I think we’re all in agreement that November flew by far too quickly. Sure, Thanksgiving is still a week away, but before you know it, you’ll be trading in your turkey for tabletop Christmas trees, and foliage for festive lights. And who doesn’t love getting a head start? That’s where Terrain’s Holiday Open House comes in—and it’s just as whimsical and festive as it sounds.
Philly is already home to a pretty impressive import shopping scene (see: Morihata, Millésimé, Via Bellissima, Omoi Zakka Shop and Curio Philadelphia). But today, our cluster of global-centric shops gets a boost thanks to My Little Redemption, a brand-new boutique in Old City that specializes in high-end Israeli designers, and a major shopping event at South Street’s Morcoccan boutique Mushmina.
Following recent major store openings like Century 21, Nordstrom Rack, and Timberland, we thought the Center City retail hurricane would be calming down for a bit. Not so. Remember when we got word in August that Philly-based lifestyle brand Ellelauri was trading in their pop-up digs in Shops at Liberty Place for a brick-and-mortar boutique in Rittenhouse? Well, the shop is opening its doors tonight and they’re inviting everyone to a grand opening event. Live on, retail hurricane!
Last week, I hosted our second Shoppist After Hours event at one of my fave spots in Philly: NINObrand‘s atelier just off of Rittenhouse Square. The space is minimal and modern—white, black, one splash of red in the form of a low-slung couch that sits by a rough-hewn wood table. The sparseness here is necessary: Anything more would take away from the subtle coolness of the clothing, all architectural folds and drapes that look so natural, you’d never guess the crazy skill and ultra-precise workmanship that lies behind them.
About 60 style-setters (and lots of shop owners!) gathered on Wednesday evening for a few hours of drinking (Spodee Wine was on hand to pour delicious cocktails!), mingling and shopping (check out the slideshow to see what I bought). NINObrand’s founder and designer, Bela Shehu, chatted about her inspirations, design philosophy, and just what she thinks about Philly style (she’s psyched about the singular style of the twentysomethings). It was inspiring all around. Check out the slideshow, and stay tuned for our next Shoppist After Hours event. (I can promise you this: It will be a good one.)
Hey, we get it, it can be tough hitting up all your favorite local retailers in an afternoon, especially if one is on Fabric Row and another is in NoLibs. That’s why they’re all coming together starting tomorrow for a mega holiday pop-up shop. Yup, Armour, Bus Stop, Ritual Ritual, and Third Street Habit will all be in one place from 11am to 6pm, November 7 through November 16. Your holiday shopping just got seriously easy.
If you’re a true vintage obsessive, you know Cameron Silver from Decades, the legendary vintage boutique in LA. If you’re a Bravo obsessive, then you know him from ‘Dukes of Melrose,’ the short-lived reality TV series documenting the glamorous and deliciously over-the-top business of vintage couture. And if you don’t know him at all, well, then even more reason to get down to Joan Shepp tomorrow to meet him and see what real high-end vintage is all about.
RSVP reminder: Our second Shoppist After Hours event goes down tomorrow at NINObrand, and we have a few spots left. Here’s the deal:
- food and wine (this would be Spodee wine, which is every bit of amazing)
- a style Q&A with Bela Shehu, founder and designer of NINObrand
- a $50 gift certificate with every purchase
- a chance to shop the collection after hours (Not familiar with it? Go here to check it out; it’s truly amazing, and one of my favorite brands ever. The fact that it’s all made in Philly is just the icing on the cake.)
The event is from 6pm to 9pm at 333 South 20th Street. Want in? RSVP to reserve your spot by emailing ShoppistRSVP@phillymag.com.
I can’t wait to see you there!
A reminder to RSVP for our second installment of Shoppist After Hours, our exclusive, underground shopping event held every few months at one of the coolest under-the-radar gems in the city. Next up? NINObrand in Rittenhouse, a minimalist, modern showroom featuring the equally minimalist, modern collection of local designer Bela Shehu.
We’re back with our second Shoppist After Hours event, and I’m really excited about this one. First, the details: Shoppist After Hours is our series of semi-secret, super-exclusive shopping events, held sporadically at one of the best boutiques/showrooms/studios in the city. Our first one was at Ps & Qs on South Street—and it was a huge success. (See the video here!)
Next up, we’re heading to the ultra-cool showroom of NINObrand, one of my all-time favorite shops in the city. The clothing here is designed by Bela Shehu, one of the most creative minds in Philly. (Those harem pants I wear almost every other day? They’re NINObrand.)
You guys know Lagos—the started-in-Philly company that exploded and now has a place in the jewelry boxes of the most fabulous. The brand is kicking off its fall campaign tonight at the Rittenhouse flagship (it’s at 1735 Walnut Street) with yours truly; I’ll be there offering styling tips (which will most likely be along the lines of, Pile it on with wild abandon!).
They’ll have champagne, small bites, and a chance to win a special Lagos treat (remember to bring your business card so you can be entered to win!). It goes down tonight from 5pm to 8pm. See you there!