Your Plans for Tonight: 4th Friday at South Street Headhouse District

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Bus Stop boutique is participating in the event. | Image via Style Maniac.

Ready for your Friday night plans? Head to the South Street Headhouse District from 5pm to 9pm tonight for a neighborhood-wide celebration. Dozens of stores are participating with refreshments and sales — trust me, it’s worth breaking out your cozy sweaters for the event.

Some of the top shops to visit tonight: men’s store Armour (10 percent off select spring merch), Bus Stop ($25 gift card with a shoe purchase), brand-new 4th Street shop Steel Pony (uber-artsy handmade goods and refreshments), and Wilbur Vintage (20 percent off everything in the store, plus cocktails).  Read more »

Old City Is Getting an Awesome New Home and Lifestyle Shop

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A sneak peek of Meadowsweet Mercantile’s Mercantile’s new shop; the Manayunk location. | Photos via Facebook.

One person’s loss is another’s gain, and this adage holds true for neighborhoods, too. Case in point: Manayunk, which loses one its best stores, Meadowsweet Mercantile, today. The picture-perfect vintage/reclaimed/handmade home and lifestyle shop officially closed its Main Street location yesterday, though it will be having a major moving sale this weekend (more on that later). The shop is relocating to Old City, and will soft-open at 47 North 2nd Street on Friday, May 1st.

About that moving sale: Head to the Manayunk location (4390 Main Street) this Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 5pm to score some deals on the shop’s coolly rustic merch.

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Retail News: Macy’s in Suburban Square Is Closing

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Macy’s in Suburban Square. | Google Maps.

Suburban Square might be getting a Madewell next month, but the open-air shopping center is losing its department store. A rep from Macy’s confirmed that the company will be terminating its Ardmore lease in early 2016. The store will continue operations throughout 2015. Expect a final clearance sale around March of next year (these usually last about eight weeks, according to the rep), and a final closing around April.

No word on what will be taking its place, but stay tuned.

The 10 Most Insane Lilly Pulitzer for Target Auctions on Ebay Right Now

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Feast or famine. (left) An empty rack at the Malvern Target at 8:30am Sunday morning, photo by Carrie Denny. (right) A greedy shopper, photo via Twitter user TypicalFeminist.

Yesterday, the 19th day of April in the year of our Lord 2015, the clouds parted, angels sang, and the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection launched in stores and online. If you slept through the early-morning chaos, here’s a short timeline of what went down:  Read more »

Is There Really Going to Be a Retail Revival at The Gallery?

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A look at the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. | Image courtesy PREIT.

PREIT finally released its renderings for The Gallery, and they are shiny visions of glass and gleaming white tiles and flashy digital signage. But underneath the high-shine veneer, what are we really getting?

First, there’s a name change. The Gallery — which has long since shed its identity as the key retail hub of the city — will be known as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. The name speaks to one of the issues Philly faces in nabbing prime national retailers: They’ll come, but only in off-price, discount form (see: Nordstrom Rack and, most likely, Bloomingdale’s).  Read more »

Shop This Now: Knit Wit’s Storewide Birthday Sale

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Knit Wit’s Rittenhouse location.

Sale alert: Now through April 26th, everything at Knit Wit is 25 percent off. The sale takes place at all three locations (Rittenhouse, Bryn Mawr and Margate), and, yes, it’s good on all merchandise, including brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, ALC, Elizabeth & James, Paul Smith, Current/Elliott, Alexander Wang, Equipment and Adidas by Stella McCartney.

A shopping tip for you: The sale is in honor of owner Ann Gitter’s birthday, so say happy birthday when you stop in. (Oh, and a huge happy birthday from all of us at Shoppist!) Read more »

Market Report: 7 New Ways to Wear Your Favorite Things

  • Refreshing your closet for spring doesn’t necessarily mean buying all new everything. Here’s how to change up the way you wear your belt, your scarves and your spring jackets for a whole new look. [WhoWhatWear]
  • Kohl’s just announced that it’s rolling out a new designer collaboration, this time with Thakoon, set to launch in the fall. [Kohl’s]
  • Talk about lucky finds: A man found a dress on the floor of a costume company and bought it for $20. Turns out it was one of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind, and it just sold at auction for $137,000. [Glamour]

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10 Top Men’s Stores to Shop This Spring

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From left: Art in the Age, Armour and ToBox.

Our men’s shopping scene is growing more robust and varied with each season, and we couldn’t be happier. For those looking to avoid the big-box and mall scene, here are 10 of the best men’s boutiques in the city now, whether you’re looking for fashion-forward pieces (bold floral shorts) or easy-wearing basics (Chukka boots, button-downs). Consider it proof that there’s more to men’s shopping in Philly than J.Crew. Read more »

Why We Should All Start Carrying Baskets Instead of Purses

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Though the Hermès Birkin is the crown jewel of purses, it seems few remember that the bag Jane Birkin usually carried was far more humble. Birkin actually spent much of the sixties and seventies with a wicker basket slung over her arm (and Serge Gainsbourg on the other). The basket-as-bag defined Birkin’s insouciant style — never try-hard, always chic —and I think of it as one of the best accessories in sartorial history.

But in the muddle of the past few decades, the basket has played second fiddle to the now-iconic Birkin bag — and it’s a shame. The wicker bag is unassuming, a perfect accompaniment to breezy summer looks. (Or you can take a cue from Birkin, who carried hers in all seasons, pairing it with floor-skimming dresses or a fur coat and flared jeans). Pinnacle of luxury it’s not, but what it does telegraph is certainly more important: an easy sense of style, one that doesn’t pin itself to labels and price tags.

It’s rather difficult to track one down; your best bet is to look on Etsy, or in fair-trade shops like Ten Thousand Villages. (I’ve found nine options for you; buy them below!) Once you’ve settled on one, don’t be afraid to pair it with outfits both high and low. It adds a bohemian flair to casual looks, but also takes fancier frocks down to earth.

Dare I say the basket is the new status bag?

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Market Report: 15 Biggest Fashion Faux Pas of 2015

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Fashion rules to follow now. | Shutterstock.

  • Here are 15 major — and modern! — fashion faux pas to avoid in 2015. (We’re looking at you, graphic tees.)  [Refinery29]
  • Blake Lively has teamed up with cult-fave denim line Rialto Denim Project for a handful of limited-edition hand-painted (and gorgeous!) jeans. [Vogue]
  • Some of pop culture’s biggest names (Pharrell, Katy Perry) own the Apple watch, but are fashion heavyweights buying in? Not quite. [Fashionista]

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