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Hip, bold and casual is how & Trousers describes its new pants, jackets and tops collection made with stretch cotton solids and print fabrics. Shoppers can get a look at & Trousers' spring line during a trunk show Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, at Ballin's (721 Dante St., 866-4367).

American Apparel Concepts, which owns Wish and Fabrik in the French Quarter, has just opened another shop, Duo (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 525-0560). Though owned by the same parent company, the concept behind Duo differs somewhat from the other shops. Duo features more contemporary, fashion-forward apparel, and the store stocks only a few pieces of each item.

A large variety of selected merchandise is at least 50 percent off at Fairy (3634 Magazine St., 269-2033).

Buy any regularly priced item and get 50 percent off a second item — excluding those already discounted — at Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800;

Beef up your wardrobe and save with 20 to 50 percent off fall merchandise at Mira Bella Shoes & Accessories (115 Metairie Road, Suite C, Metairie, 828-3888).

To help replenish your wardrobe, On the Other Hand Exclusive Retail Boutique (8204 Oak St., 861-0159) is offering up to 90 percent off many items.

Men in particular will enjoy the Male-bonding Trunk Show event Thursday, March 16, through Saturday, March 18 at Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; During the three-day event only, new spring merchandise from designers Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, Jhane Barnes, Bally and Bruno Magli will be available. In addition, shoppers can take advantage of cigar tastings as well as drinks with Jameson Irish Whiskey, MaCallan Scotch and Carolans Cream with Frangelico.

Check out the $10 rack outside Sweet Pea (802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044) as well as discounts on selected clothing in the changing room area of the store.

On Wednesday, March 15, Whole Foods Arabella Station (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119) will donate 3 percent of its sale's proceeds to Rebuilding Together, a neighborhood revitalization program of the Preservation Resource Center that works with volunteers and skilled tradespeople to help low-income residents repair and renovate homes. Whole Foods' Uptown store is donating a portion of its sales every Wednesday to nonprofit organizations through April 19.

WTUL radio is sponsoring a Community Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Uptown Square (200 Broadway St.) Saturday, March 18. The festival will include a market featuring the works of local artists and designers as well as a flea-market area.


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