Category Archives: local designers

What’s for Fall

long time no blog!  for me, summer has been a time for vacation, sleep, and not much shopping.  the oppressive weather is also no good for fashion, as there comes a point when everyone just tries to dress to stay cool and that can mean compromising style and even matching.  HOWEVER we are eagerly looking forward to fall– jackets, cardigans, tights: all great things! Fall also means our first philadelphia fashion week and even more exciting, our first philadelphia designers market.

The market is an “independent fashion marketplace” created by local designers, artists and shoppers who are all advocates for independent designers their markets. The physical market is set up to provide a direct shopping experience between the designers and the customer, skipping the retail middle man who usually raises the prices to sustain a profit.  This environment can foster relationships between the two parties and help generate exposure.

I know we have a few weeks but I wanted to let it be known!


Tank Top Talk ft. Print Liberation and Fresh Meltwater

Philadelphia is buzzing with summer fun. Soaking up rays in the parks, chugging margaritas, trips down the shore, block parties, back yard bbqs… All of which require less clothing than usual. Tank tops are a bit of a necessity in this heat so why not shop local and support Philadelphia based designers?

Here are a few of my favorites from Fresh Meltwater

and from Print Liberation‘s collab with artist Lizzy Janssen

Stay cool, everyone.

SA VA LOVE fashion show

On a blistering saturday evening i rushed over to LOVE park to watch the fashion show of SA VA fashion’s most recent collection.  SA VA is a boutique right by my office that carries primarily original women’s designs as well as a small selection of international brands.  The original designs by store owner Sarah Van Aken are what make it unique, but what’s even better is that her designs are purposeful and made locally from natural, sustainable fabrics.

Here are some photos of the set-up:

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Get ready for the weekend.

It somehow slipped my mind , but it’s that time of year again. Time for the Art Star Craft Bazaar!

If you’re unfamiliar with the event… check out the website to read up on the huge affair. 2 days of arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, art, fashion and more. Even if you aren’t in the buying mood.. it’s going to be a great weekend to hang out at Penn’s Landing.

I will be out and about trying to control my spending, get a lil sun on my pasty face… and maybe find some Philadelphia Street Fashion? See you there!

p.s. Don’t forget.. Philadelphia Fashion Weekend at the Piazza in Northern Liberties, too! Busy bees, you’ll be.

A comprehensive guide to Philadelphia

Illustration by Julia Rothman

I’m pretty happy to say that I couldn’t have done it better myself. Amazing home interior and lifestyle blog design*sponge has compiled a great list of places to eat, shop and be merry in Philadelphia with the help of Kevin Derrick. Kevin runs the blog DESIGN PHILADELPHIA.

The selections are broken down by neighborhood. You’ll see some of your old favorites.. and perhaps a few spots you didn’t know about.

Make sure to take a look at the guide HERE.

Upcoming fashion related events for your calendar

My co-blogger already told you about the seemingly fabulous first Friday event that will be taking place at Reward in old city. Here are some other fashion related events that are happening this weekend.. and next… so you can properly prepare yourself.

Friday, May 7th

Bus Stop boutique @ Sugarcube! (12-8 pm)
124 North 3rd St. | Old City

Stop by Sugarcube on Friday between 12-8 to take part in the special event of Sugarcube and Bus Stop combining their forces. Complete head to toe goodness. There will be a selection of men’s and women’s shoes from Bus Stop available at Sugarcube for one night.

Bandit Launch Party & Reward (6-9 pm)
55 N. 2nd St. | Old City

I won’t do a write up.. just read the previous entry!

Saturday, May 8th

Younglove’s GRAND OPENING party (5-10pm)
5011 Baltimore Ave. | West Philadelphia

Celebrate the grand re-opening of Younglove’s in West Philadelphia. There will be vintage clothes, records new and old and musical equipment for sale… along with festivities that include BBQing, Drinks and Performances by U.S. Girls, Serpents of W.I.S.D.O.M. and Akasha Blade. There will also be some special DJ’s spinning good stuff for your ears. This already sounds like a lot… but no. There’s more! Photography by Molly Landergan will be displayed. Sounds like a great afternoon/evening of music, shopping and fun to me.

2nd Saturday Celebrations at Sweet Jane ft. Canoe Crafts (6-10 pm)
1742 E Passyunk Ave | South Philadelphia

As part of the monthly celebrations of 2nd Saturday on Passyunk Ave. Sweet Jane will be featuring a line of locally made jewelry by Canoe Crafts. The current line features items made with leather scraps, found items, beadwork and semi-precious stones. As always there will be an assortment of complimentary snacks and beverages.


May 15th & 16th

Fashion Weekend @ The Piazza
2nd St. & Germantown Ave. | Northern Liberties

This event is going to feature 150 designers and boutiques.  Each designer/boutique will have 2 looks to walk down the “piazza runway.” We have no clue what this means, but it could be fun!

Reward’s First Friday

In Philadelphia and I’m sure in many other cities, the first Friday of every month is a time when gallery shows open, and art spaces host open-door events with light refreshments.  These First Fridays have become an anticipated evening with the arrival of every month.  You can easily spend an evening walking, browsing, and snacking. 

What’s great about it in Philly, though, is that retails stores participate as well.  Reward, one of my favorite shops in the city, create special Frist Friday markdowns, and debut collections from new and upcoming designers on these Fridays evenings.  What makes it even better is that the store is located at 55 N 2nd Street, in the middle of Old City and all the galleries and art studios that take part in the traditional First Friday.  Reward’s elaboration on this tradition is a great idea– you can shop, enjoy the art, and usually enjoy the great weather as you spend the evening walking from door to door.

This Friday, they will be supporting a local indepdendent label and debuting BANDIT, which features comfortable, simple, and easy-to-wear separates.

First Friday reception is from 6-9pm on May 7th!  I will sadly be out of town but as a huge fan of Reward and their objective to host innovative and creative labels in Philadelphia without sales intimidation I can’t help but try to spread the word!