Well, the rumors were true: Banana Republic Factory is coming to 1911 Chestnut Street, the site of a former liquor store.
Perhaps Monsieur Louboutin should stick to shoes.
The king of heels is branching out into beauty. His first stop: a nail polish collection, which at this moment consists of only one color, Rouge Louboutin, which shoe-lovers will recognize from the shiny soles of Louboutin shoes.
Full disclosure: Ellen Degeneres can do no wrong in my book. I love her. I love her dance moves, her jokes, her undeniably adorable banter with Sophia Grace and Rosie. Still, I was still skeptical when I read that she’s launching a lifestyle brand with Chris Burch (you know, Tory’s ex and the guy behind C. Wonder).
These days, everyone wants to be a boutique. Even the mega department stores. Case in point: Nordstrom, who just this very weekend launched its latest “pop-in” shop featuring Poketo, an LA-based shop that’s quickly become a cult-favorite destination for artful, innovative spins on everyday items like desk accessories, planners, notebooks, chairs, tables and planters.
I’ve got news of some exciting moves on the retail front (Rittenhousers, you might want to prepare yourselves. This isn’t going to be pretty). Hello World—the beloved Rittenhouse gift shop—and its sister store Hello Home—the home goods boutique at 10th and Pine—are closing their respective locations and combining into one mega lifestyle store in University City.
Don’t want to schlep out to KOP, Cherry Hill or Willow Grove to shop Nordstrom Rack? Can’t wait for the actual brick-and-mortar to open on Chestnut Street this fall? Lucky for you, the discount arm of Nordstrom has (finally) launched an e-commerce site.
Off-price clearance stores, generally the last shops to join the e-commerce party, are catching up. This past October, Off Fifth opened its e-store; Neiman Marcus’s clearance store, Last Call, also offers online shopping, as does designer clearance emporium Century 21 (which is also coming to Philly!). But you really care about the shopping, and Nordstrom Rack’s site looks pretty darn good. I sifted through the site to bring you the 10 things to nab first. Happy e-shopping!
Over at Shoppist, news of store closings usually are met with loud gasps, long sighs and, if a store is really, really good, cries of “Noooooooo.” (Those resonated down the halls yesterday, when we got wind of Arcadia in NoLibs closing.) Today, there were more audible gasps, as we got word that 30-plus-year-old Lafayette Hill’s Claire Dickson Boutique is closing.