It’s Confirmed: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet Is Coming to Liberty Place in November

The New York Bloomingdale's flagship. | Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

The New York Bloomingdale’s flagship. | Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

Finally, we have confirmation that those Bloomies rumors were true: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet store is coming to Liberty Place in November. (Cue cheers.)

According to a press release, the Outlet will be located on the second level of the shopping center, in a vast 22,700-square-foot space (formerly home to Christopher’s Men’s). You’ll find off-price womenswear, menswear, children’s and home goods.  Read more »

Market Report: J.Crew Is Launching a New Chain of Lower-Priced Stores This Month

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A J.Crew store. | Highland Village.

  • As the ever-steepening prices of J.Crew begin to deter even the staunchest loyalists, the company has announced that it will open a new chain of low-priced stores called J.Crew Mercantile. The first outpost opens later this month in Dallas, and will be much like Old Navy is to Gap. [Fortune]
  • Move over, Kickstarter: Etsy is dipping its toes into crowd-funding space with a two-month pilot program called Fund on Etsy. What this means for you: If you have an Etsy account, you can help finance a product you love. [Racked]

Next: Ed Hardy founder dies; why you should stop throwing away shoeboxes.

Market Report: 6 Shopping Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

Image via Shutterstock

Image via Shutterstock.

  • Even the savviest shopper can be swayed by a too-good deal or a too-small (but so good) pair of shoes. Here are the main mistakes shoppers make, and how to avoid them. [The Zoe Report]
  • It seems the Apple Watch has quickly lost its luster: Online sales for the device have dropped 90 percent since April, and continue to tank. [CNBC]
  • Apparently, the way you carry your bag says a lot about you. A body language expert decodes the main bag-carrying styles — crook of your arm, crossbody — and what they mean. (I’m “street smart and assertive.”) [WhoWhatWear]

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Market Report: How to Wear Ballet Flats and Still Look Cool (It Can Be Done!)

Coming down to earth doesn't need to mean looking boring. | Photos via Vanessa Jackman.

Coming down to earth doesn’t need to mean looking boring. |  Vanessa Jackman.

  • If you’re a loyal Shoppist reader, then you know of my intense hatred for Tory Burch ballet flats. But you can make ballet flats look non-basic. Here’s how. [Man Repeller]
  • Turns out, Band-Aids might actually make blisters worse. Instead, use Moleskin bandages, heel liners, gel pads and these tips for a blister-free summer. [InStyle]
  • A man create an air-conditioned shirt. Take that, summer. [WTKR]

Up next: Swimsuits that fight saggy boobs and what’s really killing Coach and Ralph Lauren.

Retail News: Atelier Rittenhouse Is Closing; Hosting Blowout Sale

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Atelier Rittenhouse’s lovely interior. | Facebook.

It was good while it lasted, which, unfortunately, was hardly long enough: Atelier Rittenhouse is closing up shop.

The boutique — located in a gorgeous, if far too large, brownstone just off the square — is closing, owner Sharla Floyd confirmed in an email to me today. Open since this past November, the shop carried hard-to-find, ultra-luxe lines (Misha Nonoo, Katie Ermilio, Cushnie et Ochs) alongside work by female artists, primarily from PAFA. Floyd, who admitted to me that the store was a tad too spacious during a recent visit, said that she is planning to look for a smaller space. Meanwhile, she will continue to update her online store throughout the summer with artwork and a few home lines. Tip: Blowout sale on apparel.

A Sneak Peek of King of Prussia Mall’s In-Progress Expansion

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Behold, the new corridor that connects the Plaza and the Court. | Emily Goulet.

Yesterday, I put on my hard hat (see proof of this below) and took a tour of the King of Prussia Mall’s huge new — and very much still under construction — expansion. Set to be completed in August of 2016, the plan is to connect the Plaza and the Court via a 170,000-square-foot pavilion that will house 50 additional retailers and a new dining pavilion.

“Why is this amazing shopping center two shopping centers?” said David Contis, president of Simon Property Group, to the small crowd of press that gathered outside the construction site yesterday. “Because no one could figure it out. Could we possibly build [a connector]? It would have to go through a road, a parking lot, connect two department stores and be built entirely in the air.” the answer: Yes, but with a lot of manpower (over 400 contractors are working on the project), steel (5,000 tons), pipes (38,000 feet of them).  New retailer info here.

Market Report: The Crazy Truth Behind Trying to Buy a Hermès Birkin Bag

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Well-loved It Bags. | Shutterstock.

  • Yes, trying to buy a Birkin is just as crazy as you think it is. (Think two-year waiting lists, sales associates determining whether or not you’re “deserving.”) [Racked]
  • Coming this fall: Project Runway for teens! Lifetime’s new spinoff of the design competition will focus on aspiring designers between the ages of 14 and 17. (Yep, Tim Gunn is still co-hosting.) [Fashionista]
  • Rebecca Minkoff is dipping her toe into the athleisure game with a collection of workout basics like sports bras, leggings, tanks and gym bags, set to launch in August. [Well + Good]

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Stop What You’re Doing: Skirt Boutique Is Coming to Rittenhouse

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Skirt’s Main Line location.

Great retail news for Rittenhouse shoppers: Skirt Boutique — the Bryn Mawr/Stone Harbor haven for upscale contemporary womenswear and accessories — is opening a third outpost at 212 South 17th Street, formerly home to luxe bedding store Duxiana.

In a press release, owner Maureen Doron explained the Center City move: “Skirt offers a curated collection of the best designers perfect for women raising their families in the city who need great casual clothes to look chic everyday, as well as for career women of Philadelphia, who always need to look both polished and fashion-forward.”

The store is expected to open in September. For now, you can get your fix through the boutique’s shopping box service (read about it here), or by visiting its Main Line and Shore outposts.

Abercrombie Hires Club Monaco Menswear Designer, Desperately Tries to Be Cool Again

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Will this label ever make it back into your closet? | Deymos.HR / Shutterstock.com

It’s no secret that the fashion masses have started to take notice of Club Monaco. The women’s clothing has become clean and modern, an accessible, if watered-down, version of legendarily minimal brands like Céline and The Row. The men’s collection isn’t far behind, with standout offerings and even standalone men’s brick-and-mortars (rumor has it that Philly might be getting one … eventually). And a struggling Abercrombie has taken notice: They just poached Aaron Levine from Club Monaco, where he’d been VP of men’s design for the past four years. Read more »

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