Urban Outfitters’ ‘Lifestyle Village’ in Devon Could Take First Step Forward

An artist's rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters' $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

From 2013: An artist’s rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters’ $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

It looks like a big-time project in the ‘burbs will soon be awakened from its slumber. Developers Waterloo Devon L.P. (an Eli Kahn company), along with Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Anthropologie, will head before the Easttown Township Planning Commission to seek a recommendation for an amendment to the zoning code that would ultimately allow the Devon Yard project to move forward under a special Overlay District on the site at Lancaster Avenue and Devon Boulevard. The public meeting will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House, 570 Beaumont Road, Devon.

Back in 2013, the development team announced a lifestyle village what would include retail, another garden center, multiple restaurants and a boutique hotel called the Devon Inn, the “driver” of the community. Until recently, those plans haven’t really gone anywhere, but they have appeared to have changed a bit. Read more »

Urban Outfitters Is Pissing Everybody Off, and That’s Just How They Like It


Does it pay to be the bad guy?

Urban Outfitters has been courting controversy for years. It’s part of their schtick — they stride the line between a raised eyebrow and a raised fist with aplomb. As soon as they sink back into the usual thrum of retail, they claw back into the limelight with another poorly (or brilliantly?) conceived product. Hey, any publicity is good publicity, right? Read more »

Urban Outfitters in Trouble for Selling Tapestry Resembling Holocaust Suit Worn By Gay Prisoners

Are you serious, Urban Outfitters? After being called out numerous times for selling merchandise that has offended everyone from the depressed to those victims of school shootings, the clothing retailer has struck again. This time it’s under fire for selling a tapestry that resembles the jumpsuit worn by gay Holocaust prisoners. I’m talking the stripes and the upside-down pink triangle—the whole shebang.

The Business Insider was all over the news:

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Urban Outfitters Offends More People With Racist Holiday Party

Just when you think, okay, they’ve finally learned their lesson, after the Kent State sweatshirt debacle, and the prescription bottle shot glass, and that ‘Depression’ tee, the corporate office throws a holiday party and invites staffers to wear, in no particular order: turbans, saris, kurtas, juttis and harem pants. Sigh.

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Urban Outfitters CEO Sent This Email About the ‘Bloody’ Kent State Sweatshirt


The ever-indefatigable Gawker got its hands on an email Urban Outfitters’ CEO Dick Hayne sent to staffers after offering for sale a mock-bloody Kent State University sweatshirt. It’s… something.

Dear Folks,

In the last 24 hours we have received a lot of negative publicity and many of you have received communication from friends, family members or those outside the URBN community regarding a Kent State sweatshirt for sale on urbanoutfitters.com that was mistakenly identified as ‘bloody’. We wanted to address this with our community and provide some ‘facts’.

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Zara’s Holocaust Shirt, Urban’s Kent State Sweatshirt: Offensive Clothing Is the Retail Version of a Sex Tape


From left: Zara children’s shirt, Urban ‘Eat Less’ top, Urban Kent State sweatshirt, Urban ‘Depression’ top.

Well, they got what they wanted.

We’re talking about them, just as we talked, over and over and over again, about American Apparel, which filled store windows with mannequins sprouting giant clouds of pubic hair; about Zara, which sold a children’s shirt that eerily remsembled those worn by concentration camp prisoners; about MAC, which once tried to name a nail polish collection after a town in Mexico known for the countless number of women raped and murdered there, without police response.

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(UPDATE) Urban Outfitters Apologizes for Bloody Kent State Shirts


[Update 12:12 p.m.] Urban Outfitters has apologized.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

Urban Outfitters apologized on Monday morning for marketing a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that featured what could easily be perceived as blood stains and bullet holes, The Washington Post reports.

“It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such,” the company said in a statement, adding that the red marks are discolorations and the holes the result of wear and tear.

The university issued a statement condemning the product, The Plain Dealer reports. “We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit,” the university said. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.”

[Original]BoingBoing reports:

In 1970, Army National Guardsmen opened fire on students at Kent State University in Ohio who were protesting the Vietnam War. The troops killed four of the students and wounded nine. In 2014, Urban Outfitters thought it would be cool to sell mass-produced Kent State sweaters with fake bulletholes and bloodstains. The garments cost $129.

As of 9:10 a.m. today, Urban Outfitters’ website said the item was “sold out.” We don’t know if that means the item actually sold out, or if Urban Outfitters decided it didn’t need another headache caused by its own corporate tastelessness.

Previously: Gawker: Urban Outfitters Carries Bestiality Book
Previously: No “Depression”: Urban Outfitters Tosses Tee
Previously: Urban Outfitters Is Selling Various Offensive and Stupid Drug-Related Things, Vol. 967

Five Fabulous Gay Fall Fashion Finds for $70 Or Less (Guy Edition)

From Uniqlo.

From Uniqlo.

Okay, we admit it: our 2014 summer fashion photo shoot was a lot of fun, but when it came to the price tags of the clothes, the vast majority of our readers couldn’t even think about purchasing anything we featured. Now that things have taken a dramatic turn for the cool, I wanted to feature some fun seasonally-appropriate clothing that can be purchased locally and that won’t require that you break open your piggy bank.

This Fall transitional period is a great time to stock up on some basics, and my picks below can all be found either in Center City or a quick trip to either Cherry Hill Mall or King of Prussia. Check out what made the cut. And, ladies, don’t worry: I have a similar feature coming out for you on Monday!


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