Armour: A Trendy Addition To Fabric Row

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Some three weeks ago we mentioned forthcoming refurbishments to Fabric Row and how, apart from infrastructure upgrades and landscaping renovations, a lot of the area’s revival would be generated by its retail occupants.

It’s good to hear of long-established shops modernizing their approach but new retailers are great too — preferably those with merch we don’t often get around these parts.

News of the latest fashionable addition to South Fourth Street comes to us via our sister site Shoppist: New York-influenced Armour. 

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Morning Headlines: Saffron Gives Thumbs Up to Fabric Row Makeover

Photo of Fabric Row after the fire by Bradley Maule via Hidden City.

Photo of Fabric Row after the fire by Bradley Maule via Hidden City.

None of the changes seen by Philadelphia’s historic Fabric Row were more heartbreaking than two fires that occurred earlier this year. However, like the mythological phoenix rising from the ashes, this mainstay neighborhood could soon be seeing wonderful improvements. Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron certainly seems to think so.

Fabric Row’s gradual transformation can be seen with new retailers moving in (some having nothing to do with the fabric business) and old ones revamping their products, while still maintaining the neighborhood’s original image.

Saffron explains how, along with updating street lighting and well-placed green spaces,  sidewalk “corner extensions would be paved in a ‘fabric pattern’ [and] merchants are being encouraged to take down their security gates and install bright fabric awnings.”

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Property’s Morning Obsession: Jack B. Fabrics and Those Who Tried to Save It

Before the fire that tore through Jack B. Fabrics at Fourth and Fitzwater on Saturday afternoon–leaving one firefighter dead and another injured–the 35-year-old shop was a stalwart of Philadelphia’s Fabric Row. Three generations of the Blumenthal family operated the store, which was often busy with eagle-eyed customers peering at bolt after bolt of every kind of fabric imaginable.

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