Urban Outfitters Is Making Big Moves at the King of Prussia Mall

Many people don’t associate URBN’s brands with each other, but the company hopes to change that perception soon. This fall, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie and (wait for it) Pizzeria Vetri, URBN’s newest addition, will form a cluster within the King of Prussia Mall. This mall-within-a-mall will be more than just a bohemian girl’s haven; it’s a new concept for the company — and a bit of a gamble.  Read more »

Wait—Are Anthropologie Clothes Actually Cute?

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Images via Anthropologie.

We love a good embroidered sweater or floppy hat as much as the next chick, and Philly’s Anthropologie has tapped into the boho-chic market unlike anyone else. However, this quarter’s sales for the retailer are down two percent from an already lackluster year. Is the brand losing steam?

The Anthro’s chairman Richard Hayne told the Washington Post, “Clearly, the task at hand for the Anthropologie team is to improve the apparel assortment.” If you’re a designer, that comment stings. But the truth hurts, as we all know. Just take a look at Anthro’s dresses—the brand’s best-selling category— from last spring, which completely tanked in sales as the article points out. Have Anthro designers fallen out of touch with their customer? Read more »

Designer Accuses Anthropologie of Selling Copycat Bag (That, It Turns Out, Is Also Made From Cancer-Causing Materials)

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Image via Forestbound Instagram.

We all love a good David vs. Goliath story, especially when David is a fledgling independent designer and Goliath is a billion dollar retail giant. The latest David to raise arms is Alice Saunders, the designer behind Massachusetts-based bag company Forestbound. Yesterday, Saunders posted to Instagram a side-by-side comparison of one of her bags and one sold by Anthropologie (see above). The similarity of design and font is striking, and the fact that Anthro has previously collaborated with Saunders (and so is obviously aware of her brand and products) dashes any hopes of this being purely coincidental.

But there’s another worrisome detail that no one seems to be talking about. Anthro’s iteration of the ‘Escape’ bag, designed by Nila Anthony, comes with its own health warning – a quick little italicized sentence: “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” 

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Video: Behind the Making of Anthropologie’s Holiday Window Displays

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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: Why I Sold to Urban Outfitters

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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 »

Buy This Now: Anthropologie Launches Exclusive Dress by Philly Designer Megan Swansen

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Images via Anthropologie.

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 »

Anthropologie Is Having a Store Display Auction This Saturday

The current display that will be in the auction. | Image via Anthropologie.

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 »

Guys, We Need to Talk About Anthropologie’s New Home Collection

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All images via Anthropologie.

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.

Job Alert: Anthropologie Is Hiring For the Holidays And That Means Crazy Employee Discounts

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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?

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