Vera Wang LOVE – One-of-a-Kind Fine Jewelry for Every Summer Gift Giving Occasion

How about a few new fine jewelry pieces from the Vera Wang LOVE collection, perfect for every summer gift giving and engagement occasion. The collection, a natural extension of Vera’s bridal collection, offers timeless designs to be treasured for an eternity. Vera Wang LOVE is available exclusively at Zales stores and on Zales.com

Each piece in the collection features a blue sapphire, a unique design statement and symbol of everlasting love. Every diamond is hand set and meets Vera’s minimum requirement of near colorless quality, with elegant engraving and intricate milgrain.
These are just a few from the  collection, including engagement rings, bridal sets, bands, pendants and earrings. For more, go to Zales.com

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Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings by Vera Wang in Rose, Yellow and White Gold

Is there anything sweeter than proposing on Valentine’s Day? Vera Wang LOVE features rose, yellow, two-tone and white gold engagement rings that are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal. Whether you choose to give a nontraditional ring like rose, yellow or two-tone gold or opt for classic white gold, this ring will always be a sweet reminder of your Valentine’s Day engagement story. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your love with a timeless engagement ring that is as unique as she is!

VWL Valentine's Day EngagmentsVera Wang LOVE, Vera Wang’s diamond jewelry collection available at Zales, Zales.com, and VeraWangLOVE.com has a variety of rose, yellow, two-tone and white gold rings which are perfect for a Valentine’s Day proposal! The Vera Wang LOVE collection features classic and stylish engagement rings in an assortment of new styles ranging from $1,999.99 – $29,999.99

David’s Bridal and Vera Wang 2014 collection online

With the Spring 2014 WHITE by Vera Wang collection, exclusively at David’s Bridal, Vera Wang continues to incorporate her artistry and sophisticated design aesthetic into elegant looks for any modern bride and her bridesmaids. The Spring 2014 collection introduces new bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories.4059

 

 

The Spring 2014 Bridal Collection presents five new bridal gowns ranging from $728-$1,798 in a variety of feminine silhouettes with modern details.The bridal collection color palette includes White, Ivory, Champagne, Sterling and Blush while introducing new colors for the Spring season that include Blush/Gold and Champagne/Blush combinations. 4056

 

 

The Spring 2014 Collection introduces the limited edition Ebony Collection, priced between $728-$1,248, featuring five popular bridal gowns available in Ebony. The variety of styles includes SOPHIE, NATALIE, ELLA and EMILIA.The Ebony Collection will be available online for a limited time beginning in December at http://www.davidsbridal.com and at select David’s Bridal stores.4058

 

 

The Spring 2014 Bridesmaid Collection, priced between $168 to $198, introduces four new dresses that reflect contemporary and classic styles in both short and long silhouettes. The Bridesmaid Collection introduces new colors into the collection including Mist (a light blue shade), Stone (a new neutral) as well as color combinations of Blush/Gold, Champagne/Gold and Cassis/Gold. 4054

 

 

The Spring 2014 Accessories Collection, ranging from $78 to $198, features elegant bridal accents that perfectly compliment any bridal look including headbands and veils. 

 

 

The Spring 2014 WHITE by Vera Wang collection is available now, exclusively at David’s Bridal nationwide, as well as online at http://www.whitebyverawang.com.

 

 

 

Vera Wang adds to her empire opens boutique in San Francisco

Seems only natural for Vera Wang.  She now has a home on the west coast, so the next obvious project for her was to open a boutique there. This is her first bridal boutique in San Francisco.  “It is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States filled with incredible culture, refinement and a unique clientele,” says Vera Wang.

Located at 180 Geary Street, San Francisco, California, the store occupies 4,640 square feet and overlooks Union Square. Along with outposts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney, Vera Wang’s latest venture houses her bridal collection and will also carry evening-wear.

This boutique has a contemporary look is created with graphite concrete floors, charcoal grey walls, etched glass doors and blackened steel design elements. The salon experience is about understated elegance, sophistication and modernity. It is designed to engage the bride and her family and friends with options through knowledge and service. vw2 VWSF VWBFStoreRendering1

With boutiques located around the world, it’s increasingly easy for brides to experience “Vera”.

For a complete list of retailers, please visit www.verawang.com.

Vera Wang LOVE collection introduces rings grooms will love

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Vera Wang now introduces men’s bands as part of the Vera Wang LOVE collection, which includes four diamond wedding bands perfectly suited for the sophisticated groom. As with the bridal rings, pendants and earrings from the collection, each piece is engraved with the Vera Wang LOVE logo and adorned with a unique blue sapphire, a detail inspired by the traditional wedding adage “something blue” and personally selected by Vera Wang to symbolize everlasting love. Men’s bands are priced at $2199.99 and are now available at Zales and Zales.com.

 

David’s Bridal is kissing the wedding industry goodby

I’ve been saying there will be major changes in the wedding industry for like….7 months already and I do believe that some people didn’t believe me.  Well, it seems that the first of two major changes has officially happened.  I couldn’t  have written it any better than the story I saw in the NY Post, so here it is.  My advice…if you thought that Vera Wang dress would be your dream dress (read less than her Madison Avenue price) you better get it now….or you’ll be heading back to Madison Ave really soon.  Also and I really hate to be the bearer of doom…there WILL BE another major announcement before 2012 is over.  Yes the wedding world is in for a shake-up.

The owners of David’s Bridal are trying to find a suitor to tie the knot with its 62-year-old retail chain.

Private-equity shops Leonard Green & Partners and TPG Capital have put the retailer on the block and this week have taken first-round bids on the chain of 300-plus stores based in Conshohocken, Pa.

Several interested suitors, including private-equity firm KKR, have been told they have made it to the next round of the auction, according to a source close to the process.

Both Leonard Green and TPG had been hoping for a premium price for the only national wedding dress chain, but, according to sources, those dreams may be left at the altar.

Suitors are offering a price equal to about eight times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization), or just under $1 billion, sources said. Unless the action picks up in subsequent bidding rounds, David’s Bridal, founded in 1950 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will be a discount purchase.

By comparison, THL Partners this week agreed to pay a richer 10 times multiple for the Party City party supply chain. Like David’s Bridal, Party City is the only national retailer in its space.

Leonard Green and TPG yesterday also announced a deal to buy national for-profit thrift store Savers. The price: $1.6 billion.

That, too, is about a 10 times EBITDA multiple — 20 percent higher than the multiples being offered for David’s Bridal, sources said.

Both Party City and Savers are more down-market chains, which seems to indicate that David’s Bridal is carrying a middle-market discount.

“If you are down market, that is the place to be,” a banker who works with private-equity firms said.

Leonard Green has been moving David’s Bridal upmarket over the last couple of years in hopes of improving profits at the chain, whose stores are dotted across 45 states.

In April 2010, David’s Bridal announced an exclusive partnership with Vera Wang for gowns priced under $1,500.

Wang has been the go-to wedding dress designer for the power set for years and in recent years Avril Lavigne, Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump have all opted for a Wang gown for their big day.

While the Wang gowns at David’s didn’t carry the sky-high price tags of those used by the boldface name set, they did raise the average price of a gown at the chain and accomplish the goals of Leonard Green.

The average price paid for wedding dresses across the industry has risen from $1,056 in 2006 to $1,289 in 2011, according to Brides magazine.

The private-equity firms bought the bridal chain in early 2007 from Federated for $750 million.

If the firms put down cash equal to 33 percent of the purchase price, they stand to about double their money in the sale, a little over a 15 percent annual return. That’s a bit under par for a premier private-equity firm, but still not bad in a recession.

David’s Bridal has hired Bank of America to handle the auction.

Leonard Green did not return calls, and TPG declined comment.

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