September 4, 2014 |
Outerwear is reclaiming its role as cold weather's chicest statement piece with cozy capes, edgy leathers, and colorful furs dressing up the season's trendy yet plain silhouettes. "The novelty is in the coat this fall," said Susan Ahn of Eaves, a women's boutique in Wayne. "There are a lot of luxurious combinations, mixed media and textures . . . there is so much texture. " Well before the end of August, coats dominated front-of-store displays at apparel retailers from J.C. Penney to Saks.
December 3, 2013 |
At the start of the year, I brought you the story of two Main Line friends who, while holding down other jobs to pay the bills, had embarked on a bit of a dream: to produce a men's trench coat made in the United States. Since then, Jacob Hurwitz and David Neill have raised $19,108 through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and have sold more than 40 of their $725 American Trench coats, made in Newark, N.J., and marketed primarily at www.americantrench.com . Their handiwork, including socks made at a Reading knitting mill, has garnered kudos from apparel bloggers and online magazines.
March 21, 2012 |
I'm in the market for a kelly-green trench. The bright color is a shout-out to this spring's punchy palette. But even better, the prevalence of this shamrock solid and its rainbow-hued crew - think watermelon, fuchsia, purple, and sunshine yellow - is final proof that pigment-heavy primaries and pastels are the new neutrals. Oh, the joy! This spring's lightweight outerwear is the permission we need to pair bold colors. Hello, red coatdress and ruffled, coral coat.
March 9, 2012
THE NAVAL Yard a/k/a Urban Outfitter campus is where the young cosmopolitan designers, graphic artists and marketers come to work in the world of style. Here at the creative edge of the city, gals dress for show even if they are just meeting at the company cafeteria for lunch. You'll see an eclectic mix of patterns, heel heights, and outerwear. And the guys aren't slacking, either, going from American heritage style to vintage Levis and Allen Edmonds shoes. Who knew such style could be found on the banks of the Delaware River?
October 22, 2009 |
It was an injured shoulder eight years ago that forced Anna Tumas to give up her beloved knitting, an art form she had learned growing up in Germany. So when she faced a very shrunken wool sweater after accidentally washing it in hot water, the lightbulb went on. For the last several years, this Cinnaminson woman has taken the loveliest old wool and cashmere sweaters she can find and recrafted them into baby sweaters. Shelves in her home workroom bulge with a rhapsody of pastels, brights, and occasional print sweaters seized like pirate's booty at thrift shops and yard sales.
June 23, 2006 |
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. doesn't take it lightly when it guarantees that Gore-Tex outerwear will keep you dry. At its Elkton, Md., factory, Gore has 200 clothes washers to test the durability of fabric, a machine that immerses boots in water and flexes them 200,000 times, and a rain chamber where workers make sure Gore-Tex rain gear performs as expected. But outerwear - introduced in 1976 - is just the most visible product made by the Newark, Del., company founded in 1958 by a former DuPont chemist.
November 29, 2005 |
For further evidence that designers hope to entice shoppers with all things plush, lush and ornate, we need only look at this winter's coat styles. Speckled tweed prints, gilded brocades, leather patches with deconstructed edges, and soft cashmeres are just some of the details intended to make true fashionistas long for as many different coats as possible - to match as many outfits as possible. We can celebrate the chill with more sophistication in women's outerwear than has been seen since the 1940s.
February 19, 1999 |
One bundled up in outerwear, the other covered with fur, Caryn Fishlevich and Yuli defy the rain and chill in Cherry Hill. The township resident and her dog were walking yesterday in Maria Barnaby Greenwald Park.
April 3, 1998 |
Wu-Tang Clan is coming. The popular nine-member rap crew from Staten Island, N.Y., hopes to make its mark on Philadelphia retail. Wu Wear, the group's growing chain of clothing stores, will open on 3rd Street near South tomorrow. "Philadelphia is close, so it's easy to stay hands-on," said Oli Grant, president and CEO of Wu Wear. "Philadelphia is a major market for our record sales. Any market with strong record sales is where I try to target. " The Philadelphia store joins locations in Virginia and Atlanta, with others planned for California and Canada.
March 11, 1994 |
Buddy Ryan has found himself in the eye of another storm. No, he hasn't taken another swing at Kevin Gilbride. The Phoenix Cardinals coach is going after bigger fish this time. He's taking on the NFL owners and their merchandising arm, NFL Properties. The dispute centers around the brand of outerwear that Ryan will wear on the sideline this season. Until last year, NFL coaches were able to cut their own deals with outerwear companies over what they wore on the sideline, much like college basketball coaches do with sneaker companies.