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Thrift Store Alert!

American Thrift at 8th and Wolf Streets.

Some people try to front on “the vintage look” as though it’s some kind of thing, right? We have so many vintage shops though! I went on an adventure the other day just around 4th and 5th, south of Bainbridge (Queens Village area) and there was the new location of Philly AIDS Thrift (around the corner from its old location, on 5th at Bainbridge), Astro Vintage (720 S 5th), and Wilbur Vintage (716 S 4th). Further south on East Passyunk Ave there was 1600 Below (1600 E Passyunk Ave) and Sweet Jane (1820 E Passyunk Ave). But I had the tip-off — a seriously good thrift store, real south. Like past Synder Ave south. Down at 8th and Wolf.

Vintage shops are great because they do the rummaging for you, but for folks who miss a good thrift store with good prices, American Thrift is it. They’re a ‘check your bag at the desk’ kind of place, with huge wooden bins of children’s clothing, racks of bathing suits, and a sweet selection of shoes. Unfortunately, they don’t have carts, or a dressing room, so you’ll have to do that thing where you pull the waist of the pants around your neck to see if they’ll fit. While I was locking up my bike, a South Philly native told me the place used to be an Acme supermarket back in the 50s (fancy that). So if you haven’t already heard of this place, and have the means or the drive, do yourself a favor and hit this place up.

Maggie Eighteen | Jun 24 2011 3:30am | SHOPPING, on a budget, thrift stores, south philly, thrift store | Comments 0

Street Snaps: Odunde!

Did everyone enjoy Odunde a few weekends ago? Broad&Market had a post or two about the 36th annual African festival, and I’ll continue here with a third. The style was incredibly refreshing: vibrant colors, patterns, and silhouettes were seemingly concentrated into a nexus point that was South and 23rd. For example:

Michelle and family.

“I’m forty. Hometown, New York. I live in Philly.”

Is it exciting to be at a festival where everyone is encourage to wear traditional clothing?

“This is my everyday style. I’m a hair stylist, so (it’s my everyday style).”

Cool. Are there any things you take in that inspire or inform the way you want to present yourself when you get dressed?

Different blogs sometimes. Rachel Stewart’s blog… Um…I can’t think of any blogs now. I’ve seen so many! The Sartorialist? Yeah.”

I heard he was in town for the week.

“I heard! [unintelligable part :( ]”

Is there anything you’re wearing right now that’s a favorite?

“My necklace. I just like the colors.”

And do you have a current obsession?

“Earrings. Bright and big earrings. And feathers. And glasses. Yeah, that is my current obsession. Cause earrings are always my obsession. But glasses.”

Michelle has been a natural hair stylist for 15 years, and you can get in touch with her via Twitter: @yesidohrmlondon.
If you’re looking for more Philly street style, visit Broad&Market, or check out the Street Snaps archive by clicking on the “street snaps” tag just below.

Versace Is Coming To An H&M Near You

Donatella Versace in a new Versace for H&M design

Donatella Versace in a new Versace for H&M design

Versace has been having quite the moment lately.  First, the all-powerful Gaga wears pieces exclusively loaned to her from the late Gianni’s last collection for the house, for her latest video, “Edge of Glory,” and now comes the news that they are bringing their rock-and-roll sensibility to H&M, in a collabo set to launch this Fall.

News of the pairing-up broke yesterday in a video (which has since been removed?) from Donatella herself where she said that the collection will include iconic Versace moments.  Standout pieces of the line, which is slated to include men’s women’s and accessories, are a studded black leather minidress, which Donatella wore recently to close her men’s show in Milan and a sharp tailored blazer for the boys.

Mark your calendars for November 19th, when the clothes will hit 300 H&M stores.  And be sure to check out sneak peeks below!




—Kat Blazowski

Images and video courtesy H&M and

Behold, the Patriot Pass

The Patriot Pass is a little wonder being offered for a limited time from the Wawa Welcome America people, offering discounts to fun stuff all over the city starting June 24-July 4th. To behold the pocket power of the pass, just go to their website and download it for free. Below: a few of our favorite deals offered by the pass.

Mugshots Coffeehouse & Café
2100 Fairmount Ave.
Buy 1, get 1 half off specialty drinks @ espresso bar

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives
Buy 1, get 1 free on admission

One Yoga Philly
760 N. 24th St.
20% off yoga classes

Waived application fee, use code ‘patriot’ before July 31

Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 N. 9th St.
20% off, dine-in only

Philadelphia Movie Sites Tour
Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Sts.
Buy 1, get 1 tickets

I. Goldberg Army & Navy
1300 Chestnut St.
15% off

1300 Market St.
10% off. Pick up your savings pass in-store at the Visitor’s Center.

Arcadia Boutique
819 N. 2nd St.
15% off

Duke & Winston
630 N. 2nd St.
20% off, use discount code “july4″ at

abigail | Jun 21 2011 2:55pm | on a budget, sales | Comments 0

Stuck in the city this weekend?

Yes, in the summer it can be agonizing to be stuck either working (blech) or without a ride to the shore (or worse, can’t enjoy the shore because it’s raining). Luckily, our city is host to an excellent array of charming and affordable boutiques, easily accessible and perfectly placed in between some of the best afternoon strolling routes. Which is to say one of my favorite Philly boutiques, Omoi, located at 1608 Pine Street, is having its fourth annual tent sale this weekend.

Omoi Zakka Shop 2011 Tent Sale

Pronounced “oh-moe-ee”, the store is named after a Japanese word that means “thoughts and feelings” (想い for all you Japanese readers). The shop, inspired by owner Liz Seiber’s stint in Osaka, carries all manner of unique and hard-to-find lifestyle goods, stationery, jewelry, and apparel, carefully arranged and tucked into every viable space within, much like similar independent lifestyle and small goods shops in Japan. Omoi throws its tent sale every summer to make space for upcoming fall arrivals, so if you’ve visited in the past few months and didn’t get that one thing you were on the fence about, it just might be waiting for you at the sale! For example:

Toy cameras with cult statuses.

Tees! Lots of em.

Jewelry by Swallow, among other local and international artists.

Handmade, fair trade bagagge.

Chic stationery goods.

Fine Japanese incense and awesome surfboard burners to go with.

While the inside of the store is packed full of beautiful things, the tent sale will be in the backyard.

For more info, check out Omoi’s blog here.

Chinoo Designs Trunk Show

With all of the Hollywood weight loss hoopla, it’s great to see designers catering to a fuller-figured woman; one who is confident and comfortable in her own skin. Chinoo Designs is precisely made for that woman. With a tagline of “Feeling Good about You” Chinoo Designs specializes in fashion forward clothing for fuller forms.

This Saturday, June 25, 2011 Chinoo Designs is hosting a trunk show at Fresh Ayer Boutique from 10am to 6pm. Come sip mimosas and meet the designer from 3pm-6pm. Have a feel good time while perusing feel good clothing!


Fresh Ayer Boutique/ 503 W. Lancaster Avenue / Wayne, PA 19807

fajr muhammad | Jun 21 2011 10:14am | FASHION, local biz, local designer(s) | Comments 0

Annie, Get Your Gun

Now, we aren’t arbiters of violence here at the PW Style blog, in fact, we abhor guns. They are awful murder machines that should be abolished. Buuuuut we are feeling these gun makeup kits by the artist Ted Noten. Noten’s work is always influenced by women of all shapes and sizes and walks of life, and we are having fun figuring out what kind of woman he’s designed these pieces after. A secret agent that knows how to party? A woman of the night with an appreciation for antiques and couture? You be the judge.

The Chanel001 gun conceals Chanel lip gloss, an antique hairpin, an 18K Gold toothpick, an 18K Gold perfume dispenser, a 50 gram 24k gold bar, a USB stick and a Viagra pill.Put all of these together and you are in for one hell of a night.

The Dior001 gun comes stuffed with Dior lip gloss, an antique hairpin, various pharmaceuticals, a USB stick loaded with “secrets” and a 100 gram sterling silver bar.

abigail | Jun 17 2011 2:24pm | art, Ted Noten | Comment 1

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