Last week, Philly’s fashion set flocked to fete to the grand opening of Joan Shepp‘s long-awaited Chestnut Street store. Partygoers sipped champagne and nibbled on macarons (over 1,000 of them!) alongside the Moschino and Margiela.
For many people, fall is just as much of a fresh start as January 1st. This is especially true for the retailers, who clamor to get new shops up and running in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. For Philly, which is poised to make some giant leaps in terms of its retail landscape, this means a happy onslaught of store openings. Fifteen, to be exact (if you count Uniqlo’s trio of soon-to-open area stores). Here is what’s on the horizon for the fall—who’s coming, what they’ll be selling, where they’re opening and when you can get in. Trust me: It’s enough to soften the blow of summer’s ever-encroaching end.
Every fashion girl in the city let out a cheer when Vince finally opened its Rittenhouse doors last week. To finally rid Walnut Street of the long-faded gaudy glory of Juicy Couture was a relief. To hear that it was being replaced by the simple luxury of Vince was nearly impossible to comprehend. It was like discovering your smelly slob of a neighbor was moving out and Ryan Gosling was moving in.
When Philly-based fashion brand Sa Va closed its brick-and-mortar last year, the local fashion and retail community heaved a collective, heavy sigh. It was depressing, and also scary: If Sarah Van Aken, one of the city’s most outspoken advocates for local manufacturing, couldn’t keep her business afloat, could anyone else survive? And, even more importantly, would they even try?
Happily, the answer is yes. Duke & Winston made the huge move from a tucked-away studio in NoLibs to a prominent space in Rittenhouse; local designer Bianca De Pietro opened an atelier in Fishtown; and now, Philly-based lifestyle brand Ellelauri is making the leap from Liberty Place pop-up shop to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar. Cheer!
The ‘burbs just got better. We just got word that Wayne mainstay Menagerie Boutique is slated to open a second location in Haverford Square on September 1st.
We love the girly boutique for its selection of luxe lines like Claire Vivier, Karen Walker, Calypso, and LemLem—remember our favorite coverup?—so a secont boutique is just another way to get your shopping fix.
It’s here! Ritual Ritual’s long-awaited move into their bigger, better NoLibs space has finally happened. Shoppist chatted with owner Angela Monaco to get the scoop on the new location (which opening just this past weekend), and the sweet spa day the shop has scheduled for this Sunday. Believe us, you want to hear the deets. (Hint: free manis and massages).
A brief timeline of Michael Kors in Philadelphia:
JANUARY 2014: Burberry vacates is prime (but apparently not prosperous) location at 1705 Walnut Street. No one is too surprised or upset because it wasn’t that great of an outpost anyway. Racked Philly confirms that Michael Kors is taking over the space.
FEBRUARY 2014: Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Pearl Properties of Philadelphia bought the building for $5 million, and that the Michael Kors store is expected to open May 15th.
APRIL 2014: Michael Kors — the man, not the store — comes to Philly. He visits Art In The Age, Joan Shepp and Knit Wit, shakes lots of hands, wears aviators, sees Cher. The store must be following soon, we thought!
MAY 2014: Crickets.
Fast-forward to now, and this is what we have:
These days, everyone wants to be a boutique. Even the mega department stores. Case in point: Nordstrom, who just this very weekend launched its latest “pop-in” shop featuring Poketo, an LA-based shop that’s quickly become a cult-favorite destination for artful, innovative spins on everyday items like desk accessories, planners, notebooks, chairs, tables and planters.