It's safe to say that the Missoni for Target line was hugely successful for the retail giant. With over 400 items, most priced at under $40, fanatics of the famous sisters' prints ferociously shopped the stores dry within minutes and brought down the retailer's online site. I was lucky enough to get my hands on several pieces and after receiving my Missoni bounty (I ordered online exclusively), was surprised to find that I wasn't happy with several of the items. If you're heading on over to eBay to get your hands on a few items, you might want to read these reviews first.
Let's start with my expectations of the line: I knew that to make these items so affordable, some quality would be sacrificed. Nevertheless, I purchase many quality items at Target and I was counting on most of the Missoni items to be well-made. I expected to be returning an item or two.
1. Product: Chevron Bath Towels
Review: I am thrilled to death with these towels, especially after a few disappointing deliveries. The towels are plush, vibrant, and have incredible detailing for the price. You can see the striped edging of the towels in the photo, a detail definitely above the $12.99 price tag. I would have paid double, maybe even triple the original price tag for these towels.
2. Product: Chevron Throw
Review: I was hugely disappointed with this throw. The online picture makes this throw look so incredibly beautiful but it's made of polyester and the feel of the blanket is barely one step up from that of The Snuggie. It's fleece-like material diminishes the quality of this beautiful print and I severely doubted it would hold up after a few washings. Returned. Definitely not worth the going price on eBay ($200).
3. Product: Infant Clothing
Review: You can see here my one month old baby next to the three month romper. Needless to say maybe she will fit into it when she is six months to a year? She's not terribly small so I'm not sure where they got their sizing info. Be warned, if you want to purchase these items, they run big!
4. Product:Missoni Glass Serve Bowl
Review: I am usually impressed by Target's dishware and this was no exception. The design is just breathtaking and it feels sturdy enough to withstand the dinner party passing and serving. I wish I had bought more dishware and serving pieces. For the current asking price, I may pick up some more pieces on eBay.
5. Product: Zig Zag Pouf
Review: This by far is the best Missoni product. The pouf is large (the photo shows the scale next to my sofa and 75 lb lab) and sturdy. The fabric is thick and will definitely withstand shoes, feet, wine glasses, dinner or whatever else will surely be placed on top. I may scotch guard it just to be safe. For $99 this was definitely worth it. It pulls together my living room and adds the Missoni flare I was hoping for without looking like Target threw up in my living room. On eBay they are priced $50-$100 higher than the retail price, but it's definitely worth it.
All in all, there were some definite hits and some definite misses. Add your review below... what did you get your hands on?
Images: Micki Howl