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September 10, 1986 | By RENEE V. LUCAS, Daily News Fashion Writer
More and more animal skin will be closer to human skin this year. Leather is showing up in dresses, skirts, accessories and even jewelry, but it makes its greatest impact when turned into coats and jackets. Ah . . . but leather is a luxury, you say. Why, every time you find yourself lusting after that mysterious, black leather trench coat, you mentally hear your mother clucking about having a sensible cloth coat to fight winter's bitter cold. Well, this season provides a prime opportunity to consider leathers from the "investment dressing" point of view.
NEWS
September 9, 1990 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
John Hyland, a Cherry Hill businessman, was helping his 22-year-old daughter, Dana, look for a new car. Dana, a television production assistant, had fallen in love with the sporty new Nissan 240SX. She also was enamored of the look and feel of leather. That may sound like something of a problem, since Nissan didn't build a 1990 240SX with a leather interior. But it wasn't a problem for Martin Nissan, the Turnersville dealership where the Hylands were shopping. What happened was this: Dana Hyland picked out the cloth-upholstered 240SX she liked, and Martin Nissan made a phone call.
NEWS
January 17, 1993 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
The endorsement of leather fashions by such revered designers as Karl Lagerfeld and Donna Karan has helped make business boom for B-Vain, a Queen Village couture boutique opened recently by design partners Renee A. Daniels and Kirk R. Johnson. The pair specialize in sexy, flashy leather ensembles for men and women. Johnson said that since they opened their showroom and workroom at 767 S. Fourth St. a few months ago, new customers have flocked to them for bright- colored, fringed leather jackets; second-skin sheath dresses; side-zip mini-skirts, and leather ensembles combined with sheer details.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1995 | By Jerry W. Byrd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Atlas Co. of Boston is in business again. The clackety-clack of hundred-year-old Puritan sewing machines again echoes across the factory floor, and men and women who handcraft what Money magazine has called the best leather attaches in the world again are at their workstations. "We even have a toll-free number now," said Donna Furphy, who started as a leather cutter in the Fishtown plant 15 years ago. Storage rooms are piled high again with wooden boxes, gold-plated hardware, and rolls of English belting leather.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2001 | By Regina Medina Variety and Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Blonde, buoyant lifeguard Pamela Anderson really holds on to her principles, gosh darnit. Looks like the PETA cheerleader now has Indian fashion designer Rohit Bal conjuring up a see-through outfit that incorporates a faux leather G-string. "I'm very happy not only because Pamela asked me, but because it's linked to an important cause I believe in," Bal said, adding that he expected the outfit to be ready in a week. Jason Baker, Indian representative of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
NEWS
September 18, 1988 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fashionable set knows that when chilly weather is on the way, it's time to think about getting skinned - purchasing leather and suede, that is. Right on time, two cousins, Karon Woodland and Craig Rimes, have unleashed a torrid collection of animal-hide garments for men and women. The clothing ranges from the sleekest of glove-leather coats and the sexiest of ostrich-leather sheaths to suede double-breasted men's suits. And these creations are dyed in the boldest colors for fall - tangerine, emerald green, cobalt blue, deep-sea green and mauve.
NEWS
March 6, 1988 | By Sue Chastain, Inquirer Staff Writer
Probably, Ambra Wasserman's destiny was decided (or at least confirmed) on that summer day in Rome 18 years ago when she ran into the persistent woman on the bus. The woman had complimented Wasserman on her unusual straw handbag and had insisted on knowing where she'd bought it. Wasserman had tried to discourage the woman, explaining that she had in fact made the bag herself in Milwaukee, where she lived, but the woman was undeterred. She wanted that bag. The matter was finally resolved to the great amusement of the entire bus: Wasserman dumped the contents of her straw creation into a paper sack and handed the coveted bag to the woman, who left in triumph.
NEWS
April 10, 2001 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here they are, like so many Christophers, the jayvee members of the alleged South Philadelphia crime organization, strutting the corridors of federal court in full Soprano regalia. Leather jackets, a gold hoop earring or two, sneakers that never brush dirt. Spring's best show - part drama, part dramedy - is the 36-count racketeering indictment against Joseph Merlino and six associates, starring former boss Ralph Natale as the government's chief witness, who gives daily instruction on Wiseguy 101 from the stand.
NEWS
June 7, 1992 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
Quills, beads, leather and feathers have their places during a craft demonstration, above, by James Revey. He showed items including a bear-claw necklace to the youngsters Saturday afternoon at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. Revey is a Lenape Indian who uses the traditional name Lone Bear. Below, he shows a bib made of leather and beads.
NEWS
August 25, 1988 | By GABRIEL ESCOBAR, Daily News Staff Writer
A ringside seat for Mike Tyson's latest bout was chic and cheap: All you had to do was stand on the sidewalk between La Chavita Deli and the Red Star Chinese Kitchen. That's where Dapper Dan's Boutique in Harlem is. That's right, boutique. Where customized Mercedes-Benzes triple-park and gawkers wait for rap stars to saunter in and try on their custom-made leather jackets. The undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was waiting for his $800 leather jacket and matching shorts - a Dapper Dan special - when Mitch "Blood" Green came in and the now-celebrated tiff took place.
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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)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2016 | Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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?
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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?
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
  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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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