5 Things We’re Excited For This Month

A new open-air market, Madewell on the Main Line and the new way to buy men's jeans.


From left: Madewell, Todd Shelton, Clover Market.

Talk about spring renewal. Right now, we seem to be in the midst of a flurry of store openings (Lululemon! Meadowsweet Mercantile!), and we’re smack-dab in the middle of spring flea market season. Here are the five things on my radar this May, from a brand-new open-air market to the future of men’s tailoring. Bring on spring!

1. Madewell opening in Suburban Square.
The sister brand to J.Crew opens its doors to the Main Line set tomorrow at 10am. A shopping tip: Get there early. The first 25 people to stop by score a gift card.

2. So. Many. Flea. Markets.
This weekend, we’ve got Art Star’s Craft Bazaar this weekend (stay tuned for our insider shopping guide!) and Franklin Flea; later this month, check out Clover Market and the Philly Mart. And hey! I’ve got a whole spring/summer flea market calendar for you right here.

3. The first-ever Swarthmore Makers Market.
Add this one to your roster of markets to hit up this summer. The first annual open-air Makers Market will be on May 16th  from 10am to 4pm. Go there for a selection of goods by local and regional artisans, including Three Potato Four.

4. Todd Shelton.
This New Jersey-based company makes going custom a breeze. Go online, choose a range of pant and shirts sizes, and they’ll mail you a free “Fit Kit” of samples to try on (you can get up to nine evaluation pants and four evaluation shirts; each one illustrates a different fit). Mark down all of your sizing and fit preferences, mail it all back and then use these preferences to order your exact size online. We tried it (by ‘we,’ I mean I made my husband try it and took notes while he went through the process) and we’re very happy customers. Two thumbs up. Go here for more details.

5. Memorial Day.
And all of the holiday’s requisite sales, which I’ll be keeping you updated on as they happen!