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

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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.

Retail News: Banana Republic Factory Store Set To Open Tomorrow

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It’s (almost) here! | Photo by Marina Lamanna.

Seemingly overnight, the Banana Republic Factory Store on 1911 Chestnut Street is stocked and ready to open. A quick trip to the storefront today confirmed that it will, in fact, be opening tomorrow, December 17th. We suggest taking advantage of the convenient opening date to score last-minute holiday outfits.

Keep reading for more info.

King of Prussia Mall Unveils Expansion Plans

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The owner of the King of Prussia Mall unveiled its expansion plans yesterday. Simon Property Group announced details and showed off renderings of the already-underway expansion that will connect the two malls at King of Prussia, The Court and The Plaza.

The 155,000-square-foot expansion, which will be fully enclosed, is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. The mall will also add a new parking garage “with speed ramps, space location technology and valet service.”

Click here for renderings.

Don’t Panic: Anthro’s Sale Room Hasn’t Disappeared

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It only looks grim. | Photo by Anne Bigler.

A friend sent me this photo she’d seen on Facebook of Anthro’s seemingly destroyed sale room at the Rittenhouse location. The room—once a beacon of possibility—had plastic over it, and looked like a construction site.

That sale room has been on the ground floor since (as far as we know, or care to remember) time began. Was Anthro getting rid of one of the best sale racks in the city?

I called over, in a state of near panic, to see what gives.

Calm yourselves.

Shoes News! J.Crew Ups Its Footwear Game With Sophia Webster Collaboration

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It’s sort of like shoe snowflakes. | Photos courtesy J.Crew.

J.Crew—maker of ballet flats worn by all—has sprinkled even more quirkiness into its collection with the help of British shoe designer Sophia Webster. (You might remember her name from my post about these insanely awesome winged superhero shoes.)

The holiday collaboration launched just last week, and it’s pretty much every party shoe you could ever want.

Tassels! Metallic! Glitter!

More New Stores Open Today: Timberland and Frey Boutique

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A look at Rittenhouse’s new Timberland store. | Photo courtesy Matthew Vhlahos.

This week has been a whirlwind of store openings, parties and previews. The ones generating the most buzz are Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack (see my reviews and sneak peeks of each here and here). But, lest we forget, there are two other stores opening their doors today: Timberland in Rittenhouse, and Frey Boutique in Newtown Square.

Read more here.

Timberland Opens Saturday With a Surprisingly Good Selection of Clothes for Fashion-Forward Folk

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Tis the season for revamping your wardrobe. Fall’s chillier temperatures are moving in, and giving us the chance to layer up in sweaters, knits and jackets (I hear parkas are big this year!) and throw on some chunky, weather-defying footwear.

Lucky for us, Philly has also seen an influx of new fashion retailers moving in. Just last night I was a guest at a sneak-peek opening of New York discount megastore Century 21 in the old Strawbridges Building (which, let me tell you, brought out the gays in full force), and this weekend will see the opening of Nordstrom Rack (1700 Chestnut Street) and Timberland.

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Study: 26 Percent Of People Start Holiday Shopping Before Halloween

illo girl with shopping bagsHere’s some shocking news for you: According to Google’s research on holiday shopping trends, 26 percent of shoppers will have already started their holiday shopping by Halloween this year. Yes, you read that right. As of today, about one-quarter of Americans have already started holiday shopping. 

We stumbled upon this curious study on Fashionista and immediately hated these people. They’re sort of like those annoying people at college who finish writing papers weeks before they’re due. Isn’t procrastination half the fun, that frenzied jaunt to the mall seconds before it closes? Hell, I haven’t even bought Halloween candy, let alone Christmas presents.

But is it really so crazy?

Answer: maybe not.

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