Bradamant Is Moving From Its Walnut Street Location

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Yes, that chambray top is a bodysuit. | Images via Bradamant Instagram.

Bradamant, the Philly boutique and line of bodysuits and undergarments, is temporarily closing its Walnut Street doors while they prepare to move locations. They’re bidding Rittenhouse farewell with an event tonight from 5pm to 7pm.

Bradamant is partnering with L’Occitane (right across the street!) for the fete.  Stop by both stores, shop, enjoy refreshments and be sure to leave your name and email to be entered to win a gift basket. (You’ll want to win this; it includes a bodysuit from Bradamant and an assortment of skincare products from L’Occitane.) Still no word on where Bradamant is moving, but check back next month for more updates.  Read more »

Monday Obsession: Jonathan Adler Globo Boxes

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As much as we’re fans of super-tech-y, multifunctional homewares and accessories, we can’t deny the dopamine-releasing effects of objects that are just plain pretty. Enter: Jonathan Adler‘s Globo boxes. The gem-like boxes have polished brass bases and are lined with luxe turquoise velvet. Fill them up with seasonally appropriate candies and place on the counter, or use them to tuck away treasures. Either way, these darling Easter egg-esque vessels put your Cadbury Cremes to shame.  Read more »

The 10 Best Philly Shops on Etsy

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Images via MallayVintage, ABJglassworks, PegAndAwl and ZolaJewelryObjects

Etsy, an online marketplace for artists to sell their wares, can be an overwhelming place to maneuver (too many weird watercolors and oddball earrings). And while researching this post, I was reminded Just. How. Many. Etsy shops there are. But there are hidden gems out there; you just need to know where to look. We culled, browsed and pared down the glut of Etsy shops to narrow down the best of the best. So, here you go: a cheat sheet to the 10 best Philly-based Etsy shops. You’re welcome.  Read more »

Shoppist Revisit: Is Rittenhouse’s New Banana Republic Factory Store Worth Visiting?

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Chestnut Street’s Banana outlet. | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Back in December, we announced to much fanfare that a Banana Republic Factory Store was opening at 1911 Chestnut Street. As suspected, the store was well-stocked and shiny, as are all brand-new stores. But it’s the day-to-day goings-on that really determine a store’s success and longevity. So, three months later, I went back, iPhone camera at the ready, to assess the store’s current sitch. And even though reviewing the chain sort of feels like that sweetly earnest food critic who reviewed Olive Garden, people have been asking whether it’s worth a trip. Our verdict? If you can get past the slight disorganization, it’s an affordable go-to for stylish — if not groundbreaking — workwear. Read more »

How to Make Cheap Shoes Look More Expensive (Tip: Get Them Painted!)

Images via @toboxshoes

Images via @toboxshoes.

Two weeks ago, I posted a guide to buying designer bags on the cheap. One of the tips was to buy designer bags in trendy colors because they often go on sale and could be scooped up at cheaper prices. Their suggestion? Have these bags dyed professionally to resemble more classic carryalls. (To wit: A tie-dyed/graffiti Chanel bag might be of-the-moment now, but will look dated next year; a basic black version will never go out of style.) We here at Shoppist HQ thought this was absolutely brilliant.

And then, only days later, local men’s shoe shop ToBox posted a video on Instagram of owner Tung To artfully painting a pair of men’s shoes, sharing photos of the “before” and “after.” (Obviously, this was destiny.) Apparently, though it began as a hobby, the shoe expert offers artisan hand-painting services for leather shoes, bags and accessories to keep your goods looking updated and in tiptop shape. Read more »

United by Blue Celebrates First Store-in-Store Concept at State & Union Tonight

Image via United by Blue

Image via United by Blue.

Good news: Environmentally conscious local clothier United By Blue is expanding — sort of. The lifestyle brand is known for its weather-ready waxed canvas bags, comfy tees and classic accessories (it seems like everyone was rocking this beanie this winter). And currently, they have two Philly locations: a flagship in Old City and a recently opened spot in University City.

But now, shoppers will also be able to get their hands on UBB merch at Kennett Square’s hip heritage lifestyle shop State & Union. State & Union has carved out a section of its shop to stock the entire line of United By Blue apparel, bags and accessories. State & Union owner Doug Harris tells us it will differ from a pop-up shop in that it’s intended to become a permanent addition to State & Union.

And though the new section has been up and running for the last few weeks, they’re celebrating the new concept tonight with foods, drinks and live music.  Keep reading to get in on the action.

The Best New Spring Arrivals in Philly Stores Now

At last! Spring arrivals are here. I’ve been happily raking in emails from local retailers announcing their new merch and decided to call out the pieces worth clicking ‘add to cart’. Even better? Most of the pieces are transitional, which means you can start integrating them into your wardrobe now. Eat it, winter.  Read more »

How to Shop Philly Vintage Stores on Instagram

Images via @briarvintage and @msmalena

Images via @briarvintage and @msmalena.

I follow a lot of Philly shops on Instagram. It helps me keep my finger on the pulse of the retail scene, and quite often it’s the go-to place for boutiques to release breaking news and post new arrivals. But they’re not just posting sneak peeks on their Instagram feeds; stores are also fielding purchase requests and sometimes updating their feeds up to 50 times a week.

It’s the new merchandising trend: vintage stores are posting their new buys to Instagram to provide the most up-to-date stock information without shoppers needing to constantly call or visit the stores. If shoppers find something they like, they need only call the shop to purchase the item or put it on hold and the item will be available for pick-up. If you’re someone who gets overwhelmed poring over mounds of merch, then this hyper-selective shopping method is just for you. Here, five Philly vintage shops that post their wares to Insta. We’ll be over here clicking the refresh button.  Read more »

We Want Everything in Eaves’ New Spring Collection

 We're in love | Photos by Carolina Palmgren

We’re in love | Photos by Carolina Palmgren

Local boutiques are rolling out new spring arrivals and we’re opening them with open arms. However, nothing has us quite as excited as Eaves‘ spring lookbook. Filled with crisp whites, quilted lightweight jackets and all types of linen, it’s basically spring perfection. All the looks are styled in a way that’s so accessible, you’ll be picking out whole outfits to recreate (that metallic tank and linen pant combo is just divine). Only 21 days until spring! Read more »

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