Catalogue Contest Part 2: It’s Your Turn

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Surely many of you are familiar with Beso? It’s a shopping site run by my close pal and former coworker (and frequent Girls of a Certain Age commenter) Elise Loehnen, a person who—when it comes to finding treasures in unexpected places—makes me look like a piker. One of Elise’s proudest moments was when I agreed to let her run a bit in the magazine about some amazing bags she’d found on a site that sells old west reenactment supplies.

You can buy stuff from about a squillion retailers through Beso—everything from your Net-a-Porters and Shopbops to your hipster indie retailers like Acrimony and Totokaelo. But Beso is also home to many of our favorite Catalogue Challenge brands, and others like them. What we want you to do is  create a collection composed entirely of  pieces from those retailers. Here’s a sample collection Elise came up with, just to give you a better  idea of what we’re talking about.

Your collection must have a minimum of 10 items, but really, the more the merrier—as long as it’s all stuff you can really stand behind. Click here to get started creating yours. The winner gets a $250 Beso gift card.

You have until noon on Monday to send in submissions. Have at it.

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18 Thoughts on Catalogue Contest Part 2: It’s Your Turn
    Viajera
    17 Jul 2012
    1:17pm

    This sounds fun, but I don’t understand. Which retailers are you supposed to use? The ones with items on the linked page, only? (Btw, I’ve seen worse than those items. ; > You might be making it too easy.)

    And is the goal to come up with a collection of non-scary clothes, from scary retailers? Or to come up with the most exuberantly not-quite-awful, can’t-look-away clothes, from scary retailers?

    Thing is, I get bored with “good taste.”

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      KimFrance
      17 Jul 2012
      2:46pm

      Sorry if that was unclear: use the retailers on Beso that were in the Catalogue Challenge (Elise has linked to a bunch of them in her sample; a few of them aren’t on Beso so you can’t use them) to create a “collection” of great stuff. Also: find other hidden treasure from unexpected retailers (like, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalogue, where Elise is always finding cool jewelry).
      To prove that you guys, too, can find the hidden treasure anywhere.

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    Heather
    17 Jul 2012
    1:57pm

    Me too. I don’t understand or is it just that my taste has fallen off the map because I would wear some of those Talbot’s shoes? And I swear that if you wore that camo hoodie here in France, folks would think it was Dries.
    Clarification please. 🙂

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      Elise
      17 Jul 2012
      7:43pm

      I would go to the mat for everything in my collection—i.e., there’s tons at Cabela’s, and Lands End’, and Talbots, et al that I would totally buy and wear.

      I’m just reiterating Kim’s point that you can truly shop anywhere…

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    CTanner
    17 Jul 2012
    7:31pm

    Fun challenge, and I just had a tolerable collection going, and as no Miles Kimball clothes were showing up on Beso, tried to pull an image over from the Miles Kimball website (Kimball Klearance!) and lost all that I did (Mercury Retrograde, shakes fist at sky). Now I see you can’t do that. (Dimwitted internet neophyte). But I’m not seeing lots of things showing up from Discount Dance or any clothes from Miles Kimball show up on the Beso site –is a corn-butterer or a cantaloupe chopper (worn as a hat) acceptable entry from Miles Kimball?

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      CTanner
      17 Jul 2012
      7:37pm

      (that was rhetorical). To clarify, if no clothes are showing up, we can drop it from inclusion I assume

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      Elise
      17 Jul 2012
      7:45pm

      Yeah, you can only include things on our site, alas. Sometimes, merchants just give us a handful of products, rather than everything they sell.
      :/
      (You’ll see QVC isn’t all that robust).

      Email me if you can’t recover your collection—we should be able to pull it out on the backend. elise {at} beso . com

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    Katie
    18 Jul 2012
    3:10pm

    No fairsies on including LL Bean Signature, Elise!

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    TracyG
    25 Jul 2012
    3:03pm

    When will the winner be announced please?

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