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Let's Discuss: The Spectacular 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Launch

Phillip Lim for Target

I wake up at least two or three times per night to nurse my 3-month-old son. Pros: I was up at 3:00 am when the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection started to appear on Cons: I was up at 3:00 am when the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection started to appear on After all was said and done, I had purchased 3 bags and 1 dress in two sizes. You'd think by morning I would be thinking clearer but no, I had a friend pick me up another bag in person when she went shopping at the stores in our area. (She got me the yellow Pashli lookalike. I owe her big-time.)
Target knows that insomnia coupled with a coveted designer collaboration and social media frenzy equals good business, and I for one was happy and willing to partake. I love the thrill of the wait and the satisfaction one gets when the item one lusts for is still available for purchase the moment you get it, then sold out the next. I especially love the camaraderie between like-minded shoppers as we share our victories and console one anther in defeat on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

I'm not sure if I'll keep all my purchases but for now, the mini satchel in both yellow and taupe are mine, as well as the large black tote with gusset and the medium cognac satchel. This may just be my favorite collab to date, or maybe it's just the sleep deprivation talking. Either way, I can not WAIT for my orders to arrive.

As I'm writing this post, all the accessories are sold out on while much of the clothing remains available in a wide variety of sizes. I'm hoping to scoop up some pieces on clearance in stores in the coming weeks. A search for "3.1 Phillip Lim Target" on produces 5,265 results.

Enough from me already - what did you buy?? Was it worth the wait? What was the scene like in stores?
I got to Target pretty late yesterday morning (10:30) and still was able to get one of the mini satchels! I bought the yellow one, but my local store still had all three colors when I arrived. Totally worth it; the bag looks great in person!

I was less excited about the clothes in person. I thought the fabric choices on a lot of the pieces were strange. But I'll probably reconsider some items (like the silky navy skirt and floral tank) if/when they go on sale.
#1 Nikki F. on 2013-09-16 08:23 (Reply)
Wow, can't believe you were able to grab multiple mini satchel from the shelf! They are totally MIA near me. I'm giving away a yellow mini satchel! A friend of mine was able to find one for me in store. Good luck everyone!
#1.1 Kevin Hsu Blogger (Homepage) on 2013-09-18 11:51 (Reply)
Yes yes! Love this collection! That dress is in my shopping cart!

#2 Kayla (Homepage) on 2013-09-16 09:06 (Reply)
I'm a huge Phillip Lim fan and own two gorgeous dresses and a scarf from his regular line, so I was super excited about this Target collab. I woke at 7 am central time and thought it would all be sold out online but it turned out pretty much everything was available! :-D I bought the navy sequin and b/w "powerline" dresses and the medium purple and grey satchels. Didn't bother going to the actual store even though it's only a 5 minute walk because I hate crowds. I CAN'T WAIT to get these! :-D
#3 cathy (Homepage) on 2013-09-16 09:08 (Reply)
i snagged the powerline print dress online. currently only 1 size is left. glad i ordered yesterday! i may go by my local store today so see what is left.

i was tempted to order the knit animal print dress. i love the shape of it, but i doubt i can pull off the print.
#4 meero on 2013-09-16 09:49 (Reply)
I ordered the floral peplum top and the floral shirtdress. I may have to get the dress taken in if I dedcide to keep it. Other than that not very impressed with the rest of it. I have too many purses to buy something just for the possible name.
#5 Tracie on 2013-09-16 10:10 (Reply)
I was able to purchase the Boom sweatshirt and Animal print pullover online, yesterday morning. I also went to Target, and ended up purchasing the floral print blouse. I loved the look of the bags, but wasn't as excited about them after seeing them in person.
#6 Alicia on 2013-09-16 10:15 (Reply)
I got animal print dress which I have already nicknamed my "Chester Cheetah" dress, went back and got the floral print shirt dress just before it sold out, will prob. wear that with cropped black pants. Just got shipment confirmation from Target woohoo!
#7 Patti on 2013-09-16 10:19 (Reply)
( all these dumb spammers!)

I didn't get to Target until after 11 and thought it would all be gone. I was able to get the gray purse. Can't decide if I love. The zipper goes so far down the sides, so I'm not sure I'd love that. It is pretty heavy even empty.

All that said, can't wait to see what people return and then I can really shop.
#8 Kristin S (Homepage) on 2013-09-16 10:47 (Reply)
sorry about the spam, deleting as fast as i can :-(
#8.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-09-16 12:56 (Reply)
BB: Target just announced their next designer collab will be with Peter Pilatto. Ever heard of them? I have not...
#9 Target-Addict (Homepage) on 2013-09-16 11:14 (Reply)
I have...but...interesting choice. The concept of selling internationally via net-a-porter is the most intriguing part.
#9.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-09-16 20:13 (Reply)
do u mind posting pictures of the satchels? :-)
#10 ellen on 2013-09-16 13:11 (Reply)
I will as soon as I receive them!
#10.1 The Budget Babe on 2013-09-16 20:03 (Reply)
I went at 8am when my local Target opened and bought a black mini satchel and the large black tote with gusset. Unfortunately, one of the latter's straps wasn't stitched all the way. It was a total bummer to get a defective bag! I emailed Target, but the collection's sold out everywhere so I don't think they'll be able to do anything for me. I'm going to be so sad to return it.
#11 Kris on 2013-09-16 13:39 (Reply)
I told myself I was going to over due it with this collection so I made a plan to order only the black mini satchel. After staying up until almost 3:00 a.m. central time I was able to order it and then I hit the hay.

Surprisingly, I wondered over to my nearest target Sunday around 5:00 p.m. and the collection was still well stocked there. Many of the big ticket items were still around like the Boom sweatshirt, the mini satchels in taupe and black and the large satchels with gusset in black. I liked the taupe version of the mini satchel so much I went ahead and bought it. I'm thinking there is a good chance some of the items will make it until clearance at least at this Target in question.
#12 orteco on 2013-09-16 15:24 (Reply)
Where are you located, Orteco?
#12.1 Judy on 2013-09-16 19:01 (Reply)
Fort Worth, Tx! We're lucky enough to have three Super Targets here so I think maybe that has something to do with the collection not completely selling out at the one I went to. From my experience with the various collections, we usually also get the full collection at all three.
#12.1.1 orteco on 2013-09-16 20:07 (Reply)
I was burned so badly by Target when they launched the Missoni collaboration. The site kept crashing and by the time I wrangled my way to the checkout page, it wouldn't let me select the credit card for payment. I clicked on the PayPal button and everything went blank except for the "Buy Now" button. I'd only had positive experiences with PayPal at that point and was confident in its buyer protection program. Virtually nothing in the collection fit me properly so I took most of the pieces to the store and was stunned to find out that Target only gives gift cards for PayPal purchases! Long story short, I had a credit card bill that was bigger than planned, an unsympathetic credit card provider, PayPal bailed, my husband was FURIOUS and I was so upset it took me over two years to bring myself to use the balance on the Target gift card. So, I no longer order online and always feel a little queasy when I think about it. Heck of a lesson!!
#13 Kate on 2013-09-17 06:21 (Reply)
I was in NYC coming home from the club at 4am checked my fb and target had its announcement. I went on ordered taupe bigger tote. Small bag with strap was sold outnumber taupe at 4 am!!!?? Other colors still were available and for some reason I didn't order. Do u lovely ladies think they will get more shipments in online ??? Thanks ;-))
#14 Lexie (Homepage) on 2013-09-17 07:26 (Reply)
We just found out about an unexpected delay that affects your order (Order # placed on 09/15/2013. We're sorry, but we may not be able to deliver your item(s) by the estimated delivery date you received with your original order. New estimated delivery date(s) are included below.

Now they are saying sept 30th!!??? How is this possible I ordered first inn stock?
#15 Lexie (Homepage) on 2013-09-17 07:30 (Reply)
Me too! I was so sad when I saw my email this morning. I have never ordered from Target and will be VERY disappointed if I don't get my items. :-(
#15.1 nikki on 2013-09-17 08:29 (Reply)
It was really thinking the entire collection was going to be up at midnight but I was so wrong. So when I heard 3am was the time, I was so mad at myself. So unfortunately I didn't get anything. All I wanted too was just the cross body bag. I've been to two Targets, and all they have are clothes and no bags. I'd be lucky if I find a handbag. Yeah eBay sellers were the ones totally overstocking it to make that extra buck. I hate that but then again, it is all part of the game is it not?!
#16 Cynthia on 2013-09-17 09:37 (Reply)
I was actually awake when everything finally went live. I ordered the BOOM sweater, and a few of the leopard pieces online. This is actually the first time I haven't gotten up to wait in line at the actual store. It's been a nightmare ever since Missioni. I miss the good old days when the lines would quietly launch and you could get everything you wanted, no problem.

Anyway, I was on the fence about the bags and I wanted to see them in person. Of course when I finally got to Target at about 10 all of the bags were gone and they still had all of the clothing items I ordered (lol). And of course I'm curious about the bags now because they're such a huge fuss. Last night I noticed a store near my office had the black totes listed as "in stock" so I rushed over this morning. Can you believe they had 4 totes and I got my hands on the last one?! The checkout lady said they got a new shipment, so keep checking your stores if you really want a bag ladies! There were women who had come just for the totes like me. We were all seriously cracking up. One woman who looked at them and put them back swooped it up after she saw us grabbing them and asked us what the big fuss was. Once I told her she said oh, I guess I better get this then! Personally I like the totes and satchels better than the Pashali lookalikes. I think I'll get more use out of them since they're a little less recognizable. The tote is nice quality for a faux-leather bag.
#17 amarie on 2013-09-17 12:07 (Reply)
I mainly went to my Target to get the mini "Pashli" lookalike tote in gold but after seeing it and the taupe (and not being able to decide), I grabbed both. I went home and after looking at the collection online, I realized it said my store had the mini in black. I went back but couldn't find it anywhere. I finally found a helpful Target employee who did some searching for me and tracked me down in line to give me the mini black bag I was looking for. We originally didn't have many of the clothes but I went back yesterday and they had quite a bit more out so I snagged the "Boom!" sweatshirt and scarf as well as the leopard print scarf. All in all, very pleased with the quality for the price point. I have a real Pashli that I love. I've wanted a real mini Pashli for awhile but can't bring myself to spend over $600 on a purse I'll likely only carry on the weekends. The fact that I was able to get something similar for a fraction of the cost and in versatile colors was a win win for me. This is the most I've ever purchased from any of the designer collabs and I love it. I'm secretly hoping that one of the next collabs they'll do is Alexander Wang. Would love a Target version of the studded Rocco bag. ;-)
#18 Sarah on 2013-09-17 12:29 (Reply)
Not sure if this info helps, but I know some people have mentioned online that they checked the Target website to see items showing as In Stock but when they get to the actual store they are not. Well back during the Jason Wu launch, I bought everything online except for one item that I wasn't sure if I really wanted or not. So after deciding that I did want it, I found it listed as In Stock at one of my area Targets. When I got there however, it was nowhere to be found. Luckily I had my boyfriend with me and he told me that there might be the chance some items were still back in the stock room (he had previously worked at Target). Not sure if you can do this at every Target, but he was able to take the item number off the website and type it into one of the price checkers they have scattered throughout the store and it showed that the item was in the stock room and their were several of them. He asked if they could go check and sure enough the lady comes back with an armful of the item I was wanting.
#19 orteco on 2013-09-17 14:12 (Reply)
The Targets in Honolulu, HI were insane! Check out my friend's blog which documents the frenzy we encountered!
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#22 Amesmeree (Homepage) on 2013-09-22 04:25 (Reply)
So jealous that you go the Guesset bag! I order, but it didn't go through,, and now I can't get one unless I Pay jacked up prices on eBay! BOO!
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