Cashmere perfection. | Image via Burberry.
Even though temps are nearing triple digits, I can’t stop myself from lusting over fall buys. And Burberry’s latest addition did nothing to quell my autumnal leanings. The brand just launched (as in, yesterday) a custom “Scarf Bar” both in stores and online. Shoppers can choose a scarf — color, cashmere weight, pattern — and have it monogrammed. (For inspiration, click here.)
Ready to buy? Me, too. I spoke to a representative at the KOP location, who confirmed that they just finished setting up the monogram bar, which is located directly in the front of the store. While they don’t offer the full monogramming in-store, you can check out all the designs and scarf options and order there.
So, summer? I see your sun, and I’m glad for it, but let’s get on with this whole fall thing, ‘kay?
I don’t remember what I wore to my first job interview (I shudder to imagine it), but I do recall the outfit I wore to interview for this job: a camel-colored leather pencil skirt, skinny black turtleneck, a vintage black sleeveless dress that buttons all the way up, worn as a longish vest, and oxblood heels. The vintage part wouldn’t have gotten me the gig at, say, Vogue (vintage doesn’t work for an interview there), but it worked here. Turns out, it probably wasn’t the pencil skirt or heels that did it. It was my color choice: Lots of black.
A British t-shirt company surveyed 1,000 people to find out their perceptions of color. The results: 56 percent of participants perceived black to be the color that “most inspires confidence.” Read more »
Image via The Geisha House.
No offense to all the other Pope shirts out there (and there are a lot), but I’m not exactly dying to wear any of them. The graphics can be cool — like this one! — but the shape just isn’t how I prefer my tops to fit. Then I saw this top, a collaboration between the Laundry Room and the Geisha House boutique in Old City. Read more »
Conversion’s storefront, a work in progress. | Photo by Dan Thompson.
New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off. Read more »
The jewelry you’ll be coveting this fall. | Photo courtesy of Lagos.
A few weeks ago, the lovely Lagos team (did you know the company is based in Philly?) dropped by to show us a few pieces from the brand’s new fall collection, and we were instantly smitten. The pieces are totally luxe — diamonds, 18K gold — but in a wear-everyday way. There are gorgeous stackable rings (which I prefer to wear piled up to the knuckle) and more contemporary pieces, like a large pyramid-like pendant strung on a super-long silver chain. But the standouts are part of the new Black Caviar collection, a modern riff on the brand’s signature design, clusters of tiny beads that resemble the delicacy.
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Armour’s former digs.
Well, here’s some sad news to kick off the week: Armour, the nearly two-year-old menswear boutique, has closed. The shop was one of a handful of great men’s stores to flood the scene back in 2013; ToBox, Totem and Suitsupply all opened brick-and-mortars, filling a sorely needed gap in our retail landscape. Read more »
While Gap is struggling, its sister brand Old Navy continues to thrive, raking in $6 billion in US sales last year alone. And it’s funneling a little bit of its profits into setting down even more roots in Philly.
The company is planning to open a nearly 24,000-square-foot flagship store at 1618-22 Chestnut Street (you know, the gorgeous Art Deco building that’s now home to the Art Institute of Philadelphia). No word on when it’s slated to open, but they have confirmed that they won’t be closing the Gallery location.
Head to our sister blog, Property, for more info. And keep your fingers crossed that they don’t destroy that cool building facade.
Pre-fall’s rich, moody mix of embroidery, embellishment, fringe and fur lets you embrace an endless summer — and prepare for fall’s inevitable arrival. Here are seven great buys (that hit all price points!) that you can start wearing now and carry into fall, plus the inspiration (from Anna Sui’s fall 2015 collection) to pull it off.
Images courtesy of designers; wedge: Neiman Marcus; top: Net-a-Porter.
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