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Store events: Coach launches kid sister Poppy on Tuesday

American accessory branch Coach launches its youthful Poppy collection of vibrant and edgy handbags and shoes with a reception at its South Plaza location on Tuesday, co-hosted by the Fashion Spot online community. Standout pieces are the $268 pink patent-leather tote and $368 blue patent-leather large tote with snap pockets. Poppy candy bars and treats will be handed out, along with Misshapes playlists and Poppy gifts with purchase. Preen in the Poppy photo booth to be eligible to win one of three $1,000 shopping sprees.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 979-1771. 5 to 7 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Store events: Moods of Norway, Chip & Pepper and more

Moods of Norway Today: Oslo plants a flag in L.A. as the Norwegian fashion brand celebrates the official grand opening of its Robertson boutique, the first in the U.S., and previews its fall collection. Designers Simen Staalnacke, Peder Børresen, Stefan Dahlkvist will be on hand to meet shoppers, with cocktails and waffles plus a live performance by pianist Aksel Kolstad. Snow also will be trucked-in for a cross-country skiing demo. The store showcases kitsch such as an actual-size golden tractor (the brand's logo), a white picket fence and a jam-jar chandelier. The colorful and youthful line retails between $25 and $850 and runs the gamut from dresses to three-piece suits to T-shirts and denim for men and women. RSVP to

113 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 271-7172. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Chip & Pepper Friday: The L.A.-based denim gurus (and identical twins) Chip and Pepper Foster launch Mill Iron, an affordable denim collection exclusively for the Buckle retail chain. Mill Iron men's jeans retail for $98 to $111 (Chip & Pepper denim regularly retails for $180 and up); a women's Mill Iron collection is set to debut later this year. The initial jeans offerings include the Sunraider (relaxed leg button-fly) and the Rally (five-pocket straight leg).

Buckle, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. (818) 719-8651. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing Saturday: Omega and Tourbillon honor Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts with an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, moon landing (Omega was the first and only watch worn on the moon). Scott Carpenter, Thomas P. Stafford and Gene Cernan, who walked on the moon, will appear at the South Coast Plaza Jewel Court for a public forum. A Lunar Rover and Apollo 10 space suit along with a Sojourner Mars Rover will be on exhibit through July 12.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (800) 456-8463. 3 to 4 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

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Come sale away: Agent Provocateur sale starts Thursday

Agent Provocateur Thursday through Aug. 2: The U.K. lingerie brand, known for its saucy styles, throws its annual summer sale in time for seasonal weddings. Popular looks on sale include a $150 "nude" stretch wet-look bodysuit (regular price $290) and bra and brief sets, including pink tulle ($110 bra, $80 thong), Swiss embroidery ($70 bra, $40 brief, $50 garter belt) plus red and gray leopard-print silk ($130 bustier, $70 brief).

7961 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-0229. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Bloomingdale's at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 824-4731. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

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Store events: Mikimoto, Vintage Warehouse

Mikimoto trunk show Friday and Saturday: The cultured pearl specialist hosts a meet and greet with Italian designers Giovanna and Lisa Broggian, creators of Mikimoto's "Milano" collection. The collection features pearls set in 18-karat gold necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets.

3333 Bristol St., Suite 1417, Costa Mesa. (714) 424-5440. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vintage Warehouse Friday until Sunday: The Paper Bag Princess sponsors a warehouse sale in support of the National Council of Jewish Women/L.A. with 75% off its retail prices. The sale kicks off Friday with an "early buy" -- a first chance at the goods from 9 to 10:30 a.m. -- for a donation of $10. General admission is free for the rest of the sale, with a portion of sale proceeds benefiting the NCJW. Designer vintage labels featured: Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani.

543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 385-9036. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9 a.m. for early buyers) Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

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Sale Rack: Deals at RVCA, Ron Herman

RVCA Friday and Saturday: The popular brand with action-sports roots is holding a warehouse sale. Major credit cards accepted.

960 W. 16th St., Costa Mesa. (949) 548-6223. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Ron Herman Ongoing: Established designer lifestyle chain takes 50% off selected items in its current-season stock. A sampling of labels offered: Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Current/Elliott, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Etoile Isabel Marant, Elizabeth & James, Thom Browne, J Brand and Rag & Bone.

8100 Melrose Ave., L.A. (323) 651-4129. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. 325 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 550-0910. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 207-0927. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (310) 317-6705.

— Max Padilla

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