it has been a while!
this upcoming week (june 14-20) is independent retail week at boutiques throughout philadelphia. created by nolcha, “a leading business platform for independent fashion designers and retailers”, this week is filled with contests, shopping events, and an umbrella drive (you donate old umbrellas that get recycled into ethical designs) at boutiques in center city, old city, and manayunk. i have a busy week in store but i hope that some readers will take advantage.
the main even that i’m looking forward to is the SA VA LOVE fashion show in love park on satruday 6/19 (6pm-8pm). SA VA is known for it’s functional, sustainable collections designed by sarah van aken and the store carries other locally made apparel as well. fashion shows are rare in this city, but a fashion show with a focus on fostering the sustainable econmy and culture of philadelphia is even more rare and i think, since it’s an outdoor event, attendance will raise awareness and draw attention to these elements of fashion.
goodie bags and shopping guides, and city maps can be picked up all week long at:
Sioux Zanne Messix, 54 ½ North 3rd Street
Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut Street
Latitudes Gallery, 4325 Main Street
i will try to take pictures wherever i go and post a review of what i had a chance to see next weekend. i think this is a great idea that should achieve the goal of however many “philadelphia fashion weeks” that we have: highlighting participants in the local fashion industry through trunk shows, contests, special events, and partnerships. remember to support and attend as many events as possible so there will more of these!
visit http://nolcha.com/independent-retail-week/philadelphia for a full list of events