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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Philadelphia Independent Retail Week!

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 for a full list of events

A Look Inside: Younglove’s

West Philly folks should be thrilled to have this new addition to their neighborhood. Younglove’s is a new(ish) store which is located at 5011 Baltimore Avenue.

Upon first entering Younglove’s you will be delighted by what you see. Guitars grace the walls, Vinyl lines many shelves and you’re surrounded by cute and affordable vintage clothing for men and women.

As if that isn’t enough.. you’ll also be greeted by the owner of this shop, Jeremiah.. or his girlfriend Corinne. Both are knowledgeable about the products they carry and you can tell a great deal of care goes into hand choosing all of the items they carry.

Even if you’re not into vintage clothes you’re bound to fall in love with some of the random bric-a-brac on hand. There are also accessories to sink your teeth into. Vintage sunglasses, optical glasses and jewelry.

Make sure to take a peak inside the back room of Younglove’s while you take a break from digging for fashion/music finds. They are currently featuring beautiful photographs by Molly Landergan.

Keep your eyes on Younglove’s blog for future events and new arrivals.

Younglove’s Vintage
5011 Baltimore Avenue, West Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Street Style – Spring Pastels

Shawna // South Philadelphia // May 14, 2010

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.