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Summer Fridays are a Manhattan tradition, allowing office workers to close up shop early and head out to weekend shares in the Hamptons, Shelter Island or upstate New York. That’s the breezy, “school’s out” feel that the new limited edition Ralph Lauren polo tries to conjure in a look good/do good line to raise money for breast cancer awareness. 25, come in summer shades such as white, green and yellow, plus turquoise and red, and they’re sized XS through XL. All the net proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and other organizations supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative.
“Think casual Friday,” says Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director. “The colors are bright and cheerful and the polos will look great with summer khaki, denim or anything white.”
The shirts get a graphic pop from the logo of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, the organization Lauren created 15 years ago to honor his friend Nina Hyde, fashion editor for the Washington Post, who died of the disease in 1990. The foundation has raised more than $40 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and patient care, and Net a Porter shoppers can also donate $5 with any purchase by selecting the option on the site’s order confirmation page.
“Everyone has been impacted by breast cancer,” Kolb says, “and it will be a strong statement of support when you see those numbers add up as represented by women wearing the polos.”Camarillo and Desert Hills outlets ongoing until Monday: The brand name outlets are offering additional discounts on merchandise already marked down 25% to 65%. Deals to look for at Camarillo include Betsey Johnson dresses (buy one, get one free), DKNY women’s tanks and tees (two for $20) and men’s polo shirts (two for $50), Kate Spade handbags (50% off) and PacSun swimwear (through today, buy one, get one free on selected styles of equal or lesser value). Desert Hills has reductions on luxe labels such as Dolce Gabbana (20% to 65% off outlet prices) and Max Mara (40% to 70% off outlet prices and an additional 15% off new fall arrivals).
740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 445 8520. Sunday. Monday.48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. (951) 849 6641. Sunday and Monday.
TOMS Sample Sale Saturday: Marked down merch from the popular shoe brand that donates a pair for every pair sold includes classic espadrilles, one of a kind styles, T shirts and hoodies. Prices start at $15. NFFTY Earth provides live music.
3025 Olympic Blvd., Studio C, Santa Monica. Head down to the beach after picking up a $130 Bennett Malibu tunic and a $160 Salt Swimwear bikini or one piece. Mill Iron men’s jeans retail for $98 to $111 (Chip Pepper denim regularly retails for $180 and up); a women’s Mill Iron collection is set to debut later this year. The initial jeans offerings include the “Sunraider” (relaxed leg button fly) and the “Rally” (five pocket straight leg).