April 30, 2015 |
Center City architect Nicole Rossi is embracing a shift in her wardrobe. Instead of dresses, Rossi now gravitates toward casually sophisticated looks: silk jogger pants; pastel blouses; zipperless, quilted leather jackets; and dresses with asymmetrical hems. "I'm focusing more on being comfortable," said Rossi, 31. "But I'm not dressing down . . . I wear heels with everything. " Rossi's go-to brands are Theory, Vince, A.L.C., and Joie (pronounced zhwah) - womenswear collections known for chic lines and such features as soft backless T-shirts that instantly look conservative when paired with tailored blazers.
March 28, 2015 |
When most people think of extended-stay hotels (if they think of them at all), they might envision a cheaply furnished room in a desolate location - cold comfort for bleary business travelers and depressed divorcées. But, this underserved niche has received an extreme makeover in recent years, powered in large part by Philadelphia-based Korman Communities and its luxurious AKA chain. Now, a former Korman executive has developed a new take on the concept: Roost Apartment Hotel, a boutique-hotel-meets-Airbnb vision.
March 17, 2015 |
JOHNZEE TOOK A break from the breakneck pace of the JFCS Thrift Boutique's back room and said that he and Robin Michaelson are pioneers, which is true. "Me and Robin are like the founders of this program," said JohnZee, 64, who prefers to use his email name. "JFCS does so much for people with special needs. " Michaelson, 46, nodded. In 2013, when Jewish Family & Children's Services opened the JFCS Thrift Boutique on Frankford Avenue near Tolbut Street in Pennypack Woods, its goal was to offer low-income residents donated clothing, housewares and toys for pennies on the dollar.
January 29, 2015 |
Maureen Doron, owner of the Bryn Mawr boutique Skirt, is ushering in the spring shopping season with seven new-to-her-store women's-wear lines. This may not seem to be major fashion news, but it marks the first time in four years that Doron is selling untested designers on her store's racks. Like many other recession-weary boutique owners, Doron didn't want to take chances with a clientele that had grown price-conscious, seemingly interested only in affordable basics. That is starting to change.
November 25, 2014 |
Stroll Moorestown Mall between the food court and Boscov's department store, and that new clothing store, Erdon, might not catch your eye. Its walls are off-white. Some dresses hang from pipe racks. A few black boots and shoes line the shelves. Just another mall store for teenagers, right? Hardly. Go ahead. Step through Erdon's black-framed glass doors and pluck at a sleeve. This black leather jacket by Ivan Grundahl is $1,228. That black cocktail dress is $690. The tailored denim jeans, by Closed, start at $190.
October 17, 2014
K Y CAO, 32, and his brother Rick, 34, both of Packer Park, are two of the co-founders of Ps & Qs, a trendy menswear boutique on South Street near 8th. The boutique, which opened in October 2012, also sells grooming products, boots and sneakers, pillows and books on fashion. I spoke with Ky. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Ps & Qs? A: The idea was to create a timeless and quality men's store. We wanted to bring independent brands that are more interesting than [some of the mass-marketed ones]
July 31, 2014 |
The clothing you'll find in Joan Shepp's new Chestnut Street boutique stays true to her aesthetic: a heavily curated collection of designer women's wear that is dark in hue, architectural in silhouette, and of course, edgy. Yet the "concept" boutique, with its clean white walls and golden fixtures, evokes a freshness that is decidedly much more Shepp-y than 1616 Walnut ever was. There's a section for chic and crazy hats. (Shepp loves a bright beanie). And shoppers can check out a studio where products are photographed for her cyber-store operation.
June 19, 2014 |
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
May 2, 2014
ROBERT WINDFELDER, 51, of Fishtown, and Stefanie Jolles, 42, of South Philadelphia, are co-owners of Crash Bang Boom on 4th Street near South. The punk boutique, which also offers items on its website, sells clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women. I spoke to Windfelder, who also fronts the rock band Live Not On Evil. Q: The store used to be on South Street and was called Zipperhead back in the day. A: We both worked at Zipperhead on South Street and, for the last five years it was there, we owned it. When rent got too high at the end of our lease in 2005, we needed a new location.
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.