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TALBOTS
Then: Your mother's store

Now: Ageless classics

Talbots had been growing older rather than better. Chief creative officer Michael Smaldone's (re)visionary strategy: Upgrade the fabrics, fine-tune fit, add "just the right amount of trend." Note the mixed patterns, instead of a matched set, of the checked jacket and houndstooth trousers ($219 and $149) on real estate broker Susan McGraw Keber, 55. Flower pins, Yuh Okano at Supplements NY and Balu. Scarf, Me & Kashmiere. Gloves, Carolina Amato.


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