Celebrate Mickey's 90th with Desigual

Shopping for the fashionista who has everything? Join the club. When someone has what they need and what they want already, how can you still give them something lovely? Our tip: look for limited-edition finds, like Desigual’s collection that celebrates “90 years of Mickey.”

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Before we get to what we should be buying, let’s take a closer look at the Mouse himself. Mickey, while conceived in the 1920s, had his first makeover in the 1930s to make him “cuter,” and he was also rendered in Technicolor then for the first time. It was so innovative that his depiction in color is still referred to as a “masterpiece.” By 1937, Mickey starred in 12 short films a year, winning the hearts of children across the globe. With a theme park, cartoon strip, and The Mickey Mouse Club added to his empire in the 1950s, Mickey ensured his lasting memory.

But on to Desigual. The company is celebrating Mickey’s 90th birthday in the best possible way, with style to spare. Here’s what we love:

Jackets: The jackets from Desigual are masterpieces, combining unlikely Mickey silhouettes with a variety of neat elements like various washes and unexpected pockets. (We particularly like the “waving Mickey” on the back of Desigual’s unisex jackets.) In addition to the denim one, there is a leather jacket that is as tough-looking as it is out-of-the-box.

Sweatshirts: Big, oversized pullovers harness gorgeous graphic elements with plenty of design flair. While our favorite is the “Sweatshirt Paris France,” you have more to choose from than just that.

T-shirts: A deep u-neck tee, and one in a cool long length (nearly tunic-like) have caught our eye. We love, love those Desigual designs: even a t-shirt is elevated in their world.

Sneakers: We have certainly saved the best for last with these sneakers. The “star Mickey” sneakers are fashioned in a flat white, with a good dose of style. They are too cool!

Looking for more? We recommend swinging by department stores and, alternately, boutiques with new and exciting collections. Instead of suffering through very specific shopping excursions that don’t yield much, consider fun, youthful pieces that really sing. Check out:

Nordstrom: The hundred-plus-years-old department store has shops-within-shops and pop-up stores galore, and there are always new collaborations to check out. This season, we’re taking a closer look at SPACE: Emerging and Advanced Designers.

Henri Bendel: With the shop closing up in January 2019 (yes, they are going out of business – SOB!), the only thing we can do is shop until we drop at its last ever holiday sale. We think a whimsical bag or two would be a perfect buy (and possibly a collector’s item, too).

Goorin Brothers: This online haberdashery has lots of felt hats as suited for staying warm come winter as the straw ones are for a quick wintertime getaway south of the border.

What will you get the girl who has everything?

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