The in-progress storefront. | Image courtesy Ps & Qs.
During a recent scouting trip along Pine Street, I found shop owners buzzing about the newest addition to Antique Row: Ps & Qs, the beloved South Street men’s boutique, is opening a second shop at 1018 Pine Street next month. But it’s not what you’d expect. This time, the guys are taking on womenswear – and I couldn’t be more excited.
For those not familiar with Ps & Qs, think refined streetwear from the likes of Carharttt, Publish, Norse Projects, with a touch of the rugged (Pendleton, Penfield, Herschel). And you can expect the same from the women’s outpost, which will be under the same name. Owner Ky told me that the new shop will be sleeker than the men’s counterpart, with some of the same brands and the same wall of cool backpacks the South Street shop is known for. Oh, and smattering of kid’s stuff, just for good measure. (Tiny Penfield sweatshirts!) Click here for a peek at the in-progress interior!
The Japanese import shop. | Image via Facebook.
In the hubbub of the huge Macy’s announcement (refresher: The company is closing 40 stores, including the Suburban Square location), some of the smaller retail shakeups went relatively unnoticed. Here are two you should be paying attention to: Rikumo, which just opened its doors on 12th and Walnut, and Nich Boutique, which is closing its West Chester shop at the end of the month.
First, the good news: Rikumo had its soft-opening on Friday, and judging by these first snaps from our resident pap HughE Dillon, things are looking pretty great. Read more »
Makeup and skincare addicts living out on the Main Line have something exciting to look forward to at the start of this new year: National beauty emporium Sephora is opening up a freestanding store in the Suburban Square shopping plaza on January 15th. One word: Finally.
The bright, spacious 7,045-square-foot location will be nestled in St. Georges Place amidst other long-time retailers including Eileen Fisher and luxe skincare boutique Bluemercury. An insider tip: If you’ve got a birthday this winter, become a Beauty Insider and pick up a freebie gift from the new location within two weeks of your birthday. Read more »
Examples of Warby Parker retail locations. | Images via Warby Parker.
Since its founding in 2010, Warby Parker has catapulted into startup success-story fame, becoming a model for other fledgling companies and nabbing plenty of national acclaim. But though the company was started in Philly by two Wharton students, the brand’s presence has been limited to a small showroom in Art in the Age boutique in Old City, where customers can try on frames and then order online. We didn’t complain – hey, it’s better than nothing, right? – but it always seemed slightly unfair, especially as the company began sprinkling standalone retail locations across the country (New Orleans! Nashville! Austin! SoHo!) in 2013. Where’s the love?
Well, finally, we’ve got some: It’s been confirmed that Warby Parker is opening a brick-and-mortar location in the former Le Bec-Fin space at 1523 Walnut Street. According to reports, the store is slated to open next year, and will take over 2,360 square feet of retail space, spread out over two floors. Read more »
It’s finally here! Late last week, Canadian luxury cashmere brand Kit and Ace opened the doors to their new Fishtown location. Among other merchandise like jackets and jewelry, the brand is known for its “technical cashmere” – code for “can go in the washing machine” – at a more accessible price point than we’re used to seeing cashmere marked. Read more »
When we got an email inviting us to get a first look at the new Lilly Pulitzer store in the King of Prussia mall and to have a one-on-one with the president of the company, we jumped at the chance. (And then felt sort of guilty: For two girls who wear a lot of black, us getting the inside scoop instead of a pair of print-and-pattern diehards didn’t seem fair, almost like the time we hosted an event with Eagles player Brent Celek without really knowing what he did.)
But we took a store tour (and, man, it is fabulous), met with a handful of the Lilly staff and discovered this: Maybe wearing all black isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And whatever happy-go-lucky Kool-Aid they’re sipping over there in the Pink Palace (that’s what they call their corporate office, also located in King of Prussia), well, we’d like some. Read more »
Skirt’s new city outpost. | Lauren McGrath.
Two weeks after its soft opening, Skirt’s new Rittenhouse location is gleaming-new and inviting. It’s a refreshing addition to South 17th Street, nestled next to Manor Home & Gifts and across the street from Papyrus in a bright, open space that formerly housed luxe bedding shop Duxiana.
While the shop’s footprint isn’t huge, the high ceilings make it feel expansive. And though the racks of clothing begged to be rifled through – more on those later – it was the fitting rooms that first caught my attention, as they’re awash in the most gorgeous pink wallpaper I’ve ever seen. (It’s by Brooklyn-based Flat Vernacular; I’ve already bookmarked the website for future powder room remodels.) Read more »
Liz and her team outside of the Rittenhouse shop; (inset) a teaser pic from the shop’s Instagram account. | Photos via Omoi Zakka Shop and Instagram.
Old City has lately been abuzz with exciting retail developments (Meadowsweet Mercantile and the changes over at Scout Salvage, to name a few). Now there’s another one to look out for this fall. Drumroll: Our feel-good friends over at Omoi Zakka Shop in Rittenhouse are opening up a sister shop, Select Shop 215, on 3rd Street at the end of October.
The still-in-the-works space is twice as big as the Pine Street location, which means more room for owner Liz Sieber’s well-curated collection of thoughtful Japanese gifts and little luxuries. Select Shop 215 will feature an expanded collection of men’s and women’s accessories, apothecary and home goods, alongside Omoi Zakka Shop’s best-sellers. Sieber also told us that she’s planning on launching several new lines throughout the fall and holiday season. We couldn’t be more excited. Read more »
Scout Salvage is one of the quirkier stores along North 3rd Street (also called N3rd Street, a marketing move that reminds me of Pharrell’s band and this song, which – random Monday night fun fact! – has a music video featuring Randy Quaid. Who knew?). If you haven’t been there, think of a flea market/vintage shop, and check out my handy Instagram photo above. Cute, right? Well, it’s about to get even better. Read more »
Teen consumers and fast-fashion addicts alike, you’re about to get the best news ever: Primark, an Ireland-based retailer, is opening its doors in King of Prussia this November. In case you’re unfamiliar with the brand, imagine H&M, Forever 21 or Zara, take 20 to 40 percent off, and you’ve got Primark. Yup.
And it’s also coming to Willow Grove.