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Man Shops Globe: Where those pricey Anthropologie goods come from



Manshops3 Until the trip I just made around the World Wide Web, I had no idea there were so many Anthropologie haters.

I get their perspective. There is something a bit disingenuous about the whole we-are-so-worldly-and-authentic vibe, given the crazy marked up prices and the fact that the products are mass produced for the chain's 120 stores. 

But I can't help it. Though I infrequently buy anything there (and shop mostly on the sale rack), Anthropologie is one of those stores that just makes me happy. Take a stroll around, and breathe in the stylish jeans, the cute sweaters, the classy accessories, the feminine dresses and all those lovely home goods and tchotchkes. Nevermind the wave of envy that sweeps over when you realize you can't afford much in this perfect little world. When you are there, it's heaven.

So I might check out Man Shops Globe, a new eight-week series on the Sundance Channel that follows Anthropologie's buyer-at-large across the globe as he hunts for treasures. I missed the series premier this week, but buyer Keith Johnson's trip to France re-airs at 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Subsequent episodes take viewers to remote villages in India, art studios in Turkey and, I'm sure, flea markets galore.

Lots of writers bashed the first episode. For their thoughts, click here and here and, ouch, here. But hey, if your tight travel budget is competing with a yearning to spend days rummaging through antiques and crafts, this show might be a worthwhile pit stop.

Deal Diva Colleen

(Photo: Keith Johnson shopping in Argentina. Lucky, lucky man. By Sundance Channel)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:20pm]


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