BREAKING: Superior Shoes Is Closing; Philly Shoe-Lovers Freak Out


Where soles are saved. |Photo via Google Maps.

Bad news for the Philadelphians who’ve relied on Superior Shoe Repair to fix their fanciest footwear: the shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Owner Won Song confirmed this afternoon that he would be closing up shop on December 31st. He told me over the phone that the building (1501-1505 15th Street) has been sold and all existing businesses were given two months’ notice to vacate. The building was bought by PREIT (who, it should be noted, also own the Club Monaco property located just next door).

Get details on a new location here.

Shoppist Gift List, Day 18: Moss Mills Clutches At Style Camp

FoxOur discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ll unveil our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

The best indication that a gift will be a hit? When the store can’t keep it in stock. This is the case with the Moss Mills clutches found at Style Camp in Chestnut Hill. The store’s owner, Natalie, told me that after a Facebook post showing one of the bags went up, the calls came pouring in and the bags instantly sold out. She’s ordered more, but they’ll go quickly. And it’s no wonder: The leather envelope clutches are handmade and feature quirky hardware (a fox, reindeer, a horse head) for a one-size-fits-all gift that’s about as cool as they come.

Click here for price and how to buy.

The Shoppist Gift List, Day 16: A Custom Denim Jacket by Senpai + Kohai

Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Repurposing might not sound sexy, but in the hands of the duo behind Philly-based fashion line Senpai + Kohai, it’s totally covetable. While any of the pieces from the holiday collection are gift-worthy, I recommend the unconventional ‘Design Your Denim’ pick. In a nutshell: You send in a denim jacket that you’ve grown tired of, then go online and choose your embellishments (all vintage embroidery hand-picked in the outdoor markets of Delhi, plus a cozy fur collar option). They’ll do all the custom sewing —that’s included in the price—and shipping back to you is free.

Here’s a handy video of the process:

You in? Here’s how to gift it: Print out a pic of the awesome jacket shown on the site, show the video and then hop online to create the masterpiece together. If you’ve seen the work of these girls in our mag (they were PMFP designers this year!), you’ll know that what she’ll end up getting is truly a work of art.

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Joan Shepp Is Offering a Different Designer Deal Every Day This Week


Joan Shepp’s store floor.

The mother of all sales kicks off today: Joan Shepp is dishing out deals on a different designer every day this week (try saying that five times fast). Joan calls it her “week of giving;” you can consider it the next best thing to her annual basement sales, and a chance to score that pricey designer piece you’ve been eyeing at a steep discount.

Ready to shop? Here is the daily sale break-down.

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10 Best Stocking Stuffers to Buy in Philly


Sometimes the small stuff is the most fun to buy. There isn’t any pressure to go grand or over-the-top; a stocking stuffer is just that—a little extra goodness stuffed into Christmas morning.

But what exactly makes for a good mini-gift? Nail polish, lottery tickets and mini hand lotions are all standbys, but we’ve rounded up 10 less expected treats, all available right here in Philly. Happy stocking-stuffing.

Click here for details, prices and where to buy.

Shoppist Gift List, Day 13: Norman Porter Selvage Denim

NMOur discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ve reveal our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Here’s the gift that gets better with age—really, click here for photographic proof. These jeans are by Norman Porter, a Fishtown-based company that turns out to-die-for denim for guys. This selvage denim pair is a deep indigo hue, and while they start out stiff, with wear they become soft and fit just-so to the body. What he’ll really love: You’re not supposed to wash them. Like, ever.

See price and where to buy here.

10 Best Things To Buy at Crafty Balboa Holiday Market Tomorrow


The best reason to head to school on a weekend: the Crafty Balboa Holiday Market, which takes place at SS Neumann Goretti High School tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.

The juried art and craft market, now in its sixth year, will feature over 50 vendors, and the lineup is good. Get there early—the first 50 shoppers get free Occasionette tote bags (which are adorable) filled with a sampling of special items from vendors. Even cooler? The Art Department will be on hand to help you create handmade gift tags and greeting cards.

Ready to shop? Here are 10 of the top finds. See you there!

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Market Report: The Gorgeous Smoky Eye Look To Wear To Your Next Holiday Party


  • Here’s the beauty look to copy now—a gloriously smoky eye done with black liner and a bit of silver in the corners—just in time for holiday party season. [Glamour]
  • How Crossfit is changing fashion: Startup apparel companies are beginning to make clothing for intense athletes and muscular women whose toned physiques are problematic to dress (ever had pants that gape at the waist but are tight on the thighs? Yeah). [Self]

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The Nutcracker Market At the Kimmel Center Opens Today

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Shop here, starting today!

Gift-shopping alert: The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market kicks off tonight with a ticketed preview party, and then opens officially to the public tomorrow at 11am. The pop-up shop, which takes place at the Kimmel Center, goes through Sunday, December 14th.

What you’ll find: over 75 vendors selling gift-worthy items, like artwork, paper goods, jewelryedibles and toys (for kids and pets), spread out over three levels. The market is a fundraiser for the ballet company and its school, and the Jose Garces Group will provide food and drinks.

Sound better than the mall? Click here for more details.

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