I peeked back into C Wonder again yesterday. C Wonder is the new enterprise opened by Chris Burch- ex husband of retail giant Tory. I went when they first opened, and although I found some likeable enough objects, nothing was compelling me to return. My first impression was that the store suffered from a split personality.
But on the other hand, the quality and fabrication does not always live up to the eye- catching design. Clearly the intention was to price the wares at an affordable- buy now -point, which is attractive, to say the least. But, some of the designs are so good that if they were rendered in better fabric, I think they could give Brooks Brothers , and Ralph Lauren and Tory herself a little healthy competition.
|Contrast trim Perfect Polo|
I was shocked when I read that the target audience was not a younger crowd, because the upbeat styles and mid to lower prices and lesser fabrications scream younger(west elm vs. William- Sonoma) to me. Back to the split personality. The store has a modern techno vibe. There are tables full of awesome and stylish electronics- clocks, speakers, keyboards, etc.
The opulent fitting rooms are curtained with luxe navy velvet drapes.
The jewelry design could compete with Jenna's and Marissa's vision. Again,the quality ranged from" Collection" to "Factory." The individual charms are saucy and amusing.
|Frog Critter Bangle|
|Pink Lobster Critter pants|
I love the colors and have always eyed "critter" pants, but never succumbed. I think it is the tapered fit that sold me. I think they would look great with a white shirt and patent black shoes for a less traditional look, and brown shoes( those are beloved vintage J Crew Phoebe peep toes) with navy or pink for a more preppy feel.
I will absolutely keep the store on my radar, as they had some striking clothes that are not on line. But, for you online shoppers out there, I would shop carefully. One more positive note- even with a percent off, nothing was marked "final sale". The sizing seemed very similar to J Crew's sizing.
Have you ever been to C Wonder? I'd love to hear your impressions!