Market Report: Six Ways To Grow Out Your Hair

  • If you’re looking to rock a pony this summer—we’re five months out!—the time to start growing your hair out is now. Here are six ways. [Lucky]
  • Double-hatting, wearing a beanie under a wide-brim hat, might be the freshest cold-weather trend out there. [Madewell]
  • After a 17% profit increase last year, H&M is slated to open 400 new stores in 2015. [Fortune]

Up next: The film-inspired menswear collab we’re seriously psyched about.

Even Olivia Palermo Couldn’t Save Piperlime: E-Tailer Closing


Image via Piperlime

In surprising retail news, Gap Inc. e-boutique Piperlime has announced plans to close its virtual doors by April. Marketed as a shinier, higher-end boutique addition to the Gap powerhouse (Old Navy, Athleta and Banana Republic), the site had been experiencing a noticeable decline in the past year (including a pared-down brand selection), eventually resulting in a brand relaunch this past August. According to Bustle, “annual sales were under $100 million, which equals out to less than one percent of the company’s revenues,” leading us to believe the tiny profits just didn’t cut it for the mega-brand.

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SkyMall Is Closing: 10 Bizarre Items You Will Never Be Able to Buy On an Airplane Again


Your days to buy men’s compression shirts like these are numbered. | Photo via SkyMall.

In very sad retail news, SkyMall filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. This means that your days of settling back in the warm embrace of an American Airlines chair and flipping through the SkyMall catalog are over. But what will become of all the massage chairs and life-size medieval knight statues? Before your days of ordering such things are gone forever, here are some of the best items the in-flight mall has to offer. Enjoy.

King Tut’s throne awaits!

OMG, Is Target Coming to Center City?


We’ll always have the Red Lobster. | Shutterstock.

The suburbs. Land of the white picket fences and chain restaurants. But while we (I say ‘we’ because I am a suburbanite, though I spent about 85 percent of my time in the city) might not have great dining options, or the ability to walk everywhere, we do have one thing: Targets. Targets everywhere, big, glorious beacons of hope and beauty and flokati throw rugs.

Right now, there are no Target locations in the heart of the city; the closest one is the South Philly location. But soon, the shining star of the ‘burbs—the thing I can hold over the heads of my friends who ask me again and again why I don’t live in the city is that I can reply: “But we have TARGET!”—might be coming to Center City.

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Third Street Habit Announces Mega-Sale Starting Tomorrow


Third Street Habit’s cozy shop.


I recently got an email from Third Street Habit owner January Bartle that was like a gleaming little gem in my inbox: She told me that her boho-cool Old City shop is kicking off a major sale tomorrow, one of their biggest in years.

Starting tomorrow, all fall/winter styles (they carry brands like Maison Scotch, Isabel Marant Étoile and Mara Hoffman) will be discounted by at least 50 percent off. They’re also bringing back their $50 racks of jeans. “Plenty of skinny styles to wear with winter boots,” Bartle said.

And there’s more!

Retail News: C. Wonder Is Closing All of Its Stores


A splashy C. Wonder store.

Buzzfeed reported Monday night that C. Wonder is closing its doors—every single one of them. The company, founded in 2011 by Tory Burch’s ex-husband Chris Burch, has been closing many its 32 locations for the past several months; the King of Prussia location is now closed.

While some of the offerings were cute—like these smoking slippers—the bright, whimsical, preppy chain always felt like a pale knock-off of Tory Burch, which I noted back when C. Wonder first announced its opening.

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Retail News: Hill Company Opening a Huge New Showroom in Chestnut Hill


Hill Company’s current location on Germantown Avenue.

Few things are sadder than de-trimming your home after the holidays. Front doors look suddenly barren without a wreath, bushes look plain and puny without twinkling lights, and windows look bare without swags of garland. It’s a perfect time, then, to set your sights to warmer-weather outdoor gear; you’ll be using that patio/deck/pool area soon enough. My advice: Take advantage of Hill Company‘s huge relocation sale, which is happening right now.

The home and garden store is moving out of their small Chestnut Hill storefront to a larger spot on Germantown Avenue. The new 11,000-square-foot location—which will be in the old Diane Bryman rug store at 8040 Germantown Avenue—is slated to open in early March.

So about that sale …

Store Closing Sale: Denim Habit in Ardmore


Time to up your denim game. | Shutterstock.

Denim Habit in Ardmore isn’t exactly closing, but it might as well be: The jeans-centric shop is relocating from its Suburban Square spot to … California. So, yeah, a bit of a hike. (Luckily, there’s one closer—the Marlton location is staying open.)

The store is shedding stock for its cross-country move, which means huge discounts of up to 90 percent off. (Basically free.)

Here’s how long you have to shop it.

Retail News: Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location Officially Opens


The store pre-opening. | Photo by Josh Middleton.

It’s finally here! After a mighty long process, the highly anticipated Michael Kors at 1705 Walnut Street has officially opened. The 8,000-square foot, two-floor store celebrated its opening on Friday, December 19, and is home to women’s apparel, shoes, bags and the collection linejust in time for shoppers to score last-minute gifts. Turns out, the procrastination may have paid off; the store is offering exclusive holiday and grand opening promotions.

Click here for all the details.

BREAKING: Superior Shoes Is Closing; Philly Shoe-Lovers Freak Out


Where soles are saved. |Photo via Google Maps.

Bad news for the Philadelphians who’ve relied on Superior Shoe Repair to fix their fanciest footwear: the shop is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Owner Won Song confirmed this afternoon that he would be closing up shop on December 31st. He told me over the phone that the building (1501-1505 Walnut Street) has been sold and all existing businesses were given two months’ notice to vacate. The building was bought by PREIT (who, it should be noted, also own the Club Monaco property located just next door).

Get details on a new location here.

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