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RackedWire: Melissa on Sale; Mango Joins JC Penney

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CARROLL GARDENS—Cult Brazilian rubber shoe label Melissa is having a sample sale next week, but you don't have to wait until then to get your hands on some candy-colored goodness. Smith Street boutique Epaulet just marked down their current Melissa collection, with various heels and flats going for 30%, 50%, and 75% off. While you're there, take a look at Melissa's spring '10 styles, which aren't available anywhere else in New York. They range from Vivienne Westwood's iconic Dragon Lady heels and deeply crazy samurai platforms to clever little faux-bois flats. [RackedWire]

EVERYWHERE—First Liz Claiborne, then the Olsen twins, and now Mango. Earlier today, JC Penney announced that MNG by Mango will be the "centerpiece" of their contemporary collection, providing career and casual sportswear and accessories. The Mango line is expected to be in 600 stores by fall 2011, with an official launch for Fall 2010. The move is also huge for the Spain-based fashion retailer Mango, which has been aiming to expand influence among United States shoppers. [JC Penney]


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