February 6, 2013 |
Annabel Inganni, the Los Angeles designer behind the Wolfum line of home décor accessories, recently discovered that her bookends -- animal shapes printed with original patterns and sold for $62 -- appear to have been replicated by Threshold, a Target-owned brand, which is selling its bookends for $14.99 online. “I am shocked and frustrated,” Inganni said by email. “Not only is the entire idea so exact -- a printed animal shape on a wood bookend -- but the prints are so similar.” Lookalike designs are nothing new; in 2011 we reported on the the Venice store Obsolete's accusations against Restoration Hardware.
August 19, 2010 |
After weeks of public protest over its financial support of an organization that backed a GOP gubernatorial candidate opposed to gay rights, Target Corp. now faces a new form of pressure: demands from institutional shareholders that it revamp its donation process to avoid the chance of additional backfires. The shareholder action follows the disclosure last month that Target had sent corporate funds to an organization backing the Minnesota gubernatorial candidate. Such donations are allowed under a recent Supreme Court decision that lets companies and unions contribute directly to independent election campaigns.
September 24, 2013 |
Brooke shops at Target, and she's noticed that prices at one store can differ from prices at another, sometimes significantly. She wants to know: Why's that? I put the question to Target, and a spokeswoman explained that different stores in the chain have different fixed costs, such as the lease, taxes, staffing and security. This is common among most big retail chains. That doesn't mean all prices will vary among stores. The prices of discounted items featured in company advertising will usually be the same everywhere.
January 28, 2014
Re "GOP censures 'liberal' McCain," Jan. 26 The GOP keeps shooting itself in the foot. The Arizona Republican Party has formally censured Sen. John McCain because it says his voting record is "insufficiently conservative. " Apparently McCain has lent his support to issues associated with liberal Democrats, such as immigration reform. Way to go, GOP. That's the way to win Latino votes. Lorraine Knopf Santa Monica ALSO: Letters: For the 9/11 story, a hefty fee Letters: With the NSA, spying made easy Letters: Cash for Homeboy -- money well spent
April 5, 2013 |
Target has apologized for referring to its "plus-size kimono maxi dress" as manatee gray. This is a mammal, after all, that is sometimes referred to as a sea cow. An irritated shopper tweeted what many saw as an insult. Regular sizes were "dark heather gray," but the plus size got the "manatee" label. It didn't take long for Target to zap the plus-size gaffe from its website and issue an apology. A spokeswoman told Today.com on Thursday the retailer was sorry for "any discomfort" and never intended to offend.
September 12, 2013 |
The last UCLA point guard target from the class of 2014, Quentin Snider from Ballard High in Kentucky, announced Thursday that he has committed to Illinois. The decision will probably leave first-year UCLA Coach Steve Alford with zero commitments at a critical position for the early signing period in November. On Wednesday, Jordan McLaughlin of Etiwanda committed to USC over UCLA, causing some panic among Bruins fans who earlier saw Parker Jackson-Cartwright of Los Angeles Loyola commit to Arizona and Robert Cartwright of La Canada Flintridge Prep commit to Stanford.