July 2, 2016
A patriotic, lived-in rucksack Show off your red, white, and blue pride with the Postal Collection rucksack from Mifland, a leather goods company known for its sturdy, traditional style. The 16-by-12-inch bag is treated so that it has that lived-in look, but it's also soft and durable. The rucksack style is meant to be worn like a backpack, but a handle offers versatility. The Postal Collection is available only from Ubiq, the Center City sneakerhead emporium, and its online retailer (ubiqlife.com)
May 14, 2016 |
Horace Thomas says he has been making bags for only 35 years, but that he has been doing leatherwork for 45. Thomas, from Belton, Texas, is a first-time exhibitor at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen 's annual fine-crafts market, taking place this weekend, and he's bringing his unusual, and fantastic, handbags along with him. "I call it modern leather," Thomas says about his style. "I'm inspired by modern architecture. " Take the Architectonica, made of red embossed leather and inspired by a building on the Miami skyline that was designed by the Arquitectonica Group.
November 2, 2015 |
Studs give accessories a take-no-prisoners, biker-chic look. So it's probably best to give satin and lace the job of adding ladylike panache to handbags, bracelets, and shoes, right? The trendlet Not necessarily. Leave it to the beloved House of Valentino to turn a studded shoe into a fab, girly-girl must-have. This fall and holiday season, the Valentino Rockstud pump will take distressed denim to a classy level and further glam up the fit-and-flare cocktail dress. Where's it come from?
August 10, 2015 |
It's the special details - red bottoms, swooshes, golden Ts - that make shoes iconic. This summer's fancy flat boasts whipstitched leather and a prominently placed rondel. The trendlet More Jack Rogers sandals are accompanying ankle-length T-shirt dresses, pencil midi-skirts, and sheer top combos, as well as palazzo, midriff pantsuits. The leather thong can be a sturdy walking shoe, and thanks to metallic fabrics and wooden heels, it's as appropriate for work as it is for Center City Sips.
May 4, 2015 |
The test-fleet driver arrived with the car that would replace the Toyota Yaris with which I had spent the previous week. Clearly, this was my idea of a fair trade: an under-$20,000 Toyota for an over-$200,000 Mercedes-Benz. Actually, the 2016 Mercedes in question - a brand new, ultra-luxury model called the Mercedes-Maybach S600 - had a base price of only $189,350. But after you add must-have options like silver-plated champagne flutes, a three-bottle wine cooler, and folding tray tables, the bill comes to $203,635.
April 15, 2015
NEW YORK - For the second time in three games, Ben Revere, leftfielder, made himself known. The converted centerfielder made an incredible diving catch Monday on a Curtis Granderson line drive slicing toward the left-field corner. In a span of just three days, Revere is responsible for the Phillies' two best defensive plays of the first week of their season. For whatever reason, he appears to be reading balls off the bat more efficiently in left field than he did in the position he played on a regular basis for the Phillies in the previous two years.
January 19, 2015 |
These days, fashion is as much about function as it is about style: Oversize scarves are doubling as skirts, cocoon coats are reversible, and fitness trackers look like jewelry. Hence, the latest zip-into-the-blazer, zip-out-of-the-blazer trend, the dickey. The trendlet The dickey adds instant, bulk-free texture and layering under tailored moto jackets and fitted blazers you're likely pairing this winter with distressed jeans, leather leggings, and herringbone pencil skirts. Where's it come from?
January 4, 2015 |
For some time now, the Chrysler 300 has had trouble deciding whether it wants to be a popularly priced large sedan or a luxury car. But those days are over, according to Al Gardner, the Chrysler brand's high priest. The reworked 2015 Chrysler 300 will be "decidedly mainstream," Gardner declared at a recent regional press introduction for the new 300. And as such, it will do battle with the likes of the Chevy Impala and Toyota Avalon. Actually, you could argue that it is still walking in both camps.
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.
December 2, 2013 |
KING OF PRUSSIA Thomas Willeford pulled out his iPhone and stuck it into what he imagined would be an iPhone dock from the Victorian era. It was built from the brass gears of a clock from the 1880s, a wooden telephone box from the 1910s, and the steel horn of a 1920s gramophone. And it worked, amplifying the tinny sound of his cellphone speaker. Willeford then showed off a computer keyboard he recently acquired that was built from brass, leather, and typewriter-style keys. "Let's face it," he said.