Last month, we called out Mushmina’s Wayne store opening as one of the most exciting happenings of April. Now, they’ve announced that they’re closing up shop at their Rittenhouse boutique and moving to Wayne full time. While we’re sad we’ll no longer be able to get our fix of Moroccan accessories and sweet fair-trade goods right here in Center City, we can report that their new location in the ‘burbs is positively gorgeous. And even better? They’re having a sale to celebrate the move. Read more »
Bad news: Adorn Boutique is shuttering its doors on June 6th. Sarah Lewis, owner of the Fishtown jewelry boutique, made the announcement via email yesterday, citing that she “decided to focus [her] time and energy on other facets of [her] business, and on new ventures.”
While we’re totally bummed we’ll no longer be able to browse the bohemian brick-and-mortar shop, we find solace in the fact that we’ll still be able to shop jewelry, accessories and home decor online at tribe-jewelry.com. Plus, in conjunction with the store closing, they’re having a massive sale this month to clean out shop — and you know you want to get in on that. Read more »
Suburban Square might be getting a Madewell next month, but the open-air shopping center is losing its department store. A rep from Macy’s confirmed that the company will be terminating its Ardmore lease in early 2016. The store will continue operations throughout 2015. Expect a final clearance sale around March of next year (these usually last about eight weeks, according to the rep), and a final closing around April.
No word on what will be taking its place, but stay tuned.
In what’s looking to be another installment of April Fool’s fashion pranks we believed, Delia’s is apparently not completely gone forever. In an April 3rd Instagram picture, the cult-fave ’90s fashion company announced that it will be sending out a Delia’s ‘magazine’ and opening an e-commerce site in August. WTF. Read more »
This morning, the Passyunk Post reported that Jillayne’s Boutique and Consignment will be opening in the former location of Addiction Boutique (the, er, questionably tasteful shop that belonged to former Mob Wives cast member Alicia DiMichele; DiMichele closed both Philly and Cherry Hill locations of Addiction to open Alicia DiMichele boutique in Marlton).
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.
Sad news for fans of Rittenhouse linen haven Kellijane: The boutiqueis closing its doors at 1721 Spruce Street at the end of the month. The brick-and-mortar shop will be transitioning to an appointment-only model to accommodate devoted customers and interior designers.
And while we’re certainly bummed to hear the news, it’s not all bad. We got word that they’ll be doling out major discounts for the rest of February.
Bad news: Bonne Bell Co., the beauty brand that brought us 800 Lip Smackers flavors and a bevy of shimmery eye shadows, is shuttering its doors. Cleveland.com reports that in addition to “91 employees expected to be permanently laid off,” all manufacturing and distribution operations at the facility located in Westlake, Ohio, will also close.
But if you’re an ardent Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers fan like me, you might find yourself asking: Are Lip Smackers—the chapstick that defined my youth—truly, completely done? Answer: not quite.
In surprising retail news, Gap Inc. e-boutique Piperlime has announced plans to close its virtual doors by April. Marketed as a shinier, higher-end boutique addition to the Gap powerhouse (Old Navy, Athleta and Banana Republic), the site had been experiencing a noticeable decline in the past year (including a pared-down brand selection), eventually resulting in a brand relaunch this past August. According to Bustle, “annual sales were under $100 million, which equals out to less than one percent of the company’s revenues,” leading us to believe the tiny profits just didn’t cut it for the mega-brand.
I spent the majority of my childhood wearing clothing—nay, outfits—from Hartstrings, otherwise known as the matching mecca of the free world. Everything I wore from Hartstrings came in sets. Shirts matched jumpers matched headbands matched socks. I was like a little walking panel of wallpaper, swathed head to toe in florals, or strawberries, or whales.
After years of matching, I rebelled. In sixth grade, I began poaching my dad’s jeans, lopping off a few inches at the bottom with scissors and then changing into them on the school bus.* I paired these pants—haphazardly paper-bagged on my waist with a weird rope belt—with marker-scribbled Vans and No Fear t-shirts (though, truth be told, I feared pretty much everything). I even owned a Stone Temple Pilots t-shirt, which was my prized possession for at least two years. In terms of fashion statements, it didn’t say much, but what it telegraphed was far more important to a pre-teen: “I listen to cool music” and, even better: “My parents let me go to a concert.”
Sometime during this stage, the Delia’s catalog began arriving at my house. It was like getting Moses’s stone tablets in the mail. This was the style bible, even more so than YM and Seventeen. You’d go to those magazines for very scientific quizzes that could predict whether or not your crush liked you back. You went to the Delia’s catalog to tune into the pulse of teenage fashion and culture. The styles were all very retro, but we didn’t realize that at the time.
“As a girl locked in the woods of Vermont, it was my access to mainstream America,” says my friend Jess, who now has a closet full of Chanel and Prada. “I had to have what Six was wearing. And avoid what Blossom had on.” Pause. “Wait, Six was the cute one, right?”