Retail News: Ted Baker London to Open in King of Prussia


Photo via Ted Baker Spring/Summer Collection

It’s official: Ted Baker London is slated to open the doors at its first Pennsylvania location at King of Prussia Mall on May 2. The 1,817-square foot store will be inspired by Philly’s revered Liberty Bell; the shape of the store as well as a cash till, armed with bells and whistles, will mimic the monument. Maintaining their British roots, the walls will be emblazoned with the lyrics from an English nursery rhyme (charming, right?).

On opening day, the store will be stocked with spring/summer ’14 womenswear, menswear and accessory collections (think bold colors and sporty-chic neoprene).

Shoppers present during opening weekend will be treated to a special gift with purchase as well as giveaways. Fever-Tree premium sparkling beverages will be on tap along with gourmet kettle corn for shoppers throughout the weekend. Can’t make it during opening weekend? There will be an enter-to-win competition running all month. The winner will score a $1,000 shopping spree at the store. We’ll assume that’s incentive enough.

Sale Alert! Smith & Scott Boutique is Having a Huge Sale Today


My choice buy at the Smith & Scott sale? These DL1961 jeans, which are 20 percent off today only.

Sale alert: Smith & Scott boutique—which has locations in two of the cutest, shoppable towns around, Lambertville and Doylestown—is feting its seventh anniversary with a huge sale today. Pop by either location and get 20 percent off regular-priced merch all day long. You’ll get a free gift with purchase (hint: It’s jewelry) and you’ll be able to shop the DL1961 denim collection trunk show—I’m obsessed with this eyelet pair—and get fitted by the brand’s expert denim fit specialist. If you’re planning on hitting up the Doylestown location, head there after work for a party from 5pm to 9pm. There will be raffles (who doesn’t love a raffle?). See you there.

Market Report: You Can Now Buy Poop Emoji Loafers for $340


  • Ever wanted to wear the poop emoji on your feet? Now you can! For a cool $340 you can own velvet loafers embroidered with poop emojis . But what about the dancing red-dress lady? She’s there, too. (Confession: I love all of these.) [Betabeat]
  • You know all those TV show/fashion collaborations happening (i.e. Mad Men for Banana RepublicThe Hunger Games for Net-a-Porter)? Expect even more of them in the future, as costume designers are being tapped more and more to design lines for major brands. [Business of Fashion]
  • Um, this is amazing: a behind-the-scenes video of all of Beyoncé’s tour costumes. SO. MANY. SEQUINS. [YouTube]

Even more right over here.

Where to Shop This Weekend: Spring Sale Roundup


Spring is—finally and officially—here. We’re excited about this for several reasons: We can finally stow winter boots (I desperately miss my strappy heels), shed winter coats, and break out of our cold-weather hibernation. The first place visit? Any one of these awesome stores, all of which are having major YAY SPRING IS HERE sales.

Keep reading for the best sales at local shops and online.

Daylight Savings Sale at Aoki Boutique


Aoki Boutique’s sweet-meets-quirky vibe. Photo via Aoki Boutique.

Though it makes mornings even tougher, Daylight Savings is totally worth it for the extra sunlight at the end of the day. Celebrate the longer days at Aoki Boutique, which is having a sale now through 7pm on Thursday. What you can expect at Alina Alter’s adorable shop: 20 percent off all sale clothing, from brands like Line & Dot, Dress the Population, Lovers & Friends, Yumi Kim and more.

I got Alina to reveal her favorite sale piece in the store—this slightly cropped gold brocade jacket by Line & Dot (originally $150, on sale for $90, and with the additional 20 percent off, it’s down to $72). Cute, huh? Forget about stretching out the days; with this sale, you can stretch out your wallet. And who doesn’t want a little more of that?

Why I Hate the Oxford Valley Mall

Better hang on. We're going down.

Better hang on. We’re going down.

I grew up going to the Oxford Valley Mall. It was a hangout spot for us middle-school kids, and we loitered there for hours without ever actually shopping. I dyed my hair with Manic Panic from Hot Topic in the ladies bathroom at the food court. I bought my first CD at The Wall there (Blind Melon, the one with the bee girl on the front). I bought my weight in ounces of Juniper Breeze and Cucumber Melon body lotion. I held hands with my loser boyfriend while we circled laps around the Gap and Limited Too. It was all very romantic. And now it’s a big steaming heap of crap.

A HUGE steaming heap of crap.

Covet: 4 Ways to Wear Green That Work After St. Patrick’s Day

4 Ways to Wear Green That Work After St. Patty's DayAs I walked around the city on Saturday, I witnessed a lot of bad fashion. (Thanks, Erin Express.) Bad green t-shirts. Bad green knee socks. Bad green shamrock headbands. Bad green makeup. It’s safe to say that it’s easy to do green very, very wrong on St. Patty’s Day. I get it: You don’t want to wear satin Marc by Marc Jacobs kicks when you’ll most likely be standing in puddles of beer (and puke). But you also don’t want to wear any of this. Here’s how to the holiday right. (First, though, start by avoiding the Erin Express.) Otswald Helgason dress, $990 at Browns Fashion; Natasha Couture iPhone 5 case, $48 at Nordstrom; Marc by Marc Jacobs satin Mylo sneakers, $215 at Stylebop; Holly Ryan ring, $265 at The Grand Social.

Trina Turk Trunk Show at Per Lei This Weekend


A peek at the Trina Turk collection. Photo via Per Lei/Facebook.

For dedicated shoppers, getting a peek at new spring/summer lines—especially when it’s barely grazing 50 degrees outside—feels a bit like snooping at Christmas presents before December 25th. But with Trina Turk’s gooorg spring line (think: fantastic prints, chic but wearable separates and bright stripes) we can’t blame anyone for wanting to shelve winter coats, like, right now.

Now through Sunday, head to Media’s retail darling, Per Lei, for a Trina Turk trunk show (try saying that one three times fast). The new line will be in store, and you’ll get a free gift with purchase.  So go. Avoid the St. Patty’s Day crowds and get your shop on.

How to Get Organized Without Ever Leaving Your Car: The Container Store Click and Pickup

Container-Store-BodyWe at Shoppist are seriously itching to start spring cleaning, in case you haven’t noticed (see: this entire series). But for those who aren’t prepping yet, there’s a sensation come spring of spur-of-the-moment cleaning. It sneaks up on you and then all of a sudden, everything needs to be organized. Right. Now.

When that happens, even overnight shipping won’t do. That’s why this service from The Container Store is amazing. How it works: enter your zipcode on any product page to check local availability, at checkout select the ‘pickup’ option, choose the date and time you’d like to pickup your order, then simply drive to your local store (maybe the brand-spanking-new one in King of Prussia?) and someone will bring your order right to your car. The service is also completely free.

So as long your organization bug doesn’t bite in the middle of the night (they usually close at 9pm), you should be good to go when the spring cleaning mood strikes.

Weekend Sale Alert: Arcadia in NoLibs is Having an Awesome Spring Sale


Arcadia’s eco-cool interior.

We’re just about to round the corner into spring territory, Shoppists. And that means dresses—lots of dresses. Get your warm weather fix at NoLibs eco-fashion boutique Arcadia from now through Sunday. You’ll score 15 percent off all dresses, including new arrivals and sale items. Even better, they carry Philly-based brands like Toggery and Lobo Mau, so you can support our awesome local design talent. Think of it as your official segue into spring.

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