While BUS STOP may be known for their unique selection of designer shoes from hard-to-find international labels, what’s a cool pair of shoes without an equally cool bag?
Tomorrow night, the Fabric Row boutique (727 S. Fourth St.) will be unveiling Philly-based designer and artist Conrad Booker’s exclusive new handbag collection HARDWEAR with a one-night-only reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
You may remember that last year, Booker—who has also has 20 years of experience working as an architect and interior designer in the city—decorated the façade of several local boutiques with a rather dazzling art instillation comprised of thousands of butterflies created from recycled fashion magazines and soda cans. So yeah, he’s a man of many talents.
Much like Booker’s art, the collection is marked by bold shapes, unexpected detailing and unusual materials. More specifically, each piece features an element taken from a hardware store (hence the name), which is applied in a surprisingly stylish way. Even better, all of his bags are handcrafted right here in Philly.
I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly intrigued.
As an American, I don’t quite understand what the hell the Diamond Jubilee is exactly except that it entails several days of non-stop parties commemorating The Queen’s 60 year reign. I’m sold! Fortunately, fellow Brit and BUS STOP owner, Elena Brennan is bringing a taste of the royal celebration here to Philly. Guests will be treated to sponge cake and (spiked) Jubilee Punch while rocking out to ’50s tunes. Come donning your snazziest hat (perhaps the stunner you bought following the royal wedding) and receive 15 percent off any shoe purchase. You’ll even get to peek the boutique’s latest arrivals, including GOLA Union Jack shoes and hand-made Union Jack clutches by local design Conrad Booker. Friday, 5:30-8:30pm. Free. @ BUS STOP (727 S. 4th St.)
Coinciding with the various Fourth Friday festivities and art openings, the Jubilee celebration will actually be stretching all along Fabric Row. So once you’ve hit BUS STOP, head over to Paradigm Gallery (803 S. 4th St.) between 6-10 p.m. for a reception and sewing party in honor of local printmaker and instillation artist, Kay Healy’s latest exhibition, “Starter Home.” You also want to check out Urban Princess Boutique (750 S. 4th St.) where they too will be rewarding any hat-wearing customers with 15 percent off their in addition to serving cocktails and munchies from 5-8 p.m.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with this lovely little city shop, this weekend would be a good time to change that. Omoi has been around since 2006 and is chock full of unique goodies—a curated selection of Japanese design items mixed with brands from around the globe. We’re talking everything from stationary, books and gadgets to home décor, apparel and accessories. Not only is this annual sale their biggest but this year, owner Elizabeth Sieber is planning to totally clean house in hopes of making enough money to remodel the shop. For the first time ever, all apparel will marked down, along with a slew of other select merchandise now 40-70 percent off including, House of Harlow jewelry, deadstock sunglasses, SAGlife bags, and Japanese stationery. Fri.-Sat., 11am-7pm. Sun., 12-6pm. @ Omoi (1608 Pine St.)
Just in case you missed their first two local indie designer trunk shows, Kembrel is hosting a third installment. And considering the vast pool of talent there is in this city, they could seriously keep these going for a very long time. Co-curated by Skai Blue Media’s showroom division, guests will have the chance to peruse the awesome items from five eclectic, up-and-coming designers: Joanna Je, Lobo Mau, Tough Luv, Marina Makaron Moscow and Mel’s Bells. There will also be appetizers from Pure Fare and a selection of wine. Sunday, 5-9pm. Free. @ Kembrel (1822 Chestnut St.)
Be sure to make your way over to Knit Wit’s new Center City store today or tomorrow and check out the uniquely stunning jewelry of Lionette (and when I say “stunning,” I mean STUNNING). I’m officially obsessed with their necklaces in particular (most of which are under $200). Perhaps explaining the seemingly exotic look of the pieces, the brand is the brainchild of designer Noa Sade of Israel and China-born, NYC-raised, fashion guru Vanessa Lee (who you’ll have a chance to meet during the show). Fri. & Sat., 10am-6pm. Free. @ Knit Wit (1729 Chestnut St.)
In addition to showcasing the collection of funky hand-dyed dresses and apparel from Heyne Bogut (aka. Philly designers, Karen Heyne and Paul Bogut), the event will feature street art and indie music-inspired clothing. It just so happens that Joan Shepp’s “Amazing Sale” is also going on now, offering customers 40 percent off all shoes, clothing and a selection of Wolford hosiery, jewelry, and belts. Fri. & Sat., 12-6pm. Free. @ Joan Shepp (1616 Walnut St.)
For those who don’t normally venture to Manayunk, I think the largest outdoor, juried arts festival in the tri-state region is a pretty good incentive to make the short trip. As many as 300 thousand artists, collectors, buyers and designers from around the country will line Main Street for the two day event, selling and showcasing a plethora of one-of-a-kind, handmade items. In other words, imagine every arts/craft festival in the city combined…and then double that. Though the list of vendors is so long that it seems almost pointless to try and single out a few, I can recommend keeping an eye out for local apparel company, BreakAwayINK who will be selling items from their new summer line as well as doing an impromptu photo/video shoot. Sat., 11am-8pm. Sun., 11am-6pm. Free. @ Various Locations Along Main St. in Manayunk
What’s so cool about Booker’s art instillation? Well, it’s made of thousands of butterflies created from recycled fashion magazines and soda cans.
His exhibit will be on view through August and at three locations. He’ll have another reception at Vintage Wine Bar on June 15 followed by a closing reception at Headhouse Square’s Shambles on July 28.
Then, tomorrow night, Opa, a new greek restaurant in Midtown Village, will be closing down Sansom St. to kick off Glendi, their new series of Thursday night fetes that will continue throughout the summer.
The event will create the vibe of a Grecian street fair with music by DJ Rahsaan and a fashion show featuring Carmelita Couture’s summer collections as well as some fashions from Matthew Izzo and Rock and Soul Apparel.
The models will also be walking down the runway with Nahui Ollin’s candy wrapper handbags and footwear by Bus Stop Boutique along with shades provided by Modern Eye. Hair and makeup will be provided by Follicle Studio, Charlie Salon and Susan Sorrell Makeup.