded us why we love summertime (oh, and AG jeans!). We’re already looking forward to bringing this event back next year. 

JUNE:

One of the biggest highlights of our summer was being featured on Elle.com’s “50 States of Shopping!” In the article, Elle profiled the country’s best boutiques & we were selected to represent the state of Maine! Needless to say, we are super honored (and very flattered!) to have made their list. Thanks Elle!