I ran into the lovely Dom Streater at Timberland’s opening party earlier this week, and she had on the best accessory of the night. I’d noticed her cute little bunny ears sticking up over the crowd—she’s one of the few who can pull off such a whimsical cap on a non-Halloween night.
Good news for Vince fans: Everyone’s favorite luxe-classic brand is launching a handbag collection in November. This is doubly great news for us, as the company recently opened an outpost on Walnut (it’s at 1701 Walnut Street). This location will be carrying the bag line; look for it there “sometime in November,” according to the store manager.
My thoughts on the collection: It fits in perfectly with the unassuming luxury of the brand (think: minimal hardware, classic shapes), but a sprinkling of thoughtful design touches, including a signature cut-out ‘V’ detail and subtle color-blocking (you’ll find this on the undersides of some straps), sets the collection apart and keeps it from feeling too safe. I’m a fan, especially of the graphic cut-out collection.
As soon as this email landed in my inbox, I knew I had to share with you: Today only, garden/home/lifestyle mecca Terrain is having an online sale. Use the code TERRAINTREAT20 at checkout to get 20 percent off your online purchase.
Not sure how to use it? Here are six top buys on their e-store now.
When I heard that Timberland was coming to Walnut Street, I was less than excited. I wasn’t even moved when the press reps referred to the store with words like ‘lifestyle,’ ‘concept,’ ‘revamped,’ ‘luxe.’ Luxe, I scoffed. Timberland is the tan work boots that J.Lo wore. Timberland is not luxe.
And then I went to the opening party and ate my words (along with very good hors d’eouvres butlered by handsome woodsy-looking guys).
The rugged, industrial store, sandwiched between Bluemercury and Stuart Weitzman, is packed with shoes (mostly in the back of the store), clothes (men and women, though there are more men’s things here), and accessories. (Who knew Timberland made cute little bags? They do!)
I shopped around, and here’s what I found that you should add to your shopping lists now. (Psst: It includes a $1,000 men’s leather jacket, from their “Premium Collection.” Timberland makes $1,000 leather jackets!)
A reminder to RSVP for our second installment of Shoppist After Hours, our exclusive, underground shopping event held every few months at one of the coolest under-the-radar gems in the city. Next up? NINObrand in Rittenhouse, a minimalist, modern showroom featuring the equally minimalist, modern collection of local designer Bela Shehu.
- These pro tips for how to navigate straight-size stores (like Zara) for sizes 14 and up are spot-on: Look for already oversize pieces (like capes and sweaters!), look for stretchy fabric, and consider wearing a straight-size dress as a top. [Refinery29]
- The Apple watch isn’t even out yet and already people have gone nuts creating accessories for it, based on how they think it’ll actually look and work. Hey, don’t want to be late for the party. [Gizmodo]
I guess we can say that we’ve finally made it as a real world-class city: We have a piece of furniture named after us. And not just any piece of furniture, but a whole couch!
The ‘Philly’ couch is by BoConcept, that modern design haven on Chestnut Street and in KOP that feels like a fancier, grown-up version of IKEA. The company claims that it’s the first-ever BoConcept sofa named for an American city; I’m not so sure of this. I found a reclining couch called Madison, and even a modular couch called Fargo. FARGO? We came in after FARGO?
First, there was the announcement, then the preview, then the members-only shopping, and now‚ finally, the opening. Well, first, there’s the ribbon-cutting at 11am this morning. But then, then, my friends, Century 21 will officially be open to the public.
There are a few things we can borrow from the boys: their button-downs, oversized sweaters and chunky belts. Add scarves to this list, especially if these scarves are by Ikiré Jones.
I’ve written about Walé Oyéjidé’s Philly-based menswear line before (remember that gorgeous linen jacket?), and I’m still coveting it now. How I plan to indulge—without racking up a sky-high alteration bill? One of his wool/silk tapestry scarves, which are really more like art than accessories.