This story is part of Select's New & Notable column, where we highlight our favorite product launches, major sales, what we're buying and some of our latest recommendations and advice.
This week, a favorite luggage brand debuts a bucket bag and a bright color for its signature carry-on, a popular home decor store debuts a spate of fall colors for its cookware and an appliance manufacturer offers an easier way to make bread.
New this week
Select favorite luggage brand Away has launched a packable bucket bag made from lightweight, water-resistant nylon with a capacity of 25 liters. You can sling the bag over your shoulder or carry it by hand, according to Away. They’ve also added a teal colorway to their classic Carry-On bag. Both items are available online in time for Labor Day travels.
Away is not the only company embracing teal. Home decor store Crate & Barrel has released five autumnal colors for its non-stick EvenCook Core cookware: Grey, Cream, Denim, Terracotta and — there it is — Deep Teal. The eight-piece collection includes a saucepan, dutch oven, two frying pans and a saute pan, among other items. The sets are available online and will be in store on September 5.
Panasonic introduced an Automatic Bread Maker that can craft breads, dough, and also pasta, pizza, cakes and even jam. The machine has a double temperature sensor that detects both internal and room temperatures, and automatically adjusts the time to rise and rest dough for the perfectly baked loaf.
On sale this week
Here are some of our favorite ongoing sales from brands and retailers we think you should know about.
Alo Moves is offering 50% off monthly and annual memberships through Aug. 31.
Alleyoop is offering up to 40% off sitewide through Aug. 31.
The Company Store is offering up to 30% off during the Semi-Annual sale through Aug. 28.
Rifle Paper Co. is offering 25% off its furniture collection sale with code HOME25 through Aug. 21.
Madewell is offering 20% off for college students and teachers through Aug. 29.
Shopping news: Kohl’s expands Sephora to all stores
Kohl’s announced that it will add in-store Sephora shops in all of its 1,165 stores by the end of the year. It announced the partnership in 2020 and is hoping it will introduce a younger batch of consumers to its brand. The Sephora shop-in-shops will stock all the products one would see at a regular Sephora store.
Despite the cost-of-living crisis, some companies are focusing on their premium products. And surprisingly, customers are loving it, reported CNBC. For example, both Starbucks and Heinz have raised prices to offer more premium products like unique coffees and “chef-inspired” sauces, respectively. People seem hesitant to spend, but if they do, they want a product with added value.
Target’s quarterly profits fell by nearly 90% in the second quarter of 2022, reported CNBC. The big box retailer says the profit hit was expected, as it was marking down prices earlier this year to clear out surplus inventory.
What we bought this week
Tank tops with built-in bras usually offer little to no support (at least for me), but this one from Uniqlo looked so good I had to try it. I was delighted that the construction was supportive and the cups were not flimsy like most tanks, but stayed in one place as I moved around. The lightweight shirt is perfect for hot, humid days, and I wear it tucked into skirts or jeans. — Zoe Malin, associate updates editor
I recently bought my new puppy Suzie this spooky chew toy from Pet Smart’s Disney Villain-themed dog toy line. What can I say? I love Halloween and I love Disney. The toy is super durable, which is great considering Suzie loves to destroy everything. It’s also apple scented, which has Suzie and I both ready for fall. — Morgan Greenwald, senior SEO editor
I recently attended a very rustic wedding in rural Maine where I was assigned a cabin with no electricity, no air conditioning, and believe it or not, no bathroom (yes reader, I had to use an outhouse). Thank god I had my portable 5-inch Treva fan. The simple, battery-powered fan has two speeds and a simple fold-down design that it can stand on its own or lay flat in its suitcase. It kept me as cool as possible while I slept with the spiders in the top bunk, and I brought it into the outhouse with me to blow away any bloodthirsty mosquitoes. — Christina Colizza, editor
What we’ve recommended this week
Staff writer Justin Redman wrote a comparison of Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club to highlight the differences in membership pricing across the three warehouse clubs, including their perks and return policies
To recommend the best and most beloved products at Costco, editor Christina Colizza spoke to two Costco fanatics and Select staff about their favorite products and what makes the big box retailer so special.
Production coordinator Gabrielle DePinho wrote about her love of Carbonara Stain Devils, which can remove all sorts of stains, like blood, cooking oil, grass, coffee or even perspiration from fabrics.
To recommend the best gear for keeping fruits and veggies fresh, Zoe Malin spoke with a dietician and a produce category merchant from Whole Foods.
CORRECTION (Aug. 22, 2022, 10:06 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated which store is known for selling home appliances. It is Bed Bath & Beyond, not Bath & Body Works.