Alister and Paine (the digital magazine for 21st century executives – unlike myself) and came across an article about two of my favorite girls: Alexis and Alexandra. I know what you’re thinking, what is this Alister and Paine periodical you speak of? And, those two names together are most usually found in a high-end gentleman’s club (is there really such a thing?)
Typically, I would hate or be insanely jealous of these two women with the “A” names. What’s to be jealous of, you ask? 1) They’re pretty 2) they’re blonde 3) they're smart, both hold MBA’s from Harvard 4) they're rich 5) they're savvy - one built her career at Louis Vuitton and the other at Ebay. And, not only did these Elle Woods types attend and excel at Harvard, apparently they were best friends while doing so. So, naturually, these gal pals met up later in life to form a little company called Gilt Groupe, aka the king (excuse me, queen) of exclusive invitation only online sample sales.
They pretty much changed shopping by way of e-commerce, forever. Gilt is the pinnacle of luxury, has over 2 million members and keeps me and other informed fashionable female consumers chained to our desk everyday between 12 – 12:15 hoping to get a deal on Marc Jacobs or Missoni. All of their clothes/accessories/shoes are purchased straight from the designer – no Ramona Singer middleman – and are generously discounted. Rumor has it that some offices have even banned meetings between 12:00 and 12:30. No such luck at my office.