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 »

So What Exactly Can We Expect From the Center City TargetExpress Store?

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A rendering of the first TargetExpress store in Minnesota. | Target.

After Target execs announced in January that they were planning to bring a TargetExpress store to Philly, they’ve finally settled on where and when: 19th and Chestnut (part of the redevelopment of the Boyd Theater space), opening in July 2016. But what the heck is a TargetExpress, and will it be worth shopping? Let’s dig in.  Read more »

Target Is Launching a Collaboration With Jewelry Designer Eddie Borgo

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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.

Start Lining Up Now: H&M’s Next Designer Collaboration Is With Balmain

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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.)

Cue freakout.  Read more »

Manayunk Gets a New Vintage Store This Weekend

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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 »

H&M Is Launching a Beauty Line Featuring Over 700 Products This Fall

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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?

Shop Sixty Five Opens an Online Store (And Lets You Easily Calculate Cost Per Wear)

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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.

Aldo Shoes Opening Walnut Street Location in July So That Everyone May Buy Cork Wedges

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Let the Aldo proliferation begin. (This one’s in Ireland.) | Martin Good / Shutterstock.com

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 »

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