Get Excited! Ps & Qs Is Opening a Women’s Boutique on Antique Row

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The in-progress storefront. | Image courtesy Ps & Qs.

During a recent scouting trip along Pine Street, I found shop owners buzzing about the newest addition to Antique Row: Ps & Qs, the beloved South Street men’s boutique, is opening a second shop at 1018 Pine Street next month. But it’s not what you’d expect. This time, the guys are taking on womenswear – and I couldn’t be more excited.

For those not familiar with Ps & Qs, think refined streetwear from the likes of Carharttt, Publish, Norse Projects, with a touch of the rugged (Pendleton, Penfield, Herschel). And you can expect the same from the women’s outpost, which will be under the same name. Owner Ky told me that the new shop will be sleeker than the men’s counterpart, with some of the same brands and the same wall of cool backpacks the South Street shop is known for. Oh, and smattering of kid’s stuff, just for good measure. (Tiny Penfield sweatshirts!) Click here for a peek at the in-progress interior!

Shop Talk: The Just-Launched Target Collection You Need to Shop Right Now

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Looks from the Who What Wear x Target collection. | Images via Who What Wear.

  • One of our fave style blogs, Who What Wear, launched a collection at Target yesterday, and it’s one of my favorite collaborations yet. It’s now available online and in stores, is priced under $50, and ranges in sizes from 2 to 26. Check it out here and get shopping. [Who What Wear]
  • Let the red carpet games begin! The SAG Awards were Saturday night, and celebs didn’t disappoint with looks that ranged from spectacular to, er, a tad saggy. (Looking at you, Susan Sarandon.) Take a coffee break and look through them all, why don’t you? [E! Online]
  • Forget five-day shipping on online orders. Uber is partnering with several retailers (think Nordstrom, Rent the Runway, Cole Haan and 1800 Flowers) to deliver your packages to your door within hours. The initiative, called UberRush, is only rolling out in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, but there’s a possibility that it will expand if successful in these markets. Fingers crossed. [Mashable]

Next: Uber will deliver your Nordstrom buys.

Duke & Winston Is Closing Its Center City Doors

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Owner Seun and store mascot Duke the bulldog. | Image courtesy Duke & Winston.

Sad news on the retail scene: Philly lifestyle brand Duke & Winston is shuttering its Rittenhouse flagship store at the end of the month. After getting its start in a small NoLibs studio, the company lasted two years in its prominent – and spacious – Chestnut Street location, outside of which you’d often find the brand’s mascot, English bulldog Duke, lounging.

In an email, owner Seun Olubodun cited “an up & down 2015 and a coming rent increase” as reasons for the closure. But the popular local brand isn’t going away completely. Operations are moving back to Northern Liberties, where they’ll be focusing on growing their fledgling online business. The company also plans to host pop-up shops in various cities across the country.  Read more »

Accessories Shop Lou Lou Coming to Midtown Village, So You Can Stop Buying Cheap Jewelry at Forever 21

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A sampling of things you find at Lou Lou.

This Friday, Lou Lou opens its doors in Midtown Village with its 25th retail location on the East Coast. Founded in 2004 by co-owners (and couple) Ben and Tara Wegdam, the independent retailer has grown quickly, recognized for its wide range of cute and affordable scarves, colorful knitwear, and jewelry inspired by luxe trends, but priced more affordably.

Lou Lou is sort of the answer to the gift-and-accessory section of Target: Wallet-friendly lines of jewelry and gifty goods (including their newly launched men’s line LOU), plus quirky-cool home accessories, tech and travel essentials. For under $25, you can score gifts like a gold leaf jewelry tray to manage your bling, Edgar Allen Poe candles for your bookworm friend, or a Candy Striper mini emergency kit for the organization-obsessed girl on the go. Read more »

Retail Comings and Goings: Rikumo and Nich Boutique

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The Japanese import shop. | Image via Facebook.

In the hubbub of the huge Macy’s announcement (refresher: The company is closing 40 stores, including the Suburban Square location), some of the smaller retail shakeups went relatively unnoticed. Here are two you should be paying attention to: Rikumo, which just opened its doors on 12th and Walnut, and Nich Boutique, which is closing its West Chester shop at the end of the month.

First, the good news: Rikumo had its soft-opening on Friday, and judging by these first snaps from our resident pap HughE Dillon, things are looking pretty great. Read more »

ICYMI: Macy’s, Grindr and the End of Ombré

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What the style world is buzzing about this week. | Shutterstock.

It was our first week back in the office after a long holiday break (double sigh), and the fashion and retail world didn’t disappoint.  From depressing news (Macy’s) to exciting developments (another Sephora is coming soon!), here is everything you need to know right now to sound like a fashion know-it-all.

Macy’s is closing its Suburban Square location.
This is part of a larger series of closures – 40 in total across the country. Sadly, I’m not surprised. And neither is Donald Trump. [Shoppist]

Meanwhile, Sephora is opening a Suburban Square location.
It’s not all bad news for the Ardmore shopping center! The makeup emporium opens there next Friday. [Shoppist]

Saks is getting into flash sales!
The parent company of the luxe department store bought flash-sale site Gilt Group. Why you care: Saks Off Fifth (the discount arm of Saks) will have way more shoppable online, and Gilt will have in-store pop-up shops. Win, win. [ForbesYou know you want to see more.

Store Closings and Fleeing Shoppers: Is Macy’s the Next J.C. Penney?

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A Macy’s location. | Supannee Hickman / Shutterstock.com

The year isn’t starting off on a great foot for Macy’s. A lackluster holiday quarter, in which the chain saw sales fall more than 5 percent, has resulted in the company slashing 4,800 jobs and shuttering 40 stores across the country, including the Suburban Square outpost.

Execs blame the unseasonably warm weather, which actually posed problems for many retailers (to the tune of some $400 million in lost sales). But the forecast for Macy’s was looking bleak even before the first wreaths were hung: The company lowered its full-year expectations back in August (then, they blamed it partly on a decrease in international tourism).  Read more »

A Sneak Peek Inside Philly’s New Bloomingdale’s Outlet

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The new storefront at 17th and Chestnut. | Lauren McGrath.

Philly’s new Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store is set to open this Friday, December 11 in the heart of downtown at the Shops at Liberty Place. This 22,700 square-foot space is filled with the designer brands and luxe styles that can be found at the retailer’s standard stores, plus items unique to the outlet, all at discounted prices (up to 70 percent off retail). We got an exclusive tour of the new space. Take a peek inside the doors before they open to the public this Friday at 9:30 am. Read more »

Warby Parker Opening a Store in Former Le Bec-Fin Space

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Examples of Warby Parker retail locations. | Images via Warby Parker.

Since its founding in 2010, Warby Parker has catapulted into startup success-story fame, becoming a model for other fledgling companies and nabbing plenty of national acclaim. But though the company was started in Philly by two Wharton students, the brand’s presence has been limited to a small showroom in Art in the Age boutique in Old City, where customers can try on frames and then order online. We didn’t complain – hey, it’s better than nothing, right? – but it always seemed slightly unfair, especially as the company began sprinkling standalone retail locations across the country (New Orleans! Nashville! Austin! SoHo!) in 2013. Where’s the love?

Well, finally, we’ve got some: It’s been confirmed that Warby Parker is opening a brick-and-mortar location in the former Le Bec-Fin space at 1523 Walnut Street. According to reports, the store is slated to open next year, and will take over 2,360 square feet of retail space, spread out over two floors.  Read more »

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