January 9, 2014 |
Joan Shepp will finally have her display windows. The longtime Center City boutique owner signed a 10-year-lease Friday that will give her same-named designer women's boutique a permanent home at 1811 Chestnut St., the commercial space of the historic Belgravia condominiums. Shepp will probably move into the 9,200-square-foot, two-story space by mid-spring. Until then, she will stay in her temporary second-floor store at the Shops at Liberty Place, where she relocated from her longtime space on Walnut Street late last year.
December 6, 2013
E LISSA KARA, 38, of South Philly, owns Nice Things Handmade, a boutique gallery she opened in February 2010 on Passyunk Avenue near Pierce Street, not far from her home. It supports 75 local artists, most from the Philly area, and sells handmade ceramics, jewelry, clothing, prints, accessories and artwork. Q: Tell me about the idea for Nice Things Handmade. A: I got laid off from my job and I was also an artist at Mew Gallery. I was sad [Mew] closed and decided to open my own boutique gallery.
July 29, 2013 |
Joan Shepp talks shop standing near the display window of her iconic Walnut Street boutique, her voice shifting from uncharacteristic, unsure whisper to typical fashion-savvy confidence. She's in a pickle. Her self-named specialty store, with its curated selection of high-end designers from Rick Owens to Ann Demeulemeester, has played a major part in shaping Walnut Street - west of Broad through 19th - into Philadelphia's poshest place to shop. But it's her success, and that of other chic independents along five Rittenhouse Square blocks, that has helped spike the value of commercial real estate in the last two years and, ironically, has led to her exit - at least off the best blocks in the strip.
April 6, 2013 |
Reality TV is all about trouble, so perhaps it comes as no big whoop to hear that on Saturday, a brawl erupted at the clothing boutique Porsche 2, in Ridgewood, N.J. Whose boutique? Kim DePaola of Real Housewives of New Jersey . Seems a man allegedly made fun of the autistic son of RHONJ castie Jacqueline Laurita and her hub Christopher . Joe Gorga and Albie Manzo , also of RHONJ , allegedly waded in. Three sinks were broken, one thrown through the air, there was "blood on the walls," and now Johnny Karagiorgis of Paramus has filed a citizen's complaint.
January 15, 2013 |
LEOPARD-PRINT pants and shiny bangles work well for Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo, but the South Jersey fashionista says that she won't be an accessory to the drama, catfights and probing cameras that a reality show about mob wives would bring. DiMichele-Garofalo, 39, might fit a producer's definition of "mob wife," but the Marlton resident said that she's not pursuing a spot on a Philadelphia spinoff of the popular VH1 series "Mob Wives. " She said that the show reached out to her several times.
June 15, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — So why Merion, after so long? Mike Davis is the USGA's executive director. He's also the guy in charge of setting up the courses for the U.S. Open. And there was a time when even he wasn't sure that those 120-some historic acres on Philadelphia's Main Line were up to the present-day challenge of hosting what has become the game's biggest and most difficult major. For any variety of reasons, many of which had little to do with the golf itself. Still, he was well-acquainted with Merion's aura.
June 7, 2012 |
More than a dozen kids on a recent Thursday afternoon handed T-shirts, tanks, and pajama bottoms to airbrush artist Paul Madonna. His job: to tag their gear with graffiti. "Look at that," said Ellie Stamps, 9, as she watched Madonna spray-paint E-L-L-I-E in bold, rainbow-hued bubble letters on a tank top at Lafayette Hill's Down to Earth Kids. "When he uses the white, it looks like the letters are reflecting light. It's so cool. Nobody will have one just like this.
May 10, 2012 |
Jen Green looks out at the 80-some millennials chatting it up with local designers at the art gallery studio: christensen in Rittenhouse Square. Clad in this spring's must-have brights, the guests look swank. The rhubarb cocktails are flowing. And Green couldn't be more pleased. The April soiree, featuring Germantown-based women's-wear label NIC*FISH and calligrapher/jewelry designer Danny Fox, marks the one-year anniversary of HyLo Boutiques — short for hyper-local — Green's consulting company and design collective that uses a unique-to-our-time business model to promote fashions conceived of and manufactured in Philadelphia.
April 25, 2012 |
Wedged between a Saladworks restaurant and a UPS store on Spruce Street, a storefront displays tony dresses in jewel tones, with a neon "Dry Cleaning Shirts" sign glowing nearby. The proximity has left some passersby scratching their heads. Is it a boutique or a dry cleaner? It's both. Run by Yoon Sook Kim and her daughter HanNa Jung, Bonded BoutiqueCleaner in University City is a seven-month-old hybrid shop that was born of both opportunity and necessity. Until October, this spot was just Bonded Cleaners, Kim's utilitarian dry cleaning business — more function than fashion — with several working sewing machines in an unadorned and largely empty interior.
April 4, 2012 |
Next door to the Old City fire station and Ben Franklin Park is a darling boutique with a timely fashion mission and a perfectly patriotic name. US*U.S. is a 600-square-foot designer co-op led by custom clothier Lele Tran that houses a practical mix of easy-to-wear clothing, including a boho-inspired children's line, bold-hued bikinis and a collection of Gothic couture wear featuring corsets and fitted skirts. But in addition to delivering this spring's latest colorful styles, US*U.S.