You know there’s a dearth of shopping options when excitement surrounds the opening of a J.Crew, but excited we are! The new Harbor East chain opens today and is at the base of the Legg Mason Tower on Katyn Circle, occupying about 7,200 square feet. (We’ll take some snaps today and share them tomorrow.)  Anthrolpologie opens on Friday, across the way, at the base of the Four Seasons.

Widely known for its classic-with-a-twist work clothes and fashionable weekend staples, J.Crew has something for most.  I loved the one in the Gallery at Harborplace and never understood why it closed.  No matter, we have one now, just in time for back-to-school shopping!

The new J. Crew is going to be full-service with cashmere, weekend, suits, outerwear, purses, belts, jewelry and shoes. In celebration of today’s opening, J.Crew will be offering shoppers a special gift with a purchase of $250 or more (while supplies last). The shop is open tonight until 9 p.m., as it will be every Monday through Saturday, and it will open Sundays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

If you head down to Harbor East to check out the new stores, be sure to stop over to see our friends at Sassanova on Aliceanna.  They have almost always carried Kate Spade shoes, but now carry KS clothes as well. I remember buying my first Kate Spade bag — a black patent leather bowling bag — at the late great, chic boutique FEMME in Brown’s Arcade on Charles Street in the early 1990s. Kate Spade rose to great heights when she entered the market back then, and then her popularity waned as others like Tory Burch and Trina Turk started to steal KS’s thunder.  But even as others have taken attention away Kate Spade, her designs have remained consistent: cute, flattering, feminine and fun.  They are worth a second look, if you haven’t paid attention in awhile.

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Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.