Best of Philly 2021: Shopping & Style
BEST OF PHILLY

Best of Philly 2021: Shopping & Style

We all spent a year in sweatpants, staring at the walls. It’s time for new clothes — and more interesting walls.


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Longform

In Defense of the Ugly But Glorious Mom Swimsuit

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Guides

32 Philly-Area Stores Where You Can Score Antique and Vintage Furnishings

buddha babe
Q&A

Meet Buddha Babe, Mount Airy’s New Boutique for Gorgeous Handmade Baby Goods

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fall fashion
News

What We’re Wearing Now That We’re Finally Getting Dressed Up Again

Whether you’re off to a gala or the grocery store, now’s the time to make a style statement with bold colors, mixed textures, and a long-overdue return to elegance.

Bilenky Cycle Works
News

North Philly’s Bilenky Cycle Works Makes Some of the Coolest Bikes Around

Get to know one of their models — a sleek steel-framed mountain bike called the Hedgehog.

guild house hotel
News

This Chic Boutique Hotel Honors the Powerhouse Women’s Org That Once Occupied the Building

Rohe Creative’s all-female team wove history throughout Washington Square West’s new “invisible service” hotel.

Brian Balthazar
Q&A

Love It or List It Exec Brian Balthazar Has a New Show Set in Philly. Here’s What He Can’t Live Without

His new Philly-based production company shot Tough Love with Hilary Farr here. The show premieres in November.

mullets
Opinion

Don’t Look Now, but the Mullet, History’s Most Maligned Hairstyle, Is Back

Business in the front, party in the back, and better than ever.

Barette Widell house
News

Look Inside the Wild and Wonderful Home of Interior Designer Barette Widell

Included: a “ladies’ lounge” highlighted by a pink neon sign and a powder room designed to feel like a jewel box.


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Bungee Oblečení
Q&A

Darrell Alston on His Luxury Sneaker and Apparel Brand, Bungee Oblečení

The designer chats about designing shoes in prison and treating footwear like a work of art.

mom bathing suit
Longform

In Defense of the Ugly But Glorious Mom Swimsuit

You say bathing tunic, I say super-practical, totally functional do-anything-you-want-in-it pool attire.

jersey shore tropical house design
News

This Bright and Airy Shore House Was Inspired by a Bahamian Hotel

Main Line designer Stephanie Kraus brought tropical prints and fun pops of color to the Ocean City residence.

News

Ready to Redecorate? Start With These Pretty, Philly-Made Wallpapers

Plus, tips from Abington-based wallpaper whiz Randy Bardol on how to make them pop.

lady lancaster
Q&A

Meet the Lancaster Clothier Turning Vintage Quilts Into Wearable Art

Elizabeth Leaman of Lady Lancaster on bringing quilting culture to a new generation.

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50 Best Shops in Philadelphia

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Best of Philly Shopping


Brittany Hakimfar california design
News

How This Hollywood Designer Brought California Cool to Her Main Line Farmhouse

After a stint in L.A., Gladwyne native Brittany Hakimfar returned East to settle into — and totally transform — an underwhelming Bryn Mawr home.

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News

Spending a Year Getting Dressed for No One Taught Me How to Really Dress for Myself

Thanks to 2020, I’ll never view getting ready the same way again.

grant blvd Kimberly McGlonn
Q&A

Beyoncé BeyGood Grant Recipient Kimberly McGlonn on Her Favorite Philly Places and Things

Through her West Philly upcycled clothing brand Grant Blvd, she advocates for sustainability and decarceration.

buddha babe
Q&A

Meet Buddha Babe, Mount Airy’s New Boutique for Gorgeous Handmade Baby Goods

Owner Tina Dixon Spence takes us inside her process for creating luxurious bibs, blankets, and baby clothes — and pivoting to face masks amid the pandemic.

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