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The Best Bold Black Skirts for Under $80

The black skirt is a wardrobe staple that is work friendly, fun loving and appropriate for just about every occasion. You’ve probably got a few in your rotation that you love, but sometimes, basic black can be boring, bland and expected.

To shake off those doldrums, we’ve got a few options that add that little something extra. A touch of mesh, a fun new shape or a daring hemline make these black skirts anything but basic — and they’ll make even your oldest pieces look fresh again.

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Coach Celebrates Father’s Day With All-American Favorites

Coach mens’ workshop

Take the great American pastime. Add Americans love of stuff  made right here in the U.S.A. Mix in Coach, an American heritage brand if there ever was one, and you have the perfect Father’s Day’s gift that will be a home run for dads everywhere. Just in time for the Dad’s day, the venerable leather goods brand is creating a limited edition collection of baseball-themed gifts.

Coach baseball mitt

The brand was started in 1941 as a small, family-run business that handmade wallets and billfolds in Manhattan. Inspired by the soft pliability of leather baseball gloves, the company began with the ethos of recreating that same broken-in leather feel in bags and more accessories as the label grew. Today, it’s one of the world’s most recognizable brands, and whether you’re walking along the Champs Elysses or in Toyko’s Ginza district, you’ll see ladies toting around Coach’s nearly indestructible bags. But as the label grew, the men’s division was always on the back burner. Until now, that is, with men’s-only stores popping up in New York’s West Village and dedicated shop-in-shops opening in Coach flagships nationwide. Guys are getting in on the brand’s legacy of leather with soft supple totes, briefcases, travel accessories and more.

Coach baseball bat

For Father’s Day, Coach is going back to its roots by offering a special collection of baseball gloves (available in seven different colors) created in collaboration with Massachusetts-based company Valkyrie.

The soft leather mitts are game-ready from the get-go, meaning there’s no break in period like the Rawlings models you’ll find on shelves today. Retailing at $348, they might seem too precious to put to use, but as soon as dad slips one on, he’ll be out in the yard in no time at all. To round out the whole Normal Rockwell painting, Coach is also offering baseball bats made in collaboration with Texas-based Warstic Bat Company. The bats are hand-dipped — four colors are on offer — and feature Coach leather wrapped handles and laser-engraved detailing. At $248, they’ll be available at 11 of Coach’s locations nationwide, a much tighter distribution than the gloves, which will be on offer 128 stores worldwide.

Coach limited-edition wallet

And for dads who aren’t quite obsessed with baseball, Coach is taking actual vintage baseball mitts and creating one-of-a-kind wallets for guys who aren’t spending every day on the baseball diamond. Made from actual baseball gloves found on eBay, the heritage baseball glove billfold ($348) was offered last year, but sold out so quickly that the brand brought it back for 2013. Unlaced gloves get disassembled, flattened, cut, shaped and pieced together to form a unique wallet that’s individually stamped. Just 200 of these must-have creations are being made, so don’t hesitate if you’ve got a dad that’s all about American goods and American traditions.

Coach’s Father’s Day collection is available at select stores, including the brand’s Bleecker Street flagship, and

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Kate Spade and Jack Spade to Collab with Gap Kids for Holiday

Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade heart Gap Kids

If you thought that high-low collabs were on their way out, think again — Gap has announced that Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade would be designing special capsule collections for Gap Kids just in time for the holidays. Sound a little strange? Previously, designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney have teamed with Gap Kids for amazing, sell-out-in-seconds collections, so it makes sense that Gap would be continuing the tradition. And it’s even better news for our petite readers, because if past collections are anything to go by, a Gap Kids XL might just be the perfect fit.

Jack Spade Spring 2014

And while a Gap Kids collab isn’t a first for San Francisco-based Gap, Inc., it is a first for Kate Spade New York, who are new to the collab game and new to the world of children’s wear. The brand, which has been adding more and more categories to its offering (we’re already prepping ourselves for a prep-tastic Kate Spade world takeover somewhere around 2019), including paper products, fragrance, watches, shoes, ready-to-wear and more, but this holiday season’s Gap Kids collection will be the very first line of children’s wear from the brand. As for the collection’s details? Gap is keeping things under wraps for now, but expect to find out more from Gap and the Spade siblings closer to the collab’s November release date.

We’re hoping for a whole line of apparel and accessories, all with Kate Spade New York’s signature cheeky twist, bright colors and preppy leanings. As for the little guys? We’re keeping our fingers crossed for cameos by Jack Spade’s signature anchor, geometric camo and bandana prints.

Kate Spade New York presentation at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014

Both Kate Spade (when the actual Kate Spade was still at the helm of the brand) and Jack Spade began as accessories companies, but have now expanded to include apparel and more. Today, they both are well on their way to becoming full-fledged lifestyle lines   la Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Grown-up girls are sure to try and slip into some of the kid-sized goods, and we don’t blame them, since Stella’s bandmaster jacket was a hit for tikes and fashion plates alike. And let’s face it, a wallet is one-size-fits all, so guys have reason to check out Gap Kids in November.

And the collabs aren’t slowing down, it was also announced that Mary Katrantzou would be lending her digital prints to Adidas and H&M’s latest designer collab would be with downtown favorite Alexander Wang.

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