Breaking Retail News: Ellelauri Is Opening a New Center City Boutique


The brand’s Liberty Place pop-up shop.

When Philly-based fashion brand Sa Va closed its brick-and-mortar last year, the local fashion and retail community heaved a collective, heavy sigh. It was depressing, and also scary: If Sarah Van Aken, one of the city’s most outspoken advocates for local manufacturing, couldn’t keep her business afloat, could anyone else survive? And, even more importantly, would they even try?

Happily, the answer is yes. Duke & Winston made the huge move from a tucked-away studio in NoLibs to a prominent space in Rittenhouse; local designer Bianca De Pietro opened an atelier in Fishtown; and now, Philly-based lifestyle brand Ellelauri is making the leap from Liberty Place pop-up shop to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar. Cheer!

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Your Fashion Nightmare: Liberty Shoe Service Closes Suddenly; 35 Pairs of Shoes Go Missing

Liberty-ShoesFor several weeks, TAKE SHOES TO BE FIXED has been on my to-do list. So when I walked by my go-to spot, Liberty Shoe Repair on 18th Street, and saw a man taping a sheet of paper onto the metal gate over the door, I was surprised.

“Wait, did this close?” I asked him.

“Two weeks ago,” he said. Then launched into a stream of curse words, all directed at Liberty’s owner, who’d suddenly closed the shop after 21 years. The man pointed to his sign: SHOE-SHINE BY JUNE (“GLASS MAN”) @ BLUE SOLE SHOES 1805 CHESTNUT (NEXT TO CONTINENTAL).

You’d be cursing, too, if you left shoes there.

WTF is Going on With Michael Kors’s Rittenhouse Location?


Coming to Rittenhouse …. eventually. | Goran Bogicevic /

A brief timeline of Michael Kors in Philadelphia:

JANUARY 2014: Burberry vacates is prime (but apparently not prosperous) location at 1705 Walnut Street. No one is too surprised or upset because it wasn’t that great of an outpost anyway. Racked Philly confirms that Michael Kors is taking over the space.

FEBRUARY 2014: Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Pearl Properties of Philadelphia bought the building for $5 million, and that the Michael Kors store is expected to open May 15th.

APRIL 2014: Michael Kors — the man, not the store — comes to Philly. He visits Art In The Age, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit, shakes lots of hands, wears aviators, sees Cher. The store must be following soon, we thought!

MAY 2014: Crickets.

Fast-forward to now, and this is what we have:

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Christian Louboutin Launches Nail Polish Line With Terrifying Packaging and Video


Nail polish or weapon? | Photo via Christian Louboutin.

Perhaps Monsieur Louboutin should stick to shoes.

The king of heels is branching out into beauty. His first stop: a nail polish collection, which at this moment consists of only one color, Rouge Louboutin, which shoe-lovers will recognize from the shiny soles of Louboutin shoes.

The price is almost as scary as the bottle.

Yay Or Nay: Ellen is Launching a Major Lifestyle Brand


The next Martha Stewart? | Photo via Shutterstock.

Full disclosure: Ellen Degeneres can do no wrong in my book. I love her. I love her dance moves, her jokes, her undeniably adorable banter with Sophia Grace and Rosie. Still, I was still skeptical when I read that she’s launching a lifestyle brand with Chris Burch (you know, Tory’s ex and the guy behind C. Wonder).

Hm. I’m not so sure about this.

Shop LA’s Coolest Store at Nordstrom KOP’s Pop-In Shop


it’s like Pinterest come to life. | Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

These days, everyone wants to be a boutique. Even the mega department stores. Case in point: Nordstrom, who just this very weekend launched its latest “pop-in” shop featuring Poketo, an LA-based shop that’s quickly become a cult-favorite destination for artful, innovative spins on everyday items like desk accessories, planners, notebooks, chairs, tables and planters.

And now you can shop it at KOP!

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