It's been another weird week in retail. KFC challenged the notion that chestnuts are the only thing that should be roasting by the fire, Lipton released a series of teas to ease holiday stress and Moncler unveiled a truly larger-than-life collection.
This, and more, in this week's retail therapy.
KFC brings back a fan favorite
To offset the frigid temperature outside, people seem to do everything in their power to cozy up indoors: snuggling with a soft blanket, reading a particularly good book that warms your heart and, for some, smelling the sweet perfume of fried chicken wafting from a crackling fire.
KFC on Thursday announced it's bringing back its fried chicken-scented firelogs. Finally, a product that can transport us from our homes to the holiday palace that is a greasy fast-food restaurant.
"Last year, we captured the hearts, noses and fireplaces of our fans, but thousands more were clamoring to get their hands on our limited firelogs," Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "We hope you'll cuddle up with your family or friends with a bucket of our world-famous fried chicken and a warm fried chicken-scented fire this holiday season."
The logs were created using recycled materials in partnership with Enviro-log, and are available exclusively on Walmart's website for $18.99. But if last year's three-hour sellout is any indication of how long supplies will last this year, you better act fast. Enviro-log president and founder Ross McRoy said the company has "received weekly calls from hopeful fans wanting to get their hands on the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog" since selling out last year.
It's really the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously, that fried chicken scent is seeping into every soft surface in your home.
Lipton eases consumers through the holidays
By this point, we've all likely recovered from the circus that is spending Thanksgiving with relatives (and for those who haven't yet, we pour one out for you). But with the December holidays right around the corner, we all better buckle up for round two.
Thankfully, Lipton re-released a series of teas to help ease the stress that comes along with fending off questions about when you'll get your life together.
The company's eight "Reali-Teas" ranging from "Dealing with Relatives," which Lipton describes as "a soothing escape from Aunt Linda's comments and Cousin Michael's politics," to "Holiday Party Overload," which helps sippers "bounce back after a night of too much merriment."
And as if cleaning up after our poor choices wasn't good enough, the brand offered the tea and herbal supplements for free for those interested. (Unfortunately, according to its website, all products are sold out.)
Moncler's larger-than-life collection
Consumers are willing to do whatever it takes to escape the cold, and unfortunately for those of us with eyes, designers are responding by putting out the most absurd styles.
Italian apparel company Moncler is known for pushing the boundaries on the amount of "puff" that's considered socially acceptable. About a year ago at the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting, Pentatonix member Kirstin Maldonado stole the show when she donned what can only be described as the Mother Ginger of puffer coats.
But it seems the designer has truly outdone itself this year. Moncler's Genius project, which initially launched in 2018, has released a new collection, this time in collaboration with Craig Green, aptly named "5 Moncler Craig Green."
And let's just say, the collection delivered (that is, if the goal was to transform an entire campsite worth of supplies into a wearable garment). Though the collection didn't seem to scare away executives at Kering. The luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci and Saint Laurent reportedly has been holding conversations with Moncler about the possibility of a deal, according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.
Is it a sleeping bag? Is it an airplane floatation device? Or perhaps a Transformer? Who knows, but one thing's for certain, it will keep you toasty (and protected) all season long.
This $60 product will transport you back in time
Innovation is a weird animal. Sometimes a product will go through several changes — some drastic — only to make it all the way back to square one.
When Apple announced its first version of AirPods in September 2016, it touted that it was offering consumers "a wireless audio experience not possible before."
However, in a response to consumers' fears of having too much freedom from the cord and losing their precious AirPods, Tapper created a product to transform the uber-expensive devices back into a standard pair of earbuds.
The product, which first appeared in a November Cosmopolitan gift guide but has since gained internet popularity, is available on Nordstrom's website and is aimed to help consumers "[a]void losing your wireless AirPods." But this trip back in time comes at a cost. AirPod users will have to shell out $60 to get their hands on this nifty device. To put that into perspective, consumers could purchase 12 standard headphones with the cord already attached for the same price.
We’ve officially come full circle. ????♂️ pic.twitter.com/elvWbhR1Wi— Yoni (@OriginalYoni) December 2, 2019
But, for some reviewers of the product, money is no object for this kind of innovation.
One five-star reviewer wrote, "Love the high quality and the touch of fashion. It's the perfect accessory for my AirPods. Can't live without it."
Another reviewer wrote, "Got some new airpods but I hated the wireless feature. Fortunately, I was able to spend $60 and pick this handy fake wire up to help me feel like I still live in 2002!"
This is the future, people.