A peek into Malena’s Vintage. Photo via Instagram.
Time to let you on one of my vintage secrets: Malena Martinez’s smallish, eponymous shop in West Chester. It’s amaaaazing. (Side note: It’s also the place where I found that insane Alaïa jacket, which, by the way, I still think about.) So mark your calendars: Malena’s is having a major storewide sale today until 9pm, during which everything is 20 percent off.
I got Malena to spill some details about what vintage gems you’ll find: fur shawls; colorful vintage slips, all regularly priced between $28 and $48 (“They’re good for layering underneath your spring dresses, so you can start wearing them now without being too chilly,” says Malena. “Let them peek out from beneath!”); sweater clips; “bug chunky, colorful necklaces”; cocktail dresses, and a smattering of designer pieces. Oh, and lots of bright candy colors. “We’re all so sick of winter here,” she says.
Click here for exciting news about the shop.
The “Break Up” gift box. Photo via Swoonfull.
My new obsession: Swoonfull, a brand-new Main Line-based company that puts together thoughtful, themed gift boxes and sends ‘em out for you. They’re basically the elves of the northeast (they call themselves “giftologists”) and they make it ridiculously easy to actually be the kind of friend you always try to be, you know, before life gets in the way. (I can’t tell you how many break-up/new baby/new house/get well gifts I have at home that I’ve never actually gotten around to mailing out. It’s rather embarrassing.)
Read more about it here.
Photo via Analog Watch Co.
When we first heard about the Philly company turning out wooden watches, we were worried the timepieces would be a distant cousin to this accessory, or worse, fall into this category. The verdict? They’re actually pretty amazing.
Philadelphia-based Analog Watch Co. has designed a series of minimalist, eco-friendly wooden watches that pack a serious aesthetic punch. The watches come in teak, blackwood, bamboo, maple and a variety of other woods—and, yes, the wooden strap is flexbible. If you don’t want a full-wood variety, opt for one with a wooden face and leather strap, like the Leather & Blackwood iteration from the Carpenter Collection.
Analog Watch Co. has partnered with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit that ensures a portion of profits from each watch sold will result in the planting of a tree. Plus, the watches are 80 percent biodegradable. Get yours for $119.99 during the presale here.
Click here to for more pics of the watches.
Photo via J.Crew
J.Crew needs your old denim! (Well, sort of.)
In conjunction with a crazy denim roll-out, J.Crew has launched an awesome initiative to benefit Blue Jeans Go Green, a denim recycling program. Bring an old pair of jeans to your local retailer by March 3rd and get 15 percent off when you buy a new pair. (We love these and these!) Blue Jeans Go Green will recycle your old pair into ultratouch denim insulation (environmentally safe, non-itch insulation without carcinogenic warnings) for homes in need. Bonus: If you liked our post about monogramming your jeans DIY-style, you can now get select pairs at J.Crew professionally stitched for $10.
It’s official: The front window of DSW in Ardmore.
Shoppist got word that DSW‘s Ardmore location will be closing and making the move to Wynnewood come March. The relatively small Ardmore outpost (in comparison to other colossal DSW locations) is certainly in a less-than-idea spot: at the rear of a hard-to-find, underwhelming strip mall with limited parking off Lancaster Avenue. A sales associate at the Ardmore store confirms the new location will be housed in the second floor of the former Borders (80 East Wynnewood Road, seen below), with a Mad Mex on the first floor. Sorry, no closing sales to look forward to, but hey! Margs and shoes!
Click here to see the new location.
Bus Stop owner Elena Brennan.
It’s always fun to see national press discover the homegrown gems we’ve loved all along. Sometimes they get it right (Allure recently called out Fishtown salon Parlour for their awesome cuts—maybe they checked out our Best of Philly list first?) and other times, they miss the mark (see: Vogue‘s nonsensical map of the city). Happily, Footwear Plus, a business-to-business fashion publication for the footwear industry, got it totally right. They awarded Queen Village boutique Bus Stop the prestigious ‘Excellence in Retail/Best Boutique in the Country’ award, a well-deserved accolade (think of it as the Olympics of the footwear industry). Congrats to owner Elena Brennan and the Bus Stop team! Now, Shoppists, I recommend you head over to Fabric Row and see for yourself why they won. (In a nutshell: a quirky-cool selection of shoes, and stellar accessories that you won’t find anywhere else.)
Looking for a reason to indulge in a little retail therapy this weekend? Here are two:
1. It’s finally, blessedly, temperate out (we won’t dare say warm just yet, but a few of us doffed our coats this afternoon! Progress).
2. Tomorrow kicks off the first-ever Shop for CHOP, a three-day event during which 20 local, independent retailers will be donating 20 percent of proceeds to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The participating shops are all heavy-hitters in the local boutique world (which means you’ll be able to find amazing things), but even better, you’ll be helping raise funds for the hospital. Win-win!
Click here for a list of participating retailers.
Shoppist’s sister site Be Well Philly spilled the details on Without Walls, the new Urban Outfitters outdoors and fitness brand slated to launch March 1st. The promo video is enticing (it almost makes me want to go camping) and the gear looks cool—bright patterned tights, colorful sports bras, colorblocked windbreakers, one questionable bodysuit. Surely it will be a more affordable option than Lululemon, which I’ve come to think of as the John Galliano of workout wear: pretty to look at, uber-expensive, and always embroiled in some sort of controversy.
But there’s a hitch.
Photo by Evan Schapiro.
Name: Ashley Renee
Day Job: Yoga teacher, studying with Dhyana Yoga.
Where We Found Her: InLiquid’s Benefit v. 14 at the Crane Arts Building in Olde Kensington.
Keep reading for her favorite thrift stores in Philly, and where she scored that awesome knit headband.
Satisfy your lust for summer blooms and tropical sunsets with prettier-than-a-postcard prints, splashed across everything from silk blazers to skinny pants. Shoppist tip: The pic is shoppable! Mouse over the photo above for price and store info.