Sale of the Season: Joan Shepp’s Infamous Basement Sale Starts Tomorrow


Joan Shepp.

If local sales are like football games, then this one’s the Superbowl: Joan Shepp‘s annual “blowout” basement sale. It kicks off (get it? Sorry) tomorrow, and we chatted with manager Ellen Shepp to get the low-down.

First things first: Plan a morning coffee meeting. You’ll want to get there in the morning to snag the best stuff. The sale lasts through Saturday, January 24th, and during the sale, store traffic is steady each day. (We can attest to this.) So for true bargain-hunters, the early bird really does get the Demueleeester.

As for the deals, all men’s and women’s fall and winter collections are on sale. Most items are 60 to 70 percent off, and spring 2014 archives are 70 to 85 percent off. (Basically free!)

But let’s talk specifics.

Joan Shepp Is Offering a Different Designer Deal Every Day This Week


Joan Shepp’s store floor.

The mother of all sales kicks off today: Joan Shepp is dishing out deals on a different designer every day this week (try saying that five times fast). Joan calls it her “week of giving;” you can consider it the next best thing to her annual basement sales, and a chance to score that pricey designer piece you’ve been eyeing at a steep discount.

Ready to shop? Here is the daily sale break-down.

Click for details.

Joan Shepp Is Having a Huge Pre-Black-Friday Sale Because Why Wait?


See all that black merchandise? It’s on sale now. | Photo via Joan Shepp.

This week is pretty much the Superbowl week of shopping. We’ve already given you your game plan for Black Friday shopping (we’re adding more sales and events to the list every day, so keep checking back!). But for the shoppers who can’t deal with Friday’s crowds, we have sale salvation in Joan Shepp.

Sale details ahead!

Decades Vintage Owner Cameron Silver At Joan Shepp Tomorrow (Yes, With Tons Of Vintage For Sale)


If you’re a true vintage obsessive, you know Cameron Silver from Decades, the legendary vintage boutique in LA. If you’re a Bravo obsessive, then you know him from ‘Dukes of Melrose,’ the short-lived reality TV series documenting the glamorous and deliciously over-the-top business of vintage couture. And if you don’t know him at all, well, then even more reason to get down to Joan Shepp tomorrow to meet him and see what real high-end vintage is all about.

Details about that vintage here.

Opening Night at the New Joan Shepp


Wednesday night Joan Shepp officially opened her new store at 1811 Chestnut Street. The trailblazing Shepp’s flagship store was on Walnut Street for nearly two decades before it was chased from Philadelphia’s Rodeo Drive by rising rents. Joan Shepp then headed for the posh Shops at Liberty Place; although it was very lovely, she yearned for a storefront with the glorious window displays that we’d all grown to love. She’s found that in the beautiful new 9,000-square-foot showroom she now calls home.

Joan and daughter Ellen Shepp attract a fashionable crowd to their store, which carries both men’s and women’s clothing, and houses an array of designer labels including Moschino, Balenciaga, Jil Sander,  Rick Owens and Phillip Lim. The crowd at the opening night party was just as eclectic and fabulous.  There were live models in the window facing Chestnut Street, and earlier in the night Mike Jerrick, and new co-host Alex Holley from Fox 29 modeled.

Food was provided by all the Starr restaurants, and over a 1,000 macarons were made by Parc restaurant’s pastry chef. Denise Fike created a mural of guests who attended the soiree, as models roamed the store’s three rooms and outdoor space with the latest fall collections.

Photos from Joan Shepp’s Opening Night after the jump »

Your First Look at Joan Shepp Before It Opens This Weekend


Black and white and gold all over: Joan Shepp’s new space is spectacular.

If I leave our office building, turn right and then make an immediate left down an alleyway, I can cut through two parking lots and be at Joan Shepp‘s new location in exactly two minutes. I discovered this yesterday evening when I set out for the store’s private press preview, an exclusive sneak peek at the space before it officially opens to the public this Saturday. After a much-publicized decision to leave its prime Walnut Street spot, and then it’s short-lived tenure at Liberty Place, Joan Shepp announced it was moving into the rundown space at 1811 Chestnut Street—the former site of a mattress store—to plenty of raised eyebrows. They were supposed to open in April. Then, we heard, possibly May. But I can tell you after last night’s walk-through: It was worth the wait.

Read more here.

Holy New Website! Joan Shepp’s New Website And E-Store Is Amazing

Joan Shepp's New Website

Today Joan Shepp finally rolled out its new website and it is, in a word, amazing. Gone are the hard-to-discern flat shots of clothes on a white background. Now, pieces by the likes of Jil Sander, Issey Miyake, Elizabeth & James and Comme des Garçons  shine on models—the fluid lines of an Issey Miyake cloak caught in motion is a standout. The selection available online is still small—”curated,” in boutique speak—but endlessly shoppable, and inspiring. Perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful piece of the site, though, is the compilation of stark black and white shots of Shepp’s new space, still under construction (it’s slated to open this spring). There’s a picture of Joan herself, silhouetted as she stares out the back window of the building at 1811 Chestnut Street, one of the grand dames of Philadelphia fashion looking into the future—which, now, looks pretty bright.

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