BETTER THAN THE BASICS: UPGRADED ESSENTIALS YOU NEED FOR 2018

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A new year calls for starting fresh, setting resolutions (that you’re really, really gonna keep this time) and, of course, trying new takes on old faves. We’re all about taking basics up a notch, so here’s our roundup of some next-level staples that we’re already reaching for on the regular.

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG
an essay by Alexis Cheung

Like it or not, a purse conveys your personality. An “it” bag, for instance, suggests you’re into seeing where new trends take you. A tote bag insists you’re someone who prefers practicality. While a small bag communicates that you’re not a woman who schleps for unseen scenarios, but one who’s ready for spontaneity.

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ROAD TRIPS, RAINBOWS AND STRAWBERRIES: THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND OUR SPRING COLLECTION

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Aside from actually booking a plane ticket and heading somewhere sunny, flipping through our spring lookbook is the next best thing to warm us up during the New York winters here at Madewell HQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on all the retro-cool, wallpaper-inspired prints, looks-like-vintage denim everything and breezy throw-on-and-go dresses. In the meantime, we chatted with our head designer, Joyce, to learn about her favorite pieces and where she imagines wearing the collection.

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LADIES WE LOVE: EDITOR AND ARTIST BIANCA VALLE

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If you’re not following Bianca Valle on Instagram yet—prepare for lots of double-tapping. We’re big fans of her uniquely personal style that’s equal parts tomboy, vintage inspired and unexpected. Originally from the West Coast, Bianca now lives in New York working as an editor and pursuing creative projects on the side. She shared her inspirations, most-frequented Chinatown spots and more, below.

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TEAM MADEWELL’S MOST MEMORABLE GIFTS

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OK, we’ll just come out and say it: We can’t help but get a little sentimental around the holidays. There’s just something about watching someone you love open a gift that you put extra care into finding. We asked our Madewell fam from near and far to share their stories of unforgettable gifts—and from an inflatable moose head to a Swiss family vacation, they didn’t disappoint.

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TALKING T-SHIRT MAGIC WITH LISA MAYOCK OF MONOGRAM

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Being that a good T-shirt is one of our favorite things, we are superexcited about our collab with MONOGRAM. Lisa Mayock and Jeff Halmos, lovers of vintage tees and makers of vintage-inspired new ones, joined forces with our design team to create a mini collection that ticks all the retro-meets-right-now boxes. We chatted with Lisa about design inspiration and the Bill Wyman song that best reps the label’s aesthetic, among other things.
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