Stylebook: Caboodle turns 25; look out for the L.L. Bean Bootmobile

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NEW YORK -- Maybe you grew up with it. Perhaps you've traveled with it. It could be the place your cosmetics and accessories call home.

It's the Caboodle, the colorful plastic storage box that's been helping girls and women organize and tote their makeup, jewelry and more for 25 years.

The more-than-a-pink-box carrying case commemorated its quarter-century milestone at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a booth in the main lobby and a birthday party at the Caravan Stylist Studio on 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.

At the get-together, guests swapped Caboodle memories.

"I think we grew up with Caboodles. It's such a nostalgia thing," said Sue Thibert of Caboodles. "We have a whole new generation coming into it," now that women are sharing them with their daughters.

The Caboodles concept was inspired by a Vanna White interview with People magazine in the 1980s.

"She talked about carrying all of her cosmetics in a Plano tackle box," Ms. Thibert said. "Plano is our parent company, so the president of our company when he read that decided we've got to capitalize on that."

Today, the product stays fresh and relevant with new silhouettes, fabrics and colors.

"We're always looking at trends and wanting to stay right there," Ms. Thibert said. The company is considering creating products for men and professional stylists and makeup artists. For a limited time, 1,000 Caboodles made with the original mold are available for $25 plus shipping at Caboodles on Facebook.

For more from the Caboodles birthday bash, visit

From the Pittsburgh fashion front ...

L.L. Bean Bootmobile to make Pittsburgh debut: Help the outdoor apparel outfitter mark its 100th anniversary with a visit to the 13-foot-high Bootmobile. Those who stop by will have the chance to receive easy, affordable tips for enjoying nature, support the National Park Foundation and apply to get outfitted for L.L.Bean gear.

It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Thursday at Ross Park Mall. Information:

Men and women's apparel trunk shows at Larrimor's: Shop women's wear featuring sophisticated and unique color combinations, patterns and embroidery by ESCADA on Thursday and Friday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. For men, suits by Hickey Freeman will be available Thursday. Information: or 412-471-5727. See more from ESCADA at and Hickey Freeman at

Just Between Friends consignment sale: Shop gently used children's and maternity goods -- many 50 to 90 percent off retail value -- at an event organized by the Pittsburgh North chapter of Just Between Friends. It's 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center golf dome. Many items will be sold for 50 percent off Sunday. Consignors can earn up to 70 percent of the profits made from their sold items.

Just Between Friends is a national network of consignment sales that helps parents provide for their families, especially during tough economic times. Admission is $10 per person Thursday, $3 Friday and free Saturday and Sunday. Information:

International Fashion House comes to Bloomfield: Connoisseurs of global goods and seamstresses seeking studio space now have more options. The International Fashion House at 4705 Liberty Ave. boasts ready-to-wear clothes, accessories and more from around the world, as well as consignment products from Christian Evangelistic Economic Development vendors participating in the international marketplace. It also will have equipment and space available that designers and seamstresses can use for a fee and training sessions in skills such as tailoring, quilting and knitting.

The grand opening will be celebrated 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. RSVP at 412-450-8070. The store officially opens next Tuesday, with regular hours slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Sinferno fashion show: The celebration of all-things spooky, quirky and obscure will feature a fashion show spotlighting the creations of avant-garde designers Rachel Rech, co-founder and co-owner of Trundle Manor in Swissvale, and Brian David. There will be selections from local crafters and music and dancing. Festivities start at 9 p.m., with the fashion show at 11 p.m. Saturday at 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville. Admission is $5. Information: Sinferno Hanging Garden on Facebook.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week kicks off Monday: The third annual event will strut into the city Monday with a "GREEN is the New Black" eco-chic fashion show, with designs by Iman B., Lana Neumeyer and Faith n' Khaos by Faith Pongracz. It's 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. Other highlights of the week include a "ManStyle" fashion show (7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Heinz History Center, Strip District), a "PINK" style show for breast cancer awareness (7 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Mall at Robinson), a fall fashion showcase (6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Tanger Outlet) and back-to-back runway shows and vendors fair (11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Clarion Hotel, Green Tree). The week will conclude Sept. 30 with the inductions of the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame honorees at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown.

For more details, or to purchase tickets, visit

Newly renovated Buckle now open in Robinson: Denim destination Buckle has opened its recently remodeled location at The Mall at Robinson. Shoppers can expect a variety of denim brands, including Rock Revival, Silver Jeans, Big Star, Big Star Vintage and MEK Denim, as well as tops, accessories and footwear. It also offers layaway, free hemming, a frequent shopper program and free gift-packaging. To ensure a great fit, make an appointment to receive a personal jeans fitting as part of the chain's "Get Fitted" program.

The store is currently seeking part- and full-time employees to staff various positions. To inquire, visit For more information on Buckle and other Mall at Robinson stores, visit

Also in the news ...

Poll reveals most stylish cities: It's been a big year for London -- the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and now the title of most fashionable city. U.S.-based analytics group Global Language Monitor, which conducted the study of international and online media outlets, social networking sites and blogs, attributed the fashion feat for the second year in a row to "the Duchess effect," a reference to Kate Middleton's style and its impact on clothing sales. New York, Barcelona, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Sao Paulo, Milan, Los Angeles and Berlin rounded out the rest of the top 10.

MTV announces "House of Style" hosts: Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls were named the hosts of the revived '90s style show starring Cindy Crawford. Look for it next month at

Ryan Lochte eyes career in fashion: The U.S. Olympic swimmer wants to make a splash in the style world with his own clothing line. He was spotted show- and party-hopping at New York Fashion Week, telling members of the media to expect something edgy from his debut collection.


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