Millésimé, the self-defined "lifestyle store and showroom featuring collections for the modern home and person," has a new home on 41 S. Third St.
Open since July, this new location replaced the NoLibs birthplace of Jinous Kazemi's conglomerate of contemporary household accessories. Employee Jillian Collins explains that the store was looking to "focus more on furniture" and seek a new, older crowd. The overwhelming construction nearby is seriously cramping Millésimé's style, but thus far the sleek design store is holding its own. Business hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This month's First Friday (tomorrow, July 6) in Old City will host US*U.S, a fashion collective of nine young, talented designers, for its debut fashion show. The team of fashionistas, lead by Rachel Saler of Corazon Swimwear and Lele Tran of Lele Custom Dresses, works off the sentiment of keeping Philadelphia textile manufacturing a competitive force.
US*U.S's mission is all about sustainable production, making a commitment to providing fair-trade-compensated work for local seamstresses. Corazon Swimwear also takes an interesting approach to design by incorporating Guatemalan textiles — an endangered species of highly intricate hand weavings — in all its pieces.
With every Pride Parade comes an eclectic mix of outfits and costumes. Some are completely outrageous, some are painstakingly elaborate and others are endearing for their simplicity. Whatever the case, here is a small sampling of the interesting looks at this year's festivities.
Janet Morales and Stu Eli, owners of Three Potato Four, have an event for all you closet Antiques Roadshow fans out there. On June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., their Manayunk store (376 Shurs Lane) will hold piles of vintage and found objects. Visitors will be able to find anything from surfboards to factory carts in the stock of the self-proclaimed "collection-loving couple."
The weekend will also include appearances from some solid Philadelphia treat trucks. Pitruco Pizza will be making pies all day Saturday, including a special breakfast pizza which one can only hope will live up to all the delicious ideas it inspires. On Sunday, Rival Bros. coffee truck will man the helm.
The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, bursting and vibrant, and our tongues tingle in anticipation of coconut ice cream and backyard bbq fare. Spring is here and our senses have been ignited with all the season’s splendor. But there’s a scent in the air that makes our heart race. It’s the smell of money burning a hole in our pocket, and we know just where to blow our paychecks this weekend.
Fair and Square is a precious pop-up shop meant to ring in the opening of fancy-pants Rittenhouse Tavern. It opened Tuesday, and you’ve got until April 24 to snatch up a handful of lovelies. We’ve been getting a little squealy over the Besty Ann Paper. Let’s just say we’ve been sending out lots of unnecessary thank you notes and comically early birthday cards just so we can use these bad boys. And we’re eyeing up those “porceline wares and wearables” by Miss Millie.
Through April 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 215-545-4302.
To many Western eyes, traditional forms of Islamic dress may seem drab or intimidating, designed more for overall cover than keeping up with the latest trends. Zainah Umm Yasir, the designer behind Zainah's Closet, is here to prove that Islam and fashion don't have to be at odds. With ruffled hems and zebra prints, her styles offer a refreshing twist to traditional modes of dress. My personal favorite is the "tuxedo style" burka, which features a white collar and ribbon neck bow against a dark sillhouette.Tomorrow, she'll be displaying her wears at a ladies-only event appropriately titled The Dress of the Believing Woman's Fashion Showcase.
Tickets include a gourmet meal and beverages to enjoy while perusing all the beautiful clothing. Come celebrate this unique blend of religion and fashion, where modest is chic and traditional becomes modern again. And remember ladies: dress to impress ... in long sleeves, please!
March 3, 1 p.m., $30, Lithuanian Hall, 2715 E. Alleghany Ave., facebook.com/Zainahscloset.
For Jews the world over, Shabbat dinner is the Friday-night ritual dedicated to putting your feet up, enjoying a nice family dinner, and generally reveling in the day of rest. This week, the Gershman Y adds an educational twist to the age-old tradition when they present their Jews and Fashion Shabbat Dinner.
Jewish immigrants have had a significant impact on the garment industry, from Levi-Strauss' jeans to the work of Ida Rosenthal (pictured), the lady responsible for the modern brassiere. Today, Jewish designers like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors dominate the runway circuit, influencing seasonal style trends the world over.
The event will begin with a tour of the Y's new exhibit, "Jews and Mending," which explores how traditional mending practices inform contemporary art. Following the gallery tour, guests will be served a kosher dinner before ending the evening with a lecture from scholar Phyllis Dillon on the impact of Jews on the American clothing industry. You're sure to walk away with a full stomach and some new fashion education under that tight-fitting belt.
Fri., March 2, 6 p.m., $18, Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., gershmany.org.
Believe it or not, Black Friday found its roots here in the City of Brotherly Lovem— it was originally coined by the area’s newspapers following a day of dangerously heavy, post-Thanksgiving foot traffic and surging profits being reported by retailers. Today, of course, it’s just another excuse to embrace consumer culture and brag to Aunt Jenny about your superior bargain. But lucky for you, Philly presents the opportunity to forego the standard 4 a.m. Wal-Mart or Target runs in search of unique bargains truly worth boasting about.
✚ Bus Stop Boutique
Bus Stop goes truly “in the black” with an all-day 20-percent-off sale on black Autumn/Winter apparel. After shopping, welcome yourself to the store’s “Holiday LITTLE BLACK DRESS + HEELS EVENT,” which will feature supplemental shopping from guest boutiques like Betsy & Iya, Look From London, Urban Expressions and Three Sirens. Couple in free styling advice for your looming New Year’s Eve party, as well as free wine and it’s not difficult to see that Bus Stop is offering one of the most competitive local offerings of the season. 750 S. Fourth St., 215-627-2357, busstopboutique.com.
✚ Arcadia Boutique
Described as an “eco-fashion boutique,” this Northern Liberties-native retail store provides original products from eco-friendly designers everywhere. The boutique will be offering a full-fledged “Black on Black” sale, slashing prices of black-colored products by a whopping 30 percent. All additional, non-black items will also be discounted by 15 percent. 819 N. Second St., 215-667-8099, arcadiaboutique.com.
✚ Wells Fargo Center
A little something for the sports lover, Comcast-Spectator will offer major discounts on sports memorabilia, starting at 30 percent between 7-8 a.m., continuing from 8-9 a.m. with a 20-percent discount and finishing between the hours of 9-11 a.m. at a rate of 10 percent. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Flyers alumni roaming the area autographing merchandise. 3601 S. Broad St., 800-298-4200, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
✚ Juju Salon and Organics
Soak up the benefits of beauty and relieve holiday stress as the rest of the world sacrifices their souls in a shopping frenzy. Juju presents a 10-percent-off sale on any spa and salon service for the entire day. The salon/spa will also offer 15 percent off all purchases of its many all-natural hair care products, provide you with complimentary booze and automatically enter you in a Black Friday Raffle to win a free $50 gift card. 713 S. Fourth St., 215-238-6080, jujusalon.com.
✚ Aci Nae
Located in South Philly on East Passyunk Ave., Aci Nae is a local boutique harboring brands like Melie Bianco and Maxx bags while still supporting area designers and even touting their own brand of clothing and bags. This Friday, the boutique will offer 15 percent off all its clothing and a more impressive 20 percent off all bags and jewelry. 1928 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-755-1480, acinae.com.
Shopping Spree columnist Julia West with some of her faves from this weekend's Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar.
The holiday craft bazaar was torture on my self control. Each impeccably-set-up booth was a display of tight craftsmanship and good taste, and I wanted to buy all of it — for myself, no less. I went in with a list of people to shop for, but forgot all about their personal style and taste. Instead, I found myself muttering “I really want this” a few too many times. My will was strong, though, and the only thing I picked up for myself was a calendar from local favorite Corina Dross. It playfully insists that, based on certain prophecies and rumors, this is the last calendar you’ll ever need. Here were some of the other highlights:
Mokuobi Threads This is a Brooklyn-based artist who was selling the loudest wallets, pencil bags, tees and a few other vibrant trinkets.
Mello Press Amanda Mello is a Philly girl who letter presses phrases like “i miss your face” or “nerds!” onto cards. She was also slinging some fancy map coasters for $20 a set (pictured).
Adam Smith I was the picture of financial responsibility when I didn't buy an entire wall of prints from local artist and badass Adam Smith. I would have treated myself to one if I could choose a favorite.
There’s a new fashion mag on the scene. SKLTN showcases a range of local designers and fashionistas from young Philly's point of view.
The man behind SKLTN, Marcus Branch, finds Philadelphia incredibly inspiring. “The moment I began the idea of a magazine, I immediately thought ‘It has to be out of Philly,’” he says. “I see things around here that capture my eye, and I'd like to expose them to others, as well. Philly is such an artistic city, from its murals to its residents. I'm just exploring it.” Branch, a student of photography at UArts, finds many of the mag-featured fashions while he's out on the street. If he spots an intriguing outfit, he’ll stop the person to chat. He looks for style off the beaten path and seeks to include whatever he finds there.
Cool features in the current issue include “Fossilis ‘Dug Up," a photo-stacked trip down memory lane with an '80s-style lover and “Concrete” (pictured), a set of seriously haute hairstyles. SKLTN can be viewed online.
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