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.
Conversion’s storefront, a work in progress. | Photo by Dan Thompson.
New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off. Read more »
While Gap is struggling, its sister brand Old Navy continues to thrive, raking in $6 billion in US sales last year alone. And it’s funneling a little bit of its profits into setting down even more roots in Philly.
The company is planning to open a nearly 24,000-square-foot flagship store at 1618-22 Chestnut Street (you know, the gorgeous Art Deco building that’s now home to the Art Institute of Philadelphia). No word on when it’s slated to open, but they have confirmed that they won’t be closing the Gallery location.
Head to our sister blog, Property, for more info. And keep your fingers crossed that they don’t destroy that cool building facade.
Skirt, Rikumo and Bloomingdale’s. | Images via Skirt, Jauhien Sasnou and Shutterstock.
If August has felt a bit sleepy, it’s because the city is ramping up for what’s looking to be a jam-packed fall. There’s the Pope in September. The Eagles season opener on September 14th. And the Dalai Lama in October. But the buzz isn’t limited to major visitors and football. Our city’s retail scene is also shaking up this fall, thanks to a flock of new stores coming to town. Here’s a handy preview of the shops you’ll soon see in Philly, and when to expect them. Consider it the city’s new class of taste-makers. Read more »
Shop Sixty Five’s soon-to-open Center City location. | Photo via Google Maps.
The latest boutique to make the move to the city? Shop Sixty Five, which currently has two suburban locations (one in Doylestown and a newer outpost in Gladwyne). Owner Linda Bidlo confirmed in an email that she’s closing her Main Line location for Rittenhouse digs.
The boutique is slated to open at 1921 Walnut Street on September 1st. (You might remember this spot as the former location of Atelier Rittenhouse, which closed its doors last month.) Add it to your shopping roster, along with neighboring newbie Skirt, which is opening its third location at 212 South 17th Street in September. Welcome to the neighborhood, guys!
Finally, we have confirmation that those Bloomies rumors were true: A Bloomingdale’s Outlet store is coming to Liberty Place in November. (Cue cheers.)
According to a press release, the Outlet will be located on the second level of the shopping center, in a vast 22,700-square-foot space (formerly home to Christopher’s Men’s). You’ll find off-price womenswear, menswear, children’s and home goods. Read more »