Remember back in August when we announced a Goorin Bros. Hat Shop would be opening in the former MAC space on Walnut Street? Well, the fantastically old time-y haberdashery opened this past Friday and we got a sneak peak, along with an interview with CEO Ben Goorin—the fourth generation of Goorins to man the business. Keep reading for a slideshow of snaps from the new shop, style suggestions and the answer to the burning question: is it possible to look good in a fedora—ever?
Exciting news: Another float spa is opening this week in West Chester. It’s called East Coast Float Spa and fans of the Dead Sea-esque baths will be able to scope out the new space (and enter to win loads of prizes) at a grand opening from 5 to 8 this Friday. Oh, and did we mention it’s the largest in the Philly metro area? Floats for everyone!
The vast 2,000-square-foot store at 3610 Sansom Street opened today. It’s still a work in progress, but already the stuff there—from gifty goods to larger furniture and upholstery—looks fantastic.
As previously reported, the new store is the shopping love child of Hello World and Hello Home, and will feature handbag and jewelry lines, Chilewich tabletop and flooring, goods from Umbra, a MoMA retail section, and a gift shop of sorts for the Institute of Contemporary Art. But what to really look out for: the debut of owner James Lamancuso’s new private-label line of custom upholstery and chairs, called Hello Home.
Chestnut Hill just scored a major retail addition: the farmhouse-meets-industrial (while still maintaining its charm) home boutique Isabella Sparrow. Formerly located in Bryn Mawr, the shop moved last Thursday into a sweet storefront next to the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop. The boutique stocks a combination of vintage and antique goods that would make any Anthropologie/Terrain fan swoon. C’mon, just look at all the dreamy metalwork, textiles and baskets up there—we’re already starting a mental wish list.
When Jacques Ferber closed the doors of its street-level flagship store at 1708 Walnut Street—where it’s been since 1911—in January, smack dab in the middle of a cold winter, it seemed like poor timing. They set up a temporary shop for repairs and storage up the street, with promises of spring reopening. (Vans is taking over its former street-level space at 1708 Walnut.) And now, just as we turn our sights to fall, and then to winter, the store has reopened, in a light-filled second-floor space just above its former location—one that was totally worth the wait.
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.