Remember Nicole Haddad, one of the designers in this year’s Philly Mag Fashion Project? Well, her line of comfy basics, called Lobo Mau, is taking off, cementing her status as a name to know in Philly.
Knit Wit has taken notice, and is hosting a Lobo Mau trunk show tomorrow. Fittingly, the party is called the ‘Sweat Event’—Haddad’s line is made from cozy sweatshirt materials, but in upgraded silhouettes (shawl-collared swing coats, toggled parkas).
Last week, I hosted our second Shoppist After Hours event at one of my fave spots in Philly: NINObrand‘s atelier just off of Rittenhouse Square. The space is minimal and modern—white, black, one splash of red in the form of a low-slung couch that sits by a rough-hewn wood table. The sparseness here is necessary: Anything more would take away from the subtle coolness of the clothing, all architectural folds and drapes that look so natural, you’d never guess the crazy skill and ultra-precise workmanship that lies behind them.
About 60 style-setters (and lots of shop owners!) gathered on Wednesday evening for a few hours of drinking (Spodee Wine was on hand to pour delicious cocktails!), mingling and shopping (check out the slideshow to see what I bought). NINObrand’s founder and designer, Bela Shehu, chatted about her inspirations, design philosophy, and just what she thinks about Philly style (she’s psyched about the singular style of the twentysomethings). It was inspiring all around. Check out the slideshow, and stay tuned for our next Shoppist After Hours event. (I can promise you this: It will be a good one.)
Few things make me gasp out loud at my desk. They are, in no particular order:
Last week, I posed this question on our in-office messaging system, Slack: “What’s your favorite hand cream?” I thought the ladies of the office would chime in instantly, and from the male editors, I’d get crickets. Shocker: The guys here are serious when it comes to hand cream. (Almost as serious as they are about their beard oil.)
Here are the best salves, ointments, butters, balms, lotions and creams, as recommended by Philly Mag’s discerning editors. And proof that real men use hand moisturizer.
A few years ago, I found my perfect pair of gloves: gold Nappa leather with tiny red suede ovals on the fingers, sort of like a built-in manicure. I needed them—only problem was, I wasn’t exactly sure of my size. I guesstimated (my hands are pretty small), and when the pair arrived, they were just a tad too tight. I kept them, of course, although I need to remove all of my rings before putting them on.
How this could’ve been avoided: this handy measuring tip from one of my favorite gift boutiques in the city, Scarlett Alley (241 Race Street). Just measure the circumference of your hand around the knuckles, not counting the thumb. Got that number?
Click for your size!