If you read my post yesterday, you know I was one of 8 men in the entire continental United States who was stupid enough to venture to a Target of my own free will to shop their Missoni for Target collection. The things I saw will haunt me for life and have changed my shopping habits forever (I swear to all that is holy, I will NEVER not wash a “new item” of clothing before wearing it after seeing woman jam sweaters into her lady bits….). Yet, somehow even among all the chaos, I scored a few items for myself and die-hard Target-obsessed friends (you know who you are…). I will focus solely on the items that I bought for myself…..
If you follow me on Twitter, I was pretty vocal of my want of the chevron throw. The online picture had me convinced that it was a quilted throw. However, upon inspection in the store, the blanket was less luxe and more Teletubby. It was fuzzy fleece — shedding fleece at that — as evidenced by the woman in all black wearing it like a scarf as she pushed her overflowing cart down the aisle. I was disappointed and not impressed.
Undeterred, I shifted my attention to the duvet sets. I was one of the lucky few who threw elbows and snagged one of the coveted duvet sets in the iconic zigzag print. The duvet feels…well just okay, which worries me. At $100, it was one of the pricier items of the 400 they produced, so I was hoping for something a little more refined. To be blunt, I think my Ikea duvet set which I paid $40 is the same if not better quality. This idea was solidified in my mind when I saw this on the packaging….
While I have nothing against goods made in foreign countries, I just have never thought of Pakistan as the epi-center of quality as it relates to Italian luxury goods massed produced by an American retailer. But at least it’s nice to see that Pakistan is producing more than nuclear grade uranium these days….
I honestly wish I could comment on this in a positive and glowing way, but the pieces sorta blew chunks. As luck would have it, I saw a woman pick up multiple trays and tumblers and dash to a remote corner of the store. I think she quickly realized that she had place settings for 30 and opted to part with some of her booty. I quickly snapped up a set of six acrylic tumblers and a ceramic tray. Well, the tray was returned today — the pattern is printed and was already chipping off, so back it went. As for the tumblers….
Am I being picky for assuming that they would at least give a half-ass attempt at matching the pattern all the way around?
So to recap, what does my Missoni for Target scorecard look like…
Throw Blanket: FAIL
Duvet Set: PENDING
I would have thought that with over FOUR HUNDRED items in this collection, some things would be killer. So far, I have been proven wrong, which makes me wonder that if these items passed the “inspection test” what items didn’t make it to production? Here is my list of items (imaginary) that didn’t make the cut….
1) Missoni for Target Condoms: Who needs ribbed when you have zigzagged for her pleasure?
2) Missoni for Target Water: You are going to need something to wash the taste of shame out of your mouth when you get your credit card bill this month….
3) Missoni for Target Toilet Paper: Well they did produce a lot of sh*tty products, so you are going to need something to clean it up with…..
4) Missoni for Target Trash Bags: Only because I have a sneaky feeling alot of this stuff will end up in a landfill in about 6 months….
5) Missoni for Target IQ Tests: Because clearly I need mine checked for venturing out and purchasing this crap….
We all know that the woman in front of us with 6 carts of Missoni items was not stocking up for Christmas. That stuff was headed to eBay where it now resides at a considerable mark-up. I implore you NOT to buy this stuff off eBay, especially the clothing. At the prices I see the coats, sweaters and shoes going for online, you can afford to buy Missoni’s real diffusion line, M Missoni, which is way better materials and craftmanship. You are only fueling more craziness for subsequent designer collaborations. Do yourself a favor, save your hard-earned cash and focus on what great deals you will get come Black Friday.
If you can’t tell, I am not a fan of this collaboration. I think the vision broke down somewhere in production…at least as it relates to the bedding and kitchenware. Between Target’s website crashing, being (wo)man handled in the stores and inventory hogging/squatting by my fellow consumers, I don’t think the company handled the launch very well. It left me with a bad taste and I don’t think I will be back for more….
But tell me, did you score anything from Missoni for Target? And if you did, what do you think of the quality?