A sneak peek of the collection. | David X Prutting and Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)
Recovered yet from the H&M x Balmain news? We’ve got another designer collaboration to tide you over until that collection hits stores (not ’til November 5th): Target announced that it’s partnering with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo on a collection of jewelry, accessories and wall art.
Borgo, known for his stud-heavy jewelry, has created 100 pieces for Target, most priced below $30. The collection — much of which is customizable via charms and cool add-ons — will launch in select Target stores and online July 12th. And while the collaboration might not provoke the same rabid furor as Lilly Pultizer’s line for Target (from which most of us are still recovering), those with more punkish, less Palm Beach-y style predilections — including me — will certainly be shopping.
Balmain’s army teams up with H&M. | H&M.
One of the best things to come out of last night’s Billboard Music Awards was a little announcement by Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. The 29-year-old Rousteing walked the red carpet with models-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, all wearing pieces from Balmain’s collaboration with H&M. (At the same time, Balmain tweeted this.)
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The store’s exterior, and a peek of the interior. | Facebook.
While vintage shopping online and via Instagram is fun, it can also be a bit of a gamble. (You can’t tell that that 1940s dress smells musty, or that the tulle underlayer of that 1950s skirt is disintegrating.) So while we’ve been content to shop Philly-based Millay Vintage online — and via the shop’s dreamy Instagram account — we’re over the moon that the store is setting up brick-and-mortar roots.
Owner Mary Spears is opening her cult-loved vintage shop in the old Meadowsweet Mercantile space at 4390 Main Street in Manayunk. The grand opening is this Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Stop by to shop her carefully curated collection of vintage clothing, furniture and home decor, along with a smattering of small-batch goods. Look for a floral pop-up out front and the ultimate treat: Each purchase on opening day comes with free flowers. See you there! Read more »
Meet your new beauty go-to. | H&M.
Fast-fashion empire H&M announced yesterday that it is launching a brand-new beauty line, set to debut in the fall. According to reports, the line will kick off with 700 products, but soon expand to over 1,000 items, which will range from nail polish and hair tools to body goods and makeup.
The collection will be twofold: an eco-friendly line called Conscious Beauty (the company is pushing its sustainability angle) and a higher-end, premium line. Look for it in stores worldwide and online starting in September. Prices will range from $2.99 to $24.99. What does this mean for Ulta?
Some of the brick-and-mortar’s online offerings.
Shop Sixty Five, the Doylestown fashion stalwart, is branching out: First, owner Linda LaRosa Bidlo opened a Glawyne outpost back in 2013, and now the boutique has launched an online store via Shoptiques.
The collection right now is small — only 16 items are available — but it’s worth taking a spin over there (do so here!) to check it out. My picks: an architectural Halston Heritage cocktail dress, a dreamy wrap top by IRO, and a Raquel Allegra frayed-edge tie-dye tee. Tip: Use online code SHOPNOW to get $10 your purchase until May 31st. But the coolest part is that cost-per-wear calculator.
Not all brands are migrating into neighborhoods other than Rittenhouse (see Kit and Ace in Fishtown). In fact, Aldo is doubling its efforts here, opening a second location on 17th and Walnut Street, mere blocks from its spot in Liberty Place.
The store is slated to open in July and, according to a store rep, will carry women’s and men’s shoes, plus accessories like handbags and jewelry. But will a street-front Walnut location harm Liberty Place sales? “We’re not concerned,” says Jessica Pomerantz, an Aldo assistant (who will also — hint, hint — be throwing the grand-opening party, though it will most likely be invite-only). The more the merrier? Read more »
Shop this spot virtually. | Image via Peter Kate.
Everyone can empathize with being strapped for time, trekking out to a boutique only to either: A) not find what you’re looking for, or worse, B) learn they don’t have your size. To combat this all-too-common dilemma, Peter Kate recently introduced a fabulous new FaceTime personal shopping and styling service.
They’re not the first to embrace the ultra-personalized shopping method. Last month, Erdon announced private shopping appointments in its Old City location. This retail shift accommodates Philly’s busiest shoppers, allowing for fast, efficient service from folks that actually know what they’re talking about (no more asking the gal in the fitting room next to you).
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Some of Kit and Ace’s offerings. | Images via Kit and Ace.
It’s the dream of Philly retail, or my dream at least: to lure in good national retailers, and then get them to set up shop somewhere other than Rittenhouse. It’s not that I don’t love Rittenhouse (good shopping here makes dipping out for a quick retail pick-me-up frighteningly easy). But to really expand our city’s shopping scene, we need to convince brands that there are viable options outside of that hallowed retail address. (In fairness, Michael Salove and his team have done a great job of brokering retail deals beyond Walnut Street, convincing shops that, yes, you can still survive on Chestnut and even on, gasp, numbered streets.)
But we need to go further than that, and the news that Canadian technical-cashmere company Kit and Ace is setting up shop in Fishtown (Fishtown!) is a pretty good start. Read more »
These blouses are closet lifesavers. | Images via TUXE.
Madewell isn’t the only new addition to Suburban Square today. Bodysuit and undergarment brand TUXE Bodywear has also opened up shop at the Ardmore shopping center. Formerly called Bradamant, the brand got its start as a pop-up in Rittenhouse; now they’re branching out with a full-fledged flagship location under their new name. Starting today, shoppers will be able to score all of their super-chic, office-appropriate blouses and bodysuits in their brick-and-mortar boutique. Workwear never looked so good. Read more »
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Bad news: Adorn Boutique is shuttering its doors on June 6th. Sarah Lewis, owner of the Fishtown jewelry boutique, made the announcement via email yesterday, citing that she “decided to focus [her] time and energy on other facets of [her] business, and on new ventures.”
While we’re totally bummed we’ll no longer be able to browse the bohemian brick-and-mortar shop, we find solace in the fact that we’ll still be able to shop jewelry, accessories and home decor online at tribe-jewelry.com. Plus, in conjunction with the store closing, they’re having a massive sale this month to clean out shop — and you know you want to get in on that. Read more »