Gingerbread and icing, or cardboard and spackle? | Anthropologie.
Beloved Philly-based powerhouse Anthropologie sets the standard in window displays, hands down. The only competitors that even come close are Free People and Urban Outfitters, which fall under the same company umbrella. Every holiday season, Anthro goes all-out in their festive decor, ending the year in a wintry wonderland that somehow gets better year after year. But the assembly process isn’t all gingerbread and gumdrops. Hours of structural planning, countless racks of cardboard, and painstaking sprinkles of delicate sparkles just so go into the making of each and every Anthro window design.
Take a peek inside the crafty world of the creative masterminds behind the window displays, and maybe you’ll pause a little longer to take in the views from the street. Read more »
Marc Vetri treated Tuesday like any other day. He spent his morning at Amis Trattoria on 13th Street, talking about the menu with the chef. Then he rolled over to Osteria on North Broad Street to do the same. Tonight, he’ll “roam around his restaurants” to make sure the vibe and the food are just right. Just like always.
But there’s little doubt that Tuesday is more than just another day. A day earlier, Vetri agreed to sell his family of restaurants to Urban Outfitters for an undisclosed price. In an interview Tuesday morning, Vetri said “we were never for sale” but that the synergy between the two companies was too strong to let the deal pass. Apart from the restaurant Vetri on Spruce Street, Urban now owns 100 percent of the business. Read more »
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We love watching local designers have their breakout moment, and for designer Megan Swansen, that moment is now. We’ve had our eye on the Philly-based designer since she appeared in our first-ever Philly Mag Fashion Project back in 2013, and now a piece from her spring/summer collection has made the (virtual) racks of Anthropologie. This morning, Anthro released 30 of Swansen’s fringed denim shift dresses ($268) exclusively online. Tip: There are only 30 dresses available, so you’ll want to act fast. Read more »
Snippet of the current display that will be in the auction. | Image via Anthropologie.
Clear your calendar: This Saturday, the Center City Anthropologie store is auctioning off its current colorful window displays. Yes, those displays. Those awesome little trinkets, hanging structures, and oddball curiosities that you find scattered in the windows. The ones that make you want to curl up on their perfectly made-up beds, lounge on their cool old couches and all but move in. And the ones currently in the window right now (pictured above!) are being auctioned off. Yup. You can own them.
All winning bids for the displays go towards Art Sphere, Inc., an awesome non-profit organization that helps empower Philly residents through the arts. The auction is silent; to bid on a display, visit the Anthro store at 1801 Walnut Street on Saturday, March 28th from 10am to 8pm. Those with winning bids will be notified the week of March 30th, and will be responsible for transportation of their displays. (Get a sneak peek of some of the displays here.) Read more »
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I think that most people love Anthropologie so much because shopping there is sort of like being in a dreamy, real-life Instagram pic (filtered in Valencia, natch). Sure, the clothes are nice — if generally not my style — and so are the accessories, but it’s the home selection that makes me ache for an airy cottage somewhere, so that I may fill it with painted ceramics and jewel-tone velvets and various artifacts that look as if they’ve been plucked from some far-flung flea market.
On Monday, we wrote about one of Anthro’s latest offerings — a splashy retro chair that’s part of the company’s largest home rollouts ever. But we barely scratched the surface. The home section, both online and in-store, is incredible. We’ve chosen our top 10 buys here, from the side table I am absolutely going to own even though I have a weird surplus of side tables, to the posh Chesterfield that can elevate even the most dull space. See our picks, and shop your faves, here.
Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? Anthropologie is taking the whole end-of-season sale thing to a whole new level. The shop’s sale section is chock-full of steeply discounted merch, and we sifted through it all to bring you the best of the best.
Here’s what we’re lusting over now. Read more »
Calling all broke college gals: our three Anthropologie locations (Rittenhouse, Wayne, Marlton) are looking for a couple of extra hands this holiday season. Right now, they are hiring seasonal sales associates—just in time for you to rake in some extra cash and reap the benefits of their unbeatable staff discount, which has reached near-mythological levels.
We stopped by the store (already tricked-out for the holidays) to check out the interview process. Here’s the deal: No appointments or call-aheads are necessary. Just pop by with your resume during the correct time slot. Wayne is holding interviews today until 6pm (they ask you apply online first); Rittenhouse is holding open interviews on Tuesday, November 18th, from 4pm to 6pm. Here’s what you need to know to nail it.
Up first: What to wear?
It only looks grim. | Photo by Anne Bigler.
A friend sent me this photo she’d seen on Facebook of Anthro’s seemingly destroyed sale room at the Rittenhouse location. The room—once a beacon of possibility—had plastic over it, and looked like a construction site.
That sale room has been on the ground floor since (as far as we know, or care to remember) time began. Was Anthro getting rid of one of the best sale racks in the city?
I called over, in a state of near panic, to see what gives.
The Relaxed Cardigan from Ann Taylor LOFT.
Last Friday, we featured five great fashion-forward Fall clothing picks for guys at a price point of $70 or less. Today, it’s the ladies’ turn. All of our picks can be purchased locally, are a good value for the price, and are fabulous additions to any wardrobe. In short, you shouldn’t have to break the bank to look good!
Wavelength Skirt, Madewell
Madewell, one of the new staples of Walnut Street shopping, has been a popular haven for casual, but refined, looks. This wavelength skirt is a perfect example of how the brand's style is functional yet flirty, and at a price range from $49.99 to $59.50, this piece can be an affordable staple. (Madewell, 1716 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Glitter Is Always An Option Graphic Tank, Nordstrom
We are loving that the graphic t-shirt is a fashionable feature this Fall, and we are especially loving this "Glitter is Always an Option" print by Recycled Karma. Available at Nordstrom, this fun $22.00 tank won't break your budget. At this price, getting two is always an option! (Nordstrom, 2000 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 190 N. Gulf Road, King of Prussia)
Moonchime Pendant Necklace, Anthropologie
A girl's got to have some accessories, right? This Moonchime Pendant Necklace is a stunning piece from Anthropologie that is an instant conversation piece, and we love the price, too: $48.00. (Anthropologie, 1801 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Always Skinny Black Jeans, Gap
Gap constantly re-brands itself, but one thing is always true: it's a great place for long-lasting basics. These Always Skinny black jeans from their new "Black is a Color" campaign have a little bit of stretch and are always in style. They barely made the list at $69.95, but always look out for special online promotions! (Gap, 1510 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia)
Ann Taylor LOFT
Relaxed Caridgan, Ann Taylor LOFT
Who doesn't love a good cardigan, especially when the weather fluctuates in early Fall? Ann Taylor LOFT's Relaxed Cardigan is the perfect seasonal transition sweater: it comes in a ton of colors, and at $49.50, you can afford to pick up a few of them. (Ann Taylor LOFT, 1625 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia; 1729 Walnut Street, Philadelphia; 133 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia)
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About six years ago, I went through a period I call my Monogram Years. It was around the time of my wedding, and my husband and I were registering for gifts. But not just any gifts! Monogrammed gifts. Our towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond? Monogrammed! Our sheets and pillowcases? Monogrammed! I remember feeling an intense wave of nausea when I realized that if I used my personal monogram (not our joint monogram) it would be EGG. As in scrambled. Needless to say, we proceeded with our joint initials—EGJ, the ‘G’ large in the center, a typographical symbol of our love. When my best friend got married, I rattled off the list of things I could get monogrammed for her. “I have a contact,” I told her cryptically. If you overheard our conversation, you’d probably have thought we were discussing where to score meth. It took her weeks to finally spit it out, in a fit of desperation: “I don’t like monograms!”
ARE YOU SERIOUS?