Today Is Your Last Day to Shop at Delia’s for the Rest of Eternity

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The Delia’s website splash page.

P.S.A.: Today is your last day to shop at Delia’s forever.  The phone numbers for the King of Prussia, Montgomery Mall and Deptford Mall locations have all been disconnected, though the Delia’s website says the stores are open until 9pm (the Deptford mall location is open until 9:30pm).

You can try your luck and head there for rock-bottom prices and fixtures, but I’d advise against this as it would feel something like vultures picking the final bits off a dead animal. Go instead to pay your respects to the once-great bastion of tween fashion. R.I.P., Delia’s. It’s been fun.

The Best Time of Year to Buy Everything to Score the Best Price

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What to buy and when to buy it. | Shutterstock.

Everyone has a pretty good idea of the best times to buy certain things. Coats are generally the most expensive just before the winter season, swimsuits are the most costly in springtime, and everyone knows to look out for Black Friday deals. But what about cars? Luggage? Lingerie? Kitchen goods?

This handy infographic from Business Insider breaks it all down for you, and some of the tips are very insightful. For example, February is the best time to buy electronics as stores try to clear out older products to make room for new models from the Consumer Electronics Show (which takes place in January).

See the most interesting—and surprising—ones here.

Job Alert: Anthropologie Is Hiring For the Holidays And That Means Crazy Employee Discounts

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Calling all broke college gals: our three Anthropologie locations (Rittenhouse, Wayne, Marlton) are looking for a couple of extra hands this holiday season. Right now, they are hiring seasonal sales associates—just in time for you to rake in some extra cash and reap the benefits of their unbeatable staff discount, which has reached near-mythological levels.

We stopped by the store (already tricked-out for the holidays) to check out the interview process. Here’s the deal: No appointments or call-aheads are necessary. Just pop by with your resume during the correct time slot. Wayne is holding interviews today until 6pm (they ask you apply online first); Rittenhouse is holding open interviews on Tuesday, November 18th, from 4pm to 6pm. Here’s what you need to know to nail it.

Up first: What to wear?

Market Report: 10 Weird Facts About Your Favorite Stores

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  • Did you know Old Navy was named after a bar? And Sephora considers its employees cast members, and its stores a stage? Here are 10 weird facts about your fave stores. [Huffington Post]
  • Behold, the best skirts to wear on windy days, so you don’t have a Marilyn Monroe moment (it won’t look as sexy, trust me). [Refinery29]
  • Oooh, this is fun: What your kiss print says about you, according to a lipsologist (um, apparently those exist?). [Glamour]

Read more »

Retail Roundup: The City’s Newest Stores

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Shoppist is always abuzz with news of store openings, so here’s a roundup of the latest in Philly.

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We told you months ago that Uniqlo at 1608 Chestnut would be opening this fall, but Shoppist had the first peek inside before the store launched this past Friday. If you haven’t been there yet, expect to see three fully-stocked floors (basement too) and a mezzanine with the largest mismatched color floor in the country!

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Zara’s Holocaust Shirt, Urban’s Kent State Sweatshirt: Offensive Clothing Is the Retail Version of a Sex Tape

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From left: Zara children’s shirt, Urban ‘Eat Less’ top, Urban Kent State sweatshirt, Urban ‘Depression’ top.

Well, they got what they wanted.

We’re talking about them, just as we talked, over and over and over again, about American Apparel, which filled store windows with mannequins sprouting giant clouds of pubic hair; about Zara, which sold a children’s shirt that eerily remsembled those worn by concentration camp prisoners; about MAC, which once tried to name a nail polish collection after a town in Mexico known for the countless number of women raped and murdered there, without police response.

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Opening Night at the New Joan Shepp

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Wednesday night Joan Shepp officially opened her new store at 1811 Chestnut Street. The trailblazing Shepp’s flagship store was on Walnut Street for nearly two decades before it was chased from Philadelphia’s Rodeo Drive by rising rents. Joan Shepp then headed for the posh Shops at Liberty Place; although it was very lovely, she yearned for a storefront with the glorious window displays that we’d all grown to love. She’s found that in the beautiful new 9,000-square-foot showroom she now calls home.

Joan and daughter Ellen Shepp attract a fashionable crowd to their store, which carries both men’s and women’s clothing, and houses an array of designer labels including Moschino, Balenciaga, Jil Sander,  Rick Owens and Phillip Lim. The crowd at the opening night party was just as eclectic and fabulous.  There were live models in the window facing Chestnut Street, and earlier in the night Mike Jerrick, and new co-host Alex Holley from Fox 29 modeled.

Food was provided by all the Starr restaurants, and over a 1,000 macarons were made by Parc restaurant’s pastry chef. Denise Fike created a mural of guests who attended the soiree, as models roamed the store’s three rooms and outdoor space with the latest fall collections.

Photos from Joan Shepp’s Opening Night after the jump »

Breaking University City Retail News

The image used to market the space. Via LoopNet.

The image used to market the space. Via LoopNet.

The bad news: Rittenhouse’s Hello World and Wash West’s Hello Home are closing. The good news: They’re combining to open a “lifestyle” store (also called Hello World) at 3610 Sansom Street—which is right near another so-called “lifestyle” store, Urban Outfitters. Only Urban isn’t accessible via the Penn Bookstore. Do we hear the sound of tooth-gnashing at the Navy Yard?

Shoppist’s Emily Goulet spoke with the owner of both stores, who worked with Michael Salove Company on the UCity real estate deal. He gave her more great news, like the opening of another store dedicated to midcentury furniture. But I won’t say any more! Go here for all the details:

BREAKING: Hello World and Hello Home are Combining Into One Huge University City Lifestyle Store [Shoppist]

Conversations of Style: UNIQLO CEO Larry Meyer Talks Fashion and Philly Expansion

Uniqlo3This morning, UNIQLO officially opened its KOP doors in fabulous global fashion. Traditional Japanese taiko drummers took the stage at 5pm—lining up in front of the store and playing every hour until closing time (they’ll be there all weekend, too, starting at noon!). The brand’s U.S. CEO, Larry Meyer, came to town for the opening—and to check on the progress of the Chestnut Street store (more on that next week).

Shoppist spoke with him about the state of malls in general (“There is something to be said about community and socializing, even if you can buy things online. People still go to the movies even though you can watch everyone on TV. I’m not worried about it at this point”), where he gets his shoes (“I like the Italians”), and what sets UNIQLO apart from other inexpensive “fast-fashion” retailers (“constant innovation”).

But then we got down to the basics: What makes this major fashion executive tick? What inspires him and—most importantly—is his closet also organized like a UNIQLO store? It’s our first installment of Conversations of Style, in which we pose six questions to the most stylish people we know.

Keep reading here.

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