Philadelphians, meet your new favorite store.
In fashion news that will make you squeal with glee: Saint Laurent (yep, still looks sorta naked without the ‘Yves’) has opened a new store! In Pennsylvania! In the King of Prussia mall! Yes, go on. Let that soak in for a little bit. Okay, here are the details: The space is in the lower level of the Plaza, sandwiched between Ferragamo and David Yurman, right across from Neiman Marcus. It’s 1,800 square feet, and features men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories.
I spoke with the store’s general manager, Jacquelyn Merrin, who confirmed the store opened this morning, without much fanfare (in fact, there were still ladders up yesterday!). “We try to keep it word of mouth,” she said. “We like to keep it exclusive. And the response today has been phenomenal. We’ve had everyone in here checking out the collection. We’re making our stamp.”
The store’s open until 9pm tonight. Go there. Now. (Oh, and welcome to the neighborhood, Hedi.)
A rendering of the plans for The Barn.
Just over two years after sizing up to a new space, Valley Forge Flowers will be expanding yet again. Once we get past this deep-freeze, the Main Line floral haven will be breaking ground on a 7,000-square-foot addition, The Barn, slated to open on Labor Day.
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Let’s just call today the day of Major Retail Announcements: Word on the street is that Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo is opening up a location in the King of Prussia mall in spring/summer of this year. (This comes on the heels of our breathless-with-excitement announcement that it’s also coming to the Art Institute Building this spring.) Let’s celebrate with a list! Here, the top five reasons we’re excited about Uniqlo’s double-opening in the Philly area.
1. These down puffer coats. Be Well Philly editor Emily Leaman bought one and raves about it every single day. “It is shockingly thin and shockingly warm,” she says. I’ve felt it: It’s the softest thing ever.
2. These cashmere hooded sweaters. The most perfect weekend loungewear ever.
3. Adorable button-downs like this one. And I don’t even like button-downs.
4. This! Squee.
5. Novak Djokovic. Since he is the brand’s ambassador, perhaps they’ll get him to come in for the grand opening! (And then maybe he’ll bring Roger Federer along, and the whole city will be imbued with tennis hotness.)
Proof that when one door closes, another one opens: Just after Three Sirens announced they’d be closing after eight years on North 3rd Street, Marlton’s Erdon boutique announced the opening of a second location in Old City. The high-fashion boutique (which you may recognize from Philly Mag Shops) is opening in the Ligne Roset space at 162 North 3rd Street in spring of this year. The boutique has a Joan Shepp feel in terms of the designers it carries (think: modern, voluminous silhouettes by the likes of Ivan Grundahl and fashion-forward shoes by Robert Clergerie), but the avant-garde aesthetic is a welcome one on North 3rd. Co-owner Eric tells me it’s been a work in progress for months (how he didn’t let it slip during our prep for Philly Mag Shops, I’ll never know), but with lines like Acne and MM6 Maison Martin Margiela finally available in Old City, I suppose it’s worth the wait.
(Image via Erdo.co)
The fashion set has been buzzing about where Joan Shepp‘s permanent location will be for eons (or at least it seems that way). The rumors were endless (the old Daffy’s space! She’s not reopening, ever! She’ll stay in Liberty Place!). Now, as our friends at Philly Chit Chat report, cat’s (finally) out of the Balenciaga bag: Joan Shepp’s moving into the old mattress store at 1811 Chestnut Street.
The exterior is certainly not as awe-inspiring as her old digs at 1616 Walnut Street (she was forced out after learning her rent would triple, thanks in part to national retailers with deep pockets crowding onto the city’s most desirable retail corridor). But evidently it’s got a great staircase inside and a prime location right across the street from Boyds (and, in a hilarious juxtaposition, next to a dollar store). In any case, I’m sure the Shepp team will do something fabulous with those window displays. Dollar Plus: You’ll need to seriously up your visual merchandising game. See more photos of the space here.
Psst: Haven’t visited the Liberty Place pop-up (shown above) yet? Head there on January 15th for my favorite sale of the season: Joan Shepp’s annual Basement Sale, where you can score lust-worthy pieces at wallet-friendly—or wallet friendlier—prices.
In retail news, Shoppist has word that new menswear shop Armour will soft-open on November 16th on Fabric Row, right next to Famous Fourth Street. We chatted with the shop’s mastermind, David Grimes, to get all the details. And, trust us, you’ll want to add this place to your list of must-shops.
If you’re a guy, or a girl dating a guy, you need to keep reading.
Huge news on the Bucks Co. retail scene: It looks like Anthropologie is opening an outpost in Newtown. The township will welcome the chain to its Promenade development, according to the Bucks County Courier Times. The developer, Jim Worthington (who also owns the Newtown Athletic Club), noted that they need to deal with a sewer issue first, and then construction will begin.
For a town that’s long been surprisingly light on retail, especially apparel (I should know, I live there), this is a major gain. Hopefully it’ll increase traffic to the few smaller boutiques in the area, and drive more independents to come to the township. After all, a stylish suburban town can’t survive on Gap Body and the mall alone.
Photo from Blue Claw Co.
When one store closes, another one opens. Such is the case with Kembrel, the semi-head-scratcher shop at 18th and Chestnut, which closed yesterday in a frantic chaos of $75-all-you-can-take bags. I’ve got word that in its place will be Blue Claw Co., the Philly-based line of men’s travel bags and accessories, which is planning to be open for business on Friday (talk about quick turnaround!).
According to HughE Dillon, our resident party photog, the store will carry its own handcrafted line of hard-wearing bags (I’m in love with this one—men’s only? Psh), as well as other made-in-America brands like Mizzen+Main and Stormy Kromer.
Welcome to the neighborhood, guys.
J.Crew’s edgier little sis, Madewell, has officially set up shop at 1716 Walnut Street. Shoppist got a sneak peak this morning before the store opened to peruse the new locale and pick out a few favorites.
Keep reading for the details and pics from our visit.
Linda Bidlo’s boutique has long been on the shortlist of Buck Co.’s most stylish, with a vast second-floor denim bar (for men and women), top brands like Helmut Lang, Elizabeth & James, IRO and Raquel Allegra, and lust-worthy accessories. And now, after a decade of cornering Doylestown’s high-fashion market, Shop Sixty Five is finally expanding with a Main Line outpost opening next week. (Cue cheering.) Read more »