About a week ago, I wrote about local brand United by Blue’s Kickstarter campaign to begin production on ‘The Ultimate American Sock,’ socks that are made of bison wool. And it looks like Philadelphians got pretty psyched about the prospect of toasty toes from the down of American Bison because they annihilated United by Blue’s original goal of $15,000 with a current pledge of $41,718. And—get this—they still have 28 days left on their campaign. Congrats, gang.
I know it’s a temperate 68 degrees outside today, but check your weather app: on Friday, it’s plummeting into the 40s, and it’s just going to get colder from there. And if you’re like me and would rather wear four layers and a parka at home than turn on the heat, then you need to know about these socks. Made by local clothier United By Blue, the socks are ultra-soft, warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, and … not quite in production. To get your hands on a pair, you’ll need to visit their Kickstarter page.
Few things make me gasp out loud at my desk. They are, in no particular order:
- discovering that a pair of wildly expensive shoes on sale for 75 percent off are still magically available in my size
- news of a store closing (or a store opening)
- news of a man purposely being eaten alive by an anaconda
- truly beautiful things, like a couture dress made only for the runway, or, well, this bag.
- Happy Monday! To start things off, we have an answer to fall’s most burning style dilemma: What kind of boots actually look good with skinny jeans? [WhoWhatWear]
- A study revealed that the “party dress” is on its way out. Its replacement: Skinny jeans. [Refinery29]
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!
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.
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?
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.
We understand the urge to toss on floppy knit beanies—Shoppist editor Emily has a bedazzled highlighter yellow one we all adore—but with all the whimsical prints and chunky knits that went down the runway, a well-shaped cap can be just the dose of structure your outfit needs to pull your look together. Resist the knit and opt for one of these eight wool and felt toppers. Plus, now that Goorin Bros. is open, it only takes a quick trip to Walnut Street to get bedecked. You’re welcome.